Title Drop: Film
This trope is very popular for movies. For your enjoyment, many are collected in this montage. Or this compilation as well.
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- 21 Jump Street, when the officers are first being assigned their case.
Captain Hardy: Tomorrow morning, you are both going to report to...37 Jump Street.
Captain Hardy: Wait, no, that doesn't sound right. What was it again?
- "You guys think you're Above the Law. Well, you ain't above mine."
- "It's Absurd, completely absurd."
- "Here we've got an Ace in the Hole".
- Done twice in Across the Universe, once in the song the movie gets its title from, and once by Mr. Kite:
"And tonight Mr. Kite is TOPPING THE BILL BABY! ACROSS THE UNIVERSE!"
- Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet: Adele from the title is a carnivorous plant that is capable of eating huge morsels like sausages, mice, dogs or people. The Gardener's minions think they captured detective Nick Carter, their boss's nemesis and the sole obstacle in his plan for a big revenge, but it's actually his sidekick police commissioner Ledvina who was acting as Nick's body double. The Gardener contemplates what to do with him, and his servant eagerly suggests that Adele hasn't had her dinner yet...
- Aguirre, the Wrath of God: "I am the wrath of god. The earth I pass will see me and tremble. But whoever follows me and the river will win untold riches."
- All That Jazz drops its title in a speech made by Ben Vereen:
"Folks, what can I tell you about my next guest? This cat allowed himself to be adored but not loved and his success in show business was met by his failure in his personal relationship bag. Now that's where he really bombed. And he came to believe that work, show business, love, his whole life, even himself and all that jazz was bullshit. He became a numero uno gameplayer to the point where he didn't know where the games ended and the reality began. Like for this cat, the only reality is death, man."
- "When I was a little kid, I was scared to death to be alone in the dark."
- Colonel Glenn Manning gives one during his "circus freak" rant to a hapless sergeant:
"Why don't you make me up a sign saying, 'See The Amazing Colossal Man'?"
- Melvin Udall says to a room of psychiatric patients: "What if this is As Good As It Gets?"
- In the biopic of Howard Hughes, the Title Drop also is a minor plot point showing what he thought as himself as.
"I'm Howard Hughes...The Aviator..."
- The title for Awake is dropped in the opening moments that explain the premise of the film.
"Each year, over 21,000,000 people receive general anesthesia. The vast majority go to sleep peacefully. They remember nothing. 30,000 of these patients are not so fortunate. They find themselves unable to sleep. Trapped in a phenomenon known as Anesthesia Awareness. These victims are completely paralyzed. They cannot scream for help. They are...Awake."
- The Babylon 5 made-for-TV prequel movie seems appropriately titled In the Beginning, taking place a decade before the series. The movie fleshes out the Earth-Minbari War and how the Minbari, with vast technological superiority, very nearly wiped out the human race with only a single military loss. Near the end, Delenn asks another of the Minbari ruling body if there is any glory in genocide. The reply is, "Not as much as in the beginning."
- Back to the Future:
- Back to the Future Part I: "Next Saturday night, we're sending you back to the future!"
- Back to the Future Part II: "Marty, you've got to come back with me!" "Back where?" "Back to the future!"; "No! It can't be; I just sent you back to the future!"
- Back to the Future Part III: "Hey, Doc! Where you goin' now? Back to the future? "
- An example appears in Bad Lieutenant Port Of Call New Orleans, if you go by the film's original title.
Chavez: Are you still working with the police department?McDonaugh: Port of call still New Orleans.
- Bart Got a Room. Bart got a room?
- "Tonight is my last chance, the last night of the full moon. And I warn you both; tonight, the beast must die, and will."
- In Bend It Like Beckham Jess speaks the exact title once ("No one can cross a ball or bend it like Beckham") and a close variant at another moment ("Anyone can cook aloo gobai, but who can bend a ball like Beckham?").
- "Today, you have the chance to be the greatest martial artists in the world. It's up to you. If you give everything you've got, everything, you'll be winners. That I promise you. You can be the Best Of The Best."
- "My only hope is the The Big Lebowski kills me before the Germans can cut my dick off."
- The Black Cat had nothing to do with its title (which is from an otherwise unrelated story by Edgar Allan Poe), so a black cat walks through some scenes, just to make some sense of it.
- In Black Christmas (2006), an old newspaper found in Eve's room mentions that Billy's first rampage was dubbed "Black Christmas".
- "We got a Black Hawk Down."
- Also a case of circumstances forcing the Title Drop: most radio conversations, including the "We got a Blackhawk down" line, were taken verbatim from the radio conversations that occurred during the operation. The book author named the book after said line, then the movie came out and used the same title.
- Black Narcissus. The Young General explains that it's the perfume he uses to scent his handkerchief.
- In Paul Greengrass's film Bloody Sunday, the local cinema's billboard advertises a showing of John Schlesinger's Sunday Bloody Sunday. Ironically, Schlesinger's film is about a bisexual love triangle and has nothing to do with Greengrass's film or the historical events upon which it is based.
- In the horror anthology film Body Bags, the Coroner introduces all the stories connected to the new corpses that come in.
The Coroner: Body Bags! See, when it's suicide or murder or an accident they put them in these bags.
- "Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did was wrong. But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us. In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club."
- Dr. Pretorius announces "The Bride of Frankenstein!" when he presents the female creation.
- The producers who changed the title of Bride of the Atom to Bride of the Monster ruined another Ed Wood Title Drop.
- "Well, as you know, I always felt we tried to go A Bridge Too Far."
- When a Mexican patrón learns who impregnated his daughter, he gives an order: "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia".
- "I am Bruce Almighty! My will be done!"
- Cabin by the Lake's name is the same as the script Stanley is writing in-story, but isn't name dropped until the end by a group of body cast models.
- "Operation Canadian Bacon" launched by the United States government to provide America with a handy new enemy.
- In The Callback Queen, the agent refers to the actress Kate as "something of a callback queen".
- "... so what else can I do, but Carry On Cruising?"
- "... Carry On Sargeant!"
- "She was the girl, I know that now. But I pushed her away. So I've spent every day since then Chasing Amy. So to speak".
- "You're a phony celebrity. You're a flash. In a couple of weeks, no one would give a shit about you. That's Chicago."
- The movie Chinatown is infamous for having nothing to do with Chinatown except for one offhand and cryptic reference, which, while obviously important (since Jack Nicholson's character had earlier mentioned that, while serving as a beat cop in Chinatown, he did "as little as possible"), appears to have nothing to do with the rest of the movie.
- ...until the shocking final sequence, that is. "Forget it, Jake—it's Chinatown...."
- Clear and Present Danger: The President uses a Title Drop, in contrast to his earlier, more vague Spy Speak, to initiate an illegal war against the drug cartels.
- Generally speaking, the President of the United States can name any person or group a "clear and present danger" to the safety and security of the USA. This is roughly equivalent to a Mafia don saying that he dislikes someone immensely: don't expect said person to last very long.
- If we're counting this...then:
Randal Graves: If title dictated my behavior, as a clerk serving the public, I wouldn't be allowed to spit water at that guy. But I did. So, my point is that people dictate their own behavior. Even though I work in a video store, I choose to go rent movies at Big Choice. Agreed?
- "Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. I have the only gun onboard. Welcome to Con Air".
- "We who watch, are we...The Condemned?"
- "Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, its bobsled time! Cool Runnings!"
- "You cannot run away from the curse of the mummy's tomb. We're all doomed to die for this act of desecration!"
- "Mark his file...as D.O.A."
- The Dark Knight has a Title Drop as the last line spoken. Also, Harvey Dent says at a press conference, "The night is darkest just before the dawn"; though that's more referencing one of the themes of the film, it's a clever way of doing it by dropping the syllables of the title.
- "I'm everyone — and no one. Everywhere — nowhere. Call me... Darkman."
- The movie Dead Birds tries to pull a non-verbal version of these. The only scene where a dead bird ever appears — and yes, it's only one — has a dramatic sound in the background, and equally dramatic camera zooming on the only one dead bird that's never mentioned again. The result is that it simply feels ridiculous.
- "When I arrived in Carlotta, I thought of the words Marlowe had said to me over fifteen years ago: Dead Men Dont Wear Plaid. Huh. Dead men don't wear plaid. I still don't know what it means."
- Every version of Stephen King's The Dead Zone has featured the phrase "the dead zone." However, oddly enough each version ascribes the phrase a different meaning. In the movie, Johnny explained to another character that his visions of the future were different from his visions of the past or present, in that they had a "dead zone" — his way of describing a sense that change the future seen in his visions the events weren't solid or fixed, but could be prevented.
- "Are you sure [your car] is safe?" "It's better than safe. It's Death Proof."
- Deathstalker II: Duel of the Titans: Possibly the cheesiest use of this trope for a numbered sequel.
Sultana: I'll have my revenge, and Deathstalker too.
- "So here's the riddle. What does an eight thousand pound mako shark with a brain the size of a flat head V8 engine and no natural predators think about?" The answer comes after several implausible plot-devices: "That's the answer to the riddle. Because that's what an 8000-pound mako thinks about. About freedom. About the Deep Blue Sea."
- "What was his name, the, uh, departed?"
- And also at William's mother's funeral, where Costello left a card reading "God Bless the Dearly Departed."
- The phrase is also said at a funeral at the end of the film.
- A visual one in Dodsworth. The film opens with Dodsworth, an auto magnage, in his office. The shot is carefully framed so that his name is visible through the window on the side of his factory.
- At the end of the 2008 film Doubt Aloysius breaks down in front of another nun, sobbing "I have doubts! I have such doubts!"
- "Dude, Where's My Car?" "Where's your car dude?"
- "I didn't want you to think Earth girls were easy."
Mac: What is "easy"?
Valerie: [kissing him] This is "easy".
- Down and Dirty Duck has multiple lines of dialogue with the word "cheap" in it. At the last minute the film was renamed from "Cheap" to "(Down And) Dirty Duck", which makes the constant referencing seem out of place.
- The title of Electric Dreams is heard in the lyrics of four songs played in the movie: "Electric Dreams" by P. P. Arnold, "Together in Electric Dreams" by Giorgio Moroder & Phil Oakey, "Video" by Jeff Lynne, and "Now You're Mine" by Helen Terry.
- This is how the title of Entrapment first appears in the movie's dialogue:
Gin: I said this is called entrapment.
Mac: No, actually it's called blackmail. Entrapment is what cops do to thieves.
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: The title is a line from an Alexander Pope poem, which Kirsten Dunst recites at one point.
- Agatha Christie's Evil Under The Sun, spoken by Hercule Poirot.
- "I'm going to take his face off."
- They didn't just drop this title, they carpet bombed the audience with it - the "face...off" line gets repeated at least 3 times in less than a minute.
- Fear City: Provided textually; it turns out to be the name of a book the killer is writing to detail his murders.
- Happens in First Blood, twice in one scene.
Colonel Trautman: Well you did some pushing of your own, John.
John Rambo: They drew first blood, not me.
Colonel Trautman: Look, Johnny, let me come in and get you the hell out of there.
John Rambo: (to himself) They drew first blood.
- "'Flying Down to Rio'... Boy! What a title for a new song! You like that?" "Yeah."
- "'Foreign Correspondent', eh?" "No, a reporter."
- Freddy Got Fingered gets it's name from when the main character accuses his father of sexually molesting his younger brother Freddy in order to humiliate him and tarnish his reputation.
- Towards the end of Free Willy, the Kid Hero says "Let's free Willy!"
- "Seven. Six. Two. Millimeters. Full Metal Jacket."
- "You're a funny man, Mr. Taylor. But I have met funnier. And you will too."
- The G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra live action movie has one, incidentally at the same time that the film reveals who Cobra Commander is.
The time has come for the Cobra to rise.
- "The natives call them The Ghost and the Darkness."
- "Have you ever confused a dream with life? Or stolen something when you had the cash? Have you ever been blue, or thought your train was moving while sitting still? Maybe I was just crazy. Maybe it was the '60s. Or maybe I was just a girl ... interrupted."
- Give My Regards to Broad Street drops its title twice, during flashbacks to the same moment. It takes the second flashback for us to learn, and for the protagonist to realize, its significance.
- Gone Baby Gone:
"And if that girl's only hope is you, well I pray for her. 'Cause she's gone, baby. Gone."
- "They're people like us, they're GoodFellas."
- German movie Goodbye Lenin manages a visual title drop in its climactic moment, when a woman who was in a coma during the end of communism goes outside for the first time. After seeing west german students, car dealers, and western advertisment posters, she watches a helicopter passing by, carrying a dismantled statue of Lenin that seems to stretch out its hand to her before vanishing in the sunset.
- Defied in Goodbye Solo. In the second to last scene William very pointedly doesn't say the line as he goes to (probably) kill himself.
- Ronan the Accuser mockingly appoints the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits as "guardians of the galaxy" in the eponymous film during the climax but it becomes an Appropriated Appelation as Peter says they are indeed the "Guardians of the Galaxy" whilst adding a little "extra" punctuation before landing the final blow against Ronan.
- "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"
- In La Haine, Vinz expresses his desire to kill a cop if his hospitalized friend (a victim of police brutality) does not wake from his coma, to show that the banlieusards are finished turning the other cheek. His friend Hubert tries to talk him out of it: "La haine attire la haine!" ("Hatred breeds hatred".)
- "I give you Happily Never After!!!" — said by the evil stepmom in...you guessed it, Happily N'Ever After.
- Mullins says she and Ashburn are "The Heat". It's a a sign of Ashburn's development when she later echoes it.
- Done in the most Anvilicious manner in High School Musical 3: Senior Year: not only is the title of the Show Within a Show "Senior Year", but our protagonists end the show by singing a goodbye-to-the-audience song as the Title Drops down in front of the screen (in the style of the first movie's poster). And just to make sure that we know what kind of "high school musical" they're on about, they jump up, again like the first movie's poster.
- "I used to be like you...a long time ago. All brand new and perfect. No mistakes, no regrets. People look at you and think of how wonderful your future will be. They want you to be something special...like a doctor or a lawyer. I hate to tell you this, but if you grow up here, you're more likely to wind up selling your bodies on the streets, or shooting dope from dirty needles in a bus stop. And if you're successful, you'll make money selling junk to crackheads, and won't think twice about killing someone's wife, because you won't even know it's wrong in the first place. Maybe...you'll end up like me. A Hobo with a Shotgun."
- The title Holy Motors appears as a neon sign right before the ending.
- Home Alone is used in conversation several times throughout the first film.
- "It must be some kind of...Hot Tub Time Machine." Craig Robinson lampshades the trope by delivering a deadpan Aside Glance to the camera immediately after saying the line.
- "..But I still have to face The Hours, don't I? I mean, the hours after the party, and the hours after that..."
- It's perpetual in Highway61 but the first time Highway 61 is mentioned, Pokey is explaining the iconic roadway to Jackie.
- I Know Who Killed Me had a really bad drop, since it didn't even make sense in the context of the scene (hint: she wasn't killed).
- Steven screaming "I Love You Phillip Morris!" when he's being taken to another prison.
- Barbara Graham says, "I Want to Live!!" In a Voiceover Letter.
- The Ides of March features a subversion. The film's working title of Farragut North (the name of the play that it's based on) gets title dropped twice. Meanwhile, The Ides of March is never said once in the film.
- "Maybe that's what hell is. An eternity In fucking Bruges."
- "Inception, is it possible?"
- "We will not go quietly into the night. We will not vanish, without a fight. We're going to live on. We're going to survive. Today... we celebrate... our Independence Day!"
- "We'll do it like the Italian job."
- I Want Someone To Eat Cheese With as Beth delivering the line verbatim to James in Millennium Park. She's lying.
- A number of times in the James Bond films (excluding the ones named after a significant character or object):
May Day: What a view!
- From Russia with Love — Written by Bond on a photo he hands to Moneypenny.
- Thunderball — it's the name of the operation to retrieve the missing nuclear weapons.
- "You Only Live Twice, Mr. Bond."
- On Her Majesty's Secret Service (though the "On" is never used)
- Live and Let Die — It's stated by Bond and appears in a Theme Tune Cameo scenario.
- Scaramanga is well-known as The Man with the Golden Gun, so this movie gets Title Dropped a lot.
- For Your Eyes Only — it's what Melina Havelock says before removing her dressing gown.
- A View to a Kill — May Day and Zorin, looking at San Francisco:
Zorin: To a kill.
Elektra: I could have given you the world.
- "It must have scared The Living Daylights out of her" — Uttered by Bond after he shoots a rifle out of Kara Milovy's hands. The same sentence was said verbatim by Bond in the original novella, under exactly the same circumstances.
- "Your Licence to Kill is revoked"
- The World Is Not Enough— Uttered by Bond when he confronts Elektra King:
Bond: The world is not enough.
Elektra: Foolish sentiment.
Bond: Family motto.
- Said family motto also shows up thirty-some odd years earlier in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, so in a way, The World Is Not Enough has been title dropped in two films.
- "So you live to Die Another Day...Colonel."
- Accidentally averted in Tomorrow Never Dies; originally it was titled Tomorrow Never Lies, with the intent that this would be the slogan of Carver's newspaper, Tomorrow.
- They pulled it in the video game version, however. As he's dying, Carver pushes the three minute countdown for the nuclear launch and drops it horribly out of place.
- Though "Nobody Does It Better" is the name of the Theme Tune from The Spy Who Loved Me, it still drops the movie's title. But does it so classy: "I wasn't lookin' but somehow you found me, it tried to hide from your love light, but like heaven above me. The spy who loved me, is keepin' all my secrets safe tonight."
- Film/SPECTRE — It showed up 53 years earlier in Dr. No, and has been title dropped in at least seven movies.
- The title characters of a famous French movie were introducing themselves to a girl. To make sure of their names, she asked, "Jim et Jules?" The response? "Non, Jules et Jim!"
- In the 2001 indie film Jump Tomorrow, George uses the title words to talk a man out of suicide. Later, the man turns the words back at him when telling him to stay another night at the family of the girl he really loves, rather than go to the wedding he's been pressured into.
- "Dr. Grant, my dear Dr. Sattler, welcome . . . to Jurassic Park!"
- "Looked dead, didn't I? But I wasn't. But it wasn't from lack of trying, I can tell you that. Actually, Bill's last bullet put me in a coma — a coma I was to lie in for four years. When I woke up, I went on what the movie advertisements refer to as a "Roaring Rampage of Revenge". I roared. And I rampaged. And I got bloody satisfaction. I've killed a hell of a lot of people to get to this point, but I have only one more. The last one. The one I'm driving to right now. The only one left. And when I arrive at my destination, I am gonna Kill Bill."
- Kill Me Again: Said by Joanne Whalley to Val Kilmer.
- Kingdom of Heaven deserves some credit for making its Title Drop fit in naturally with a larger conversation about what it is that makes the Holy Land so appealing to many pilgrims.
Balian: What could a king ask of a man like me?
Godfrey: A new world. A better world than has ever been seen. A kingdom of conscience. A kingdom of heaven.
- The title of the movie Kiss of the Dragon refers to the special forbidden technique that Jet Li uses to kill the Big Bad.
- Alex tells Lara "Well, you're the Tomb Raider."
- The Last King of Scotland performs a Title Drop in one of Amin's speeches - incorporating one of the titles Amin gave himself, "The Last King of Scotland" (the others being "His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular").
- Laser Mission, a goofy espionage flick starring Brandon Lee and Ernest Borgnine, has an awkward example:
Nameless Government Official: Professor Braun is perhaps the world's leading expert in laser weaponry, and his presence in the Kavango means that the Soviet block is planning some sort of laser mission. That could tip the balance of power in the entire African continent.
- "See, now it is mumbo jumbo like that, and skinny little lizards like you thinkin' they The Last Dragon that gives kung-fu a bad name."
- A particularly brilliant title drop occurs in the Anthony Perkins / Stephen Sondheim-penned murder mystery The Last of Sheila. Seemingly referring to the puzzle-happy Clinton Green's obsession with his wife who was killed in a hit-and-run accident ("I wonder if we'll ever hear the last of Sheila?" says one character), the title is actually a clue to a puzzle set up near the beginning of the play, which ultimately reveals Clinton's murderer: Each of the six guests / suspects are given 'dirty secrets' that actually are the secrets of one of their fellow guests. Each secret corresponds to a letter in the word "Sheila"; the murderer is uncovered when one guest acting as detective cracks the puzzle and realises that the murderer replaced the final secret, "Alcoholic", with "Hit and Run Killer", in order to guilt someone into confessing their accidental killing of Sheila. As the detective points out, "the last of Sheila isn't an H, it's an A."
- "The Last Starfighter...is dead." Oh, they go NUTS with this trope.
- "Your honor, I am a law-abiding citizen."
- Near the end of Layer Cake, a major character (Michael Gambon) who's struggled to the top explains how life works to the protagonist (Daniel Craig). He sums it up with "Welcome to the layer cake, son." The main character is then seen having dinner with his friends and deciding he doesn't want to be part of organized crime anymore. Guess what they're eating.
- At the beginning of the first Lethal Weapon "Well, I guess you should be classified as a Lethal Weapon", Murtaugh says to Riggs.
- While in the previous World War 2 blockbuster based on a Cornelius Ryan book, Field Marshal Rommel makes his speech incorporating the quote from which the title The Longest Day was taken right at the beginning.
- ""The Lookout": "That's the most important job of all.. you're the lookout"
- Each of the movies in The Lord of the Rings trilogy feature a Title Drop, mostly to stem the confusion about what they refer to. In the first movie, Elrond proclaims "You shall be the Fellowship of the Ring!" In the second movie, Saruman says "Who now dares to stand against the union of the two towers?" In the third movie, Gandalf says to Denethor "It is not your place to deny the return of the King, steward!" Although the meanings of the first and third titles were already pretty clear, the books never came out and said which of the three towers that figured decisively in The Two Towers were the title ones. The movie line refers to Saruman's tower, Orthanc, and Sauron's fortress of Barad-dûr. Supplementary information (among them the Tolkien-drawn book cover) show Orthanc and Minas Morgul. The latter isn't in the film, so it wouldn't make sense otherwise.
Bilbo: What is this place?Balin: Once, it was the kingdom of Dale. Now, it is a ruin. The Desolation of Smaug.
- Peter Jackson also had a habit of dropping chapter titles into The Fellowship of the Ring, although having characters refer to "the long-expected party" and "a shortcut to mushrooms" was more in-jokey than portentous. Composer Howard Shore got in on the act in the titles of some of the pieces of the score he wrote.
- Also: "There is only one Lord of the Rings, only one who can bend it to his will. And he does not share power!" This line is used, as in the book, to prevent audience-members from thinking that the title refers to Frodo.
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has this:
- André Baptiste calls Orlov the "Lord of War". He does it again later, when he is persuading Orlov to take up the arms trading business again.
- "But I believe that Love Actually, is all around us."
Shannon Hamilton: Smart-ass ex-boyfriend! I've got two things to tell you. One: I don't like you. I see you every week in this mall. I don't like you shiftless layabouts. You're one of those loser fucking mallrat kids. You don't come to the mall to shop or work. You hang out all day, act like you fucking live here. Well, I have no respect for people with no shopping agenda.
- "Manos" The Hands of Fate: The Master says
Manos! God of primal darkness! As thou hast decreed, so have I done. The hands of fate have doomed this man. Thy will is done!
- "The cow's tongue means you've talked or exposed them and have been Marked for Death."
- "You're a con man?" "Con artist. A Flimflam Man, Matchstick Man, Loser".
- Half of one in Max Keeble's Big Move, with "Are you ready for the big move?"
- In Mean Girls, during Janis's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Cady, she says "You are a MEAN GIRL! You're a BITCH!"
- A particularly awkward example in Mission: Impossible II:
"Mr. Hunt, this isn't mission difficult, it's mission impossible."
- In Motel Hell, the film's title comes from Motel Hello's neon sign's broken last letter.
- Happens in Mulholland Falls: "This is Mulholland Falls, Jack."
- Mystery Men has a Title Drop in the final scene, which the heroes hilariously do not accept as an Appropriated Appellation.
Reporter: Well, whatever you call them, Champion City will forever owe a debt of gratitude to these mystery men.
The Sphinx: Wait! Wait, that's it. We are...the Super Squad!
- The Naked City (1948): "There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them."
- Also used for the subsequent TV series.
- "You know, your book. The one you've been calling Naked Lunch."
- The Name of the Rose as a subtle one:
Adso: And yet, now that I am an old, old man, I must confess that of all the faces that appear to me out of the past, the one I see most clearly is that of the girl of whom I've never ceased to dream these many long years. She was the only earthly love in my life, yet I never knew, nor ever learned, her name.
- The NeverEnding Story 2: The Next Chapter has Bastian's late mom's last words be a Title Drop of sorts. Proof.
- In Nil By Mouth, Ray gives a speech about his father that goes some way toward explaining his behaviour. During it, he mentions an incident in which he saw the words 'Nil By Mouth' written above his father's hospital bed.
- In Ocean's 12, someone refers to the team as "Ocean's 11", the name of the previous movie. One of the characters later complains about this.
- In the movie "Olympus Has Fallen" a dying Secret Service Agent drops the title into his walkie talkie... and then drops a bad guy or two
- "Our people Once Were Warriors..."
- Other Peoples Money:
- Larry claims the only thing he loves more than money is other people's money.
- Larry uses a shell corporation in his takeover schemes called OPM. Which stands for...
- Andrew Jorgenson also gets one in when he derisively accuses Larry of "playing God with other's people's money."
- "Over the Top, Dad!"
- Daniel mentions the phrase Pain and Gain when talking about fitness to a kid.
- Too many musicals to list have title songs, but the movie version of The Pajama Game deserves credit for having the title card appear word by word as Hines sings, "The Pajama Game is the game I'm in..."
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Count the number of times they say some variation of "Lightning Thief" in the first movie.
- Failed in Plan 9 from Outer Space: Criswell says "My friend, can your heart stand the shocking facts of grave robbers from outer space?" Grave Robbers from Outer Space was the original title, but the backers of the movie had it changed.
- "Because making something disappear isn't enough; you have to bring it back. That's why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call 'The Prestige'."
- At the end of the film, Frank Castle accepted his fate as a wanted vigilante by forsaking his name and calling himself The Punisher.
- In I, Frankenstein, Adam's closing monologue has the final phrase be the title:
Adam: I, descender of the demon horde. I, my father's son. I... Frankenstein.
- "You gave me a Raw Deal."
- The title of The Right Stuff is mentioned early in the film by one of the characters.
- "Eventually, all things merge into one, and A River Runs Through It".
- Ride Along
James: I'ma take you on a ride along.
- RoboCop 2 is one of the rare cases this trope has been done by a sequel with a number in the title. Normally this wouldn't count, considering that "RoboCop 2" is a "character" in the movie, but it's that unusual.
- Brilliantly subverted in the Indie Movie "Rocket Science;" the main character has a stutter, and when trying to figure out love, he says, "You know, it shouldn't be, it really shouldn't be, it shouldn't be rocket, uh, shouldn't be rocket, um, sometimes..." stopping just short of saying the whole title.
- A threefer occurs in The Rundown, which Title Drops the title ("Your kid was a tough rundown, Billy"), the working title (sign reading "El Dorado" vandalized to read "Helldorado") and an alternate title ("Welcome to the Jungle, tough guy").
- In Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, Hoji smugly declares "Densetsu no... saigo da!" ("The legend... ends here!") during Kenshin's public execution. Of course, it's not over yet.
- "I'm sorry, it's just Rush Hour".
- S.O.B.: One of the characters refers to to the studio's latest stunt as "S.O.B". He then explains to a bewildered listener that it stands for "standard operational bullshit".
- "Someday we might look back on this and decide that Saving Private Ryan was the one decent thing we were able to pull out of this whole godawful, shitty mess.''
- A rare Coen brothers example has Sy Ableman described as "A Serious Man" at his funeral.
- In Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird, Gordon tells Olivia to "follow that bird" right before the chase scene.
- In Show Me Love, the original Swedish title Fucking Åmål is dropped gloriously by Elin: "Varför måste vi bo i fucking, jävla kuk-Åmål?!" ("Why do we have to live in fucking, bloody cock-Åmål?!")
- Takes until the end credits for Sleeping Dogs, when the theme song plays, with the line "let sleeping dogs lie."
- "You've got nothing kiddo. Snake Eyes. The house wins."
- To some degree: "I have had it with these muthafuckin' snakes on this muthafuckin' plane!" It's a kind of chicken-and-egg story: Snakes on a Plane was the working title when the movie was in production, then it was going to be changed to something less colorful. When Samuel L. Jackson heard this, he informed the producers that the title was the reason he signed on in the first place. So the movie embraced the feeling, and re-shot certain scenes for an R rating. So the title secured the star, who kept the title, which caused reshoots, which led to the Title Drop.
- Some Like It Hot:
"Junior": Syncopators. Does that mean you play that very fast music...jazz?
Sugar: Yeah. Real hot.
"Junior": I guess some like it hot. I personally prefer classical music.
- Notable for how quick the drop is: the very first (sung) line "The hills are alive, with The Sound of Music..."
- Spaceballs went so far as to turn it into a song for their finale.
- "They're Spies Like Us.
- In Splendor in the Grass, the Wordsworth poem where the title is coming from is discussed at an English class.
- Titles Drop like flies in Weird Al's "Theme From Spy Hard," which is the theme from Spy Hard.
- In "Star Trek: First Contact" Zefram Cochrane says: "So you guys are astronauts, on some kind of Star Trek?".
- It's worth noting that across 28 seasons of TV shows and 12 movies this is the only time the phrase "star trek" is uttered, though one other instance comes close.
- The German dub of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones has Yoda deliver one at the end, in place of "Clone War". Badly done since it's in a negative context, implying that Yoda considers the clones the worst part of the mess, even though they're on the same side.
- "It's not 'Door to Heaven', it's... Stargate."
- Street Angel: Streetwalker Lisetta calls Angela a street angel like her when they meet in jail.
- "Dexter Reilly's The Strongest Man in the World!"
- "Okay listen up. I wanna know it all, everything. Olsen, I wanna see photos of him everywhere. No, I want the photos. Sports, how are they going to get that plane out of the stadium? Travel, where did he go? Was he on vacation? If so, where? Gossip, has he met somebody? Fashion, is that a new suit? Uh, health, has he gained weight? What's he been eating? Business, how is this gonna effect the stock market? Long-term? Short-term? Politics, does he still stand for truth, justice, all that stuff? Lifestyle... Superman Returns."
- In Suspect Zero, the titular numbered suspect is often mentioned in the cryptic communications between FBI Agent Mackelway and Serial Killer O'Ryan.
- Played with in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014):
Leonardo: We're ninjas.
Raphael: We're mutants.
Donatello: Technically we're turtles.
Michelangelo: Oh, and we're teenagers, but we can still have "adult conversations".
April: Ninja, mutant, turtle, teenagers?
Donatello: When you put it like that, it sounds ridiculous!
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. Despite it's being a Character Title, the characters aren't referred to as such.
Walker: What kind of demons are you?Leonardo: We're Turtles, friend.Donatello: ...of the Teenage Mutant Ninja variety, sleazeball.
- In the giant mutant ant flick Them!, the title is what a traumatized young girl screams when given a whiff of formic acid.
- Later on, a scientist quips "We haven't seen the end of them!"
- This is provided textually in They Live!. Nada comes across some street graffiti stating "They Live. We Sleep." It refers to the aliens who are secretly ruling mankind.
- As Robert is being arrested for shooting Gloria at the end of They Shoot Horses, Don't They?:
Policeman: Why'd you do it, kid?
Robert: Because she asked me to.
Policeman: Obliging bastard. Is that the only reason you got, kid?
Robert: (shrugs) They shoot horses, don't they?
- The Third Man:
Popescu: Can I ask is Mr. Martins engaged in a new book?
Holly: Yes, it's called The Third Man.
Popescu: A novel, Mr. Martins?
Holly: It's a murder story. I've just started it. It's based on fact.
- Throw Momma from the Train is the title of the book Larry writes based on the events of the movie.
- One of the least obvious, and most famous book/film titles of all time: "... remember it was sin to kill a mockingbird" in To Kill a Mockingbird
- At the end of To Sir With Love, "Sir" (Sidney Poitier) gets a coffee cup tagged "To Sir With Love" from the class of former delinquents he taught.
- "I just got an invitation through the mails:/"Your presence requested this evening, it's formal/A Top Hat, a white tie and tails"
- "He could have total recall within the hour!"
- Tough Guys Don't Dance features one early on thats rather laughable and has nothing to do with the film:
Six months ago, they told me to stop or I was dead. I stopped. Now the spirits circle around my bed and they tell me to dance. I tell 'em, "Tough guys don't dance." They answer me, "Keep dancin'."
- The working title of The Toxic Avenger was "The Monster Hero", so that phrase shows up repeatedly. As it stands, the trope is averted — nobody uses the phrase "Toxic Avenger".
- "Today is a Training Day, Officer Hoyt."
- Actually, the Transformers live action film DOES have a clever title drop:
Ron Witwiky: "better call the city! We've got a blown transformer!"
The Fallen: Revenge...is mine."
- The sequel features more ambiguous title drop:
- Amusingly, the third has no such drop, with the "Dark Of the Moon" being almost always refered to as "The Far side of the moon" instead.
- When Caster is discussing the principal of an A.I. with a full range of human emotions. "Some scientists refer to this as the singularity. I call it Transcendence."
- "They tell me you are a man with True Grit."
- Towards the end of Unthinkable, Samuel L. Jackson's character, a torture expert working for the US military, says "what I am about to do...is unthinkable".
- Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps has a partial one: "Money is the bitch that never sleeps".
- The end of We Were Soldiers has a war photographer narrating "...for we were soldiers once, and young". This is directly lifted from the historical novel "We Were Soldiers Once, And Young", which ends the exact same way.
- Wild Things is an odd Double Subverted example. The original title of the film was Sex Crimes, which is one of the first phrases spoken in the film during the high school's opening presentation about sexual harassment. It was changed to Wild Things later on, but the title was retained in several foreign countries.
- Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies drops both the title of the movie series and the movie's subtitle in different scenes:
Djinn: Lovely to see you again, Morgana. Did you really think you could kill me? Evil never dies.Djinn: [after Morgana wishes him to go back in the opal] I see you've done your homework. Unfortunately for you, it's not that easy. After all, I am the wishmaster here. So any wishes pertaining to me are circumscribed by the prophecy.
- Uttered several times in WNUF Halloween Special, as the title is always spoken loud when the programme goes for a "commercial break" and comes back from it.
You are watching the WNUF Halloween Special.
- The Wolverine:
Shingen Yashida: What kind of monster are you?
Logan: The Wolverine!
- Done interestingly in You Can Count On Me; at the end, the lead character's brother asks her to remember what they used to tell each other back when they were kids. This was the title sentence, but neither one of them actually says it.
- "And though I never would've anticipated it, in the end she did for me what I have done for so many: help solve a problem, first by observation, then by careful intervention — in other words, the Zero Effect."