Title Drops are 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.
Tomorrow morning, you are both going to report to Jump Street. 37 Jump Street
. [beat] Captain Hardy: Wait, no, that doesn't sound right
. What was it again?
- Aaron writes "Aaron likes Angela" in the stairwell of his apartment building, then "Aaron likes Angela very much" on a piece of metal, and finally "Aaron Loves Angela!" on a napkin, which he has Willie give to Angela.
- "You guys think you're Above the Law. Well, you ain't above mine."
- The very last line of the film Abre Los Ojos, aka Open Your Eyes: "Tranquilo... tranquilo... abre los ojos..."
- "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...
- Against All Flags: When Captain Roc Brasiliano asks Brian Hawke why he has come to Diego Suarez, Hawke replies that he has come "to sail against all flags".
- 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."
- Jimmy's instructions for his Initiation Ceremony are "Follow the river to a wall of wood, face the sunrise and look to The Air Up There.
- 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:
- "The Bible calls this day Armageddon, the end of all things."
- Melvin Udall says to a room of psychiatric patients: "What if this is As Good as It Gets?"
- Assassin's Creed (2016): Courtesy of Alan Rikkin during his speech to the Templars:
"But it is not to ourselves, but to the future that we must give glory. A future purged of the Assassin's Creed."
- Avengers: Infinity War did it for its sequel instead:
- In the biopic of Howard Hughes, the Title Drop comes after he's terribly injured in a plane crash. It is a minor plot point showing what he thought as himself as.
- 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."
- Each Babylon 5 season has a title, such as "Signs and Portents" or "Point of No Return". Some episodes have the same title as the season they occur in. These episodes are typically rather important.
- 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.
- In Bank Shot, Karp mentions the phrase 'bank shot' multiple times within a couple of minutes when outlining The Caper to Ballentine.
- 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."
- "Yes, we have everything here: moose, bear, wolves, lynx, everything you need. So, what kind of game are you looking for?" "Big Game."
- "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.
- The Trope Codifier for film: "I need ya, Deck. This is a bad one, the worst yet. I need the old blade runner, I need your magic."
- Blood Widow: While reading the Diary she found in the abandoned boarding school, Laurie reads out loud that, as the little girl was being hauled off by the police for killing the headmaster for abusing her, the other girls started calling her "Blood Widow".
- Blooded: After Eve shoots the stag, Ben daubs her cheeks with the animal's blood, and tells her that she has been 'blooded', and explains how this a tradition after a hunter makes their first kill.
- 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.
- Bonnie And Bonnie: The German press dubs Yara and Kiki this after they go on the lam in the film's final act, in a take off from the notorious American outlaw couple.
- "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!"
- "Why hello there, Bruce Almighty."
- Dr. Walters tells Munsey that he uses "Brute Force" when treating the prisoners and feels pleasure from it.
- 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?"
- "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:
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?
- Cloud Atlas:
- Zachry talks about wishing he had some kind of map to track souls as they move across the ages, like clouds across the sky. He calls it an "atlas o' clouds".
- The title of Frobisher's masterpiece is The Cloud Atlas Sextet. Its structure is described as extremely similar to that of the novel, with six individual parts slowly woven together into one greater whole. Frobisher himself isn't sure if it's clever or gimmicky.
- Near the end of Clueless, as Cher's inner monologue reviews her track record with guys throughout the film:
- "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."
- Dave Made a Maze: At the end of the movie, Harry asks Dave for a title for the documentary, Dave suggests "Dave Made a Maze". Harry rejects it for being too on-the-nose.
- 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.
- "Fifteen men on the dead man's chest..."
- Oddly enough, this movie also contains a title drop for the next film in the series when Tia Dalma asks the crew if they're brave enough to sail the waters at world's end.
- "When I arrived in Carlotta, I thought of the words Marlowe had said to me over fifteen years ago: Dead Men Don't 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!"
- In Dog Days (2018), the weather girl Alexa mentions the dog days of summer.
- Drive, He Said opens with Gabriel watching basketball and reciting the Robert Creeley poem "I Know a Man," which includes the movie's title.
- "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.
- "Get back, you Eight Legged Freaks!"
- 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:
- "You've just been erased."
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: The title is a line from an Alexander Pope poem, which Kirsten Dunst recites at one point.
- The last line of Everybody's Fine: "If you would ask me I would have to say in all honesty, Everybody's fine. Everybody's fine."
- Agatha Christie's Evil Under The Sun, spoken by Hercule Poirot after murder has been done at a luxury beach resort.
- "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.
- The Fifth Element: Drops literally in the first five minutes.
'''Water, fire. Earth, air. And this one... The Fifth... Element."
- 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.
- In Fly Away, Jeanne calms Mandy during her panic attacks by singing "Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home."
- "'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."
- In the 1926 silent Colombian film Garras de Oro' (Golden Claws), one of the characters mentions the title (albeit in singular) when referring to the USA taking Panama from Colombia.
"That fateful day for my fatherland, the flag that gloriously floated over the isthmus (...) was taken down for ever by bribed hands, by the golden claw, stronger than the honor of the people..."
- In the movie Get Out (2017), shouted to the main character by one of the guests at a party. He's trying to save him from the same fate that he had.
"Get out! GET OUT!! GET OUT OF HERE!!"
- 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.
- Godzilla (2014):
"We call him... Gojira."
- Gold Through the Fire: Near the end when talking to his foster brother Peter uses the title phrase when describing what Russian Christians endured.
- 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.
- Go West, Young Lady: "Go West, Young Lady" is the name of a song Lola sings in the Crystal Palace.
- 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".)
- Halloween III: Season of the Witch "Yes kids, you too can win one of the big Halloween 3, that's right, 3 horrific masks.."
- Mullins says she and Ashburn are "The Heat". It's a sign of Ashburn's development when she later echoes it.
- "Ferris, let's just go bring them home. Henry & Verlin."
- 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.
- It's perpetual in Highway 61 but the first time Highway 61 is mentioned, Pokey is explaining the iconic roadway to Jackie.
- "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..."
- ''Happy Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor!"
- Steven screaming "I Love You Phillip Morris!" when he's being taken to another prison.
- I Saw What You Did: While making their prank calls, Libby and Kit says "I saw what you did, and I know who you are".
- 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.
- When Mark finally buys one of Nelson's paintings, Nelson says, "I don't know what to say." Mark replies, "If You Could Say It in Words, there would be no reason to paint. Edward Hopper."
- "He said this whole trip, this whole being in Bruges thing, was just to give you one last, joyful memory before you died." "In 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!"
- The words "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" suddenly appear on the karaoke screen at the hotel bar, causing Julie to run back to her hotel room.
- "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.
- In Jack of the Red Hearts, Glory correctly identifies a card Jack shows her as "Jack of the red hearts."
- A number of times in the James Bond films (excluding the ones named after a significant character or object):
May Day: What a view...
Zorin: ...to a kill.
- 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."
- 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 and Jules?" The response? "No, Jules and 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!"
- During their breakup, Susan tells Frank, "You know, it's just possible they're willing to accept you Just the Way You Are down there in Texas."
- David doesn't know how to count money, so he pays people in large bills and says, "Keep the change."
- "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.
- Killing Them Softly: Hitman Cogan explains that he prefers to "kill them softly" at an impersonal distance to avoid unpleasantness beforehand. Notably, the director hid the fact that he planned to change the name of the film (originally Cogan's Trade) so that Brad Pitt wouldn't realize he was delivering a Title Drop.
- 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.
- A second one occurs near the end of the film; this one too makes perfect sense and fits in naturally with the dialogue.
Balian: I have surrendered Jerusalem. All will be safely escorted to the sea. If this is indeed the Kingdom of Heaven, then let God do with it as he will.
- King of Thieves: During one of his rants, Terry sarcastically refers to Brian as "the king of thieves".
- The title of the movie Kiss of the Dragon refers to the special forbidden technique that Jet Li uses to kill the Big Bad.
- Knives Out: Benoit Blanc describes the Thrombey family as "a pack of vultures at the feast: knives out, beaks bloody" when referring to how they act like hungry vultures around their patriarch's corpse and how quick they are to turn on one another.
- 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.
- The mentally disabled Roger Meyers gives a speech about wanting to marry the woman he loves, Like Normal People.
- 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 Little Rascals: Somewhat. During the go-kart derby, Alfalfa and Spanky take a detour by accident leading them to a shopping center; they whizz through the front of a supermarket and ram into an old man who then calls out to them, "YOU LITTLE RASCALS!"
- The Lookout: "That's the most important job of all.. you're the lookout."
- Maurice Chevalier to Jeanette MacDonald: "Listen, my beautiful princess, I love you! I love you! And whatever comes tomorrow, love me tonight. Love Me Tonight!"
- 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 note , so it wouldn't make sense otherwise.
- 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.
- Bilbo's line "I'm not at home!" may refer to the chapter "Not at Home" from The Hobbit.
- Gandalf also mutters the words "riddles in the dark" to himself while waiting for Frodo. That's the chapter of The Hobbit in which Bilbo finds the Ring.
- Also: "There is only one Lord of the Ring, 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:
Bilbo: What is this place?
Balin: Once, it was the kingdom of Dale. Now, it is a ruin. The Desolation of Smaug.
- 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."
- Lucky Number Slevin: a key part of The Reveal, explaining the origin and relevance of Slevin's unusual name.
- Mad Money: Bridget's mother apparently told her that every woman should keep a stash of "mad money". Jackie asks whether it's for when you "go mad" or when you "get mad".
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!
- Margarita with a Straw: While in a bar, Laila decides on a "margarita... with a straw" as her drink.
- "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."
- Subverted in Mortdecai. Johanna says "Don't point that thing at me!" when Charlie tries to kiss her with his mustache, which is the title of the book that the film is based on.
- 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."
- "I can't run the store!" "Why not?" "Because you have to run it!" "That's not a good reason." "It's called Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium! It rhymes!"
- Mr. Right gets its title from a sarcastic remark about Martha falling for a guy she doesn't even know the name of. It works out, though.
- My Pet Monster: When a girl sees Max in monster form and asks what he is, a boy replies "That's my pet monster".
- 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.
- Nightfall (1988): Sor, the religious leader, has come to argue with Aton, the scientific leader. Aton insists that he be told what Sor has planned, and Sor talks about the stories in the Book of Illumination, identifying the upcoming eclipse as nightfall. The secret holy book tells him that this event has occurred several times before.
"This... night... fall... will be the ninth nightfall and the darkness one of all."—Sor
- 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.
- Also near the end of the sequel London Has Fallen: "London may have fallen, but it has always endured and will rise again."
- In Angel Has Fallen, a news reporter states that "Trumbull's top guardian angel has fallen tonight" when Mike is arrested for the assassination attempt on Trumbull.
- "Our people Once Were Warriors..."
- Other People's 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.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: After asking Henry Turner to relay a message to Jack Sparrow, Captain Salazar says, "I'd tell him myself, but...dead men tell no tales."
- 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.
- Prairie Fever: The mayor and the preacher diagnose the mental conditions the Mail Order Brides are suffering from as 'prairie fever': a malaise brought one by being unable to cope with the wide open spaces of the prairies.
- "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'."
- Princess Cyd: It turns out that a children's book Miranda wrote is named this, after the main character. Cyd thinks it was named after her. It turns out to be the opposite though, as her mom really liked the book.
- At the end of the film, Frank Castle accepted his fate as a wanted vigilante by forsaking his name and calling himself The Punisher.
- "You gave me a Raw Deal."
- "I'm not much on Rear Window ethics."
- Revenge of the Virgins: As Potter is grabbed by the Indians and dragged away to meet his fate, the narrator intones "This is the revenge of the virgins".
- Ride Along
James: I'ma take you on a ride along.
- The title of The Right Stuff is mentioned early in the film by one of the characters.
- In Ripper: Letter from Hell, Jason explains that the jumbled words the killer left behind at the scene of Marissa's murder is the text of Jack the Ripper's so-called 'From Hell' letter.
- "Eventually, all things merge into one, and A River Runs Through It".
- 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.
- When asked for the callsign of the ship they've hijacked for their rogue mission to steal the Death Star plans, Bodhi replies "It's Rogue... Rogue One!"
- 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.
- "No problem, just Rush Hour".
- "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.''
- The Secret (2007): Near the end, when Sam "wakes up" Ben says he has to tell her a secret (about her mother sharing her body), which they kept from everyone else since it would seem too absurd.
- A rare Coen brothers example has Sy Ableman described as "A Serious Man" at his funeral.
- "Secrets & Lies. We're all in pain. Why can't we share our pain?"
- Serial Killing 4 Dummys: Casey presents a paper to Mr. Korn's class entitled "Serial Killing 4 Dummys" (making it also a Metafictional Title).
- In Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird, Gordon tells Olivia to "follow that bird" right before the chase scene.
- Shortcut to Happiness: Johnnie's father in the Story Within a Story tells his son that "there is no shortcut to happiness". The line gets a callback several times, especially during Stone's trial.
- 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?!")
- In The Sleeping Cardinal, Roland Adair starts writing a confession that begins "The Sleeping Cardinal made me...", but is killed before he gets any further, leaving what appeals to a baffling suicide note.
- 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.
- 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".
- 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.
- The last line of Sorry, Wrong Number is George's voice saying "Sorry, wrong number" before the handset is placed back on the receiver.
- 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.
- Stand Clear of the Closing Doors is set largely in the New York City Subway. The title appears twice, once in Spanish and once in English.
- 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.
- In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the trope was used twice in the same conversation. When Kylo Ren finds Luke, he claims that he'll finally be able to kill the last Jedi. Luke then turns right around and says that he isn't the last Jedi anymore.
- "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!"
- "So that's it, huh? What, we're some kinda Suicide Squad." Being an especially on-the-nose line from an already very polarizing movie, it quickly jumped on the fast track to becoming meme.
- "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."
- The Sun Is Also A Star: Natasha says "The sun's also a star" when discussing with Daniel the usage of stars versus the sun in poetry (she really enjoys astronomy).
- In Suspect Zero, the titular numbered suspect is often mentioned in the cryptic communications between FBI Agent Mackelway and Serial Killer O'Ryan.
- In The Sweetest Thing, Christina introduces a man named Peter to her friend Jane at a dance club. When Peter rejects Jane, Christina explains that she was trying to pair a woman up for him, to which he sarcastically responds, "That is the sweetest thing."
- 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 Witwicky: "better call the city! We've got a blown transformer!"
- 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."
- Transylvania 6-5000 is how Fejos answers the telephone.
- Tremors 5: Bloodlines: Travis blurts out "Bloodlines" when he reveals himself to be Burt Gummer's son.
- "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".
- Valdez is Coming: "Valdez is coming" is the message Valdez gives to Tanner's wounded henchman to deliver to Tanner.
- During the Final Battle in Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Carnage declares, "Let there be carnage!"
- Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps has a partial one: "Money is the bitch that never sleeps".
- War for the Planet of the Apes drops the title of the entire franchise in a vaguely clumsy way:
Colonel McCullough: "This is our last stand, and if we lose, it will be a planet of apes."
- WE ARE! MARSHALL! Also doubles as Arc Words.
- 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.
- What's the Worst That Could Happen?: When Walter is attempting to explain the implication of the bankruptcy deal, Max sneers "What's the worst that could happen?"
- In When the Bough Breaks (1994), Jordan writes the "Rockabye Baby" poem on the wall of his Room Full of Crazy.
- Charlie and Beth walk into the kitchen and ask each other simultaneously, "Where's Willie?"
- 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:
: What kind of monster are you? Logan
- 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."