Comedians deliver their messages concisely; so too do business communicators. We can all learn from the way that screenwriters name their films, and the way that film marketers create slogans that persuade us to watch them.
Check out these titles. Do they tell the story, or ask a question that makes us want to discover the answer? Does the slogan save a poor title from oblivion by creating interest?
Think of the products and service that you’ve involved with. Are you selling them as effectively as these film professionals? Many of the slogans are funny, even when the films are not meant to be.
Comedy cuts through. This long list has scores of jokes hidden as slogans.
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Marked for Death
He was a good cop in a bad mood.
He’s a cop accused of murder. And the only one who knows he’s innocent is the killer who wants him dead.
Ex-cop Gene Walston has just witnessed a murder. But there’s no evidence, no witness, and no body.
In a city of corruption, most cops don’t know where to start. These guys don’t know when to stop.
Someone to Watch Over Me
A married cop. A beautiful witness. Protecting her became a dangerous affair.
He threw away the rule book. Then wrote his own.
He’s a cop on the edge. She’s a woman with a dangerous secret. They’ve been targeted by the Russian Mob. And now they’re both fair game.
An Innocent Man
Two cops on the take just made the biggest mistake of their lives. They framed an innocent man.
He wanted power. He wanted revenge. Now he just wants out.
He’s en ex-cop with a bad mouth, a bad attitude and a bad seat. And for terrorists on Flight 163 he’s very bad news.
For an ex-cop obsessed with an unsolved murder, trusting the wrong woman can be a deadly choice.
In a corrupt police force, the one bad apple is an honest cop.
A cop on the edge. A conspiracy on the rise. A killer on the loose.
For a rookie cop, there’s one thing more dangerous than uncovering a killer’s fantasy. Becoming it.
He was a cop. She was a thief. Together they were running for their lives.
As law enforcers they believed they were untouchable. Now they’re being accountable.
Unlawful Entry A man obsessed will do anything for love. A cop obsessed can get away with it.
A dangerous drug lord. A renegade cop…The ultimate showdown.
Al Capone ruled Chicago with absolute power. No one could stop him. Until Elliot Ness and a small force of men swore they’d bring him down.
Wanted Dead or Alive
The government wants them dead or alive. Nick Randall is a CIA bounty hunter. He just wants them dead.
Somewhere between the CIA and the KGB there’s Viper.
Rambo, Part II
No man, no war, no law can stop him.
One Tough Bastard
Revenge is everything.
Nowhere to Run
When the law can’t protect the innocent, the only hero left is an outlaw.
The Young Americans
The American drug wars have come to London and one cop has a mission to stop them.
Street justice is the only justice.
One Man’s Justice
One man’s family threatened. One man’s partner murdered. Now it’s time for one man’s justice.
In the shadows of life, in the business of death. One man found a reason to live.
They shouldn’t have put him in the water if they didn’t want him to make waves.
When there’s no going back and no place to hide, the hunted turns hunter.
On Deadly Ground
His battle to save the Alaskan wilderness and protect its people can only be won on deadly ground.
He loved the American dream…with a vengeance.
Not for honour. Not for country. For his wife and child.
Gun for Hire
It’s only a matter of time…before all hell breaks loose.
His relentless search for justice made him the enemy.
Clear and Present Danger
Truth needs a soldier.
The cold war won’t be over until Shane Royce adds a little heat.
When the smoke clears, that means he’s just re-loading.
If society won’t punish the guilty, he will.
They raped her sister and killed her best friend…
They promised to expose the guilty. But they used his honour, his friendships, and betrayed his trust.
Honour made him a man. Courage made him a hero. History made him a legend.
What kind of man would defy a king?
Retreat is not an option.
Nothing in this world has prepared you for this.
Turn back the clock and you’re history.
Men cannot resist her. Mankind may not survive her.
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
They live for pleasure. They live for the kill. And they live forever.
On Jupiter’s moon, he’s the only law.
Stop watching the stars and start watching your back.
Man created the perfect killing machine. Now man is the enemy.
Search and Destroy
It’s the world’s deadliest weapon. No army can stop it.
An extreme taste of reality.
Omen IV – The Awakening
They said it was over. They were wrong.
The moon is full. The man is changing. The animal is out.
Go the distance.
River of Death
The ultimate action-adventure where only the toughest survive.
Think you can control it? Think again.
An heiress. A hustler. A set-up. A murder. It’s not a game anymore.
How close can you get to a killer before you’re too close?
No Suspects. No Witnesses. No Clues.
First the set-up, then the frame-up, next the cover-up.
Third Degree Burn
A passion in the first degree. Murder in the second. The price for getting too close.
Buried deep in the Florida Everglades is a secret that can save an innocent man or let a killer kill again.
A trusted wife. A high-price call girl. Mirror images twisted together by sex, murder and betrayal.
For passion, betrayal and murder, there’s still no place like home.
The most challenging sport has just become the deadliest game.
Revenge can be a deadly game. Even for a trained killer.
She is young. She is beautiful. She is next.
Between suspicion and seduction, trust and deception, moves the shadow of murder.
A Dangerous Place
High school can be a dangerous place…and a deadly experience.
It’s hard to find a killer when the government refuses to acknowledge there is one.
It would’ve been the perfect murder, if only the victim was dead.
When there’s murder on these streets, everyone’s a suspect.
The Hand that Rocks the Cradle
Behind a beautiful face, beneath a dangerous smile, lies a revenge that can’t be stopped.
There’s one murder that may concern him more than his father’s. His own.
One man is copying the most notorious killers in history…one at a time. Together two women must stop him from killing again. Or they’re next.
Where Sleeping Dogs Lie
To write the book of his career, he will study a brutal crime. To uncover its secrets and reveal the truth he must enter the mind of a killer.
They were separated by a death and reunited by a murder.
A dangerous deal. A double-cross. And the ultimate set-up is yet to come.
In a daring armed robbery, they’ll risk everything for the ultimate score.
Taking it all will take everything he’s got.
We go in, we get what we want, we get out.
Victim of Love
She warned her patients about fatal attractions. She should’ve taken her own advice.
Sleeping with the Enemy
She changed her name, her looks, her life. All to escape the most dangerous man she knew – her husband.
Some fantasies go too far.
The one passion more uncontrollable than love.
Murder brought them together, passion keeps them there.
A Kiss Before Dying
Loving him was easy. Trusting him was deadly.
She lived for him. She lied for him. Now she’ll kill for him.
When the mob meet the mafia, there’s only one outcome. War.
A Prayer for the Dying
The movement wants his heart. The mob wants his gun. Martin Fallon wants his freedom.
In the mob, there’s only one thing more sacred than family. Silence.
Three decades of life in the mafia.
She can identify a wanted killer. But to catch him, she’ll have to be the bait.
You’re never more vulnerable than when you’ve seen too much.
It’s always dangerous to presume.
The doctors, the church, the lawyers and even his own clients are desperate to settle. But Galvin is determined to defy them all. He will try the case.
Nothing personal. It’s just father versus daughter in the fight of their lives.
When a murder case is this shocking, which do you trust? Your emotions or your evidence?
As a lawyer she wanted nothing but the truth. As his daughter she wanted nothing but his innocence.
There is no defense.
Between guilt and innocence lies temptation.
Now it’s going to be your word against hers.
The charges were shocking. The truth didn’t matter.
On the nuclear submarine USS Alabama one man has absolute power. And one man will do anything to stop him.
The Hunt for Red October
Invisible. Silent. Stolen.
It’s not the fall that kills you.
Together they take adventure past the point of no return.
Danger is a way of life.
No Way Out
Is it a crime of passion or an act of treason?
One breath of oxygen and it explodes in a deadly rage.
A Season in Purgatory
A decade of damnation. A lifetime of deceit.
An epic story of crime and obsession.
A Time to Kill
It was a time to stand up for what they believed in. It was a time to doubt what they trusted. And no time for mistakes.
Sooner or later a man who wears two faces forgets which one is real.
Changing the face won’t change the man. The past will always find you.
Her doctor wasn’t playing God. He thought he was God.
A Bronx Tale
When you live with criminals, chances are you’re going to die with them.
Streets of Fire
Enter a world where street gangs rule and violence is real.
Sometimes the difference between life and death can be a narrow margin.
The dark side of nature.
He was lured by drugs into a world in which no one rests. And few escape.
The Crying Game
Some secrets should never be revealed.
Obsession is the ultimate weapon.
Get ready for rush hour.
Reflections on a Crime
After seven years on death row, Regina has one last night to reveal the truth.
Lies. Deceit. Betrayal. It’s what friendship is all about.
She thought she had the perfect life. But she was dead wrong.
Rumble in the Bronx
No fear. No stuntmen. No equal.
It was a question every man must answer. Whether to follow his dreams no matter what. Or let go slowly and let life lead him where it will.
Legends of the Fall
There is a legend that must be told of what is savage in our hearts and what is wild in us all.
She knew his face, his touch, his voice. She knew everything about him but the truth.
Experience the adventure that legends are made of.
An irrepressible spirit. An untamable heart. A love story for all time.
In Love and War
In war they found each other. In each other they found love.
Up Close and Personal
Every day we have is one more than we deserve.
The past ties them together. The hood will tear them apart.
Age of Innocence
In a world of tradition, in an age of innocence, they dared to break the rules.
It’s never too late for true love.
No one stays at the top forever.
He changed a world but lost a nation.
Fifty million people watched, but no one saw a thing.
The Crossing Guard
Some lives cross. Other collide.
The Shawshank Redemption
It takes a strong man to save himself. And a great man to save another.
A story about the years that keep us apart and the moments that bring us together.
The true story of a triumph of the human spirit.
Waiting to Exhale
Friends are the people who let you be yourself and never let you forget it.
Chasing the Dragon
Mother. Lover. Addict. What she needs can save her. What she wants can kill her.
It’s not where you’ve been. It’s where you’re bound.
Comedy/Drama (or, Dramedy)
War of the Roses
Once in a lifetime comes a motion picture that makes you feel like falling in love all over again. This is not that movie.
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime date … with destiny.
Moonlight and Valentino
A film as funny, complicated and real … as life itself.
Just because they serve you doesn’t mean they like you.
Just when Connie was running out of hope … she got herself a life. Unfortunately it was somebody else’s.
Keys to Tulsa
Blackmail. Seduction. Murder … It’s been a big weekend!
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