In the beginning of a film (or in the end) there are credits, or information about creators of the film: actors, producers, production designers and so on. The example. And among credits there is the name of the film in big letters. Is there a special term for the name of a film?

For example, this: 2001: A Space Odyssey

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    I don't understand what you're asking. The term for the name of a film is "the name of a film" or "the title of a film". Jan 7, 2015 at 11:58
  • @DavidRicherby he's asking about title cards. It's clearer if we see the image, but the rules on editing won't let me edit to show the image inline until the pending edit is either accepted or rejected.
    – Jon Hanna
    Jan 7, 2015 at 12:04
  • @JonHanna I hate that feature of editing. The fact that you have enough rep to edit unilaterally should also let you approve other people's edits unilaterally, but it doesn't. Anyway, my edit has now been approved. Jan 7, 2015 at 12:07
  • @JonHanna I did follow the link to the image but it didn't enlighten me. Is the question asking for literally "the term for the name of a film"? (In which case, the answer is near-trivial: "the name or title of a film") Is it asking for a term for the act of stating of the film's name in the opening credits? For the way in which it's presented? Jan 7, 2015 at 12:10
  • @DavidRicherby I could be misinterpreting of course, but I think they are talking about the actual title card, as per my answer.
    – Jon Hanna
    Jan 7, 2015 at 12:10

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Title card.

E.g this listicle and indeed this google image search results (content warning: One of the images that returns is from a horror film and gory, not terribly realistic, but don't say you weren't warned).

Title card is also used to refer to the static text that appears in the middle of some films, especially in the silent era, though this is less common now because the technique is less common. Those sorts of title cards are also now called intertitles while the title card with the actual title are not.

Title cards in both senses are also sometimes just called titles, but that can of course also refer to just the name of the film.


I think title is the word you are looking for: (TFD)

  • a descriptive heading, as of a chapter of a book.

Movie titles:

  • Well, «title» is too common, I suppose. Maybe there is some special word? For example, I collect «film titles». I'm searching for the most aproppriate word for the headline of my collection. The collection titres.designcabaret.com
    – Daria
    Jan 7, 2015 at 11:43
  • No, title is the word. What you're referring to as the "titres" I would call the credits.
    – Colin Fine
    Jan 7, 2015 at 11:49
  • Would "Film titles" be the best and the most appropriate headline for the collection?
    – Daria
    Jan 7, 2015 at 11:50
  • Lists of films indexed alphabetically by title. Film titles or movie titles: en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_films
    – user66974
    Jan 7, 2015 at 11:52

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