The Colors In Movie Titles!

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Using colors in movie titles is a common way to name movies. Movies are one of the most important parts of the entertainment industry. We watch a movie to have fun, spend time, and even learn. We choose a movie based on several reasons. But, one thing that plays a key role in it is the title. Movie titles are representative of the whole point of the movie. Different factors are involved in a name or the title. One of them is color. Movies with a color in the title can reveal so much about the show itself. I’m sure that everybody has at least watched one movie with a color in its name. 

People have various tastes in movies. And several factors can affect their choices. When we’re picking a movie, we consider things like the genre, the actors, the directors, and of course the title of it. The title of a movie is one of the first things that catch our attention. Titles help the audience know more about a film. Thus, the elements used in a title are of utmost importance. 

A large number of movies and shows use colors in the title. Color in the movie title says more about the mood or even the genre of it. 

Now, let’s talk about some of these films and shows.

A title has a few functions:

  1. It tells you about the movie
  2. It intrigues you to watch it
  3. It brings a few questions to your mind about the show
  4. It transfers the message of the movie
Why Colors?!

Importance of Colors In Movie Titles

Why is it so important for movies to use colors?
The answer is simple: because colors can help the storytelling process. They make the journey more appealing, dynamic, and visually beautiful. Appropriate colors, along with other right components, could help the storytelling parts flow smoothly together.

Color Psychology In the Movies

What is color psychology?
Color psychology includes a vast area of knowledge about colors. Color psychology explains how and why colors can impact our moods, feelings, and behaviors. Color psychology reveals the effects that certain colors have on human behaviors. 

Now, let’s have a look at some of these movies: 

(Based on the IMDB list, the following descriptions are taken from the IMDB)
Before reading the description of each movie, just read the movie title and try to guess the mood of it, then read the descriptions to see if you were right or not!!

Colors In movie titles: Red

1.Red (2010)

Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Story: When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last-ditch effort to survive and uncover his assailants.

colors in movie titles, red movie poster, movie casts

2.Red 2 (2013) 

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Story: Retired CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device.

colors in movie titles, red 2 movie poster and its casts

3.Red Dawn (1984)

Genre: Action, Drama
Story: It is the dawn of World War III. In the western mountains of America, a group of teenagers band together to defend their town and their country from invading Soviet forces.

colors in movie titles, red dawn movie 1984

4.Red Dawn (2012) 

Genre: Action, Drama
Story: A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.

colors in movie titles, red dawn 2012 movie poster

5.Red Dragon (2002)

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Story: A retired FBI agent with psychological gifts is assigned to help track down “The Tooth Fairy”, a mysterious serial killer. Aiding him is imprisoned forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter.

colors in movie titles, red dragon movie poster

Red Color Psychology

Red is the representative color of energy, passion, and action. It also shows anger and excitement. It signifies a pioneering spirit and leadership qualities, promoting ambition and determination. It is also strong-willed and can give confidence to those who are shy or lacking in willpower.

Movies apply several factors to create the best possible mood for their story. Colors are one of those crucial factors, either in the title or in the theme. Colors help the audience to prepare a background before they watch a movie.

Colors In Movie Titles: Blue

1.Blue Valentine (2010)

Genre: Drama, Romance
Story: The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.

2.Blue Velvet (1986) 

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Story: The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.

colors in movie titles, blue velvet movie poster 1986

3.Blue (1993)

Genre: Biography, Drama
Story: Against a plain, unchanging blue screen, a densely interwoven soundtrack of voices, sound effects, and music attempt to convey a portrait of Derek Jarman’s experiences with AIDS, both literally and allegorically, together with an exploration of the meanings associated with the color blue.

colors in movie titles, blue 1993 movie poster

4.Blues (2008)

Genre: Drama
Story: A powerful hostage thriller in the vein of ‘Dog Day Afternoon. Starring: Ty Hodges, Steve Connell, Ari Graynor (Conviction) & Sydney T. Poitier (Grindhouse).

colors in movie titles, blues 2008 poster

5.Deep Blue Sea (1999) 

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Story: Searching for a cure to Alzheimer’s disease, a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the prey, as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back. 

colors in movie titles, deep blue sea 1999

Blue Color Psychology

First, close your eyes and imagine the blue color. How does it make you feel?! In what ways does it affect your mood? Color psychology suggests that seeing blue sends feelings of calmness and serenity to the mind. This color usually represents peace, tranquility, order, and security. 

Colors In Movie Titles: Green

1. Green (II) (2000)

Genre: Crime, Drama
Story: For two lifelong friends from Boston “green” means money. So when they start up a counterfeiting ring it seems that they will be in the “green” for good. But no matter how close their friendship or how strong the bond of trust between them. They are about to find out the hard way.

colors in movie titles, green 2000 movie poster

2.The Green Mile (1999)

Genre: Crime, drama, Fantasy 
Story: The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.

colors in movie titles, the green mile 1999

3. The Green Hornet (2011)

Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Story: Following the death of his father, Britt Reid, heir to his father’s large company, teams up with his late dad’s assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team.

colors in movie titles, green hornet 2011

4.The Green Lantern (2011) 

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Story: Reckless test pilot Hal Jordan is granted an alien ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers that inducts him into an intergalactic police force, the Green Lantern Corps.

colors in movie titles, green lantern movie poster 2011

Green Color Psychology

Green is the dominant color in nature. It’s the color of many plants. Most green things in nature can grow and have rebirth. Therefore, green stands for growth, birth, and fresh starts. The color evokes feelings of abundance, refreshment, peace, and security. 

Good news for animation fans, here you can read more about colors in animations.
Another good news is for Potterhead’s, you can also read more about Harry Potter and Its colors here.


To wrap it up, the movie titles are essential factors that can either antique an audience or make them go away. Finding the best title for a movie is not easy. But, applying the right elements and knowledge can result in a proper one. 

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Im Negar, and I enjoy communicating in other languages, I also like colors. So I write in colors' language. Let's see how it looks like!

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