Once upon a time, there was an addictive little game called Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon (or The Oracle of Bacon). Surely you've heard of it? The '90s game was simple, but brilliant -- just about any and every actor (alive or dead) in Hollywood could be linked to the 'Footloose' star by only six degrees. It sounded impossible -- yet everyone seemed to be linked. Even Charlie Chaplin! See, he starred in 'Limelight' in 1952, which had Norman Lloyd, who appeared in 'The Age of Innocence' in 1993. That film also featured Pasquale Cajano, who was in the 1996 film 'Sleepers' with -- you guessed it -- Kevin Bacon.
But now there's a new challenge out there proving to be just as difficult -- find the most commonly used movie title.
Guardian writer Adam Dawtrey noticed that an IMDb search for the upcoming Rebecca Hall flick 'The Awakening' brought up a whopping 34 film and television titles that date back to a short film from 1909. As he points out: "It's not a word much used in everyday speech, yet film-makers across the decades have found it exceptionally useful and vivid in expressing their intentions. Emerging from slumber, or coming alive, is clearly an essential cinematic trope."
From there, he tried 'The Hole,' which brought up 16 matches and films like 'Robin Hood,' which offered 22. And then he turned to Shakespearian "cheating" with 'The Tempest' at 19 and 'The Merchant of Venice' at 17 -- though he surprisingly makes no mention of 'Romeo and Juliet,' which actually beats 'The Awakening' with 36 hits. Sneaky.
Dawtrey was able to finally beat 'Awakening' with romance, finding 'Love' to have 67, though we found 70 hits -- oh, that wiley, ever-changing IMDb -- with another quick search. ('The Kiss' was also popular at 39 -- or 40, as of this morning.)
Regardless of the slightly differing results coming off the search page, it's fun to see just how popular "awakening" is as a cinematic word and trope, and just how much Hollywood (as well as audiences) want (and can relate to) love and kisses. So then, at 70 different hits, is "Love" the most popular movie title in cinema history (keep in mind this includes foreign translations and alternate titles)?
Try to beat it and share your results below.