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Sadly, there are no funny alternative titles for Lost in Translation (though it is called Lost in Tokyo in Israel). Nevertheless, it's amazing what translators and marketers get from films and how they think it is best to market them to different national audiences. Read on to have your mind completely blown by some of the most nonsensical, ridiculous, and full-on spoiler giving titles of films from around the world. 

Sometimes words don't work well in other languages, that's just a fact of life and the pitfalls of local dialects. So what are the funniest foreign movie titles? Take a look here and you'll see how sometimes words do get lost in translation.

Foreign translations of film titles often end up... a little mixed up. Some make no sense at all, while some cut right to the heart of the film, by passing any artistic thought or meaning. In any case, these are the funniest, oddest, most absurd foreign translations of film titles that have been dreamt up (and released) so far.


Many of these movies can be found on Netflix or Amazon Prime (in English, of course). If you're a movie buff, also check out the Best Foreign Legion Movies, the Best Oscar-Winning Foreign Movies, and the Must-See German Movies From the 21st Century
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Billy Madison is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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"Dumb But Not That Dumb" (Mexico)

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Actors: Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Chris Farley, Norm Macdonald Bridgette Wilson, + more

Initial Release: 1995

Directed by: Tamra Davis

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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"Se mi lasci ti cancello" - "If you leave me I erase you." (Italy)

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Actors: Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey, Mark Ruffalo Elijah Wood, + more

Initial Release: 2004

Directed by: Michel Gondry

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#111 on The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

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The Naked Gun: From the Files ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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"The Gun Died Laughing (Israel)

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Actors: O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson, Leslie Nielsen Priscilla Presley, + more

Initial Release: 1988

Directed by: David Zucker

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#29 on The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

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#51 on The Greatest Movies of the 1980s, Ranked

#20 on The Best PG-13 Crime Fiction Movies

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Girl, Interrupted is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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"17 Year-Old Girl's Medical Chart" (Japan)

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Actors: Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder, Whoopi Goldberg, Jared Leto Brittany Murphy, + more

Initial Release: 1999

Directed by: James Mangold

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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"O homem que matou a própria mãe" (Portugal) - "The Man Who Killed His Mother"

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Actors: Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles Martin Balsam, + more

Initial Release: 1960

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

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Interview with the Vampire: Th... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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So, You're a Lawyer


"So, You're a Lawyer" (Hong Kong)

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Actors: Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Thandie Newton Antonio Banderas, + more

Initial Release: 1994

Directed by: Neil Jordan

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#132 on The Most Overrated Movies of All Time

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My Best Friend's Wedding is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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"Help! My Pretend Boyfriend Is Gay" (Hong Kong)

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Actors: Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts, Paul Giamatti, Rupert Everett Rachel Griffiths, + more

Initial Release: 1997

Directed by: P. J. Hogan

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#327 on The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

#400 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#12 on The Greatest Romantic Comedies of All Time

#18 on The Best Date Movies

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Leaving Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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"I'm a Drunk and You're a Prostitute" (Hong Kong)

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Actors: Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay, Elisabeth Shue, Emily Procter Valeria Golino, + more

Initial Release: 1995

Directed by: Mike Figgis

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#210 on The Most Overrated Movies of All Time

#271 on The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

#475 on The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

#94 on The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents

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