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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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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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"Mi Pobre Angelito" - "My Poor Little Angel" (Spain)

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Actors: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy, Catherine O'Hara Lionel Barrymore, + more

Initial Release: 1990

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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The Naked Gun: From the Files ... is listed (or ranked) 10 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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#22 on The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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

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#17 on The Funniest '80s Movies

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Girl, Interrupted is listed (or ranked) 11 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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#39 on The Best Movies of 1999

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Army of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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Captain Supermarket


"Captain Supermarket" (Japan)

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Actors: Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Embeth Davidtz Bill Moseley, + more

Initial Release: 1992

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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#66 on The Best Classic Horror Movies

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#13 on The Best Horror Movies of the 1990s

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My Best Friend's Wedding is listed (or ranked) 13 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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#11 on The Greatest Romantic Comedies of All Time

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#42 on The Best Movies of 1997

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 14 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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#22 on The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

#6 on The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time

#34 on The Greatest Movie Themes

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Leaving Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 15 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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#92 on The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents

#15 on The Best Movies of 1995

#19 on The Best Movies About Writers

#21 on The Best Movies About Depression

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Interview with the Vampire: Th... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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#9 on The Best Movies of 1994

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