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The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles

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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    "In amore niente regole" - "No rules in love" (Italy)
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    • Actors: George Clooney, Renée Zellweger, John Krasinski, Randy Newman, Jonathan Pryce + 100 more
    • Initial Release: 2008
    • Directed by: George Clooney
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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 + 70 more
    • Initial Release: 1988
    • Directed by: David Zucker
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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 + 79 more
    • Initial Release: 1995
    • Directed by: Tamra Davis
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    "Der stadneurotiker" - "Urban Neurotic" (German)
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    • Actors: Woody Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Walken, Diane Keaton, Paul Simon + 73 more
    • Initial Release: 1977
    • Directed by: Woody Allen
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    I Love My Dad The Best In The World (Japan)
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    • Actors: Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Liv Tyler + 45 more
    • Initial Release: 2004
    • Directed by: Kevin Smith
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    "Superguys who play hooky" (Portuguese)
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    • Actors: Emma Stone, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jenna Haze, Michael Cera + 68 more
    • Initial Release: 2007
    • Directed by: Greg Mottola
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    "A Super Kangaroo" (Spain)
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    • Actors: Whoopi Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Lauren Graham, Brittany Snow, Patrick Swayze + 76 more
    • Initial Release: 2005
    • Directed by: Adam Shankman
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    "Floppy Coppers Don't Bite" (Germany)
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    • Actors: Tom Hanks, Dan Aykroyd, Christopher Plummer, Shannon Tweed, Alexandra Paul + 54 more
    • Initial Release: 1987
    • Directed by: Tom Mankiewicz
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    "My True Love Will Stand All Outrageous Events" (Thailand)
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    • Actors: Cameron Diaz, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon, Markie Post + 11 more
    • Initial Release: 1998
    • Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
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    "This Hit Man Is Not As Cold As He Thought" (China)
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    • Actors: Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno, Danny Aiello, Ellen Greene + 12 more
    • Initial Release: 1994
    • Directed by: Luc Besson
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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 + 50 more
    • Initial Release: 1999
    • Directed by: James Mangold
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    "Leoparden küsst man nicht" - "You shouldn't kiss leopards" (German)
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    • Actors: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, Charlie Ruggles + 53 more
    • Initial Release: 1938
    • Directed by: Howard Hawks
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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 + 14 more
    • Initial Release: 2004
    • Directed by: Michel Gondry
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    "Spiel mir das lied vom tod" - "Play me the song of death" (German)
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    • Actors: Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson, Jason Robards Jr., Keenan Wynn + 48 more
    • Initial Release: 1968
    • Directed by: Sergio Leone
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    "Todliche Weinachten" -"Bloody Christmas" (German)
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    • Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, Brian Cox, David Morse, Melina Kanakaredes + 11 more
    • Initial Release: 1996
    • Directed by: Renny Harlin
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    "Rache ist sexy" - "Revenge is Sexy" (Germany)
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    • Actors: Jenny McCarthy, Sophia Bush, Brittany Snow, Ashanti, Taylor Kitsch + 7 more
    • Initial Release: 2006
    • Directed by: Betty Thomas
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    "Quando l'amore brucia l'anima" - "When love burns your soul" (Italy)
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    • Actors: Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick, Shelby Lynne + 19 more
    • Initial Release: 2005
    • Directed by: James Mangold
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    "Se ti investo mi sposi?" - "If I run you down (with my car) will you marry me?" (Italy)
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    • Actors: Tom Hanks, Kim Basinger, Denise Richards, Billy Ray Cyrus, Sean Astin + 62 more
    • Initial Release: 2004
    • Directed by: Joel Zwick
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    "Che carriera che si fa con l'aiuto di mammà!" - "What a career advancing with mom's help!" (Italy)
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    • Actors: Boris Karloff, Patty Duke, Burl Ives, Hayley Mills, Tallulah Bankhead + 9 more
    • Initial Release: 1966
    • Directed by: Jules Bass
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    Don't Look at Me: I Can't Hear You

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    "Non guardarmi: non ti sento" - "Don't look at me: I can't hear you." (Italy) 
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