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Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 2.9k votes 263 voters 11.7k views31 items

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Movies - especially highly secretive big budget blockbusters - sometimes film with fake working titles in order to hide production in plain sight. Sometimes these working titles are fun, campy, and tie into the film itself like a built-in Easter eggs, while other times they're deliberately boring just to throw people off. And sometimes, they're just nonsense titles.

They use these fake titles for a myriad of reasons. One, for the safety and secrecy of the set. If you saw a sign for a movie called Rory's First Kiss, you'd be a lot less likely to show up with a camera and telephoto lens than if the sign actually said The Dark Knight. Another reason is for security in actual movie theaters. A film canister marked Blue Harvest is much less likely to be stolen than one labeled Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Occasionally the title hasn't been decided, like with Shoeless Joe, which turned into Field of Dreams. Sometimes, inoffensive or inexplicable titles even stick!

Check out this list to see what your favorite movie might have been called during production!  These are some of the best fake titles for some of the biggest movies ever! Vote up your favorite false working titles below!
  • 1

    Thursday Mourning

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman
    Real Title: Thor: The Dark World
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  • 2


    Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford
    Real title: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a 2008 American science fiction...  more

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  • 3


    Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow
    Real title: Iron Man 2
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  • 4

    Prime Directive

    Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf
    Real title: Transformers
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  • 5

    Still Seas

    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam
    Real title: Pacific Rim
    Pacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro. A ragtag band of...  more

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  • 6

    Corporate Headquarters

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison
    Real title: Star Trek
    Star Trek is a 2009 science fiction film directed by J. J. Abrams, written by Roberto Orci and...  more

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  • 7

    Group Hug

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans
    Real title: The Avengers
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  • 8

    Planet Ice

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet
    Real title: Titanic
    Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A...  more

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  • 9

    Magnus Rex

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine
    Real title: The Dark Knight Rises
    The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC...  more

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  • 10

    Ebb Tide

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt
    Real title: Jurassic World
    Jurassic World is a 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow,...  more

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  • 11


    Real title: The Hunger Games
  • 12

    Red Sun

    Marlon Brando, Kevin Spacey
    Real title: Superman Returns
    Superman Returns is a 2006 American superhero film directed and produced by Bryan Singer. It...  more

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  • 13

    Shoeless Joe

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon
    Real title: Field of Dreams
    Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who...  more

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  • 14

    After Party

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth
    Real title: Avengers: Age of Ultron
    Avengers: Age of Ultron is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on...  more

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  • 15

    Black Mask

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis
    Real title: Pulp Fiction
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  • 16

    Farewell, Atlantis

    Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson
    Real title: 2012
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  • 17


    Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton
    Real title: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
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  • 18


    Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans
    Real title: Captain America: The First Avenger
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  • 19

    How The Solar System Was Won

    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter
    Real title: 2001: A Space Odyssey 
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  • 20

    HH Project

    Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Real title: Star Trek Into Darkness
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  • 21

    Blue Harvest

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
    Real title: Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
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  • 22

    The Burly Man

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves
    Real title: The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions
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  • 23


    Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken
    Real title: Batman Returns
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  • 24

    Rory's First Kiss

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine
    Real title: The Dark Knight
    The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics...  more

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  • 25


    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan
    Real title: Cloverfield
    Cloverfield is a 2008 American science fiction found footage monster film directed by Matt...  more

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