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Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1.8k votes 260 voters 11.2k views 31 items

List Rules Vote up the cleverest code names used by films during production

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!
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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2012

Directed by: Joss Whedon

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The Avengers: Age of Ult... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2015

Directed by: Joss Whedon

Real title: Avengers: Age of Ultron
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Captain America: The Fir... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones

Released: 2011

Directed by: Joe Johnston

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Transformers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable

Released: 2007

Directed by: Michael Bay

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Thor: The Dark World is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston

Released: 2013

Directed by: Alan Taylor

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Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1983

Directed by: Richard Marquand

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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

Released: 1968

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

Released: 2008

Directed by: Matt Reeves

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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson

Released: 2005

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestri... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

Released: 1982

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2001

Directed by: Peter Jackson

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Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

Released: 2009

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

Released: 2013

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

Released: 1997

Directed by: James Cameron

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Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio

Released: 2015

Directed by: Colin Trevorrow

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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman

Released: 2012

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Harry Potter and the Cha... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, John Cleese

Released: 2002

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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Artemis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
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Superman Returns is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
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Released: 2006

Directed by: Bryan Singer

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Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

Released: 1989

Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

Released: 1994

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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Indiana Jones and the Ki... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf

Released: 2008

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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2012 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton

Released: 2009

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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