Funny Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies  

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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!

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Group Hug Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo Real title: The Avengers Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a ...more

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
After Party Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo Real title: Avengers: Age of Ultron
Avengers: Age of Ultron is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) ...more

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Captain America: The First Ave... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Frostbite Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones Real title: Captain America: The First Avenger Captain America: The First Avenger is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is ...more

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Thor: The Dark World is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Thursday Mourning Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston Real Title: Thor: The Dark World Thor: The Dark World is a 2013 American superhero film directed by Alan Taylor, based on the Marvel Comics character. When Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) gets cursed with a powerful entity ...more

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Transformers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Prime Directive Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable Real title: Transformers Transformers is a 2007 American science fiction action film based on the Transformers toy line. The film, which combines computer animation with live-action, is directed by Michael Bay, with ...more

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Blue Harvest Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill Real title: Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Return of the Jedi is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand. The screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas was from a story by Lucas, who was also the executive ...more

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Rory's First Kiss Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger Real title: The Dark Knight The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District ...more

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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
How The Solar System Was Won Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop Real title: 2001: A Space Odyssey  2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was partially inspired by ...more

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Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Rasputin Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle Real title: Iron Man 2 Iron Man 2 is a 2010 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) ...more

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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Cheese Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas Real title: Cloverfield Cloverfield is a 2008 American science fiction found footage monster film directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J. J. Abrams & Bryan Burk, and written by Drew Goddard. Before settling on an ...more

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
A Boy's Life Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger Real title: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more

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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
The Intimidation Game Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson Real title: Batman Begins Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. After training with his mentor (Liam Neeson), Batman (Christian Bale) begins his fight to ...more

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Changing Seasons Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler Real title: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the first ...more

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Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Corporate Headquarters Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder Real title: Star Trek Star Trek is a 2009 science fiction film directed by J. J. Abrams, written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and produced by Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk. It is the eleventh film based on the ...more

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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Still Seas Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman Real title: Pacific Rim Pacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro.

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Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Ebb Tide Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio Real title: Jurassic World Jurassic World is an upcoming 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow. It is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. The screenplay was ...more

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Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Incident of 57th Street Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, John Cleese Real title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a 2002 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. ...more

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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Magnus Rex Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman Real title: The Dark Knight Rises The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman (Christian Bale), with the ...more

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Planet Ice Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates Real title: Titanic Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster drama film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars ...more

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Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Shoeless Joe Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner Real title: Field of Dreams Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who also wrote the screenplay, adapting W. P. Kinsella's novel Shoeless Joe. It stars Kevin Costner, Amy ...more

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Artemis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Artemis Real title: The Hunger Games

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Superman Returns is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Red Sun Marlon Brando, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth Real title: Superman Returns Superman Returns is a 2006 American superhero film directed and produced by Bryan Singer. It is based on the DC Comics character Superman and serves as an homage sequel to the motion pictures ...more

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Black Mask John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman Real title: Pulp Fiction Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American black comedy crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, from a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary. The film is known for its eclectic dialogue, ironic ...more

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Genre Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf 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 adventure film. It is the fourth film in the Indiana Jones series created by George Lucas and directed by ...more

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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prin... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Toastie Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, Peter Dinklage Real title: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is a 2008 epic fantasy film based on Prince Caspian, the second published, fourth chronological novel in C. S. Lewis's epic fantasy series, The ...more

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2012 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Farewell, Atlantis Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton Real title: 2012 2012 is a 2009 American science fiction disaster adventure film directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich. It stars John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, ...more

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Star Trek Into Darkness is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
HH Project Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve Real title: Star Trek Into Darkness Star Trek Into Darkness is a 2013 American science fiction action film. It is the twelfth installment in the Star Trek franchise and the sequel to 2009's Star Trek. J. J. Abrams directed a ...more

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Batman Returns is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Dictel Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito Real title: Batman Returns Batman Returns is a 1992 American superhero film, directed and produced by Tim Burton, based upon the Batman character appearing in comics published by DC Comics. It is the second installment of ...more

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The Matrix Reloaded is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
The Burly Man Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith Real title: The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions
The Matrix Reloaded is a 2003 American science fiction action film, the first sequel to The Matrix, and the second installment in The Matrix trilogy, written and directed by The Wachowski ...more

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Oliver's Arrow Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard Real title: Inception Inception is a 2010 science fiction heist thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, ...more

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Project X is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Greenhat Jimmy Kimmel, Alexis Knapp, Miles Teller Real title: Project X Project X is a 2012 American comedy film directed by Nima Nourizadeh and written by Michael Bacall and Matt Drake based on a story by Bacall, and produced by director Todd Phillips. The film ...more