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Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 2.1k votes 262 voters 11.6k 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!
  • Thursday Mourning1

    Thursday Mourning

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman


    Directed byAlan Taylor

    Real Title: Thor: The Dark World
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  • Group Hug2

    Group Hug

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans


    Directed byJoss Whedon

    Real title: The Avengers
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  • Rasputin3


    Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow


    Directed byJon Favreau

    Real title: Iron Man 2
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  • After Party4

    After Party

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth


    Directed byJoss Whedon

    Real title: Avengers: Age of Ultron
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  • Corporate Headquarters5

    Corporate Headquarters

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison


    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

    Real title: Star Trek
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  • Ebb Tide6

    Ebb Tide

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt


    Directed byColin Trevorrow

    Real title: Jurassic World
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  • Shoeless Joe7

    Shoeless Joe

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon


    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

    Real title: Field of Dreams
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  • Frostbite8


    Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans


    Directed byJoe Johnston

    Real title: Captain America: The First Avenger
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  • Prime Directive9

    Prime Directive

    Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf


    Directed byMichael Bay

    Real title: Transformers
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  • Toastie10


    Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton


    Directed byAndrew Adamson

    Real title: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
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  • The Burly Man11

    The Burly Man

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves


    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

    Real title: The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions
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  • Changing Seasons12

    Changing Seasons

    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen


    Directed byPeter Jackson

    Real title: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
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  • HH Project13

    HH Project

    Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch


    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

    Real title: Star Trek Into Darkness
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  • Dictel14


    Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken


    Directed byTim Burton

    Real title: Batman Returns
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  • Planet Ice15

    Planet Ice

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet


    Directed byJames Cameron

    Real title: Titanic
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  • Oliver's Arrow16

    Oliver's Arrow

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy


    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Real title: Inception
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  • Magnus Rex17

    Magnus Rex

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine


    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Real title: The Dark Knight Rises
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  • Incident of 57th Street18

    Incident of 57th Street

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe


    Directed byChris Columbus

    Real title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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  • Red Sun19

    Red Sun

    Marlon Brando, Kevin Spacey


    Directed byBryan Singer

    Real title: Superman Returns
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  • Artemis20


    Real title: The Hunger Games
  • Genre21


    Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Real title: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
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  • How The Solar System Was Won22

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter


    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Real title: 2001: A Space Odyssey 
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  • Blue Harvest23

    Blue Harvest

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher


    Directed byRichard Marquand

    Real title: Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
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  • Rory's First Kiss24

    Rory's First Kiss

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine


    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Real title: The Dark Knight
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  • Cheese25


    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan


    Directed byMatt Reeves

    Real title: Cloverfield
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