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Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 2.1k votes 262 voters 11.6k views31 items

List RulesVote 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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  • Thursday Mourning1
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    Thursday Mourning

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

    Released2013

    Directed byAlan Taylor

    Real Title: Thor: The Dark World
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  • Group Hug2
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    Group Hug

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

    Released2012

    Directed byJoss Whedon

    Real title: The Avengers
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  • Rasputin3
    61
    17

    Rasputin

    Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released2010

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

    Real title: Iron Man 2
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  • After Party4
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    After Party

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth

    Released2015

    Directed byJoss Whedon

    Real title: Avengers: Age of Ultron
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  • Corporate Headquarters5
    52
    18

    Corporate Headquarters

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison

    Released2009

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

    Real title: Star Trek
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  • Ebb Tide6
    52
    22

    Ebb Tide

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt

    Released2015

    Directed byColin Trevorrow

    Real title: Jurassic World
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  • Shoeless Joe7
    48
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    Shoeless Joe

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1989

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

    Real title: Field of Dreams
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  • Frostbite8
    49
    30

    Frostbite

    Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Johnston

    Real title: Captain America: The First Avenger
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  • Prime Directive9
    42
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    Prime Directive

    Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2007

    Directed byMichael Bay

    Real title: Transformers
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  • Toastie10
    30
    19

    Toastie

    Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Adamson

    Real title: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
    The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is a 2008 epic fantasy film based on Prince Caspian,... more on Wikipedia
  • The Burly Man11
    24
    18

    The Burly Man

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves

    Released2003

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

    Real title: The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions
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  • Changing Seasons12
    32
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    Changing Seasons

    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen

    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    Real title: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
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  • HH Project13
    20
    14

    HH Project

    Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2013

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

    Real title: Star Trek Into Darkness
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  • Dictel14
    20
    15

    Dictel

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken

    Released1992

    Directed byTim Burton

    Real title: Batman Returns
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  • Planet Ice15
    19
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    Planet Ice

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Real title: Titanic
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  • Oliver's Arrow16
    17
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    Oliver's Arrow

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2010

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Real title: Inception
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  • Magnus Rex17
    14
    14

    Magnus Rex

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2012

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Real title: The Dark Knight Rises
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  • Incident of 57th Street18
    19
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    Incident of 57th Street

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2002

    Directed byChris Columbus

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • Red Sun19
    17
    19

    Red Sun

    Marlon Brando, Kevin Spacey

    Released2006

    Directed byBryan Singer

    Real title: Superman Returns
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  • Artemis20
    19
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    Artemis

    Real title: The Hunger Games
  • Genre21
    13
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    Genre

    Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford

    Released2008

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Real title: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
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  • How The Solar System Was Won22
    29
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    How The Solar System Was Won

    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1968

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Real title: 2001: A Space Odyssey 
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  • Blue Harvest23
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    Blue Harvest

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Marquand

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

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Real title: The Dark Knight
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  • Cheese25
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    Cheese

    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan

    Released2008

    Directed byMatt Reeves

    Real title: Cloverfield
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