16 Good Movies That Almost Had Unbelievably Bad Titles

Diply 24 Jan 2018

I can't imagine Casablanca with a different title, but it almost happened.

In fact, just like a script, movie titles are often changed many times before the film is released.

Fortunately, that means there are a ton of hilariously bad movie titles that never made it to the big screen for us to make fun of.

Seriously, I can believe how bad some of these are...

1. 50/50 was almost called I'm With Cancer, and I can't think of a worse title. 

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Umm, what?!

There is just so much to love about this movie, but I doubt I would have even seen it if it was called I'm With Cancer.

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2. Annie Hall was almost given a bunch of truly terrible names.

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Can you imagine if Annie Hall had been called It Had to be Jew, or Rollercoaster Named Desire, or Me and My Goy?

I can't stop laughing.

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3. Basic Instinct was almost called Love Hurts, and that's the laziest title I've ever heard in my life.

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I mean, Love Hurts does perfectly describe the plot of the movie, but that's why it's bad.

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4. The script for Batman Begins was initially titled The Intimidation Game, and I'm certainly not impressed. 

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Apparently this was just a code name used to hide the fact that it was a Batman movie.

I guess that's fine, because the only worse code name I can think of for hiding something's identity is "Batman"...

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5. The Breakfast Club almost got its name from a different meal. 


What kind of world would this be if The Breakfast Club had been called The Lunch Bunch? I don't know, but I'm glad I'll never find out.

It was also almost called Library Revolution, which also sucks.

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6. Bring It On was almost called Jump! and honestly, I don't hate it.

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But that's only because I think it would have been hilarious if the sequels were called Jump Again! and Jump: All or Nothing!, as Vogue speculates.

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7. One of the most famous movies of all time was almost called Everybody Come to Rick's. 

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That's right, people. Casablanca was almost called Everybody Come to Rick's, and we seriously dodged a bullet.

I mean, Casablanca is the coolest name!

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8. Britney Spears' cinematic classic, Crossroads, could have been called What Are Friends For? 

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I definitely still would have loved this movie with every fiber of my preteen being, but Crossroads is definitely the better title.

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9. The code name for The Dark Knight was Rory's First Kiss.

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Huh? Is this an episode of Gilmore Girls or did I miss something?

This title was actually just the code name for the film, but it's still pretty bad. As I'm sure you can imagine, fans figured out it was actually a Batman movie super quick.

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10. Halloween was almost called The Babysitter Murders, and that's way less scary for some reason. 

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I don't know about you, but based on that title, I'd probably resist getting too emotionally attached to any of the babysitters.

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11. Not Another Teen Movie almost had a way worse title... that is also really, really long. 

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The working title for this Chris Evans classic was Ten Things I Hate About Clueless Road Trips When I Can’t Hardly Wait to Be Kissed.

I get it. It's a mashup of a bunch of teen movies. Ha.

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12. Pretty Woman was almost called $3,000.

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And it was supposed to be a lot darker.

Thankfully, they lightened up the plot and drew less attention to the fact that $3,000 is way lower than Vivian's actual rate...

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13. The original title for Pulp Fiction was Black Mask.

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In case you haven't notice, paying homage to his inspirations is kind of Quentin Tarantino's thing.

Before settling on Pulp Fiction, Tarantino almost named the film Black Mask after a pulp magazine from the '20s.

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14. Reality Bites was forced to change its name because of MTV. 

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The original title for this cult classic was actually The Real World, but the MTV show with the same name debuted first!

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15. Return of the Jedi had a working title called Blue Harvest for some strange reason. 

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This title was used to deter fans and journalists from trying to get on the set.

I can totally see that working, because Blue Harvest sounds like a super boring movie.

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16. And finally, Titanic was almost called The Ship of Dreams and Planet Ice.

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Wow, those are super lame titles. Sometimes simple is just so much better.

Do you know any original film titles that we missed? COMMENT and let us know, and TAG a friend who loves movies!

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