It’s Not Just Us

This is so hard!
This is so hard!

Struggle with naming your book? Guess what, we all do to one extent or another, AND SO DO MOVIES.

Check out these terrifically bad working titles for some big hits. You’ll be thinking your WIP’s name isn’t so bad after all. Even though it still is.

11 Famous Movies That Were Almost Named Something Else

I don't love it.
I don’t love it.

And because why stop at eleven names when thirty-three will make you feel three times better…

33 Famous Movies That Started Out With Some Truly Terrible Working Titles

…and finally…

55 Famous Movies With Hilarious Working Titles You Won’t Believe Are Real

…in case the first twenty or so didn’t quite to the job.

So, buck up! If you still can’t think of a good title, ask yourself if the final versions of these movies were really any better than their working titles – and then go hit the random title generator from our Flash Fiction Challenge.

Which BAD MOVIE title is YOUR favorite???


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Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the hilarious upcoming novel “Poggibonsi: an italian misadventure.” Check out his other works HERE.

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International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

17 thoughts on “It’s Not Just Us

  1. Ha, fascinating! Some really dire ones in there. The one that I was most shocked by was Stand by Me – I never knew it was based on a Stephen King book. The working title just seems to detract from the core of what the movie is about. Good read, thanks 🙂

    1. Funny, that short story by King was the FIRST story of his I ever read, and it made me a fan. When the move came out, I thought they did a good job of adaptation, but the working title definitely didn’t sum up what the story was about!

  2. Stories, stories…everywhere. Not a title to be had. That should be a thing… or some other thing. But titles are very important to me. Being a purveyor of the short form (because my time and attention span rarely let me focus on anything longer), the title almost becomes not just the moniker, but an extension or a framing aspect to the story. And on works that require a specifically short amount of words, the title is a way to cheat and add a few more.

    Funny thing about titles (for me), the working title rarely gets changed, as it is usually where the story started from to begin with.

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