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10.11.2013by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Good Movies with Bad Titles

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS hits theaters today and while I thought it was a great movie, it is going to have trouble drawing audiences because of the awful title. The more direct MACHETE KILLS tells you exactly what it is about while the Tom Hanks drama sounds like a working title. But, it will not be the first good movie to be saddled with an awful title. Here are the Top 10 movies that earned acclaim despite really bad names. Please share your picks below and remember that we are talking about good films with bad titles here, not just bad titles. That is a Ten Spot for another day.

#10 - SE7EN

I love SEVEN. it is a great movie and still gets me in the gut every single time that the box gets opened. It remains one of Kevin Spacey's best performances and still one of Fincher's best. But, that is SEVEN. SE7EN is a shitty marketing name that tries to stick the number in the title like some crappy sequel and ruins what is otherwise a masterpiece. Whoever the brilliant mind over at New Line was that stylized name should be drug out into the street and shot. I will never, even call this movie SESEVENEN.

#9 - STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

Whether you liked STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS or not, the title really sucks. It has nothing to do with the plot of the movie and it is a cumbersome name. No, not Cumberbatch, cumbersome. The lack of a colon makes it weird when you say it. J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot cronies wanted too much to have a distinct name from other franchises and eschewed numbering or a catchy subtitle. Instead, they saddled their film with an unnecessarily complicated title. Is it STAR, TREK INTO DARKNESS? STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS? I give up.

#8 - CINDERELLA MAN

Ron Howard's biopic of Jim Braddock uses the real historical figure's nickname of CINDERELLA MAN, but that does not make for a very enticing movie experience. Something with a nice ring to it like BACKDRAFT or A BEAUTIFUL MIND or even RUSH makes you feel like you are seeing a movie with something behind it. CINDERELLA MAN sounds like a comedy starring Marlon Wayans and Rob Schneider with a special appearance by Larry the Cable Guy. Even if the movie had been called BRADDOCK it would have fared better and deservedly so.

#7 - GONE BABY GONE

Ben Affleck's first directorial effort has a terrible name. While THE TOWN sounds generic, it also is foreboding. GONE BABY GONE sounds like a romantic drama. MYSTIC RIVER tells a similar tale and has a great title. This just doesn't work for me. Even if the movie had been called GONE would have been a little more fitting to the tone of the film. I could be nitpicking here, but wouldn't GONE have intrigued you more than GONE BABY GONE?

#6 - GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS

David Mamet's play and film are equally brilliant but they have a fatal flaw: the cumbersome title. Sure, if you watch the movie you know that the title is the truncated and combined names of the two real estate locations the characters are trying to sell, but you can't just throw half names of things together that are never referred to in that way in the movie and expect it to make sense. GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS is a movie that no one would think twice about seeing based on the title unless they were fans of Kevin Spacey, Al Pacino, Jack Lemon, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, or Alan Arkin. I would have called it THE MACHINE or THE LEADS. Sure, a little generic, but they make a lot more sense.

#5 - CLOVERFIELD

When the title-less teaser for this monster movie was released, it was associated with the working title of CLOVERFIELD. Everyone expected something badass to serve as the final title, something that encompassed the magnitude of the movie's beast, something that echoed GODZILLA or KING KONG. And then the final title was revealed to be...CLOVERFIELD. A nonsense name that has no relevance to the movie aside from a title card that indicates it is the name of the government case it was filed under. Real creative, J.J. Abrams.

#4 - THE CONSTANT GARDENER

Great movie about the geopolitics of Africa and the shady dealings of a pharmaceutical corporation. Oh, and the main character is an amateur horticulturalist. What to call our movie....I know, anything but THE CONSTANT GARDENER. I know so many people who didn't watch this movie because of the unappealing title. While I am not one to ignore a cast this phenomenal because of a silly name, I do agree it doesn't fit with the plot or message of the film. Naming a movie after the background theme of the film works but if Ralph Fiennes character was addicted to porn you wouldn't title this THE CONSTANT WHACKER.

#3 - THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

I can feel some of the backlash mounting on this list, but remember, these are good movies with bad titles, not the other way around. I love Stephen King, Frank Darabont, and everything about this movie, but the title is just not good. The short story was titled RITA HAYWORTH AND SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, an even more cumbersome title. Nothing about THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION sounds enticing and doesn't reflect the movie as well as it should. I would have gone with SHAWSHANK or something more simple.

#2 - THE HUDSUCKER PROXY

If you need to look up words in a dictionary to understand a movie title, the filmmakers either don't want your viewership or they are doing something wrong. THE HUDSUCKER PROXY should be an easy movie for fans to enjoy as it is the combination of The Coen Brothers and Sam Raimi. Who wouldn't love that? it is a weirdly wonderful movie that, based on the name, you have no idea what it is about. Reading a movie poster or DVD case should not be this much work. For all we know, THE HUDSUCKER PROXY could be anything from a horror movie to a comedy to a non-narrative documentary. Bad choice of words.

#1 - I HEART HUCKABEES

I can't even put the proper title for this movie in this list because there is no emoticon of a heart on my keyboard. This is a movie I really like a lot and the Jon Brion score is fantastic. Jude Law and Naomi Watts are hilarious and the Lily Tomlin meltdown on David O. Russell on YouTube is a classic, but what the f*ck is there an emoticon doing in the title? Seriously? A f*cking heart? Okay, I take back SE7EN on this list. A heart symbol is way f*cking worse than a number replacing a letter.

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2:18AM on 10/14/2013

No...

Great Title...even better movie
Great Title...even better movie
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2:17AM on 10/14/2013

I was turned off by this title

But the film was great
But the film was great
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2:17AM on 10/14/2013
Glen Gary eats Ross's Cock...
Glen Gary eats Ross's Cock...
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2:16AM on 10/14/2013

I have to disagree

The title fit the movie. To me, this is Affleck's best flick.
The title fit the movie. To me, this is Affleck's best flick.
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2:15AM on 10/14/2013

Title did kill it

I remember thinking back in 2005 that this was going to be a hit and win all these oscars but it fizzled. Too bad because it was good.
I remember thinking back in 2005 that this was going to be a hit and win all these oscars but it fizzled. Too bad because it was good.
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12:58PM on 10/13/2013

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12:06PM on 10/13/2013
While it's not a good movie, one of my least favorite (recent-ish) titles is '21'. It's such a bland title that reveals nothing about it's anything. Is it about someone turning 21? Is it about the game of Blackjack? Is it the number of an apartment? Who knows? (Based solely on the title)
While it's not a good movie, one of my least favorite (recent-ish) titles is '21'. It's such a bland title that reveals nothing about it's anything. Is it about someone turning 21? Is it about the game of Blackjack? Is it the number of an apartment? Who knows? (Based solely on the title)
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12:02PM on 10/13/2013
I love this, a lot, but do agree. The title isn't that good or captiving.
I love this, a lot, but do agree. The title isn't that good or captiving.
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11:58AM on 10/13/2013
Just looking at this as an objective title, and not relating it to how good the movie is, I can sort of see your point. The title doesn't reveal much about the film (could be about a kidnapped child, could be a romantic drama or comedy, etc). However, it's slight eluviseness is intriguing for me.
Just looking at this as an objective title, and not relating it to how good the movie is, I can sort of see your point. The title doesn't reveal much about the film (could be about a kidnapped child, could be a romantic drama or comedy, etc). However, it's slight eluviseness is intriguing for me.
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2:25PM on 10/12/2013
This is a great title. My acting professor told us of a local production of this show and the title alone made me think "What is this? I need to see it"
This is a great title. My acting professor told us of a local production of this show and the title alone made me think "What is this? I need to see it"
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2:21PM on 10/12/2013
Saddest thing I can currently think of in this world? There's probably a paycheck from Joblo.com with Alex's name on it...or he gets direct deposit... or Paypal... still...
Saddest thing I can currently think of in this world? There's probably a paycheck from Joblo.com with Alex's name on it...or he gets direct deposit... or Paypal... still...
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1:00PM on 10/12/2013
I agree with Star Trek Into Darkness and I Heart Huckabees. I also kinda agree with Cinderella Man, not exactly a title that suggests Depression Era boxing as the subject matter. I don't really have a problem with the rest however.

Some movies I would have replaced most of this list with:
Dave
John Carter
Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
I agree with Star Trek Into Darkness and I Heart Huckabees. I also kinda agree with Cinderella Man, not exactly a title that suggests Depression Era boxing as the subject matter. I don't really have a problem with the rest however.

Some movies I would have replaced most of this list with:
Dave
John Carter
Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
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11:46AM on 10/13/2013
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

are awesome titles! Just say them. How can you not love the way they sound?
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

are awesome titles! Just say them. How can you not love the way they sound?
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12:42PM on 10/12/2013
Can't say I agree with this one, boss.
Can't say I agree with this one, boss.
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12:31PM on 10/12/2013

Agreed

I don't even care if there's a colon or not. The problem is "Into Darkness" says nothing about the film, and it's just dull. Previous Star Trek movies didn't seem to have this problem. "The Wrath of Khan". "The Undiscovered Country". Both awesome. Not so with "Into Darkness".
I don't even care if there's a colon or not. The problem is "Into Darkness" says nothing about the film, and it's just dull. Previous Star Trek movies didn't seem to have this problem. "The Wrath of Khan". "The Undiscovered Country". Both awesome. Not so with "Into Darkness".
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12:27PM on 10/12/2013
Can't wait for the sequel --> EI8HT
Can't wait for the sequel --> EI8HT
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10:32AM on 10/12/2013
I don't understand what's terrible about the title Captian Phillips. Also I HIGHLY doubt that the title of a movie will stop people from seeing it. A ctitical acclaimed movie starring Tom Hanks is going to make box office bank, especially by the 40+ crowd.
I don't understand what's terrible about the title Captian Phillips. Also I HIGHLY doubt that the title of a movie will stop people from seeing it. A ctitical acclaimed movie starring Tom Hanks is going to make box office bank, especially by the 40+ crowd.
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10:24AM on 10/12/2013

Se7en did it first

Nobody was substituting numbers for letters until Se7en did it. I don't mind writing it either way, but perhaps you don't remember that the posters and commercials didn't include the number...they just spelled it "SEVEN" and left it at that. You know how "Iron Man 3" spells out the word "THREE" in the credits? Now that's stupid. Fincher and his credits designer simply used a "7" because it looks like an upended V. I thought it looked cool at the time but now it's gone on way to much:
Nobody was substituting numbers for letters until Se7en did it. I don't mind writing it either way, but perhaps you don't remember that the posters and commercials didn't include the number...they just spelled it "SEVEN" and left it at that. You know how "Iron Man 3" spells out the word "THREE" in the credits? Now that's stupid. Fincher and his credits designer simply used a "7" because it looks like an upended V. I thought it looked cool at the time but now it's gone on way to much: THR3E, SCRE4M, etc. Not blaming Fincher for that.

BTW, I will NEVER call it "I Heart Huckabees"...it's LOVE. A heart symbol does not mean "heart", it means "LOVE"! The title is "I LOVE HUCKABEES"...END OF STORY!

Also, I agree with everybody who said you should've picked dull, generic titles instead. Like "The Town".
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1:12AM on 10/12/2013
"I Heart Huckabees" is the only title I agree with. Not because I don't like it. But because it started the whole trend of "I Heart..." Those t-shirts you see people wearing saying "I Heart NY" used to say "I Love New York" without having to actually spell it out. People didn't say Heart unless they were learning to read or something. Okay, that gave me a scary vibe about education, so I'll quit.

Okay, my little rant over, this list, as stated, is useless. Maybe "Se7en" is a little too much,
"I Heart Huckabees" is the only title I agree with. Not because I don't like it. But because it started the whole trend of "I Heart..." Those t-shirts you see people wearing saying "I Heart NY" used to say "I Love New York" without having to actually spell it out. People didn't say Heart unless they were learning to read or something. Okay, that gave me a scary vibe about education, so I'll quit.

Okay, my little rant over, this list, as stated, is useless. Maybe "Se7en" is a little too much, except that after what, 17 years? Yeah, I don't even care anymore. You can just call it "Seven" because it sounds the same to everyone else. The fact that most of the titles on this list are based on books or plays of the same name is bad. I usually resent when they retitle movies based on books to make them more "accessible." "The Assissination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" is still probably my favorite movie title of the last ten years. It's a lot of words, but it gives a sense of historical credibility to the movie.
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12:59AM on 10/12/2013
The title fits, although it's the first I might almost agree with. Still my second least-favorite Coen movie after Intolerable Cruelty (it's not a bad movie, but it's not up to the standards of their normal fare).
The title fits, although it's the first I might almost agree with. Still my second least-favorite Coen movie after Intolerable Cruelty (it's not a bad movie, but it's not up to the standards of their normal fare).
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11:44PM on 10/11/2013
Nothing I can say that hasn't been said and I'm not one to knock someone for having a differing opinion (even if it is wrong). Alex, this list was a misfire. Sure it got us talking, but for all the wrong reasons. Even if we the readers don't always agree, I'm sure we are all appreciative of the hard work the Joblo crew puts in. I hope you bounce back with a really cool list for us next week!
Nothing I can say that hasn't been said and I'm not one to knock someone for having a differing opinion (even if it is wrong). Alex, this list was a misfire. Sure it got us talking, but for all the wrong reasons. Even if we the readers don't always agree, I'm sure we are all appreciative of the hard work the Joblo crew puts in. I hope you bounce back with a really cool list for us next week!
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11:34PM on 10/11/2013
I'm almost afraid to finish this list as this is your biggest insult so far. You want the movie title to be more "simple"? So you want them to be as generic as possible? But as you said, you expected the backlash on this one. Love this movie, love this title.
I'm almost afraid to finish this list as this is your biggest insult so far. You want the movie title to be more "simple"? So you want them to be as generic as possible? But as you said, you expected the backlash on this one. Love this movie, love this title.
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11:30PM on 10/11/2013
When a movie is based on a book or previous source material you can't blame them for keeping the title. Also when the movie trailer guy says "The Constant Gardener" it sounds really really good. This is an excellent movie title, it sounds intriguing and rolls of the tongue well. I can see your issue with it not being directly related to the main theme of the movie but it is still a good title.
When a movie is based on a book or previous source material you can't blame them for keeping the title. Also when the movie trailer guy says "The Constant Gardener" it sounds really really good. This is an excellent movie title, it sounds intriguing and rolls of the tongue well. I can see your issue with it not being directly related to the main theme of the movie but it is still a good title.
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6:37PM on 10/11/2013
Mr. Maidy, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent Top 10 were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this site is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no creative points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
Mr. Maidy, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent Top 10 were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this site is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no creative points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
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6:22PM on 10/11/2013
Sorry bro but most of these aren't that bad. I was expecting something like "Midnight Meat Train" which is a cool but crap title (see box office number) and it was a good movie and not seen by many because of the title. I remember when I saw he trailer in the cinema the entire crowd laughed when the VoiceOver came on with the title.
Sorry bro but most of these aren't that bad. I was expecting something like "Midnight Meat Train" which is a cool but crap title (see box office number) and it was a good movie and not seen by many because of the title. I remember when I saw he trailer in the cinema the entire crowd laughed when the VoiceOver came on with the title.
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5:49PM on 10/11/2013
Good title, awful movie.
Good title, awful movie.
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5:46PM on 10/11/2013
When my friend first suggested that we watch this movie, I thought it was going to be a chick flick, one that I had absolutely no interest in seeing. After explaining the premise to me, we watched, and I thoroughly enjoyed.
When my friend first suggested that we watch this movie, I thought it was going to be a chick flick, one that I had absolutely no interest in seeing. After explaining the premise to me, we watched, and I thoroughly enjoyed.
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4:37PM on 10/11/2013
Like Jedd said, it works better after you've seen the movie and the drop during middle of movie is a damn chilling moment.
Like Jedd said, it works better after you've seen the movie and the drop during middle of movie is a damn chilling moment.
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4:35PM on 10/11/2013
I love this title!
I love this title!
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4:08PM on 10/11/2013
The Shawshank Redemption? Seriously?
The Shawshank Redemption? Seriously?
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3:15PM on 10/11/2013
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3:09PM on 10/11/2013

Do You read?

You do know that this movie is based on the novel "The Constant Gardener" from John Le Carré?? Hmm... maybe not.
You do know that this movie is based on the novel "The Constant Gardener" from John Le Carré?? Hmm... maybe not.
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2:57PM on 10/11/2013
That sounds like a good name for a proxy server. Hudsucker. hehe
That sounds like a good name for a proxy server. Hudsucker. hehe
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2:31PM on 10/11/2013
It was a funny, quirky title....Your Top 10 is the worst Top 10 I have ever seen on this site.
The idea was good, but man do your picks ever suck!
It was a funny, quirky title....Your Top 10 is the worst Top 10 I have ever seen on this site.
The idea was good, but man do your picks ever suck!
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2:11PM on 10/11/2013
I suppose Hollywood should cater more to the simple minded audience members more than they already do? A pleasing title as you see fit equates to waving something in front of them and they go "Oh its shiny". The only titles I ever have issues with are the ones I have no idea how to say when Im at the ticket booth
I suppose Hollywood should cater more to the simple minded audience members more than they already do? A pleasing title as you see fit equates to waving something in front of them and they go "Oh its shiny". The only titles I ever have issues with are the ones I have no idea how to say when Im at the ticket booth
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1:15PM on 10/11/2013

Worst. Top 10. Ever.

This has got to be the worst, and by far the most unnecessary Top 10 I've seen churned out. I usually agree with 90% of the Top 10's, but on this one, I can't say I agree with a single pick. When you've got ridiculous puns in Hollywood (I.E. 2 Fast 2 Furious or You, Me, and Dupree), how can you call movies like "Se7en" or "The Shawshank Redemption" a bad title? The only one on here I can even begin to comprehend is "Cloverfield," and that's just because it's never explained... But even then,
This has got to be the worst, and by far the most unnecessary Top 10 I've seen churned out. I usually agree with 90% of the Top 10's, but on this one, I can't say I agree with a single pick. When you've got ridiculous puns in Hollywood (I.E. 2 Fast 2 Furious or You, Me, and Dupree), how can you call movies like "Se7en" or "The Shawshank Redemption" a bad title? The only one on here I can even begin to comprehend is "Cloverfield," and that's just because it's never explained... But even then, I didn't mind it. Where's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps?" I mean, yeah, I get it... It was a great quote from Gecko in the first film, but out of context, it doesn't have the best ring to it. Where's "The Happening?" Seriously? They don't get much worse than that.
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1:00PM on 10/11/2013
I agree about Seven. GGGR could have been called Always Be Closing or better yet, "Fuck You. That's My Name." The others I could give a shit about the titles.
I agree about Seven. GGGR could have been called Always Be Closing or better yet, "Fuck You. That's My Name." The others I could give a shit about the titles.
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12:53PM on 10/11/2013
This is truly one of the worst and also needless top 10's, i have EVER seen. Sorry guys from Joblo, i'm usually the last guy to be complaining... but really, double check for yourself.
This is truly one of the worst and also needless top 10's, i have EVER seen. Sorry guys from Joblo, i'm usually the last guy to be complaining... but really, double check for yourself.
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12:35PM on 10/11/2013
This was a terrible, terrible list. Every title you listed was fine except for Captain Phillips.
This was a terrible, terrible list. Every title you listed was fine except for Captain Phillips.
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12:17PM on 10/11/2013
Technically, Braddock is the title of Missing in Action III, And there was also a movie called Gone that came out in 2006 and Gone Baby Gone came out in 2007.
Technically, Braddock is the title of Missing in Action III, And there was also a movie called Gone that came out in 2006 and Gone Baby Gone came out in 2007.
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12:12PM on 10/11/2013

Your List Sucks

How about "The Empire" instead of "The Empire Strikes Back"
or "Indiana Jones and The Temple" instead of "Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom"
Seriously, your list really sucks, and it doesn't even hold strong arguments or reasons.
How about "The Empire" instead of "The Empire Strikes Back"
or "Indiana Jones and The Temple" instead of "Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom"
Seriously, your list really sucks, and it doesn't even hold strong arguments or reasons.
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12:08PM on 10/11/2013

Who approved this?????

"Shawshank" instead of "Shawshank Redemption"????
How about "The Empire" instead of "The Empire Strikes Back"
Sorry, still laughing at your earlier suggestion of "Gone" instead of "Gone Babe Gone"
"Shawshank" instead of "Shawshank Redemption"????
How about "The Empire" instead of "The Empire Strikes Back"
Sorry, still laughing at your earlier suggestion of "Gone" instead of "Gone Babe Gone"
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5:52PM on 10/11/2013
I was going to point out the use of 'cumbersome' too, but you beat me to it.
I was going to point out the use of 'cumbersome' too, but you beat me to it.
1:48PM on 10/11/2013
And dude needs to learn some new words, I read "cumbersome" about half a dozen times now.
And dude needs to learn some new words, I read "cumbersome" about half a dozen times now.
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12:02PM on 10/11/2013

Are you kidding me.....so far.

I disagree with all these picks so far! Se7en, Star Trek Into Darkness, Cinderella Man, Gone Baby Gone, Glengarry Glen Ross, are all great titles!
The Machine? The Leads? Please don't give your two cents to coming up with a different title to a screenplay based off of a novel or play.
I disagree with all these picks so far! Se7en, Star Trek Into Darkness, Cinderella Man, Gone Baby Gone, Glengarry Glen Ross, are all great titles!
The Machine? The Leads? Please don't give your two cents to coming up with a different title to a screenplay based off of a novel or play.
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2:19PM on 10/11/2013
Hear, Hear!
Hear, Hear!
11:48AM on 10/11/2013

Terrible List

This is, like, your opinion, man.

But seriously - The Leads instead of Glengarry Glen Ross? Braddock instead of Cinderella Man? Gone instead of Gone Baby Gone? It's my opinion that your opinions are terrible.
This is, like, your opinion, man.

But seriously - The Leads instead of Glengarry Glen Ross? Braddock instead of Cinderella Man? Gone instead of Gone Baby Gone? It's my opinion that your opinions are terrible.
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10:58AM on 10/11/2013
Sometimes movie names can be too short and they just confuse people. Take John Carter. The title didn't mention Mars so people don't know what it is about. It would have been much better to call it Warlord of Mars. John carter? They might as well have called it John. Or Carter.
Sometimes movie names can be too short and they just confuse people. Take John Carter. The title didn't mention Mars so people don't know what it is about. It would have been much better to call it Warlord of Mars. John carter? They might as well have called it John. Or Carter.
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3:17PM on 10/11/2013
They could have called it "John Connor", make people think it's a Terminator sequel!
They could have called it "John Connor", make people think it's a Terminator sequel!
11:48AM on 10/11/2013
They could have just called it "John Connor" and maybe people would have thought it was a Terminator sequel!
They could have just called it "John Connor" and maybe people would have thought it was a Terminator sequel!
10:22AM on 10/11/2013

Hmmm

Maybe the worst top ten I've gone through on here. I can go through my DVD collection right now and pick out 10 worse titles for good movies.
Maybe the worst top ten I've gone through on here. I can go through my DVD collection right now and pick out 10 worse titles for good movies.
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10:16AM on 10/11/2013

Don't Agree

Usually love these lists, but 'Gone Baby Gone' is based off the book titled 'Gone Baby Gone', so should this really be included?!? So you're saying the author of the book should have named it something else, just in case they made it into a movie?
Usually love these lists, but 'Gone Baby Gone' is based off the book titled 'Gone Baby Gone', so should this really be included?!? So you're saying the author of the book should have named it something else, just in case they made it into a movie?
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10:12AM on 10/11/2013
I wasn't a fan of the name when it was announced as "darkness" is really overused in movie titles these days, but honestly, it didn't bother me and I ended up loving the movie. That said, I wonder what might have worked instead. Incorporating "vengeance" into the title would be an overused naming trope, but would it have worked better seeing as the ship in the film is the USS Vengeance?
I wasn't a fan of the name when it was announced as "darkness" is really overused in movie titles these days, but honestly, it didn't bother me and I ended up loving the movie. That said, I wonder what might have worked instead. Incorporating "vengeance" into the title would be an overused naming trope, but would it have worked better seeing as the ship in the film is the USS Vengeance?
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10:07AM on 10/11/2013
Can't say I agree with your list that much.
My picks:
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes: They could have made it less clumsy and more simple with "Rise of the Apes", but they felt they need to further beat the point that this is part of the "Planet of the Apes" franchise.
- Tom Yun Goong/The Protector: The original title has nothing to do with the movie at all, it's the name of a Thai hot and sour soup! The US title doesn't fare much better with its generic-ness.
Can't say I agree with your list that much.
My picks:
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes: They could have made it less clumsy and more simple with "Rise of the Apes", but they felt they need to further beat the point that this is part of the "Planet of the Apes" franchise.
- Tom Yun Goong/The Protector: The original title has nothing to do with the movie at all, it's the name of a Thai hot and sour soup! The US title doesn't fare much better with its generic-ness.
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5:46PM on 10/11/2013
Disagree on Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I have defended this title so many times on this website. The Planet of the Apes series has used Planet of the Apes in every title, so this shows consistency. Remember Battle of the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Battle of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, and Escape from the Planet of the Apes? Notice what they all have in common? Besides, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is not about the rise of the apes, but rather the planets
Disagree on Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I have defended this title so many times on this website. The Planet of the Apes series has used Planet of the Apes in every title, so this shows consistency. Remember Battle of the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Battle of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, and Escape from the Planet of the Apes? Notice what they all have in common? Besides, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is not about the rise of the apes, but rather the planets dominion by the apes. So the title makes sense, and fits the trend of the series. It works better than Caeser as well.
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10:04AM on 10/11/2013

Awful.

So I guess every movie should just be called generic shit like "The Reckoning" or "Vengeance" or "Meltdown" or whatever.
So I guess every movie should just be called generic shit like "The Reckoning" or "Vengeance" or "Meltdown" or whatever.
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9:45AM on 10/11/2013
I think the title certainly added to its mystique. Everyone wanted to know what Cloverfield was. I think it ultimately referred to the location in which the tape was found.
I think the title certainly added to its mystique. Everyone wanted to know what Cloverfield was. I think it ultimately referred to the location in which the tape was found.
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9:44AM on 10/11/2013
The title drop in that film is actually a rather chilling moment. It's when you realise that our heroes might not succeed.
The title drop in that film is actually a rather chilling moment. It's when you realise that our heroes might not succeed.
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9:41AM on 10/11/2013
It's a great title. There's a chilling quality to the "7" in place of the "v" that I can't quite put my finger on but it works great in the context of the film.
It's a great title. There's a chilling quality to the "7" in place of the "v" that I can't quite put my finger on but it works great in the context of the film.
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9:32AM on 10/11/2013

usually a big fan but...

if we were living in your world, every movie title would be one word! "Shawshank" "Braddock" "Gone"
if we were living in your world, every movie title would be one word! "Shawshank" "Braddock" "Gone"
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9:31AM on 10/11/2013

HATED THIS LIST

I agree that this list is opinionated but I disagree with almost all the titles think most of them are actually great. Oh well. To each their own. I honestly was expecting shit like SALT, Dark of the Moon, 2 Guns, and City of Bones.
I agree that this list is opinionated but I disagree with almost all the titles think most of them are actually great. Oh well. To each their own. I honestly was expecting shit like SALT, Dark of the Moon, 2 Guns, and City of Bones.
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9:28AM on 10/11/2013

?

agree with others, terrible top 10 list
Lots of these are some of the best movie titles. I heart Huckabees, The Shawshank Redemption, The Hudsucker Proxy - these are great titles. Sounds like you want every movie title to explain the entire plot to you. Movie titles are suppose to intrigue you, not tell you everything there is to know about the movie.
agree with others, terrible top 10 list
Lots of these are some of the best movie titles. I heart Huckabees, The Shawshank Redemption, The Hudsucker Proxy - these are great titles. Sounds like you want every movie title to explain the entire plot to you. Movie titles are suppose to intrigue you, not tell you everything there is to know about the movie.
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6:01PM on 10/11/2013
Very much agreed! Titles like 'The Imaginarium Of Dr. Parnassus', 'A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III', 'A Fantastic Fear Of Everything', or 'Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb', all make it much more intriguing to want to watch the movie.
Very much agreed! Titles like 'The Imaginarium Of Dr. Parnassus', 'A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III', 'A Fantastic Fear Of Everything', or 'Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb', all make it much more intriguing to want to watch the movie.
9:10AM on 10/11/2013
I will sort of agree here. I think it was sentimental and respectful to use the boxer's nickname, which was a good move. However, every time I hear the title I think of the Jerry Lewis comedy "Cinderfella". The title does sound like it belongs to a movie with a far different subject matter than this one. Either way, it's an under seen masterpiece.
I will sort of agree here. I think it was sentimental and respectful to use the boxer's nickname, which was a good move. However, every time I hear the title I think of the Jerry Lewis comedy "Cinderfella". The title does sound like it belongs to a movie with a far different subject matter than this one. Either way, it's an under seen masterpiece.
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9:07AM on 10/11/2013

good list

others i thought of

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
The Intouchables
No Country for Old Me

others i thought of

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
The Intouchables
No Country for Old Me

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12:57PM on 10/11/2013
Yes but no Country For Old Me, was a bit unoriginal after that....
Yes but no Country For Old Me, was a bit unoriginal after that....
9:23AM on 10/11/2013
I thought No Country for Old Men was a terrific title
I thought No Country for Old Men was a terrific title
9:06AM on 10/11/2013

I agree with puffcity

If I'm in a video store or best buy looking at blurays I'm gonna be far more drawn to something like "the shawshank redemption" than something that's jut called "shawshank." The former tells far more of the story without being to long of a title while also flowing while the later could be confused for the characters name, or a town, at least the former tells what's happening to the noun. Not to mention all of these title are far more unique and identifiable than say "tranformers revenge of
If I'm in a video store or best buy looking at blurays I'm gonna be far more drawn to something like "the shawshank redemption" than something that's jut called "shawshank." The former tells far more of the story without being to long of a title while also flowing while the later could be confused for the characters name, or a town, at least the former tells what's happening to the noun. Not to mention all of these title are far more unique and identifiable than say "tranformers revenge of the dark moon". I will give you seven though. The number was unnecessary.
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9:05AM on 10/11/2013
It is supposed to be a trek, or journey, into darkness. A colon or punctuation of any kind would make no sense and would make the title meaningless. The title implies that the characters would be taken to dark places both physically and emotionally, which they were. This was a solid attempt by writers to give us something more original than "Star Trek 2" and I liked it.
It is supposed to be a trek, or journey, into darkness. A colon or punctuation of any kind would make no sense and would make the title meaningless. The title implies that the characters would be taken to dark places both physically and emotionally, which they were. This was a solid attempt by writers to give us something more original than "Star Trek 2" and I liked it.
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9:16AM on 10/11/2013
I concur
I concur
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9:03AM on 10/11/2013
This title actually intrigued me. I was wondering what Cloverfield had to do with a giant monster. So in that sense, I guess it did its job.

It was released in South America under the title of "Monster", which was ten times more generic.
This title actually intrigued me. I was wondering what Cloverfield had to do with a giant monster. So in that sense, I guess it did its job.

It was released in South America under the title of "Monster", which was ten times more generic.
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9:03AM on 10/11/2013
Meh. As usual, opinion is everything. That said, I think STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS works, because it's about taking a star trek...into (guess what!) darkness.

A few decent or halfway-decent films that *I* think deserve better titles are...

-Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Why? Because it makes it sound like there are doubles of people running around, occulting the real heroes. That sounds a lot more intriguing than a movie that happens to feature an army made of cloned
Meh. As usual, opinion is everything. That said, I think STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS works, because it's about taking a star trek...into (guess what!) darkness.

A few decent or halfway-decent films that *I* think deserve better titles are...

-Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Why? Because it makes it sound like there are doubles of people running around, occulting the real heroes. That sounds a lot more intriguing than a movie that happens to feature an army made of cloned soldiers, dunnit? ;)

-Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - Too clunky! It's not about a "kingdom," but it IS about the skull! "Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull." Boom. Simple.

-Chronicle - Too vague, too simple. Even though it'd put it closer to obvious peers in The Blair Witch Project or The Poughkeepsie Tapes, it might benefit from some kind of clarity/expansion, like, "The Power Chronicles."

-Sinister - WAY, WAY, *WAY* too similar to Insidious! At this rate, there could be many other movies coming out with similar quality creepiness, yet with other adjectives and metaphors for being malignant. Hey, there's the next one: Malignant. I'm also going to call it now: coming soon...Malicious, Malevolent, Nefarious, and even Vile.

-The Heat - It. Has. Nothing. To. Do. With. The. Movie!!
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9:00AM on 10/11/2013
I always liked the title like that. Just calling it "Seven" or "7" would have been bland and boring. At least "Se7en" shows some effort to be clever.
I always liked the title like that. Just calling it "Seven" or "7" would have been bland and boring. At least "Se7en" shows some effort to be clever.
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8:58AM on 10/11/2013
Alex, I will read your list, but this subject may be proof you have too much time on your hands. : )
Alex, I will read your list, but this subject may be proof you have too much time on your hands. : )
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8:53AM on 10/11/2013

Better than the Story Title

Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption is a much longer name. Shortening it this way was a smart title choice.
Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption is a much longer name. Shortening it this way was a smart title choice.
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8:49AM on 10/11/2013

Based on a Novel

And, no, Gone would not be better.
And, no, Gone would not be better.
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5:58PM on 10/11/2013
I am simply pointing out how you can't blame the movie for the bad title, which I don't even agree is bad. The title is associated with the novel, so Dennis Lehane is (or is not) at fault here. There is no reason Ben Affleck needed to think of a new title, other than people complaining I guess, and I didn't even know there was reason for that.

Second point is still true: "Gone" would be an awful title, used recently for a lousy Amanda Seyfried film.
I am simply pointing out how you can't blame the movie for the bad title, which I don't even agree is bad. The title is associated with the novel, so Dennis Lehane is (or is not) at fault here. There is no reason Ben Affleck needed to think of a new title, other than people complaining I guess, and I didn't even know there was reason for that.

Second point is still true: "Gone" would be an awful title, used recently for a lousy Amanda Seyfried film.
1:06PM on 10/11/2013
So what if it's based on a novel? They can still change the title. It happens all the time.
So what if it's based on a novel? They can still change the title. It happens all the time.
8:45AM on 10/11/2013

Gwyneth Paltrow

She doesn't open the box. Would be hard for her to do, considering the scene.

Edit: This line doesn't work as well after the article was fixed, but it made sense when the writer claimed Paltrow opened the box. The current line isn't much better though. The box gets opened?
She doesn't open the box. Would be hard for her to do, considering the scene.

Edit: This line doesn't work as well after the article was fixed, but it made sense when the writer claimed Paltrow opened the box. The current line isn't much better though. The box gets opened?
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8:35AM on 10/11/2013
What a horrible list. I know it's a matter of opinion, but my opinion is that, except for THE HUDSUCKER PROXY, all of these movies' titles are fine and some are even great. Worst Top 10 list I've seen on this site.
What a horrible list. I know it's a matter of opinion, but my opinion is that, except for THE HUDSUCKER PROXY, all of these movies' titles are fine and some are even great. Worst Top 10 list I've seen on this site.
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