The best and worst movie titles in history

The Breakfast Club could have been released as The lunch pile. Back to the Future was almost called Spaceman from Pluto. One brief second Toy Story was Toys in the Hood.

In cases like these, not even a single image of the actual movies would have been changed, only the name. And yet it is hard to imagine something called Spaceman from Pluto thus becoming a generational favourite Back to the Future did. On the flip side, you have to believe that the reception of other films would have been greatly improved if only they had chosen a better title. (It’s been 15 years and we still want to know: What the hell is a quantum of consolation?!?)

As they say, you only get one chance to make a first impression. For movies, the first impression is their title. There is an art to making a title, just as there is an art to making a film. Below, we’ve compiled two different lists: one featuring the films that mastered the art behind the movie title, and another ranking those that didn’t. Take these films as valuable examples and as constructive criticism, respectively. Also note that we rate titles here, not necessarily the movies. A great movie can have a bad title and vice versa – although much more often it seems that a masterpiece has a title to match and a stinker has an equally ugly title.

And now, here are the best and worst movie titles in history…

The best movie titles of all time

What’s in a Name? A lot, as these fantastic movie titles prove.

The worst movie titles in history

Some of these movies were good, some were bad. But they all have one thing in common. They have absolutely terrible titles.

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