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Movie Posters Featuring the Titles of the Books They Were Based On

When a movie is based on a book, the title will often be changed. Here is a look at what several movies would be called if they hadn’t edited or completely rewritten the titles…

Blade Runner


Cape Fear

Apocalypse Now

Apollo 13

Ed Wood

Die Hard

Nanny McPhee

There Will Be Blood

Slumdog Millionaire

Mean Girls

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

The Shawshank Redemption

October Sky

Million Dollar Baby

Schindler’s List

The Social Network

Cruel Intentions

It’s a Wonderful Life

Full Metal Jacket

Planet of the Apes

Once Upon a Time in America

Eyes Wide Shut


Total Recall

(via Shystone)

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11 comments for “Movie Posters Featuring the Titles of the Books They Were Based On

  1. Elizabeth
    11/30/-0001 at 12:00 am

    ‘The 13th Warrior’ would have been ‘Eaters of the Dead’ (I really loved that book)

  2. Nitpicky
    11/30/-0001 at 12:00 am

    I hate to be that guy but “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” was the name of the novella, the name of the book was “Different Seasons.”

  3. Pete
    11/30/-0001 at 12:00 am

    Chris…. Your assumption was based on snap judgements and failure to observe the obvious.What you said singular right back atcha 😉

  4. Pete
    11/30/-0001 at 12:00 am

    Planet of the Apes….not sure…It was written in French so the translation is literal. It may very well also be translated more accurately as Planet of The Apes.Not the same Pete who posted here before.

  5. diane
    11/30/-0001 at 12:00 am

    Rocket Boys is an anagram of October Sky

  6. Junkyard
    11/30/-0001 at 12:00 am

    That’s a touch picky isn’t it? The movie was based on the novella, not the book. So what you’re really saying is that the article should have been called “Movie posters featuring the titles of the books, and in one case the novella, they were based on”.

  7. lol
    11/30/-0001 at 12:00 am

    look closer.

  8. Laura
    11/30/-0001 at 12:00 am

    I respect that in many cases title changes improve brevity, clarity, and/or artistry. But no one in their right mind thinks that “Ed Wood” is a more intriguing title than “Nightmare of Ecstasy.” No one.

  9. Terri
    11/30/-0001 at 12:00 am

    “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” is a short story – the book title is “Four Seasons”.

  10. John M
    11/30/-0001 at 12:00 am

    I really actually like the Idea of Schindler’s list being called Schindler’s Ark. I mean it respects the culture of those the story is telling. Those he saved were like refugees of a wholesale destruction, and Noah’s ark is an account from the Torah as well as the Old Testament.

  11. chris
    11/30/-0001 at 12:00 am

    The social Network is based on “The Accidental Billionaires” and the title you used was the tag line from the movie. Lose-lose, morons.