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The decision to change the last Hobbit film’s name got us thinking about big movie name changes that have happened over the years, and whether those changes actually helped or hurt the film. We’ve rounded up 23 of the most memorable changes to decide if the films were named correctly, or if they had it right the first time:

Original name: Fruitvale

Final name: Fruitvale Station

For better or worse? In terms of marketing, this was a smart move, because the story was more easily recognizable with the new title. That being said, it’s a very literal title. Personally, I find Fruitvale more intriguing.

Original name: Tonight, He Comes

Final name: Hancock

For better or worse? Definitely better. Tonight, He Comes sounds weird and horrifying and kind of murder-y.

Original name: Teenage Sex Comedy That Can Be Made For Under $10 Million That Your Reader Will Love But The Executive Will Hate

Second name: East Great Falls High

Final name: American Pie

For better or worse? Worse and then better. The first working title was all about getting people’s attention, and quite frankly, I would’ve gone to see that movie in theaters. But East Great Falls High? No thanks. Pie at least catches my food-loving eye, by my vote still goes to option A.

Original name: The Baster

Final name: The Switch

For better or worse? Worse. The Baster is much more abrupt and crude, but it’s a comedy about artificial insemination, so I say go for it.

Original name: 3,000

Final name: Pretty Woman

For better or worse? Definitely better. Titling the film based on the amount of money he paid for a hooker? Always a bad move, especially for a story about true love and epic romance. Then again, the original film ended with them saying goodbye to each other, so perhaps the title made more sense back then.

Original name: By the Book

Final name: Renaissance Man

For better or worse? Honestly, neither of these excites me.

Original name: Tomorrow Never Lies

Final name: Tomorrow Never Dies

For better or worse? Better. Tomorrow lies a lot, but it never dies.

Original name: Eaters of the Dead

Final name: The 13th Warrior

For better or worse? Worse. Without having seen this movie, I’d be more intrigued by title number one.

Original name: Coma Guy

Final name: While You Were Sleeping

For better or worse? Better. Who wants to watch a movie about a coma guy? Well, I mean, who wants to watch a movie about a coma guy that’s also called Coma Guy?

Original name: Anhedonia

Final name: Annie Hall

For better or worse? Better. Apparently anhedonia is the inability to experience pleasure, which makes it a very fitting and Woody Allen-esque title, but not one that would draw viewers in.

Original name: Scary Movie

Final name: Scream

For better or worse? Better. You can’t title a horror movie Scary Movie, because based on that alone, it immediately becomes less scary.

Original name: This Side of the Truth

Final name: The Invention of Lying

For better or worse? Better. The invention of something is more interesting than another side of something.

Original name: Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?

Final name: Blade Runner

For better or worse? Probably better, because Blade Runner is short and very catchy. However, I’m a little in love with the original title. I mean, do androids dream of electric sheep?!

Original name: The Last First Kiss

Final name: Hitch

For better or worse? Better. For one thing, the original title totally gave away the ending of the movie about a ladies man. Come on, now.

Original name: The Cut-Whore Killings

Final name: Unforgiven

For better or worse? Worse. Who wouldn’t go see The Cut-Whore Killings?

Original name: The Tribal Rites of the Saturday Night

Final name: Saturday Night Fever

For better or worse? Tie. Saturday Night Fever rolls off the tongue, but there’s something amazing about the phrase “tribal rites.”

Original name: Wiseguy

Final name: Goodfellas

For better or worse? Better. Originally named after the book, Wiseguy was forced to change after a TV show was discovered by the same name. But in my opinion, Goodfellas just has a better ring to it.

Original name: Shoeless Joe

Final name: Field of Dreams

For better or worse? Better. Because, what?

Original name: The Invincibles

Final name: The Incredibles

For better or worse? Better. It sounds more kid-friendly, doesn’t it?

Original name: Hunter

Final name: Predator

For better or worse? Better. Hunter sounds like somebody’s name to me, whereas Predator actually strikes fear in my heart.

Original name: Dairy Queens

Final name: Drop Dead Gorgeous

For better or worse? Better. The only way I would’ve seen a movie titled Dairy Queens is if I’d gotten free Dairy Queen ice cream during the screening.

Original name: Revenge of the Jedi

Final name: Return of the Jedi

For better or worse? Debatable. I’m sure Star Wars diehards will have an opinion on this, but from a purely title-based standpoint, both evoke the same feelings for me. Revenge makes things sounds a little harsher, which could be good or bad. This one’s a toss up.

Original name: A Boy’s Life

Final name: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

For better or worse? Better. It’s freakin’ E.T., guys.

Which movie title would you have changed, PopWatchers? Let us know in the comments below.