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Fancy watching a blockbuster movie tonight? Then you might want to double check that the film you’re about to watch is actually the film you think it is.

Because, folks, there are an awful lot of movies out there which share the same title as the box-office smash that you’re planning to watch – and in some cases you’d be well advised not to end up with the wrong one.

Like this little lot, for example…

 

1 We’re guessing that Tony Stark (who made such an impact on the big screen in 2008) doesn’t feature much in the similarly-titled 1931 sporting drama, which features Lew Ayres as a troubled prizefighter.

15 films that share titles of blockbusters - but definitely aren't
(Picture: Paramount)

 

2 Which Men In Black would you prefer? The 1997 blockbuster starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, or this 1934 effort from comedy legends The Three Stooges? We suspect the latter’s theme tune isn’t quite as catchy.

the men in black 1997
(Picture: Columbia)

 

3 Hands up everyone who went to buy a copy of Marvel opus The Avengers and ended up with a copy of the 1999 Ralph Fiennes/Uma Thurman stinker instead? Take note, Iron Man is not in the latter:

The Avengers 2012
(Picture: Disney/Warner Bros)

 

4 Why watch Russell Crowe’s epic 2000 Oscar winner Gladiator when you can watch the little-seen 1992 movie Gladiator – featuring Twin Peaks star James Marshall as a teenager caught up in illegal underground boxing – instead? Don’t all rush at once, now…

gladiator movie poster 2000 universal pictures
(Picture: DreamWorks/Sony)

 

5 Did you know there was a 1955 film called The Fast And The Furious? And that like the 2001 movie it’s all about cars? That’s where the similarity ends…

The Fast and the Furious (2001)

 

6 Hang on, the people in that version of Twilight on the right don’t look like they belong in young adult fiction. And they definitely don’t look like vampires. That’s probably because it’s a 1998 detective thriller starring some serious Hollywood A-listers (a very young Reese Witherspoon is also in it), and Edward Cullen is nowhere to be seen:

twilight movie poster 2008

 

7 One is a gung-ho 1996 blockbuster about kicking alien butt, the other is a low-key 1983 movie about a small-town waitress (Kathleen Quinlan) who dreams of becoming a photographer and escaping to the big city. We’re guessing the latter features fewer special effects.

independence day 1996
(Picture: Fox/Warner Bros)

 

8 In the mood for some gear-grinding action courtesy of Will Smith’s 1995 action hit? Make sure you don’t end up with this seriously gritty 1983 prison drama, starring Sean Penn as a juvenile delinquent.

Bad Boys (1995) movie poster
(Picture: Columbia/Universal)

 

9 In the red corner we have the 2005 blockbuster in which Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson attempt to flee a dystopian society. In the blue corner, a 1980 thriller starring Michael Caine as an investigative journalist who accidentally stumbles across a race of bloodthirsty pirates. The fact it was penned by Jaws author Peter Benchley isn’t doing a lot to persuade us…

The Island (2005)
(Picture: Warner Bros/Universal)

 

10 Project X was a 2012 film about the party to end all parties, but who’d have imagined Matthew Broderick would have beaten them to the title with his 1987 film about chimps?

project x 2012
(Picture: Warner Bros/Fox)

 

11 Mega-controversial 1996 David Cronenberg film about people who get turned on by car accidents vs 2004 best picture Oscar winner about social and racial clashes in California. That’s what you call a Crash crush…

Crash covers
(Picture: Lionsgate/Pathe)

 

12 A 2013 ‘adrenaline-fuelled triumph’ focusing on motor-racing rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda, or a 1991 drama featuring Jason Patric and Jennifer Jason Leigh as narcotics detectives turned drug addicts? The choice is yours…

Rush covers
(Picture: MGM/Universal)

 

13 We’re guessing the 2005 Will Ferrell film on the right is a little less introspective than the 1995 film on the left in which a bunch of post-grads sit around talking and not doing a whole lot with their lives. Not much kicking or screaming on that front to be honest.

Kicking and Screaming covers
(Picture: Universal)

 

14 However much you might have enjoyed the 1996 actioner Broken Arrow, it’s by no means a unique title – as this 1950 James Stewart Western proves.

Broken Arrow dual covers
(Picture: Fox)

 

15 And we reckon your kids might be REALLY disappointed if you promised them a copy of 2013 Disney uber-hit Frozen and they ended up with this 2010 shocker about some people trapped on a skilift.

FROZEN 2014 FROZEN 2010 Source: Disney/ArieScope Pictures
(Picture: Disney/Anchor Bay Entertainment)

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