List of artworks known in English by a foreign title

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The following is an alphabetical list of works of art that are often called by a non-English name in an English context. (Of course, many such titles are simply the names of people: Don Quixote, Irma la Douce, Madame Bovary, Tosca, Pelléas et Mélisande. These have been omitted, as have examples where the English may easily be inferred: Symphonie fantastique, Les liaisons dangereuses.)

Title Transcription Language Translation Description
99 Luftballons German 99 Balloons song by Nena
À la recherche du temps perdu French In Search of Lost Time novel by Marcel Proust
Aberystwyth Mon Amour French Aberystwyth My Love novel by Malcolm Pryce
Aina آئینہ Urdu Mirror film directed by Nazr-ul-Islam
Alhambra الْحَمْرَاء Arabic The Red One Muslim monument, located near Granada, Spain
Angkor Wat អង្គរវត្ត Khmer temple complex of the city Hindu and (later) Buddhist temple site, located in Angkor, Cambodia
Arthashastra अर्थशास्त्रम् Sanskrit "science of politics" or "science of material gain" treatise on statecraft, economic policy and military strategy
Autobahn German Motorway album and song by Kraftwerk
Bal Turkish Honey film by Semih Kaplanoğlu
Barcarolle: une nuit à Lisbonne French Barcarolle: A Night in Lisbon symphonic poem by Camille Saint-Saëns
Bhagavad Gita भगवद्गीता Sanskrit Song of God philosophical, Hindu book of poems (author contentious)
Carmina Burana Latin Songs from Beuern medieval book of poems and a cantata by Carl Orff
Cavalleria rusticana Italian Rustic Chivalry opera by Pietro Mascagni
Chichen Itza Yucatec Maya At the Mouth of the Well of the Itza Mayan monument, located on the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico
Commentarii de Bello Gallico Latin Commentaries on the Gallic War Julius Caesar's firsthand account of the Gallic Wars
Codex Gigas Latin Giant Book largest medieval manuscript in the world, the authorship is attributed to Hermann Inanclus (Herman, the Recluse), a monk
Così fan tutte Italian That's What They [feminine] All Do opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Dai Miao 岱庙 Chinese Dai Temple Daoist temple complex, located on Mount Tai, People's Republic of China
Dàin do Eimhir Scottish Gaelic Poems to Eimhir Sequence of poems by Sorley MacLean
Dao De Jing 道德经/道德經 Chinese Way/Path, Virtue, Guideline philosophical, Daoist book of poems probably by Laozi
Das Boot German The Boat film directed by Wolfgang Petersen
Das Hildebrandslied German Lay/Song of Hildebrand heroic lay, written in Old High German
Das Kapital German Capital treatise by Karl Marx
Das klagende Lied German The Lamentation cantata by Gustav Mahler
Das Lied von der Erde German The Song of the Earth symphony by Gustav Mahler
De Leeuw van Vlaanderen Dutch The Lion of Flanders book by Hendrik Conscience
Déjeuner sur l'herbe French Lunch on the Grass painting by Édouard Manet
De re publica Latin On the State philosophical hexalogy by Cicero
De rerum natura Latin On the Nature of Things philosophical didactic poem by Lucretius
De vita Caesarum Latin About the Life of the Caesars collection of biographies by Suetonius
Der Freischütz German The Freeshooter or The Marksman opera by Carl Maria von Weber
Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen German Hell's vengeance boils in my heart aria by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Der Ring des Nibelungen German The Ring of the Nibelung cycle of four operas by Richard Wagner
Der Schauspieldirektor German The Impresario Singspiel by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Der Wehrwolf German a portmanteau and word play, combining the words for "defence" and "wolf" to Wehrwolf, similar to werewolf book by Hermann Löns
Desafinado Portuguese Out of Tune song by Antônio Carlos Jobim
Deus Ex Latin God out of video game-series by Eidos Interactive
Die Entführung aus dem Serail German The Abduction from the Seraglio opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Die Fledermaus German The Bat operetta by Johann Strauss II
Die glückliche Hand German The Lucky Hand musical drama by Arnold Schoenberg
Die Mensch-Maschine German The Man-Machine album by Kraftwerk
Die schöne Müllerin German The Fair Maid of the Mill song cycle by Franz Schubert
Die Verbannten Kinder Evas German The Banished Children of Eve album from the Austrian band of the same name
Dies irae Latin Day of Wrath hymn by Thomas of Celano and part of the Requiem
Don Quichotte à Dulcinée French Don Quixote to Dulcinea song cycle by Maurice Ravel
Dorvyzhy Дорвыжы Udmurt "homeland roots" or "homeland generation" Udmurt literary national epic
Edda Óðr Old Norse Poetry Eddur (plural of Edda) are the Poetic Edda (author unknown) and Prose Edda (by Snorri Sturluson), are two Icelandic ancient books
Eine kleine Nachtmusik German A Little Night-Music serenade by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
El amor brujo Spanish Love, the Magician ballet by Manuel de Falla
El Cielo Spanish The sky/heaven album by dredg
El cóndor pasa Spanish The Condor Passes song by Daniel Alomía Robles and Julio Baudouin
El Shaddai אל שדי Hebrew "God Almighty" (loosely translated) video game by Ignition Entertainment
Elfen Lied German Elf Song manga and anime-series by Lynn Okamoto
Eroica Italian Heroic symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven
Erlkönig German "The Alder King" or "The King of the Elves" poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Erwartung German Expectation opera by Arnold Schoenberg
Fetih 1453 Turkish Conquest 1453 film by Faruk Aksoy
Feuer frei! German "free to fire!" (German military language for "fire at will") song by Rammstein
Gesta Danorum Latin Deeds of the Danes series of books by Saxo Grammaticus
Gitanjali গীতাঞ্জলি Bengali "An offering of songs" or "prayer offering of songs" collection of poems by Rabindranath Tagore
Giv'at Halfon Eina Ona גבעת חלפון אינה עונה Hebrew Halfon Hill Doesn't Answer film by Assi Dayan
Götterdämmerung German Twilight of the Gods opera by Richard Wagner
Gurrelieder German Songs of Gurre oratorio by Arnold Schoenberg
Hagia Sophia Ἅγια Σοφία Greek Divine Wisdom Byzantine dome-church (now a mosque), located in Istanbul, Turkey
Harakiri 腹切り Japanese Harakiri/cutting the belly film by Masaki Kobayashi
Häxan Swedish Witches film by Benjamin Christensen
Heimskringla Old Norse The World-Circle Kings' saga by Snorri Sturluson
Hiroshima mon amour French Hiroshima My Love film directed by Alain Resnais
Huis clos French In Camera play by Jean-Paul Sartre
Ich will German I want song by Rammstein
Ikiru 生きる Japanese To Live film directed by Akira Kurosawa
Il trovatore Italian The Troubadour opera by Giuseppe Verdi
Ilias Ἰλιάς Ancient Greek "Trojan" or "Troas" epic poem, attributed to Homer
Jeux d'enfants French Children's Games symphonic suite by Georges Bizet
Jewang Ungi 제왕운기 Korean Rhymed Chronicles of Sovereigns poem by Yi Seung-hyu
Kaaba الكعبة Arabic The Cube most sacred site in Islam, located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Kagemusha 影武者 Japanese Shadow Warrior film directed by Akira Kurosawa
Kalevala Finnish Lands of Kaleva epic poem by Elias Lönnrot
Kalevipoeg Estonian Kalev's Son epic poem by Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald
Kama Sutra कामसूत्र Sanskrit Verses of Desire ancient book about human sexual behavior by Vātsyāyana
Katamari Damacy 塊魂 Japanese Clump Soul video game by Namco
Kebra Nagast ክብረ ነገሥት Ge'ez Glory of Kings Ethiopian's national epic
Keine Lust German No Desire (German idiom for "I don't feel like it.") song by Rammstein
Kindertotenlieder German Songs of Dead Children song cycle by Gustav Mahler
Kraftwerk German Power Station debut album by Kraftwerk
Kremlin Кремль Russian Fortress historic fortified complex at the heart of Moscow, Russia
Kundun སྐུ་མདུན་ Tibetan The Presence film directed by Martin Scorsese
La Bohème French The Bohemian opera by Giacomo Puccini
La création du monde French The Creation of the World ballet by Darius Milhaud
La cucaracha Spanish The Cockroach traditional song
La dame aux camélias French The Lady of the Camellias novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils
La Damoiselle élue French The Blessed Damozel cantata by Claude Debussy after poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
La Dolce Vita Italian The Sweet Life film directed by Federico Fellini
La finta giardiniera Italian The Pretend Garden-Girl opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
La mer French The Sea three symphonic sketches for orchestra by Claude Debussy
La notte Italian The Night film by Michelangelo Antonioni
La strada Italian The Road film by Federico Fellini
La traviata Italian The Fallen Woman opera by Giuseppe Verdi
La Vie en rose French Rose-Tinted Life song by Louis Gugliemi and Édith Piaf
Lāčplēsis Latvian Bear-slayer epic poem by Andrejs Pumpurs
Lacrimosa Latin "weeping" or "tearful" part of Dies Irae
Lahuta e Malcís Gheg Albanian The Highland Lute Albanian national epic poem
Le bœuf sur le toit French The Ox on the Roof ballet by Darius Milhaud
Le chasseur maudit French The Cursed Huntsman symphonic poem by César Franck
L'eclisse Italian The Eclipse film by Michelangelo Antonioni
L'enfant et les sortilèges French The Child and the Spells opera by Maurice Ravel
Le Grand Meaulnes French The Great Meaulnes novel by Alain-Fournier
Les noces French The Wedding dance cantata by Igor Stravinsky
Le tombeau de Couperin French Couperin's Tomb suite by Maurice Ravel
L'étranger French The Outsider novel by Albert Camus
L'heure espagnole French The Spanish Hour/The Time in Spain opera by Maurice Ravel
Liebestod German Love's Death final scene from the opera Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner
Longmen Shiku 龙门石窟/龍門石窟 Chinese Dragon's Gate Grottoes/Caves artificial, Buddhist grottoes, located south of Luoyang
L'Isle joyeuse French The Joyful Isle piano piece by Claude Debussy
Má vlast Czech My Fatherland cycle of symphonic poems by Bedřich Smetana
Machu Picchu Quechua Old Peaks Inca site, located above Urubamba Valley, Peru
Madadayo まあだだよ Japanese Not Yet film by Akira Kurosawa
Mahabharata महाभारत Sanskrit The Great History/Story of the Bharatas epic of ancient India
Mahabodhi Temple महाबोधि मंदिर Sanskrit Great Awakening Temple Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya, India
Masjid Al-Haram المسجد الحرام Arabic The Sacred Mosque largest mosque in the world, located in Mecca, Saudi-Arabia
Mein Kampf German My Struggle autobiography and political treatise by Adolf Hitler
Memento Latin Recall film by Christopher Nolan
Mo Ghile Mear Irish My Gallant Darling song by Seán Clárach Mac Domhnaill
Moai Rapa Nui Figurine monolithic human figures on the Polynesian island of Easter Island
Namárië Quenya Be Well poem by J. R. R. Tolkien
Narn i Chîn Húrin Sindarin The Tale of the Children of Húrin unfinished story by J.R.R. Tolkien
Nayakan நாயகன் Tamil The Hero film by Mani Ratnam
Nessun dorma Italian No-one Shall Sleep aria from Giacomo Puccini's opera Turandot
Ni no Kuni 二ノ国 Japanese Second Country video game by Level-5 and Studio Ghibli
Nibelungenlied German Lay/Song of the Nibelungs German national epic
Nobilissima Visione Italian The Noblest Vision ballet by Paul Hindemith
Notre Dame French Our Lady cathedral in Paris, France
Obaltan 오발탄 Korean Maybe a Miss film by Yu Hyun-mok
Ōkami 大神, 狼 or 大紙 Japanese "Great God" if written as 大神, "Wolf" if written as 狼 or "Great Paper" if written as 大紙 video game published by Capcom
Ōkamiden 大神伝, 狼伝 or 大紙伝 Japanese "Chronicles of a/the Great God" if written as 大神伝, "Chronicles of a/the Wolf" if written as 狼伝 or "Chronicles of a/the Great Paper" if written as 大紙伝 sequel to Ōkami
Ombra mai fu Italian Never was a shade aria by Georg Friedrich Händel
Orgelbüchlein German Little Organ Book collection of chorale preludes and pedagogical treatise on composition by Johann Sebastian Bach
Pappa Ante Portas German (the first word) and Latin Daddy in front of the Gates film by Loriot
Pavane pour une infante défunte French Pavane for a Dead Infanta piano/orchestral piece by Maurice Ravel
Petite Fleur French Little Flower instrumental by Sidney Bechet
Petra πέτρα Greek Stone city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma'an, famous for its rock cut architecture
Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica Latin Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy three books by Sir Isaac Newton
Pierrot lunaire French Moonlit [or Moonstruck] Pierrot song cycle by Arnold Schoenberg
Popol Vuh Classical K'iche' Book of the People corpus of mytho-historical narratives of the K'iche' kingdom in Guatemala
Porco Rosso Italian Red Pig film by Hayao Miyazaki
Potiche French Trophy Wife film by François Ozon
Praan প্রাণ Bengali Stream of Life poem by Rabindranath Tagore
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune French Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun symphonic poem by Claude Debussy
Princess Mononoke もののけ姫 (Mononoke-hime) Japanese Princess of the demons/monsters (only the hime was translated to English) film by Hayao Miyazaki
Qur'an (or Koran) القرآن Arabic The Recitation religious text of Islam by Muhammad
Raag Darbari रागदरबारी Hindi A raga of bureaucracy Novel by Shrilal Shukla
Ramakien รามเกียรติ์ Thai Glory of Rama Thailand's national epic
Ramayana रामायण Sanskrit Rama's Path ancient Indian epic
Ran Japanese "Chaos" or "Revolt" film by Akira Kurosawa
Rashōmon 羅城門 Japanese Gate of the Fortress former Japanese monuments, were located in Heijō-kyō and Heian-kyō, Japan
Rashomon 羅生門 Japanese Gate of the Fortress film by Akira Kurosawa
Ratatouille French a French dish film by Pixar
Selva morale e spirituale Italian Moral and Spiritual Forest collection of sacred music by Claudio Monteverdi
Serse Italian Xerxes opera by Georg Friedrich Händel
Shahnameh شاهنامه Persian The Book of Kings enormous poetic opus written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi
Shiri/Swiri 쉬리 Korean Korean Splendid Dace film by Kang Je-gyu
Shoah השואה Hebrew Calamity film by Claude Lanzmann
Silmarillion Quenya From the Radiance of Pure Light collection of J. R. R. Tolkien's mythopoeic works
Skáldskaparmál Old Norse Language of Poetry poem by Snorri Sturluson, consisting of around 50,000 words
Skeireins 𐍃𐌺𐌴𐌹𐍂𐌴𐌹𐌽𐍃 Gothic Explanation commentary on the Gospel of John by an unknown Gothic author
Stalag 17 German a German abbreviation for "Stammlager" (base/main camp) film by Billy Wilder
Suzakumon 朱雀門 Japanese Gate of the Vermilion Bird former Japanese monuments, were located in Fujiwara-kyō, Heijō-kyō and Heian-kyō, Japan
Taegukgi 태극기 Korean South Korean Flag film by Kang Je-gyu
Taj Mahal تاج محل or ताज महल Persian Crown of Buildings Indian monument, located in Agra, India
Te Deum Latin You, God Christian hymn of praise
Tekken 鉄拳 Japanese Iron Fist video game series by Namco
Tiananmen 天安门/天安門 Chinese Gate of Heavenly Peace Chinese Monument, located in Beijing, People's Republic of China
Titash Ekti Nadir Naam তিতাস একটি নদীর নাম Bengali A River Named Titash film by Ritwik Ghatak
Todesfuge German Death Fugue poem by Paul Celan
Torah תּוֹרָה Hebrew Instruction Judaism's founding legal and ethical religious texts, probably by Moses
Tristan und Isolde German Tristan and Iseult opera by Richard Wagner
(Tsubaki) Sanjūrō 椿三十郎 or 三十郎 Japanese Thirty year-old Camellia Tree or Thirty year-old film by Akira Kurosawa
Turandot توراندختر Persian Turan's Daughter opera by Giacomo Puccini
Vers la flamme French Towards the Flame piano piece by Alexander Scriabin
Verklärte Nacht German Transfigured Night string sextet by Arnold Schoenberg
Vespro della Beata Vergine Italian Vespers for the Blessed Virgin, 1610 musical composition by Claudio Monteverdi
Volver Spanish To Return film by Pedro Almodóvar
Vom Kriege German On War book by Carl von Clausewitz
Weiß Kreuz German White Cross (accurately "weißes Kreuz" in German) anime by Ken'ichi Kanemaki
Winterreise German Winter Journey song cycle by Franz Schubert
Yeelen Bambara Brightness film by Souleymane Cissé
Yojimbo 用心棒 Japanese Bodyguard film by Akira Kurosawa
Yungang Shiku 云冈石窟/雲岡石窟 Chinese Cloud Ridge Grottoes/Caves artificial, buddhist grottoes, located by Datong
Zaveshchanie russkogo fashista Завещание русского фашиста Russian The Last Will of a Russian fascist book by Konstantin Rodzaevsky
Zemlya Земля Ukrainian Soil/Earth film by Alexander Dovzhenko