10 Best Movie Posters of All Time

10 Best Movie Posters of All Time

Just like they do with everything else in a modern-day movie industry, they exploit  movie posters a lot. Overexposing is definitely a trend now…  On, let’s say, a Monday, an attention-grabbing poster for a film like Spring Breakers surfaces online and gives off that iconic feeling of old; on that following Thursday, though, two new alternate one-sheets premiere on various blogs and instantly dilute the initial poster’s impact.

But if you think of the good old days of the Hollywood’s Golden Era, there was a simpler approach: create one truly unforgettable image that captured the film’s spirit while also generating excitement at just a glance. Movie posters were not mere commercial gimmicks but were more like pieces of art.

Will anyone remember the countless individual character sheets for this weekend’s The Great Gatsby? Don’t count on it. For better or worse, the wall space reserved for the 75 most iconic movie posters of all time shall remain undisturbed.

Scream (1996) – Art Director: David Lubin

Kids (1995) – Art Directors: Jennifer Alex Nickason and Michael Preston

Escape from New York (1981) – Art Director: Chris Horner

Singin’ in the Rain (1952) – Art Directors: Randall Duell and Cedric Gibbons

The Social Network (2010) – Art Directors: Curt Beech and Keith P. Cunningham

The Maltese Falcon (1941) – Art Director: Robert Haas

Forrest Gump (1994) – Art Directors: Leslie McDonald and William James Teegarden

Double Indemnity (1944) – Art Directors: Hans Dreier and Hal Pereira

The Kid (1921) – Artist: Unknown

Casablanca (1942) – Artist: Bill Gold

West Side Story (1961) – Artist: Saul Bass

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) – Artist: Terry Gilliam

Blazing Saddles (1974) – Artist: John Alvin

Cool Hand Luke (1967) – Artist: Bill Gold

3 Reviews

  1. While my personal favorite is Casablanca, I mind about so many ancient movies being on the list!

    1. Those are not ancient, they’re called classics and for a good reason!

  2. But if you think of the good old days of the Hollywood’s Golden Era, there was a simpler approach: create one truly unforgettable image that captured the film’s spirit while also generating excitement at just a glance. Movie posters were not mere commercial gimmicks but were more like pieces of art.

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