50 Beautiful Movie Posters

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Movie posters are art and, unfortunately, the forgotten one. In the early years of cinema history, they were used just like advertising material. Displayed in theatres only, movie posters had the same function as a menu in a restaurant: what feast can I enjoy this evening? Nowadays, movie posters play a big role in cinema memorabilia collection. They have lost the “informative” tone to wear a more artistic and decorative dress. We want to change it with this post.

Made in many different sizes and versions, and released in different moments all along a movie’s life, posters immortalize in one static image the feeling and the atmosphere of a motion picture. Some posters can be dark or try to frighten the audience, others bedazzling with bright colors; some can be someway informative, while others can be fully teasing and may provide you only the date when movie will be released, even if you may not know what the movie is about.

In this post we present you a showcase of 50 beautiful movie posters. We went through different decades of movie history and different genre, different graphical approach, colors and style. Movies the posters are about may be famous or not, this is not the point.

Movie posters put together the love for for two different visual arts: cinema and graphics. Enjoy!

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50 Beautiful Movie Posters

Star Wars (1977)4

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Walk the line (2005)6

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Grindhouse (2007)8

Grindhouse9

Grindhouse10

The Spirit (Upcoming, December 2008)11

The Spirit12

Vacancy (2007)13

Screenshot14

Moulin Rouge (2001)15

Moulin Rouge16

V For Vendetta (2006)17

Screenshot18

La Feria De Cepillin (2008)19

Screenshot20

The Thing (1982)21

Screenshot22

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (2007)23

Screenshot24

Dexter (TV-show)25

Screenshot26

The Dark Knight27

The Dark Knight28

The Dark Knight29

Kill Bill (2003)30

Screenshot31

Fearless (2006)32

Screenshot33

Cloverfield (2008)34

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The Birds (1963)36

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A Clockwork Orange (1971)38

Screenshot39

Mean Streets (1973)40

Screenshot41

Amadeus (1984)42

Grindhouse43

THX 1138 (1971)44

THX II3845

Pulp Fiction (1994)46

Pulp Fiction47

28 Weeks Later (2007)48

Screenshot49

The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)50

Screenshot51

Forrest Gump (1994)52

Forrest Gump53

Day Watch (2007)54

Day Watch55

Vertigo (1958)56

Screenshot57

Invasion (2008)58

Screenshot59

Planet of the apes (2001)60

Screenshot61

The Memory Thief (2007)62

Screenshot63

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)64

Screenshot65

Death Proof (2007)66

Screenshot67

The Good German (2006)68

Screenshot69

Perfume (2007)70

Screenshot71

The Shining (2008)72

Screenshot73

W (2008)74

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American Beauty (1999)77

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The Bank Job (2007)79

Screenshot80

Man With One Red Shoe (1985)81

Man With One Red Shoe82

The Dark Crystal (1982)83

Screenshot84

Excalibur (1981)85

Screenshot86

Unforgiven (1992)87

Unforgiven88

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)89

The Nightmare Before Christmas90

Zodiac (2007)91

Screenshot92

Dr. Strangelove (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb) (1964)93

Dr. Strangelove94

Good The Bad And The Ugly (1966)95
Italian version.

Good The Bad And The Ugly96

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)97

Indiana Jones98

Rocky (1976)99

Rocky100

Last Click

Beyond A Reasonable Doubt (1956)101
Please note the advice’s style (highlighted with the red circle) for the audience: an innocent suggestion or just marketing?.

Beyond A Reasonable Doubt102

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Blestenation (2007)104

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The Fountain (2006)106

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/03/35-beautiful-music-album-covers/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/21/monday-inspiration-brilliant-music-videos/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/14/excellent-book-covers-and-paperbacks/
  4. 4 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076759/
  5. 5 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076759/
  6. 6 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0358273/
  7. 7 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0358273/
  8. 8 http://www.grindhousemovie.net/
  9. 9 http://www.grindhousemovie.net/
  10. 10 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0462322/
  11. 11 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0831887/
  12. 12 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0831887/
  13. 13 http://observin.com/2008/08/31-great-movie-posters-for-design-inspiration/#more-140
  14. 14 http://observin.com/2008/08/31-great-movie-posters-for-design-inspiration/#more-140
  15. 15 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0203009/
  16. 16 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0203009/
  17. 17 http://www.impawards.com/2006/v_for_vendetta_ver3.html
  18. 18 http://www.impawards.com/2006/v_for_vendetta_ver3.html
  19. 19 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/10-Movie-Posters_1970s-1970s/58004
  20. 20 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/10-Movie-Posters_1970s-1970s/58004
  21. 21 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084787/
  22. 22 http://www.slashfilm.com/2008/04/16/cool-stuff-alamos-the-thing-and-planet-of-the-apes-the-car-movie-posters/
  23. 23 http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/movie/sweeney_todd_the_demon_barber_of_fleet_street/stills/41
  24. 24 http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/movie/sweeney_todd_the_demon_barber_of_fleet_street/stills/41
  25. 25 http://www.nerdcore.de/wp/2008/07/18/obey-giant-dexter-poster/
  26. 26 http://www.nerdcore.de/wp/2008/07/18/obey-giant-dexter-poster/
  27. 27 http://thedarkknight.warnerbros.com/
  28. 28 http://thedarkknight.warnerbros.com/
  29. 29 http://thedarkknight.warnerbros.com/
  30. 30 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0266697/
  31. 31 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0266697/
  32. 32 http://www.impawards.com/2006/fearless.html
  33. 33 http://www.impawards.com/2006/fearless.html
  34. 34 http://www.impawards.com/2008/cloverfield_ver2.html
  35. 35 http://www.impawards.com/2008/cloverfield_ver2.html
  36. 36 http://www.flickr.com/photos/heilemann/2577370196/in/set-613088/
  37. 37 http://www.flickr.com/photos/heilemann/2577370196/in/set-613088/
  38. 38 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066921/
  39. 39 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066921/
  40. 40 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070379/
  41. 41 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070379/
  42. 42 http://www.movieposteraddict.com/2008/02/21/79-years-of-best-picture-winners-in-posters/
  43. 43 http://www.movieposteraddict.com/2008/02/21/79-years-of-best-picture-winners-in-posters/
  44. 44 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066434/
  45. 45 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066434/
  46. 46 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110912/
  47. 47 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110912/
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/heilemann/2226247381/in/set-613088
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/heilemann/2226247381/in/set-613088
  50. 50 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0478049/
  51. 51 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0478049/
  52. 52 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109830/
  53. 53 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109830/
  54. 54 http://www.foxsearchlight.com/daywatch/
  55. 55 http://www.foxsearchlight.com/daywatch/
  56. 56 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052357/
  57. 57 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052357/
  58. 58 http://theinvasionmovie.warnerbros.com/
  59. 59 http://theinvasionmovie.warnerbros.com/
  60. 60 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0133152/
  61. 61 http://www.slashfilm.com/2008/04/16/cool-stuff-alamos-the-thing-and-planet-of-the-apes-the-car-movie-posters/
  62. 62 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0437250/
  63. 63 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0437250/
  64. 64 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080684/
  65. 65 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080684/
  66. 66 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1028528/
  67. 67 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1028528/
  68. 68 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0452624/
  69. 69 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0452624/
  70. 70 http://www.perfumemovie.com/
  71. 71 http://www.perfumemovie.com/
  72. 72 http://www.slashfilm.com/2008/10/09/cool-stuff-the-shining-posters-and-tribute-artwork/
  73. 73 http://www.slashfilm.com/2008/10/09/cool-stuff-the-shining-posters-and-tribute-artwork/
  74. 74 http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/movie/w
  75. 75 http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/movie/w
  76. 76 http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/movie/w
  77. 77 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0169547/
  78. 78 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0169547/
  79. 79 http://www.impawards.com/2008/bank_job_ver2.html
  80. 80 http://www.impawards.com/2008/bank_job_ver2.html
  81. 81 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089543/
  82. 82 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089543/
  83. 83 http://www.flickr.com/photos/heilemann/163034532/in/set-613088/
  84. 84 http://www.flickr.com/photos/heilemann/163034532/in/set-613088/
  85. 85 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charm_of_making
  86. 86 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charm_of_making
  87. 87 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105695/
  88. 88 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105695/
  89. 89 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightmare_before_christmas
  90. 90 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightmare_before_christmas
  91. 91 http://www.impawards.com/2007/zodiac.html
  92. 92 http://www.impawards.com/2007/zodiac.html
  93. 93 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057012/
  94. 94 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057012/
  95. 95 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Good,_the_Bad_and_the_Ugly
  96. 96 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Good,_the_Bad_and_the_Ugly
  97. 97 http://www.impawards.com/1981/raiders_of_the_lost_ark_ver2.html
  98. 98 http://www.impawards.com/1981/raiders_of_the_lost_ark_ver2.html
  99. 99 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky
  100. 100 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky
  101. 101 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049006/
  102. 102 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049006/
  103. 103 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049006/
  104. 104 http://www.mikesaputo.com/portfolio/?page_id=31
  105. 105 http://www.mikesaputo.com/portfolio/?page_id=31
  106. 106 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414993/
  107. 107 http://www.flickr.com/photos/heilemann/2901675620/
  108. 108 http://www.flickr.com/photos/heilemann/2900846223/in/set-613088/
  109. 109 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_poster
  110. 110 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_genre
  111. 111 http://www.impawards.com/
  112. 112 http://www.imdb.com/
  113. 113 http://www.agrayspace.com/posters/
  114. 114 http://www.cinemasterpieces.com/
  115. 115 http://www.movieposteraddict.com/
  116. 116 http://posterwire.com/
  117. 117 http://eu.movieposter.com/
  118. 118 http://sfstory.free.fr/affiches
  119. 119 http://wellmedicated.com/inspiration/50-incredible-film-posters-from-poland/
  120. 120 http://weirdposters.blogspot.com/
  121. 121 http://www.posterwhore.com/
  122. 122 http://www.impawards.com/
  123. 123 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/exellence/movieposters.html
  124. 124 http://www.flickr.com/photos/heilemann/collections/72157600010886936/
  125. 125 http://movieposterguy.blogspot.com/
  126. 126 http://www.cinemacom.com/vintage-shockers.html
  127. 127 http://flickr.com/groups/84063844@N00/pool/
  128. 128 http://abduzeedo.com/hand-drawn-movie-posters
  129. 129 http://www.agrayspace.com/posters/
  130. 130 http://observin.com/2008/08/31-great-movie-posters-for-design-inspiration/#more-140
  131. 131 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/21/monday-inspiration-brilliant-music-videos/
  132. 132 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/14/excellent-book-covers-and-paperbacks/

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  1. 1

    great collection guys. Some very interesting posters.

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  2. 102

    Bastante Buenas
    Very Good!

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  3. 203

    Like the list some nice posters on there i hadnt seen and shows the great art behind these

    But..
    Metroplis has to be on that list one of the best movie posters of all time!!

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  4. 304

    Forrest Gump and Perfume very good films, definitely I would recommend if you have not followed.

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  5. 405

    original list

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  6. 506

    Great posters, thanks :)

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  7. 607

    thx alot

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  8. 708

    Great collection!

    To all those complaining, the author doesn’t claim this is a definitive list or even a list of the BEST posters, just that they are beautiful. And that they are.

    Thank you very much, I feel inspired now!

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  9. 809

    Metropolis is one of the best ever.. here’s a preview
    i even dare say that Spirit is a copy of it.

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  10. 910

    Daniel Errante

    June 4, 2009 1:31 pm

    My favorite is the photo effect on the Sweeny Todd poster

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  11. 1011

    Good list, some great alternative versions.

    I was surprised to see that Pan’s Labyrinth wasn’t on the list, the movie has so many wicked alternative poster versions.

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  12. 1112
  13. 1213

    Stop asking for a thumbs up, it’s pathetic and only shows how desperate you are for a little attention.

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  14. 1314

    sha!.............

    August 19, 2009 1:37 am

    CoooOOoooL!!………..

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  15. 1415

    These are all pretty terrible…guess you happened to pick some of the worst

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  16. 1516

    great collection, I’d like to add Barry Lindon’s poster:

    http://www.mondomostre.it/images/estateraffaello/locandine/barry_lindon_06.jpg

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  17. 1617

    I have a lovely poster for “the perfume” hanging on the wall even more beautyful than the one shown here (I think it’s the italian version)

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  18. 1718

    It has to be the Star Wars poster that wins it for me… check this guys alternative Star wars prints I came across … I really like ‘the entirety of space’ print.

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  19. 1819

    Meh, mediocre collection of posters. Some classics are here alright, but would preferred there to be a bit more insight into foreign versions of classic american posters. See the russian blade runner poster for example.

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  20. 1920

    Thank’s for this very creative collection.
    You may also see my post aboout minimalist movie posters
    http://www.leblogdebango.fr/2010/02/60-redesign-minimalistes-daffiches-de-films-et-de-series/

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  21. 2021

    What about scarface?

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  22. 2122

    Cepillin POP-ART Awesome!!!

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  23. 2223

    More nice Poster you will find : Wandtattoo

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  24. 2324

    This really is a super collection, A very refreshing look back at some fantastic posters.

    I personally love the Dexter poster, It very much looks to me as if it is a Shephard Fairy design who features in the new banksy film, If it isnt a shephard fairy design I would say that it is meant to replicate it.

    The vertigo poster is always a true classic.

    acrylic prints

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  25. 2425

    thanx for this artful package . I think w. Unforgiven & invasion were best . and fountai poster was just like its movie beyond of any compliment .

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  26. 2526

    These posters must be preserved as works of art too!

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  27. 2627

    These movie posters are great,what software did they use for these kinds of posters.Specifically With Shinning?

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  28. 2728

    Does anyone know why there is spacing at the top of the Cloverfield poster. I mean between the ‘some’ and the ‘thing’

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  29. 2829

    Your article is featured at srecograd.blogspot.com/ as one of the examples that will have a lot of influence in the future, at our work.

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  30. 2930

    Really like ‘the memory thief’, never seen that before? will need to go watch it! very creative artwork, thank you canvas prints

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  31. 3031

    The Good German Poster shouldnt be there, since it is a copy in the Style of the original “Casablanca” Poster. So it is not an unique Original Design.

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  32. 3132

    so good , thank’s

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  33. 3233

    Although Raiders is obviously the best Indy movie, the best Indy poster is clearly: http://www.impawards.com/1984/posters/indiana_jones_and_the_temple_of_doom_ver1.jpg

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  34. 3334

    i dont know where else to go with this question lol i have an original Les Miserables poster with original cast autographs about 40 sigs. Dont know the value and would appreciate any info on poster or value thanks

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  35. 3435

    Really creative and inspiring posters.
    Check some more here http://goo.gl/tqN8o

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  36. 3536

    Thanks – Some really great poster artwork and some that i not seen before.

    You may also want to take a look at this site looking at the art of the movie poster with some great images and details about the artists.

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  37. 3637

    The dark knight poster is brilliant! I love seeing these, it’s like going to an art gallery.

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  38. 3738

    this is a fantastic page for the use of G.C.S.E’S. I have been looking throught this page for hours on end trying to find a decetn film poster in the end i chose TOM HANKS IS FOREST GUMP, i only chose this film poster because i have watched the film over and over again art home an di find it very interesting as he is AUTISTIC and that i have a AUTISTIC brother and iy helps me to undertstand the way my brother reacts to things and my brother is very similar

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  39. 3839

    This poster may not be the most ground breaking I do think it gives a good atmosphere of what the movie entails…

    http://www.moviepostersdb.com/the-butler/poster-1

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  40. 3940

    I see someone shares my taste in movies.

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