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100 Years of Movie Title Stills


I’m always observing graphic design in different things. The other day, while I was watching something on TV, the design of the title screen caught my attention. I figured that this would be a great idea to post on Design Informer. I quickly got to work and started researching. Come to find out that there were some great sites that have already collected hundreds of movie title stills.

Anyway, it’s really fascinating to look back at the past and see the way that they designed things back then. This post is kind of like a blast from the past. You’ll get a chance to see some designs from the 1900’s all the way up until 2009. So enough of my chattering, let’s take a look at this showcase of movie title stills from the last 100 years.

1900-1909 Link


1910-1919 Link



1920-1929 Link



1930-1939 Link



1940-1949 Link



1950-1959 Link



1960-1969 Link



1970-1979 Link




1980-1989 Link




1990-1999 Link




2000-2009 Link




Bonus Link

Since we are already in the mood, here’s a bonus video for you to watch. I’m sure you’ll like this one. It brought up some childhood memories for me.

Scariest TV Logos From Our Childhood Link

Extra Resources Link

There are plenty of resources that you might find of interest regarding movie titles, stills, etc. Here are some of the sites that you should visit.

So which movie title stills did you like? Which decade do you think has produced the best designs? What did you think of that bonus video? Please let us know by leaving your comments below. We would also appreciate it if you can tweet this article and bump it. Thank you!

Anyways, I hope that you have enjoyed this showcase of movie title stills. There are all kinds of ways to find inspiration and sometimes, looking at designs from the past can give you that fresh and unique design idea that you have been searching for.

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  1. 1

    Wonderful collection..
    Rare of this kind…..
    Thanks for the inspiration…
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    Nice research and good post!
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    Great Collection,

    Makes you go Nostalgic :)

    1990s were the golden age, I was young then.
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    Very good article, Jad. It is really wonderful to see how the design style has evolved through the decades. Experimenting with new colors has definitely given some new life to the recent ones.

    It is tough to choose the best out of these, but if I had to single out one, then it must be ‘Beauty and the Beast’ for its typography style.

    A even better research would be to find out which of these were created using the Computer (using PS or something else) and which ones were hand drawn.

    As you aptly put, sometimes for inspiration, one needs to look into the past. Without the tools we have now, those artists were pretty exceptional, don’t you think?

    I thought the video was a timeless classic. Fat fonts were a rage back then, I guess :) One thing intrigues me though, What’s scary about them? Is it the music?

    All in all, a very good article and something different from what I see everyday. Great work, Jad. Keep it up.
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      Yes, that’s a good idea. I am definitely curious as well about which ones were created with computers. Thanks for the encouraging words about the post Richie.

      Ummm, it’s not really scary. It’s just that people use the term scary as in ugly. :)

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    These are great. The video brought on some serious Saturday morning flashbacks.

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    That video was downright frightening. It sounded like a bad version of space invaders. Great post though!
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    Was watching the video and I couldn’t help but think that logos were so much more simple then. What has happened to us? We need more Paul Rand’s in the world.

    Thanks for sharing.

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      Yes, logos were a lot more simpler back then.

      Paul Rand is a design hero and patriarch. We definitely need to have more designers with the same mindset and philosophy as Paul Rand.

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    Super duper collection, thank you. I love the typography in some of the early black and white movies.
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    Thanks for this great compilation of movie title stills. For a designer and cinema lover like me this post is a must-see!

    The Great Train Robbery , The Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka are my favs from this compilation :)
    Greetings from Spain!


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    man that video is great…

    sit UBU sit, made me laugh, i still see it every once and a while on reruns.
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    This is so cool! I love the older looking movie titles from 1900-1940’s era. This is a unique collection, gave a stumble thanks!
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    Great collection and great idea for post.
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    Amazing roundup Jad. I love it especially the 1950-1959 period!
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    Nice roundup jab, i personally love 70-79.

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    Mmmm, love me some movie title stills. It’s always fun to see how the type reflects the time period. Nice post.

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    Cool post, original!
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    Very nice roundup! I am loving the swirls in the early 1900s .. so chic!
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    I love that you can see that over the years design got better and more skilled.
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      The design software did get better, but I don’t think that the actual designs got better. They were pretty nice back then. Imagine if they had the software that we had. :)

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    What a terrific idea! Thank you! So many of us enjoy good design; I think it’s one of the things we remember most vividly from the movies. It plays an important role (no pun intended) in a film’s image. Movie titles are a film’s logo – again, it’s the image thing.

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    great collection indeed..!!

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    This post is a perfect inspirational starting point for anyone planning to embark on a new design project. I was born in the 1980’s so it was like a walk down memory lane. My favourite has to be the Back to the Future movie title, it was an epic hit (both the show and logo!)
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    This is a really creative idea and an awesome collection! I love the style of the 30ies!

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    WOW! Very nice collection! brings back a lot of memories. These can definitely be used for design inspiration :)

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    Great roundup friend,
    Star Wars still looks great!
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    Inspiring. :O)

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      You amaze me Jad, You never run out of great ideas. What an awesome gallery of exceptional movie title stills. I should say, you are one in a million. Thank you once again.This is addicting. Can’t help but peek at your blog.

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        Oh by the way, I like the 90’s collections.

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        WOW! Thanks for the extremely kind words, Zanzu. Ideas are everywhere, you just have to learn how to write it down when it comes to you. :)

        BTW, you like the 90’s? They did have some nice ones such as Toy Story and Beauty and the Beast.

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      Thank you! Glad the post was an inspiration.

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    Great idea, loved this article ;)
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    It’s really interesting to see how the typography has changed over the years!

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      Yes, the looks of typography designs changed but I’m pretty sure that the principles are still the same. And isn’t it neat that great typography in those early days is still great typography today?

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    really a nice collection….

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    Great post Jad. I really like several of them throughout the list. I have to say, it is the earliest ones that I have the most appreciation for, because they would have been done completely by hand…showing true craftsmanship in Typography and design.

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      I agree with you as well Don. Those designs from the early 1900’s are amazing. Not simply because of the design, but by the way they were done. I’m sure lots of hours went into crafting those letters, and don’t even get started on those swirls/borders/shapes. They are really nice and well-crafted. That’s what I call Craftsmanship in design. :)

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    Nice compilation. I love beggining of post with vintage titles

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    Wizard of Oz was my favorite. The Blob was cool too. It really seems like we have slipped a little with the more recent titles, but Ice Age sure has a bang to it. Great flashback with this post though.
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    It’s a shame an Alien movie title still wasn’t included in your list! I can still remember the first time I saw that film, the title was very creepy the way the letters slowly appeared bit by bit!
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      That’s true. I didn’t see that title on the sites that I visited so that’s why I forgot. But anyway, there are still some other really cool titles that I have included. ;)

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    Thank you for this collection.
    It’s kind of interesting that there is not so many changes except colors or effects all through the decades. Good design is always what it is.
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    the collection of movieposters are great
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    I was waiting for that kind of article from ages! :)

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    Fascinating! As somone who is relatively new to the design business. It never ceases to amaze me how much nuance there is in the world of graphic design. Really good post.

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    Excellent. I really like the typography “The Mouse that Roared” and because of the `50s.

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    Done lots of works and the 1900- 1940 movies , never seen anywhere, thanks for sharing some rare movie titles :D

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    Nice post. Some of these stills look really creepy. But never than less, they are great pieces of arts.
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    Hi Jad, Nice Post Keep it up:)

    Best Regards

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    Thanks for this post! I am working on a retro logo and need some early 1900’s inspiration.

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    Almost fogot how stylish and creative the old movie title stills actually were. Thanks for the reminder :)
    I really like The Twilight Zone still but also the Back to the Future title. Nice roundup!

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    Nice collection! However, the “Eyes of the Mummy” typography looks more like a ’50s horror flick than anything from its time. I also noticed a modern-looking “AlphaVideo” logo in the top right corner – I’m wondering if this really was the original title card.

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    i have a miracle on the back who gives super natural powers. and i can stoop warr and all kind of natural desasters and bring peace wear ever i stand in this world naturaly alone and without weapons

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    I love what you guys are up too. This type of clever work and reporting! Keep up the awesome works guys I’ve included you guys to my personal blogroll.

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    yes. from “Scariest TV Logos From Our Childhood”, some of the logos made me feel scary and horror at the same time when i was a little girl. but nice collection by the way. remembering back those memories.

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    You’re welcome. Actually, they aren’t as rare as you think. There are actually lots of different sites that archive these things, you just have to know where to look to find them. :)


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