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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 theaters 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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Star Wars (1977)4

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Walk the line (2005)5

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Grindhouse (2007)6

Grindhouse
Grindhouse

The Spirit (Upcoming, December 2008)7

The Spirit

Vacancy (2007)8

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Moulin Rouge (2001)9

Moulin Rouge

V For Vendetta (2006)10

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La Feria De Cepillin (2008)11

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The Thing (1982)12

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (2007)13

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Dexter (TV-show)14

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The Dark Knight15

The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight

Kill Bill (2003)16

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Fearless (2006)17

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Cloverfield (2008)18

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The Birds (1963)19

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A Clockwork Orange (1971)20

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Mean Streets (1973)21

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Amadeus (1984)22

Grindhouse

THX 1138 (1971)23

THX II38

Pulp Fiction (1994)24

Pulp Fiction

28 Weeks Later (2007)25

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The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)26

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Forrest Gump (1994)27

Forrest Gump

Day Watch (2007)28

Day Watch

Vertigo (1958)29

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Invasion (2008)

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Planet of the apes (2001)30

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The Memory Thief (2007)31

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The Empire Strikes Back (1980)32

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Death Proof (2007)33

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The Good German (2006)34

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Perfume (2007)

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The Shining (2008)35

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W (2008)36

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American Beauty (1999)37

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The Bank Job (2007)38

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Man With One Red Shoe (1985)39

Man With One Red Shoe

The Dark Crystal (1982)40

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Excalibur (1981)41

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Unforgiven (1992)42

Unforgiven

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)43

The Nightmare Before ChristmasZodiac (2007)44

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Dr. Strangelove (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb) (1964)45

Dr. Strangelove

Good The Bad And The Ugly (1966)46
Italian version.

Good The Bad And The UglyRaiders of the Lost Ark (1981)47

Indiana Jones

Rocky (1976)48

Rocky

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Beyond A Reasonable Doubt (1956)49
Please note the advice’s style (highlighted with the red circle) for the audience: an innocent suggestion or just marketing?.

Beyond A Reasonable Doubt50

Blestenation (2007)51

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The Fountain (2006)52

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  1. 1 /2008/08/03/35-beautiful-music-album-covers/
  2. 2 /2008/01/21/monday-inspiration-brilliant-music-videos/
  3. 3 /2008/04/14/excellent-book-covers-and-paperbacks/
  4. 4 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076759/
  5. 5 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0358273/
  6. 6 http://www.grindhousemovie.net/
  7. 7 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0831887/
  8. 8 http://observin.com/2008/08/31-great-movie-posters-for-design-inspiration/#more-140
  9. 9 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0203009/
  10. 10 http://www.impawards.com/2006/v_for_vendetta_ver3.html
  11. 11 #
  12. 12 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084787/
  13. 13 #
  14. 14 http://www.nerdcore.de/wp/2008/07/18/obey-giant-dexter-poster/
  15. 15 http://thedarkknight.warnerbros.com/
  16. 16 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0266697/
  17. 17 http://www.impawards.com/2006/fearless.html
  18. 18 http://www.impawards.com/2008/cloverfield_ver2.html
  19. 19 #
  20. 20 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066921/
  21. 21 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070379/
  22. 22 http://www.movieposteraddict.com/2008/02/21/79-years-of-best-picture-winners-in-posters/
  23. 23 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066434/
  24. 24 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110912/
  25. 25 #
  26. 26 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0478049/
  27. 27 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109830/
  28. 28 http://www.foxsearchlight.com/daywatch/
  29. 29 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052357/
  30. 30 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0133152/
  31. 31 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0437250/
  32. 32 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080684/
  33. 33 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1028528/
  34. 34 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0452624/
  35. 35 http://www.slashfilm.com/2008/10/09/cool-stuff-the-shining-posters-and-tribute-artwork/
  36. 36 #
  37. 37 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0169547/
  38. 38 http://www.impawards.com/2008/bank_job_ver2.html
  39. 39 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089543/
  40. 40 #
  41. 41 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charm_of_making
  42. 42 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105695/
  43. 43 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightmare_before_christmas
  44. 44 http://www.impawards.com/2007/zodiac.html
  45. 45 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057012/
  46. 46 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Good,_the_Bad_and_the_Ugly
  47. 47 http://www.impawards.com/1981/raiders_of_the_lost_ark_ver2.html
  48. 48 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky
  49. 49 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049006/
  50. 50 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049006/
  51. 51 #
  52. 52 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414993/
  53. 53 #
  54. 54 #
  55. 55 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_poster
  56. 56 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_genre
  57. 57 http://www.impawards.com/
  58. 58 http://www.imdb.com/
  59. 59 http://www.cinemasterpieces.com/
  60. 60 http://www.movieposteraddict.com/
  61. 61 http://posterwire.com/
  62. 62 http://sfstory.free.fr/affiches
  63. 63 http://wellmedicated.com/inspiration/50-incredible-film-posters-from-poland/
  64. 64 http://weirdposters.blogspot.com/
  65. 65 http://www.posterwhore.com/
  66. 66 http://www.impawards.com/
  67. 67 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/exellence/movieposters.html
  68. 68 http://movieposterguy.blogspot.com/
  69. 69 http://www.cinemacom.com/vintage-shockers.html
  70. 70 http://flickr.com/groups/84063844@N00/pool/
  71. 71 http://abduzeedo.com/hand-drawn-movie-posters
  72. 72 http://observin.com/2008/08/31-great-movie-posters-for-design-inspiration/#more-140
  73. 73 /2008/01/21/monday-inspiration-brilliant-music-videos/
  74. 74 /2008/04/14/excellent-book-covers-and-paperbacks/
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  1. 1

    Those posters are great. Nice collection.

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  2. 2

    I honestly do not see how some of these posters made it here.

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  3. 3

    So inspiring! Most of these are really amazing. I think the first W post is lackluster and I’ve always been bothered by the placement of the type in Moulin Rouge with the stars names. Given that they are catering to some pretty big egos I can understand, otherwise its gorgeous. Love to see so many traditional paintings and illustrations in there- I love paintings done on the computer just as much but sometimes people forget about our design past!

    This makes me want to do more post designs. What a creative field!

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  4. 4

    this is just a collection of movies the author enjoyed.

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  5. 5

    Lot of retro style posters. Nice collection.

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  6. 6

    Amazing collection of posters! I was shocked, when i saw links to movies nearby every poster! It was ver hard work, i respect to Alessandro Cattaneo!

    P.S. Sorry for bad english, i’m ukrainian ;)

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  7. 7

    Great Collection!
    I agree… I miss this slowly fading art.

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  8. 8

    IMHO, this is a way better cover for “Th’ good, th’ bad ‘n’ th’ ugly”:
    http://spaghettiwesterns.1g.fi/dvd/Good_Bad_Ugly_SE_DVD_eng.jpg

    Otherwise, nice list, but it got a bit uninspired in the end before the last click after “Man With One Red Shoe”, and what about Raiders of the lost ark? :o

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  9. 9

    Nice collection! I love the “Vacancy” the best!

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    Marcos Vera Chávez

    October 12, 2008 2:53 pm

    The THX 1138 poster is not precisely the actual movie poster, this is the design for the special edition on dvd

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  11. 11

    great collection, but where is jurassic park? forrest gump?

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  12. 12

    Ace of Spades

    October 12, 2008 3:55 pm

    Wow….Great Post…..PULP FICTION is the best.

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  13. 13

    Great that Saul Bass’ work (“Vertigo”) made it in there – he’s the master! You can see several other posters in this collection that directly reference or draw inspiration from him (particularly the mean streets one). And that one for The Shining that uses his original typography of course!

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  14. 14

    Once again a great collection. I really like the old movies and retro posters. The W poster is lame. Funny quotes but the poster does not compete with the others here. I don’t see anything appealing or compelling about it.

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  15. 15

    Woah, where did you find those posters for The Fountain? Were they the international versions or something? They are awesome.

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  16. 16

    I love the “Perfume” movie poster, so much so when I seen it in the movie store I bought it due to the cover, and it turned out to be a very good movie!

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    Anthony Perno

    October 12, 2008 6:15 pm

    Chinatown ?

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  18. 18

    great collection. Dug planet of the apes, never seen that one before, it’s a fantastic poster. also vertigo, day watch, v for vendetta and dark knight were great selections.

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  19. 19

    Awesome :)

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  20. 20

    Danh ba web 2.0

    October 12, 2008 6:33 pm

    Great list ! Thanks you

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  21. 21

    Great collection. Love the work done in posters. very inspiring and most of these are really amazing.

    Roshan

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  22. 22

    Though I dislike retro style, I found some interesting retro posters in this list. I liked ‘The Birds’, ‘Forrest Gump’, ‘Perfume’, and ‘American Beuaty’ the best.

    Great efforrt Alessandro Cattaneo and Smashing Magazine Team, thank you so much.

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  24. 24

    I would like to add “The Spirit” [the three-split poster version]
    http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/images/spirit-poster1.jpg

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  25. 25

    i only remember posters of forrest gump and nightmare before christmas

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  26. 26

    superb work man. i have a new set of movies to watch now :)

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  27. 27

    Nice, The Color Purple would be a nice one to add

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  28. 28

    wow… what a nice collection of movie posters… like from tarantino´s films

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  29. 29

    Cepillin? Cepillin?…I fucking love Cepillin …haha… he’s he greatest of all clowns…even though I hate clowns he’s still an amazing character…fond memories from Mexico….

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  30. 30

    I love those movie posters. One of my biggest dreams, to make my own one.. :D
    Thanx for this article!
    (Why don’t you make an article about DVD Covers? Because they often don’t look so great like the movie posters…)

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  31. 31

    Cool, great post (Y)

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  32. 32

    Wow, I love this collection !

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  33. 33

    I have to agree with a previous poster. This list seems to be a list of posters the author enjoyed. The Bank Job? Kill Bill? Cloverfiled Those are hardly artistic examples.

    I’d also like to mention The Thing and Planet of the Apes posters are from special alamo draft house theater screenings. The shining poster is from an art show and a few other posters are not from original screenings.

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  34. 34

    Puhlease… I love movies and their related artworks, but kill bill as a good example of a beautiful poster? Come on!
    There are quite a few that are really good though, and ranging from old to new. There may be a bit too much emphasis on the new IMO, as it’s far more inspiring to me to think of the trouble designers had to go through 20, 30 years ago to make posters that rival today’s Photoshopped stuff.

    Also, try writing your posts in a word processor and running spell check prior to posting them online. “We went trought different decades of movie history” WTF is trought?

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  35. 35

    Cool collection, but why is there no asian movie, I miss thous a little …

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  36. 36

    Smashing strikes again. A regurgitated list of posters for popular movies is not fresh content. Unedited, guest authored content will be the downfall of this magazine.

    Movie posters are not a “forgotten art”. Poster art is highly celebrated and recognised. The author seems confused in the intro and contradicts himself, before going on to post a few good examples of iconic movie poster design, mixed in amongst some forty-odd mediocre, run of the mill, mainstream posters.

    Once again, a poor show from SM.

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  37. 37

    Love the Grinhouse series ! … There were some I had seen but others are quite new to me cause I saw the public poster only such as the Dark Knight one ! Also love that retro feel in some of the posters ! A true work of art indeed !

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  38. 38

    why was the poster for the ring two with the girl sitting in the chair not included? I think thats one of the most powerful and disturbing movie posters i’ve ever seen

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  39. 39

    the japanese poster of “Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain”

    http://img241.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ameliext8.jpg

    and:

    http://film.fit.edu/img/fall02b.jpg

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  40. 40

    although it is a great poster, blestenation is not a movie but a music band.

    http://www.myspace.com/blestenation
    lol

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