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50 Beautiful Movie Posters

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. [Content Care Oct/26/2016]

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 Link

Star Wars (1977)

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Walk the line (2005)

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Grindhouse (2007)

Grindhouse
Grindhouse

The Spirit (Upcoming, December 2008)

The Spirit

Vacancy (2007)

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Moulin Rouge (2001)

Moulin Rouge

V For Vendetta (2006)

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La Feria De Cepillin (2008)

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The Thing (1982)

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

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Dexter (TV-show)

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The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight

Kill Bill (2003)

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Fearless (2006)

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Cloverfield (2008)

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The Birds (1963)

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A Clockwork Orange (1971)

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Mean Streets (1973)

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Amadeus (1984)

Grindhouse

THX 1138 (1971)

THX II38

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Pulp Fiction

28 Weeks Later (2007)

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

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Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump

Day Watch (2007)

Day Watch

Vertigo (1958)

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Invasion (2008)

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Planet of the apes (2001)

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The Memory Thief (2007)

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The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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Death Proof (2007)

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The Good German (2006)

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Perfume (2007)

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The Shining (2008)

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W (2008)

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American Beauty (1999)

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The Bank Job (2007)

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Man With One Red Shoe (1985)

Man With One Red Shoe

The Dark Crystal (1982)

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Excalibur (1981)

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Unforgiven (1992)

Unforgiven
Zodiac (2007)
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Dr. Strangelove (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb) (1964)

Dr. Strangelove

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Indiana Jones

Rocky (1976)

Rocky

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Blestenation (2007)

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The Fountain (2006)

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Resources Link

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/60-inspiring-concert-posters-from-10-amazing-artists/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/35-beautiful-music-album-covers/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/monday-inspiration-brilliant-music-videos/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/01/the-legacy-of-polish-poster-design/
  5. 5 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_poster
  6. 6 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_genre
  7. 7 http://www.impawards.com/
  8. 8 http://www.imdb.com/
  9. 9 http://www.cinemasterpieces.com/
  10. 10 http://www.movieposteraddict.com/
  11. 11 http://posterwire.com/
  12. 12 http://sfstory.free.fr/affiches
  13. 13 http://wellmedicated.com/inspiration/50-incredible-film-posters-from-poland/
  14. 14 http://weirdposters.blogspot.com/
  15. 15 http://www.impawards.com/
  16. 16 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/exellence/movieposters.html
  17. 17 http://movieposterguy.blogspot.com/
  18. 18 http://www.cinemacom.com/vintage-shockers.html
  19. 19 http://flickr.com/groups/84063844@N00/pool/
  20. 20 http://abduzeedo.com/hand-drawn-movie-posters

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Alessandro Cattaneo is a communication specialist with great passion for web and design.

  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

    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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  6. 6

    Lot of retro style posters. Nice collection.

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  7. 7

    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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  8. 8

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

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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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    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

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

    Roshan

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