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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.

You may also be interested in the following related posts:

1900-1909 Link

1900-19094

1910-1919 Link

1910-19195

1910-19196

1920-1929 Link

1920-19297

1920-19298

1930-1939 Link

1930-19399

1930-193910

1940-1949 Link

1940-194911

1940-194912

1950-1959 Link

1950-195913

1950-195914

1960-1969 Link

1960-196915

1960-196916

1970-1979 Link

1970-197917

1970-197918

1970-197919

1980-1989 Link

1980-198920

1980-198921

1980-198922

1990-1999 Link

1990-199923

1990-199924

1990-199925

2000-2009 Link

2000-200926

2000-200927

2000-200928

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.

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/10/the-art-of-the-film-title-throughout-cinema-history/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/30-unforgettable-movie-title-sequences/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/best-tutorials-for-cinematic-visual-effects/
  4. 4 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt1900s.shtml
  5. 5 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt1910s.shtml
  6. 6 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt1910s.shtml
  7. 7 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt1920s.shtml
  8. 8 http://www.annyas.com/screenshots/1920-1924/
  9. 9 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt1930s.shtml
  10. 10 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt1930s.shtml
  11. 11 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt1940s.shtml
  12. 12 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt1940s.shtml
  13. 13 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt1950s.shtml
  14. 14 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt1950s.shtml
  15. 15 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt1960s.shtml
  16. 16 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt1960s.shtml
  17. 17 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt1970s.shtml
  18. 18 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt1970s.shtml
  19. 19 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt1970s.shtml
  20. 20 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt1980s.shtml
  21. 21 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt1980s.shtml
  22. 22 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt1980s.shtml
  23. 23 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt1990s.shtml
  24. 24 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt1990s.shtml
  25. 25 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt1990s.shtml
  26. 26 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt2000s.shtml
  27. 27 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt2000s.shtml
  28. 28 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/mt2000s.shtml
  29. 29 http://www.annyas.com/the-movie-title-stills-collection/
  30. 30 http://www.shillpages.com/movies/index2.shtml
  31. 31 http://www.artofthetitle.com/

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  1. 1

    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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    • 2

      Hmmm, interesting, that is true. The typography definitely reflects the certain time period. Thanks for pointing that out Josh.

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  2. 3

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

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    • 4

      Haha, yes, it does. I feel like going to the garage and grabbing some old VHS movies and watching them now. :)

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  3. 5

    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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    • 6

      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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  4. 7

    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!

    anna

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    • 8

      Greetings to you to Anna. I’m in Los Angeles. :)

      Thanks for letting us know which ones you liked the most.

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  5. 9

    Nice roundup jab, i personally love 70-79.

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    • 10

      The good ol’ 70’s. Why do you like that decade? You must be a hippy huh? Just kidding, thanks Vikas. :)

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  6. 11

    great collection indeed..!!

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  7. 13

    This is a really creative idea and an awesome collection! I love the style of the 30ies!

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  8. 14

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

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  9. 15

    Inspiring. :O)

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    • 16

      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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      • 18

        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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    • 19

      Thank you! Glad the post was an inspiration.

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    It’s really interesting to see how the typography has changed over the years!

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    • 21

      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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  11. 22

    really a nice collection….

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  12. 24

    You are welcome. Yes, it’s a rare collection but I’m glad there were some people who were willing to take screenshots of all of them.

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  13. 25

    Thanks Waheed. I appreciate it.

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  14. 26

    Haha, it is a little bit of nostalgia.

    1990’s was also when I was growing up and watching lots of TV.

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  15. 27

    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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  16. 28

    Thanks Chris! What are you talking about? That video is awesome. ;)

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  17. 29

    Actually, that’s what I really love about viewing these. It’s interesting to see the use of brilliant typography in the early years.

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  18. 30

    Yeah, that was kinda funny. Thanks for stopping by Brendan.

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  19. 31

    I would have to agree with you. The stills from that era are the best looking ones in my opinion.

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  20. 32

    Glad you liked the idea… I wanted to do something unique. :)

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  21. 33

    Yeah, that decade was neat. The Blob looks really cool.

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  22. 34

    I appreciate it, Tom. It’s “cool” that you thought it was “cool.” ;)

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  23. 35

    Yup, it’s amazing how those swirls looks so good, yet they were all created by hand. Those designers were really skillful and talented.

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  24. 36

    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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  25. 37

    LOL! That was a good one.

    I definitely enjoy great design and that is why I wanted to showcase this. :)

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  26. 38

    Thanks. I’m really happy that lots of people enjoyed this post. And thanks for letting me know. :)

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  27. 39

    Thanks a lot for doing that. I really appreciate it. Thanks! :)

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  28. 40

    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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  29. 42

    Nice compilation. I love beggining of post with vintage titles

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    • 43

      Thanks for sharing which ones you like. I do agree with you, I love those early years of movie stills.

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  30. 44

    You’ll like this video clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50BBNZ-ejjU !!!

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  31. 46

    I was waiting for that kind of article from ages! :)

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  32. 47

    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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  33. 48

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

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  34. 49

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

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  35. 50

    Yep! Ice Age is great. Not only the movie title, but also, the actual movie. I love Scrat! :)

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  36. 51

    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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  37. 52

    Hi Jad, Nice Post Keep it up:)
    Thanks

    Best Regards
    Rupam

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  38. 53

    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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  39. 54

    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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    Elias Hinchey

    June 14, 2011 8:44 am

    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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  41. 56

    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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