The Top 10 Movies Of All Time Posters

It is always interesting to look at all-time lists. In the case of the Top 10* Movies Of All Time (*adjusted for inflation) are the movie posters as epic as the movie? Conveying the emotions and feeling of a film in a flat still medium is becoming a lost art. Let’s have a look and see how they’ve been designed!

1. Gone With The Wind (1939)
The original movie poster depicted on the left from 1939 is stronger than the more modern re-release poster. It is stronger in the fact that it is more expressive and leaves more to the imagination. Especially in 1939 this poster would have created a statement during the time of war depicting the now famous kiss of the characters' turbulent love affair. The embellished frame is nice added detail and enforces the style of the Civil War.

2. Star Wars (1977)
The legendary movie that forever put Star Wars on the map has equally strong movie posters. The illustrative styling reinforces the sci-fi element and offers a preview into the cutting edge special effects and digital special effects of the time. The illustrative style creates more of a statement then if various images from the movie were merged into a collage.

3. The Sound of Music (1965)
Once again I am drawn to the illustrative style of the classic movie posters. The Sound of Music logo is more expressive and cheery and is a contrast to the cold father figure Mr. Trapp. The illustration of the original 1965 poster conveys the musical in a single image.  The 40th anniversary poster is simple and stands by itself because the movie is so iconic. I would like to see more expression in the title font selection. The anniversary poster would not have worked back in 1965 though.

4. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Not only do these classic movie posters capture that strange moment in youth when the world is a place of mysterious possibilities (some wonderful, some awful), and the universe seems beyond limitation. The poster to the left is an icon of every child from the 1980s.

5. The Ten Commandments (1956)
Although I have to admit I have not watched this movie that is considered a classic, the movie posters do represent the cliche designs of the 1950s. The intense pops of color, reds, yellows reinforce the parting of the red sea promoted as the single most spectacular event ever filmed.

6. Titanic (1997)
Of the two movie posters my preference is the teaser poster with the cropped view of the Titanic sinking to the left. No romantic collage of the characters with the bow of the Titanic sinking. The Titanic poster with Leonardo and Kate is the usual movie poster of the 90s to now. The poster has a mild resemblance to the Jaws original poster but does not work. Not a whole lot of imagination and very cliche. I suppose with all the marketing going to TV and internet producers feel they do not need to push the envelope with the movie posters.  Which is a shame!

7. Jaws (1975)
This poster is iconic perfection. The poster does a great job of summing up the horrifying image that you will see with this movie. The poster is powerful enough to induce chills down your spine. A great work of poster art that matches the work of art the film is.

8. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Another movie that I have not personally seen, I do appreciate the illustrative style of the movie poster to the left. Also the poster follows a nice grid that allows for some white space and breathing room around the illustration. Based on the imagery I get a sense for what the movie is about - love affair during a revolution.

The Exorcist (1973)
I love this movie poster. It has certainly stood the test of time, as it still makes a statement today. The lighting and the glow coming from the upper window, the image creates the suspense and horror that be with this movie. What is up in that window? Love the fact that the text is using a purple instead of the typical red or yellow you see with all the horror movies.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
It is interesting to compare the original movie poster from 1937 to today's poster of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. My preference is the modern one with all the colors and separation between the different characters in the movie. The type is also better and seems more storybook / fairytale. The original poster seems too cluttered and it hard to scan who is the central character. It also gives away pretty much the entire storyline within the image.


Anonymous,  December 10, 2011 at 4:52 AM  

what about the Truman show movie poster of the pictures of the movie making Jim Carrey face? I think that was fantastic!

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