The Best Movie Posters Ever

If watching a film is like having a dream wide awake, then movie posters are invitations to those dreams – a lot of weight for one image to carry. In this gallery, Premiere Magazine arrayed some of the best examples of this art-meets-commerce form – some profound, some silly.

Here’s a look at the 25 best.

1. Anatomy of a Murder

Anatomy of a Murder

Mark Rothko meets the chalk outline. Artist Saul Bass (also an acclaimed title designer and visual consultant) brought poster design out of the golden age with a bold mix of the abstract and the figurative, of which this poster for the controversial 1959 Otto Preminger thriller is a prime example.

2. The Sin of Nora Moran

The Sin of Nora Moran

Some great posters are from movies you may never have heard of – 1933’s The Sin of Nora Moran is a fairly inconsequential B picture, but its poster is an unforgettable image of ravishment. (As for truth in advertising, the film’s lead actress was not a blond.) Alberto Vargas, an artist who was a go-to guy for the studios during the 1930s, did the artwork on this Majestic release.

3. Vertigo


The image that Saul Bass – who also created the opening credit sequence of the film itself – designed for Hitchcock’s 1958 Vertigo is as classic as the movie itself. Perhaps because of his good work or merely because of his growth into one of film’s most gifted poster creators, Bass was given a credit on the film, which at the time wasn’t customary.

4. Downhill Racer

Downhill Racer

Downhill Racer’s breathtaking 1969 one-sheet is, among other things, a testimonial to just how freewheeling the ’60s were — only then were the studios daring enough to advertise a Robert Redford picture without showing Redford on the poster. Steve Frankfurt did the design and while the film was mostly ignored by audiences, the one-sheet is seen as a touchstone for future film posters.

5. Forbidden Planet

Forbidden Planet

The Forbidden Planet artwork (1956), with its decidedly menacing robot and definitely-not-Anne Francis damsel-in-distress, evokes and entire ethos of pulp sci-fi. The prominence of Robbie the Robot also tapped into 1950s hysteria by appearing like some piece of domestic gadgetry.

Want to see the rest of the Premiere Magazine’s 25 Best Movie Posters Ever? Just click here and… enjoy!


~ by addicted2b3 on March 20, 2007.

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