Best movie posters – Part 3

Today, we continue with our list of the most famous and influent movie posters ever made.

Casablanka (1942)

Even though the original is simply the best, it was famously riffed on in the poster for The Good German. This black and white simplicity of the film is presented properly, adding a strong color in the title treatment. It can be said that this poster successfully presents the era and looks cool no matter what the actual year is.

The Third Man (1949)

We could say that the border is the most important element of this one. But we won’t forget the elements of the 40’s classic noir neither. It spreads from the striking color scheme to the Vienna backdrop, which grabs attention immediately.  But what a border this poster has!

The Wild Bunch (1969)

These four action shots are the first thing we think about, looking at this one. This short glance explains us precisely what kind of movie we get, a Western which is full of action scenes. The great work of graphic design can be easily recognized in that poetic synopsis and long shadows.

Vanishing Point (1971)

The inevitable detail is that flashy image of a car in the centre of the poster. It really looks like it’s going very fast. But, besides cars driving fast, this movie is also a kind of existential journey which is very suitable for early 70s. It contains that hippy sense of freedom of the road, which can be clearly seen in this poster. The important element would surely be that cheesy tagline.

Badlands (1973)

The debut film of Terrence Malick is an amazing thriller with rather disturbing subject, a couple who go on a killing spree in Dakota. The poster is a attention grabber as well. It has that fairy-tale blurb mixed with a striking photo of the silhouetted pair. The first look immediately says you what sort of film it is. That last line is made like it hits you in the head.

Mean Streets (1973)

What is more striking than the image of a smoking gun? Just the right thing to show the daily life on mob-streets of Little Italy at its best. Mixed with the display of stylised apartment blocks, it gives us the message that the life in this town is very dangerous. It has a crisp and striking, but also a clean design in Scorsese classic style.

Barry Lyndon (1975)

The first film since banned “A Clockwork Orange” of Stanley Kubrick is actually an 18th Century cautionary tale. Following the great artwork, this one had a tough job, but it is still a beautiful movie. As it can be seen on the poster, it won four Oscars. It’s like stripped-down artwork, but elegant enough to do justice to this big screen adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel.

Rocketeer (1991)                                                                                                    

Even if the jetpack was invented in 1930s, the helmet surely wouldn’t look as cool as this one. This space style of the rocketeer outfit comes from the creator of the graphic novel that inspired this movie, Dave Stevens. The most fascinating thing about this image is the notion of speed that it has.


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