Here is our top ten over the most iconic movie posters of all times.
Iconic movie poster number 10: Jaws
Jaw’s frightening image of the great white rising to devour its unwitting
victim is a simple, yet inspired piece of visual marketing - and makes it
one of the most iconic posters of all time. From the ridiculously
oversized beast, to its gaping maw filled with rows of jagged, uneven
teeth, it’s is a viscerally terrifying image, one that struck fear into the
hearts of swimmers everywhere around the world and put people off
beaches for a generation.
Heartwarming side story, the author of Jaws dedicated the last decade
of his life to the preservation of sharks to make up for the mass hysteria
he inadvertently helped create.
Iconic movie poster number 9: The Rocketeer
A much-underrated art deco teaser design, setting the period and style
in elegant fashion. However, the poster was partly blamed for the
movie’s financial failures, as it neglected to feature any of the films’s
stars, such as James Bond and Timothy Dalton
Iconic movie poster number 8: Moon
This amazing design comes from a London-based creative agency
AllCity, who have also created some of the most interesting and
beautiful posters in recent years (La La Land & The Death of Stalin). The
minimal and vivid design evokes the loneliness and paranoia which Sam
Rockwell’s character faces in his lunar exile.
Iconic movie poster number 7: Manhattan
The monochrome, brilliantly deliberate and thoughtfully constructed
poster by Matt Needle reflects Woody Allen’s black and white
cinematography. The white negative space hinting the winter setting and
the famous bench shot of the Queensboro Bridge taking precedence.
Iconic movie poster number 6: Metropolis
The handdrawn archaic ‘three-sheet’ poster by the German graphic
artist Heinz Schulz-Neudamm, is an amazingly beautiful work of art
deco futurism. The rare original copy of the poster, thought to be one of
only four in existence, recently sold for $1.2 million at auction.
Iconic movie poster number 5: The Exorcist
The instantly famous silhouette by the artist Bill Gold, shows director
William Friedkin’s love for German expression-esque mood lighting and
gothic horror. Taken directly from the scene where Max Von Sydow’s
father Merrin first arrives to begin his work.
Iconic movie poster number 4: Pulp Fiction
This poster design not only captured the film’s effortless cool but
became one of the most ubiquitous images of the mid-nineties. An
image depicting a piece of pulp fiction itself, complete with cover
creases, dog-eared corner and 10c price tag and Uma Thurman’s
smouldering gaze staring back at you.
Iconic movie poster number 3: The Godfather
In simple black-and-white, the poster tells us everything we need to
know. The image of Marlon Brando’s Don Corleone is certainly striking
— his black tuxedo fading into the all-black background – but arguably,
the star of this poster is the instantly recognisable ‘puppeteer’ logo,
lifted direct from Mario Puzo’s book cover, and designed by legendary
graphic designer S. Neil Fujita.
Iconic movie poster number 2: Back To The Future
When you think of Back to the Future, odds are Drew Struzan’s instantly
recognisable poster is part of the memory. It’s a striking, beautiful image
that you’ve seen a million times. The artwork takes all of the film’s iconic
objects (Marty’s threads, the DeLorean, the flaming tyre tracks) and
combines them in a single, stunning image. Plus he’s looking at his
watch. Because time travel.
Iconic movie poster number 1: The Silence of the Lambs
This poster encapsulates the genre of Thriller as it presents many of the
conventions of such. Without a visual introduction to the characters,
location or plot, this form of advertisement depends on the main image
and the mention of a ‘best seller’ to draw in the target audience. The
death’s head moth takes the central focus, the skull on its back made
up of nude female forms (lifted from Salvador Dali’s In Voluptas Mors).
You can draw all kinds of symbolism from the colours, detail and moth’s
placement but beyond any of that, it’s a chilling image.