Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Movie Poster?

poster113A little while back, over at The Focused Filmographer, our buddy T shared a series of great sketch posters for the IMAX release of “The Hobbit” in his weekly series “New Posters of the Week”. I was really impressed by them… thought they were very cool.

Then, this weekend, watching the special features for “Back to the Future”, they were discussing how fortunate they were to have gotten the movie poster that they did… how the image of Marty looking at his watch while stepping out of (or into) the Delorean became as iconic as the film itself.

Back_to_the_Future_PosterI think we’ve all owned a movie poster or two in our day, I know I have a handful up, myself. They’ve become a huge part of the film industry… there are even posters of older movies┬ábeing made now as art! Mondo posters, minimalist posters, posters for limited re-releases… you’ve seen the ones.

So which are you favorites? What’s YOUR favorite movie poster? Do you or have you owned any? I realize that commenters can’t post images, but, time willing, I’ll help out for those who want to leave a link to the poster they’re referring to, and I’ll save it as a file and upload it so we don’t have to hotlink. Let’s keep the quantities reasonable, though, shall we? ;)

Let’s hear it people! What are Your Favorite Movie Posters?!

135 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Movie Poster?

  1. That’s a tough one. I love movie posters. I grew up with them everywhere because my brother collected them. He worked at the theater and took them home before they got thrown away. He also went as far as to set up a fake video rental store in his name so he’d get free posters and screeners. haha

    The one I’ve always coveted (I suppose I’ll get it when he dies) is the teaser poster for Terminator 2. It’s just bad-ass!

    I’ve got some replicas of the Italian Man With No Name Trilogy posters that I love as well.

  2. Tricky! These days I find myself rolling my eyes at almost all the new film posters I see. They’re always such cliches and overly photoshopped monstrosities. Find that most of the film posters I love are ones created by fans/unofficial designers.

    I did like Moonrise Kingdom’s poster this year. Loved the typeface that was designed for it.

    The Dark Knight’s Why So Serious, with the Joker writing on the poster in blood. Awesome poster.

    This V for Vendetta poster –

    – gorgeous!

    Jurassic Park, The Truman Show, Little Miss Sunshine, The Social Network, Cloverfield, off the top of my head. Trying to think of more!

  3. I do love that ‘Back to the Future’ poster (I have the 25th anniversary version they gave out during its celebration screening). Still, my all-time favorite would be the original one for John Carpenter’s THE THING (1982). The same poster those brilliant folks over at Universal didn’t think would work and so commissioned the one with standing figure with the blazing light beams going forth. Dumb.

    • Yeah, that is really kind of trippy and cool isnt it? I’ll be honest… I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen that.

      Still, I dont know… I may side with the studio here. The poster that became official has become famous in its own right. I like it.

  4. Still a tough choice for me to claim my favorite movie poster. I have so many favorites and several hanging throughout my house. :) That BTTF is pretty sweet!

    I really like Memoirs of a Geisha, Vertigo,The French Connection, The Amazing Spiderman, and the IMAX for Skyfall to name a few that come to mind immediately.

    Thanks for the shoutout man. Really nice of you! Great subject today. You know I love it having been following posters for so long now each week. There’s tons of great fanmade posters out there too that don’t get enough attention.

  5. This is a FANTASTIC post and question for us all. Unfortunately, I never pay attention to posters so this will be tough.

    Hmmm, the film is a bit idiotic, but Legion’s poster is just plain cool. You can’t walk by that without stopping for a second glance. The Last Exorcism also does that. And I love the minimalistic style of both Taken posters.

    And of course, there’s the Dark Knight poster with the Joker writing “Why so serious?” in blood on a foggy window..yep, that’s my favorite. :D

    There are so many though!! Gahhh, I have to go back and start a whole separate list of posters now!

  6. I have to go with The Goonies. I love them both (hanging off each other and the one in the cave with the treasure)

    More recently, I liked the Hungar Games posters.

  7. The first to come to my mind is Toy Story 3 mostly because its hanging on my wall

    Recently I saw this poster online of Oz The Great and Powerful and I thought it was beautiful.

    And well, there is one more I loved and its for one of my favorite movies Hugo. This poster actually drew me to go check out the trailer before it was even released.

    • Before I embedded the Toy Story 3 poster, I had assumed you were talking about this one below. Which Ive always liked because it just seems like a huge pile of toys, which… always wins. :D Brings out the kid in you.

      That poster for “Oz TGaP” IS really cool isnt it? I have my suspicions about the movie though. I’m getting a Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland vibe off of it, somehow… :(

      • I liked that one a lot also but its not the one hanging on my wall. haha! I would’ve chose that if I had the choice.

        I actually don’t know what to expect from Oz. No idea whatsoever. I just thought the poster looked cool. Now that you talk about it, it does have that Alice vibe…i’ll keep my fingers crossed though, I do want it to be good.

      • Yeah… me too. Though I’m not as attached to it as I was to Burton’s Alice… hopes and wishes for it to be awesome just arent there for whatever reason. Maybe “Alice” crushed me LOL. Still though, obviously I hope it’ll be great.

      • I’m a big fan of Wizard of Oz storyline, be it the musical Wicked or whatnot. I hope that it’ll be good. But for sure, the attachment for Alice was crazy for me. For one, it was Disney and two, Tim Burton…how could you mess it up, right? Apparently, anything can happen..haha

    • Yeah, I thought that that was clever as hell. It’s new to me, even if they HAD ripped it off from somewhere.

      I had the True Romance poster hanging for many years, actually. More that I was a huge fan of the flick than of that particular poster though.

      Tony Scott, RIP.

      • Yeah, the “Ides” one really impressed me as well. I also had True Romance hanging for years but god knows what happened to it. I loved that poster man.

    • Mark, I have the movie theater banner for this (and no room to hang it as it is about 15 ft high and 10 ft wide.) ha. they didn’t have any posters left so I got the banner. if u want it, hit me up. perhaps we can work out something in the way of sending it to you. haha.

  8. Enjoy posters in general. Going old school, I may give a nod to Maltese Falcon, and modern day would probably be Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with Ferris reclined, hands behind head with a caption “Leisure Rules” on poster. Classic noir films like Casablanca just ooze coolness.

      • “Oh yeah…[chika chika] beautiful ” – Yello’s Oh Yeah song from film is going through my head; shades of bus ride and ‘Rooney[the principal] eats it’ graffiti inside bus; nice poster; solid secondary tagline.

  9. Off the top of my head, I’m thinking the Alien poster, if only for that perfect tagline: ‘In space no one can hear you scream’.

    That one, and the Poltergeist poster. I don’t think I can choose between the two. Both are pretty minimalist in design but suitably dark and creepy.

    • Well I guess if I had to break the tie, I’d go Poltergeist (strictly on a poster basis). The Alien tagline kicks ass, but that poster has always struck me as strange… would the uninitiated know what that egg even is? LOL

      I think Carrie-Ann in front of the static is creepy in and of itself…

      Just my two cents.

      • You make a good point. That said, It’s the mystery of the Alien imagery which makes its poster so appealing to me, as I feel It’s very much in line with the movie in that sense.

        BUT, I find myself reluctantly agreeing with the tie-break outcome :P It’s a prime example of creepy delivered simply, yet effectively.

  10. When I was younger, I used to keep a scrapbook of movie posters that I cut out of the newspapers. People were asking me if they were mementos of movies I’d seen, but really, I never watched much movies back then. I just loved the aesthetics of the posters.

    I’m pretty sure I was called out for being a weirdo right then and there. :) Also it kinda explains the weird hobbies I’ve taken up these days. Seriously, who writes a blog devoted solely to webcomics? My God.

    I can’t remember everything in that scrapbook, but I think I had a clipping of Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey in there. (Serious note: I STILL haven’t seen that movie.) I think I mainly liked Death’s grinning face there. I was of course a fan of the first movie, and I rued the day that I couldn’t get a clipping of the two awesome dudes perched atop that phone booth filled with righteous historic dudes.

    BUT!

    Perhaps one of my favorite genres would have to be all those takes on Conan The Barbarian style imagery as if done by Boris Vallejo. Right at the top of that list would be the poster for Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness. You got Bruce Campbell in that awesome smirk, the torn open shirt, the chainsaw, a babe clinging to his leg, and the world at war! It’s adventurous and plenty of tongue in cheek humor… just like the movie!

    However, my all time favorite is the one for the 2010 George Clooney movie The American. (Yet another movie I have never seen.) I fell in love with its retro-60’s look. Many times I’ve tried to imitate its look on my website and failed. (If you ever check up on my “Know Thy History” pieces, the banner is actually an approximation of this one.) I love the simplicity of the design and the used of black-and-white with orange.

    • Ha! At least you’re self aware Santo. That’s one sure sign youre still sane. ;)

      Two cool posters right there.

      My advice would be to skip Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, it’s one of the worst sequels ever. Not top ten or anything, but definitely top 50 at least.

      I’m not that high on “The American”, either. I can handle restrained, minimalist movies… to an extent. But literally almost nothing happens in that movie. It’s a slow burn with the emphasis on slow. LOL

      Of course, that’s not a comment on the poster, mind you. Youre definitely right, it IS retro cool.

      And that Army of Darkness poster is pretty Vallejo, isn’t it? LOL. Nice call! :D

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