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 being 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?!

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

  1. In my humble, yet correct, opinion the two best are Jaws and the original Fright Night. -P.S. I don’t know how to post a link so somebody should do it for me.

  2. For my 21st birthday (long time ago) my wife bought me a framed 6ft high Godfather II poster signed by all the cast. It is the one thing I would rescue in a state of emergency, and is my pride and joy. :)

    • Yeah, unfortunately, commenters can embed YouTube clips, but not images… I dont know why. :( I wish people could.

      That IS a bad ass poster though. LOL, that might be a case of the poster being better than the movie. :)

  3. Personally, as much of a bed rep as the movie gets, I’ve always loved the Star Wars Ep 1 poster of the kid walking across the desert with his shadow on the hut being the obvious form of Darth Vader. It was a really great and haunting visual; it’s a shame the movie wasn’t able to pull off the same haunting beauty.

    But my favorite of all time is definitely the Washington Crossing the Delaware inspired Winnie the Pooh movie poster. It was just so well done. The use of space and color, the reference to classic art. You don’t even have to be a huge Winnie the Pooh fan (which I’m not, actually) to love it, and that takes some epic art.

    Also, Independence Day’s poster always intimidates me, with the alien spaceship filling up the entire horizon.

    • You know what? You make a great point Kel, that movie may have been a terrible let down, but this poster is potentially one of the greatest teaser posters of all time.

      It got the point across perfectly. I remember being pretty freaking stoked up by it. :D Good call.

      In other news, I didnt know there was such a thing as “not a huge Winnie the Pooh Fan” :D

      • Yeah, that poster was defnitely the best thing about Episode One.

        As for the Winnie the Pooh comment, I have a bit of perspective on my enjoyment of Winnie the Pooh. I love Pooh, but compared to my husband? Compared to my mother-in-law, who has a Pooh toaster and flowerpots and cookie jars and has seen every movie and would get a Pooh tattoo if she ever got a tattoo? Yeah. Some people are Pooh fanatics, not just fans. ;)

    • This one here is definitely some trippy shit. LOL. Love how its a visual effect, too. Kind of got that optical illusion thing happening… which really helps sell the movie. Good call, it definitely is neat.

      And of course, the movie kicks much ass.

  4. This topic inspired me to do a bit of web-searching for some movie posters, as I pay little attention to them most of the time. I’d never seen the poster for Rosemary’s Baby before said search, but man, I’m glad I did it now. That’s a really great visual depiction of that movie. I may have a new favorite!

  5. I was another video store clerk who put my name on every poster that came through the door, whether or not they were awesome didn’t matter. Most of my favourites have been covered. Terminator 2, Back to the Future, Alien, Jurassic Park, Army of Darkness, Star Wars…

    I don’t remember seeing Ghostbusters mentioned, though. Like Jurassic Park, that logo is just classic, and makes the otherwise minimalist poster pop.

    Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, both the one of him playing bass, and the one of he and Ramona, with the Evil Exes above them, are recent favourites.

    Sam Raimi’s Spider-man had good posters too… just Spidey doin’ Spidey shit, basically telling you “Yes. This movie is finally being made. And it is awesome.”

    • Heh. Spidey doing Spidey shit. What else do you need to be shown?

      Meanwhile, this poster here is just bad ass. Its as cool as the movie itself, which is wicked &%$#ing cool.

      I almost knock that Ghostbusters poster for how ubiquitous that symbol became. I suppose that’s a sign that it did its job well, but I do definitely recall wanting to set fire to the next thing I saw with a Ghostbusters logo on it. And I LOVE that movie!

      • I can understand that sentiment. It’s what I usually feel when something reaches KISS levels of overexposure. But I was still young enough for Ghostbusters to actually *want* all those things with the symbol on it, instead of being disgusted at what sellouts the schmos in Hollywood are. Jurassic Park was probably the point when I realized that amazing things could be marketed to death.

      • Ought to be some sort of “Overexposure” safety precautions built in to pop culture. You know, some website or something where if enough people submit a %#$&ing Enough Already! form, whatever product it is in question gets pulled. LOL

    • Huh. Yeah, I guess it is. This is the first time I’ve ever seen the theatrical release poster, I think actually. All I could think of when you said that was the DVD covers, etc… which… havent been that remarkable. But yeah, that’s cool.

  6. I’ve always been fascinated with the Inception movie poster. Not like I would buy it or anything, but I like looking at it.

  7. So many good choices already made here… I can’t really gainsay any of them.

    One of the most fun things about blogging reviews has been looking up the movie posters. I love movie posters, even though I hardly own any myself. My brother had a bunch growing up, and still has some. Only ones I have are the minimalist Decepticon and Autobot logo posters from Michael Bay’s first Transformers film (purchased in advance of the movie, before I had any notion of its quality, and to be honest I didn’t care if it turned out to stink, which I expected. The posters were cool.)

    I love K2′s choice of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman; that’s a classic. All of the original Star Wars movie posters are great, especially the ESB one that’s just Vader’s floating head.

    I’m sure I could think of other great ones if I put my mind to it. There are just too many.

  8. The Dark Knight (the one with the Joker, Batman, and Harvey Dent), Buried (the Vertigo-esque one), Up, and The Graduate are a couple of good ones in addition to the many of the ones already shown.

    • Yeah, “Up” IS a cool poster, and a great movie… embedded “The Graduate” though, because that poster helped make that movie iconic. I could crop that poster so it’s just Hoffman watching her put on the stocking, and I bet 75% of the population could name that movie. It really is a classic poster for a classic flick. Nice choice Vito! :D

  9. I love the poster for Silence of the Lambs. It’s ambiguously creepy. Does exactly what a poster should: Piques your interest and makes you want to know more about the movie.

    • Yeah, there IS something creepy there, isnt there? Its like her mouth is gone, you know? And what’s with the moth? (LOL, obviously I know NOW)

      Classic poster, Mark. Classy choice. This made my list when I was trying to come up with five posters to buy for my living room… LOL, I’ll admit to obsessing over that list a bit.

  10. I love all these retro minimalist movie posters that are coming out now, there are some brilliant ones. Olly Moss does some excellent posters. I really like the one I posted up with my write up of The Seventh Seal, I think that’s a superb poster.

    Link here – http://terrymalloyspigeoncoop.com/2012/11/29/what-dya-mean-you-havent-seen-the-seventh-seal/

    And that’s not just a plug! Ha! :)

    And I agree with Mark above about the Silence of the Lambs poster, it was ages before I realised that skull’s face was made up of people!

    • Oh yeah, wow, that IS a pretty sick poster…

      Meanwhile though, quit blowing my mind by pointing out shit I’ve never noticed in movie posters I love and have seen a million times! GETTHEHELLOUTTAHERE!! There really are little freaking… people in the moth skull! LOL Damnnnnn man….

      • Yeah, it took me the longest time to realize that myself, Fogs. It’s actually a famous photo composed of seven nude women and Salvador Dali, amazingly enough: “Another famous collaboration between the two was In Voluptas Mors, a surrealistic portrait of Dali beside a large skull, in fact a tableau vivant composed of seven nudes. Halsman took three hours to arrange the models according to a sketch by Dali.[2] A version of In Voluptas Mors was used subtly in the poster for the film The Silence of The Lambs,[3] and recreated in a poster for the film The Descent.”
        (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippe_Halsman)

        And now you can have a refreshed love for that epic poster, hurray. ;)

    • Well, first off, thank you Fernando, I appreciate that, and thanks for pitching in! Yeah, this really has turned out great today. We got a lot of good responses, and this thread really came out cool!

      I love Drive, but I’m gonna say I prefer the “Jacket” poster I embedded for Chris’ comment a few comments up from this if you wanna take a look. I LOVE That jacket! :D

      Alison Lohman IS pretty much getting dragged to Hell there, isn’t she? :D LOL

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