10 Best Film Noir Movie Posters

Friday, January 28 by Shawn Landis

If you were to select the 10 best film noir movie posters, you might choose to limit yourself to the 30's, 40's and 50's. Fans of the cinematic genre that loved violence, odd camera angles, and the exploration of the dark side of humanity do not have to limit themselves to old movies.

  1. “Dark City” (1988). Dark City had unsurprisingly dark advertisement. The poster did not have much to do with the actual movie at the end, but there’s not much we can do about that. What was on the poster again?
  2. “Sin City”(2005). ”Dark City,” “Sin City,” and “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” were three movies made using a relatively new green screen technology. Sin City is based on Frank Miller’s novel of the same name and continues the black and white theme with the flash of occasional color. 
  3. “Dark Passage” (1947). See Humphrey Bogart driving on a California Highway in a convertible on this classic film noir movie poster.
  4. “Batman” (1989). Tim Burton did a good job of mixing the comic book universe with the film noir world of Gotham City. See the Batman stands in the shadows of the Gotham City night on the best version of this poster.  The 1988 version encapsulated both film noir and the super hero genres.
  5. “Apprentice to Murder” (1988). A menacing figure on the poster looked cool outside the theaters. "Apprentice to Murder" failed to live up to the promises of its posters
  6. Touch of Evil” (1958). An angry man watches as the main character, presumably Charlton Heston, kisses a woman on this film noir movie poster
  7. Kiss Me Deadly.” (1955). Take away the detective and you might mistake the film noir poster for this movie for a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” advertisement.
  8. City That Never Sleeps” (1953). Trolleys, guns, police, and gangsters. Add some cartoon characters to this film noir movie poster and you could use the same poster for the movie listed in number 10.
  9. The Las Vegas Story” (1952). In this prequel to "Fallout: New Vegas," Howard Hughes before he becomes a robot romances a femme fatale. If you have not played the video game, this reference is neither funny nor entertaining.
  10. “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” (1988). This hard-boiled detective story that salutes early American animation, hard boiled detectives and the film noir genre had many fun posters.
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