10 Best Classic Movie Posters

Friday, February 11 by Lee Grayson

The 10 best classic movie posters were made for iconic films over the decades from the 1930s through the 1990s. Modern films come out with a host of various film posters, each one a little different. The theory is that the posters appeal to different groups of movie goers. The best classic movie posters appeal to film goers of all ages and have remained as solid art investments for poster collectors. 

  1. "Scarface" This 1932 film was remade in the 1980s and both posters continue as classic movie posters. It's hard to tell which came first the love of the violent film or the love of the iconic poster. Both film versions feature the actor playing Scarface and, of course, the tommy machine gun. Nasty stuff, that Scarface, but it's obvious some fans love the image on bedroom and screening room walls. 
  2. "The Maltese Falcon" Another film noir film from the 1930s, this classic movie poster features the two main characters. It also features the title icon of the movie, the Maltese Falcon, or as Humphrey Bogart calls it, "the dingus."
  3. "The Wizard of Oz" One of the best classic movie posters of all time, it features the entire gang of Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion on the yellow brick road on their way to see the wizard The town of Oz can be seen in the background along with poppy fields. This is a bit of a mystery since the group was almost  toast after being put to sleep in the fields of flowers. Guess the art department didn't get the memo, or read the script. 
  4. "Star Wars" It's a tough time for the Empire, but fortunately, help is on the way in the form of the Force and the folks who have it. The poster features a black background and the spaceships. The type sets this poster apart from other space films and it ties in with the opening credits of the film.
  5. "Silence of the Lambs" Although the main character played by Jodie Foster never ends up in the morgue as a victim of the disturbed Hannibal Lecter, the poster for this film features Foster's character Agent Starling with a butterfly covering her mouth. It would be giving away a film secret to explain the symbolism of the images, but it will all be clear once you view this classic movie. 
  6. "Jaws" If you're not afraid to swim in the water after watching a shark take down innocent swimmers, you probably need to view the film again and take a look at its classic movie poster. The classic poster features a shark, teeth exposed, ready to bite into the film title. 
  7. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" Holly Golightly may be one confused chick, but she sure makes a great poster for this film classic. Ms. Golightly, played by Audrey Hepburn, has the long evening gown, cigarette holder and hairdo that could launch a ship of Navy men. 
  8. "Casablanca" The two principle actors in this film are lovingly hugging over the title of this 1942 classic. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman play lovers torn apart when Bergman's husband, played be Paul Henreid, must leave and take his wife to carry on with his work for the French Underground. 
  9. "ET: The Extra-Terrestrial" The lighted finger of ET, the extra-terrestrial from this 1982 classic film, graces the poster. The poster also reminds us of the touching scene when ET is transported via bicycle basket to escape Earth. 
  10. "Singing in the Rain" All three main film actors, dressed in yellow rain slickers, take to the wet street with umbrellas in this classic film poster. The title script lets the viewer know it's a musical because the letters flow. 

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