A good movie poster will linger in the memory long after you’ve first seen it. It should replicate perfectly what the film is about and make you stop to look twice.
5. Pulp Fiction (1994)
It seems every list I do seems to have an entry from a Tarantino film. It’s certainly not a conscious choice every time but this entry is clearly worthy. The poster replicates the pulpy novels of yesteryear with the 10c sticker on the side. Uma Thurman looking sexy with cigarette in hand and legs crossed has made it one of the most recognised images in the past two decades.
4. Vertigo (1958)
Saul Bass has become synonymous with the movie poster and his design for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic is one of his best. Emphasising the themes of the film. Bass also worked with Hitchcock to design the opening title sequence.
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1969)
Perhaps the trippiest poster ever made – without resorting to psychedelic colours. Again evoking the theme of the film, the poster for Kubrick’s sci-fi epic is straight from the man himself as he usually had control over his films marketing.
2. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
The poster for Otto Premingers thriller has become more famous than the film itself. A bold step into the abstract with a very simple colour scheme and crude shapes. The poster is visually arresting and is the best of Bass’ various film poster work.
1. Jaws (1975)
Easily the most iconic of movie posters. Endlessly ripped off and lampooned, the Jaws poster evokes the same terror as when you see the film.