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25 powerful typographic movie posters

By Stacey Kole | Marketing | Jul 4, 2013

In 2011, the movie industry made a whopping $87 billion worldwide. With that much cash up for grabs, film studios and corner-office execs are all clamoring for their piece of the pie; and that means branding and marketing a given release is anything but child’s play. It’s interesting, then, that one approach to attracting film-goers has stood the test of time: the typographic movie poster.

Artwork with typographic elements combines the best of both worlds — namely, eye-catching imagery and ultimate readability. There’s a certain strength in well-done lettering on a poster that attracts and keeps an audience’s attention, potentially setting a mood or tone for a lasting impression. After all, a picture may paint a thousand words, but a picture made of well-placed words? That picture speaks volumes.

Dating back to as early as the 1960s and 70s — with films such as West Side Story and Taxi Driver — all the way to present day with the Oscar-nominated Zero Dark Thirty, typographic movie posters are clearly deemed effective by movie marketing masterminds. The following compilation represents 30 posters that are both impressive and inspiring; most were created by the film houses themselves, but a few are from creative minds that envisioned what could have been if typography had been used as the vehicle of choice. Enjoy!

And if you’re in the United States, happy 4th of July!

 

Taxi Driver

 

Burn After Reading

 

 

The Godfather

 

Zero Dark Thirty

 

I’m Still Here

 

West Side Story

 

The Words

 

Bully

 

 

Big Fish

 

 

The Departed

 

All That Jazz

 

Skyfall

 

Invasion

 

 

42

 

 

Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead

 

Blindness

 

Detour

 

Beautiful Losers

 

Salt

 

Gangs of New York

 

Beastly

 

The Social Network

 

Dancer in the Dark

 

 

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Sex and the City

 

 

Which poster is your favorite? Do you know of others that could have made the list? Let us know in the comments.

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    wow! nice & superb typographic movie poster collections…

    Thanks to share..

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    Super typographic movie posters and its awesome..
    Many many thanks for nice sharing..

  • http://sup-production.com/ Razvan Chitu

    Beastly is my favorite – love the combination of normal guy with the beast in the letters. And the ugliest is The social Network – this poster does not belong in this list.