25 powerful typographic movie posters

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July 04, 2013
25 powerful typographic movie posters.

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!

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Taxi Driver

Burn After Reading

The Godfather

Zero Dark Thirty

I’m Still Here

West Side Story

The Words


Big Fish

The Departed

All That Jazz




Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead



Beautiful Losers


Gangs of New York


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.

Stacey Kole

Stacey Kole is a freelance writer and former magazine editor. When she’s not crafting copy or chasing after her two little boys, Stacey can be found drinking coffee, tea, or anything else with caffeine. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter.

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