40 Unforgettable Movie Posters

Floating heads! Photoshop nightmares! Extreme camera mugging! We all know a lousy movie poster when we see one, right? But let’s not focus on the negative. Instead, here’s a collection of some of the most memorable, iconic, audacious, eye-catching, and flat-out gorgeous movie posters ever unleashed.

And so, in a rather stream-of-consciousness order…

(Note: many of the posters here were pulled from the amazing IMPAwards site. Check it out!)

jaws

Still one of the most horrifying images ever created. It’s so BIG!!

So iconic, that a few short months later it was sent up, to humorous and soon-to-be-legendary effect:

rocky_horror_picture_show

The subtle biting of the lip says all there is to say about the dirty, delicious cult phenomenon.

gilda

Va-va-va-voom! There were several versions of this poster for Gilda, but this one is my fave because it doesn’t feature  Glenn Ford about to slap Rita Hayworth.

west_side_story

The beat-up stencil, the fire escapes, and the exuberant lovers combine to make this an all-time graphic fave.

Taking an altogether different stab at capturing the Big Apple…

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