50 Adorable Vintage Movie Posters

    written by Slobodan Zivulovic

    A film poster is a poster used to advertise a film. It usually contains an image with text, though this has evolved over time from image-free bill posters through to the highly visual digital productions of today. The text usually contains the film title in large lettering and often the names of the main actors. It may also include a tag line, the name of the director, names of characters, the release date, etc.

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    Film posters are displayed inside and on the outside of movie theaters, and elsewhere on the street or in shops. The same images would appear in a film exhibitor’s pressbook and may also be used on websites, DVD (and historically VHS) packaging, flyers, advertisements in newspapers and magazines, etc.

    Use of such posters goes back to the earliest public exhibitions of film, where they began as outside placards listing the programme of (short) films to be shown inside the hall or movie theater. By the early 1900s, they began to feature illustrations of a scene from each individual film or an array of overlaid images from several scenes. Other movie posters have used artistic interpretations of a scene or even the theme of the film, represented in a wide variety of artistic styles. Movie posters are produced in a large number of sizes to meet various advertising needs.

    There are several types of film posters: Lobby cards, teaser posters, character posters, motion posters and remix posters.

    Film posters come in different sizes and styles depending on the country.
    Usually called “One sheet” – size 27 inches by 40 inches (686x1020mm), in portrait format.

    So, this time – classic vintage movie poster showcase.
    Remind yourself, find inspiration and enjoy!

    1939 Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind

    1939 The Wizard of Oz

    The Wizard of Oz

    1942 Casablanca

    Casablanca

    1952 Singin’ in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain

    1954 Dial M For Murder

    Dial M For Murder

    1954 Rear Window

    Rear Window

    1955 The Seven Year Itch

    The Seven Year Itch

    1959 Ben-Hur

    Ben-Hur

    1959 Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo

    1960 Ocean’s 11

    Ocean's 11

    1960 Spartacus

    Spartacus

    1961 Breakfast at Tiffany’s

    Breakfast at Tiffany's

    1961 West Side Story

    West Side Story

    1963 The Birds

    The Birds

    1963 Viva Las Vegas

    Viva Las Vegas

    1964 Dr. Strangelove

    Dr. Strangelove

    1964 Goldfinger

    Goldfinger

    1964 Mary Poppins

    Mary Poppins

    1964 My Fair Lady

    My Fair Lady

    1965 For a Few Dollars More

    For a Few Dollars More

    1965 The Sound of Music

    The Sound of Music

    1966 El Dorado

    El Dorado

    1967 The Graduate

    The Graduate

    1968 2001 A Space Odyssey

    2001 A Space Odyssey

    1972 The Godfather

    The Godfather

    1973 American Graffiti

    American Graffiti

    1974 The Exorcist

    The Exorcist

    1976 Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    1978 Halloween

    Halloween

    1978 Jaws

    Jaws

    1978 Superman

    Superman

    1980 Friday the 13th

    Friday the 13th

    1980 The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    1981 Escape from New York

    Escape from New York

    1982 Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    1982 E.T

    E.T

    1982 First Blood

    First Blood

    1983 Return of the Jedi

    Return of the Jedi

    1983 Scarface

    Scarface

    1984 Amadeus

    Amadeus

    1984 Christine

    Christine

    1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    1984 Once Upon A Time In America

    Once Upon A Time In America

    1985 After Hours

    After Hours

    1985 The Color Purple

    The Color Purple

    1986 Aliens

    Aliens

    1986 Platoon

    Platoon

    1987 Empire of the Sun

    Empire of the Sun

    1987 Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket

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    Slobodan Zivulovic is a blogger and web design fan who is always looking for inspiration and creativity. He is a music and movie lover. He also likes sports, photography and has a passion for technology. He has a great honor and pleasure to be here as a little help and support to his brother. You can find him on Twitter

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  • web says:

    December 3, 2010

    Excellent collection, really these had to be the best movies releasing that particular year, but for me The Godfather is one of my all time favourite movies!!..

  • Federica Sibella says:

    December 3, 2010

    Hi nice collection, very inspiring. Sounds funny to me that posters from movies of the 80′s are now considered vintage ;)

  • Alina Karpenko says:

    December 3, 2010

    Thank you for the nice collection! Now motivated to watch those skipped in my childhood :)

  • Aurora Sánchez says:

    December 4, 2010

    Todos estos posters de pelìculas son verdadermanete de colección, la`cerigrafía es fabulosa, realmente es vintage.
    http://www.udem.edu.mx/posgrados/maestria_en_diseno_grafico/343/1

  • Angellina says:

    December 6, 2010

    I like your huge collection.All is really well.

  • Ken Kaminesky says:

    December 7, 2010

    What a great trip down memory lane.
    Unbelievably I think that I’ve seen 49 of the 50 movies you listed.

    Nice job Slobodan :^)

    • Bane says:

      December 7, 2010

      Thank you very much Ken, I really appreciate it! ;)

  • Bane says:

    December 7, 2010

    Thank you all for visit!
    I’m glad that you like round up :)

  • humor says:

    December 8, 2010

    Excellent collection man…but am not familiar with nearly half of the listed films…but will try to watch them …thanks for the share :)

  • Adrianna G says:

    December 19, 2010

    Great collection, very inspiring!