15 Coolest Movie Posters That Will Always Be Iconic

By: Saisha Dixit  | | 4 mins Jul 13, 2021

Trailers are good and well, but nothing generates hype for a movie like a good, well-designed, and immaculate poster. Although, posters aren’t just important to get people excited, but also to establish a tone when it comes to what kind of movie it will be. It’s surprising how much a simple poster can communicate about a movie and let people know what to expect (unless they intentionally subvert expectations).


So today we’ll be looking at 15 of the coolest movie posters we’ve come to love. Also, this is in no way an exhaustive list, so make sure to add your favorite movie poster in the comments!


1. Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)


For a movie that came out in 1958 and only features about 5 mins of actual 'attack' by the 50 foot woman, this poster is really cool and eye-catching.



2. The Exorcist (1973)


Not only does this poster not spoil anything, but it actively creates a 'tense' and ambiguous atmosphere which is perfect for this movie.



3. Pulp Fiction (2004)


The fact that this poster is designed to look like a battered cover of a sleazy, old magazine is genius.



4. Alien (1979)


Everything, from the ominous green light to the cryptic text that reads, "In space, no one can hear you scream", does a perfect job of conveying the tone of this movie.



5. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)


A lot of people probably haven't seen this poster, but this grotesque creature holding a beautiful lady makes for a pretty interesting and eye-catching poster. Especially, considering it was made in 1954.



6. Vertigo (1958)


This poster is both complex and simple at the same time. And it does a great job at 'disorienting' the audience, just like real vertigo.



7. Lolita (1962)


What better to convey the controversial yet 'forbidden' themes of Lolita than this teasing glance the protagonist gives to the camera? Not to mention how the heart sunglasses and the lollipop make it feel like you should be in jail just for looking at this poster.



8. Jaws (1975)


This poster is one that often comes up when people discuss iconic movie posters, and for good reason. One look at this terrifying shark, and we can't help but imagine ourselves as the prey.



9. Blade Runner (1982)


If you're not immediately impressed with this one, just look at the year it came out in (not that it still doesn't totally hold up).



10. A Clockwork Orange (1971)


This one might not feel that impressive if you haven't seen the movie, but if 'unhinged' is the vibe you got, then you're right on the money. Not to mention the texts...



11. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)


This one is just the right amount of intriguing while also being aesthetically pleasing. 



12. The Thing (1982)


This poster tells us that 'the thing' is something to be feared, but what is it exactly? Well, they leave that up to the imagination; and that's scarier than any monster they could have used instead.



13. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)


There's no deep explanation for this one, it's just cool as hell.



14. Gone With the Wind (1968)


This poster for Gone With the Wind's re-release for its 30th anniversary captures the sheer drama of the movie much than its original one did. Our two self-absorbed protagonists having eyes only for each other while the world burns behind them is a perfect poster for this movie.



15. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)


There's no name on this poster yet we all know exactly what movie is this. While gazing up at the Batman symbol as debris falls upon us, we all feel like a helpless yet still somewhat hopeful citizen of Gotham for a second.



That concludes our picks of some of the coolest movie posters ever. Did your favorite make it in? Drop them in the comments if it didn’t. Follow us on Facebook for more!


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