The movie poster is a lost art. They used to be pieces of work that would adorn many a bedroom wall.
Now, often, they just put the main character on there, with a gun pointing at something!
We present 15 of the most memorable movie posters of all time, and many of them are for classic movies. That is hardly a surprise. The time and creative effort that goes into making a good movie poster has to reflect the same energy that went into making the movie itself.
That is never more evident than in these 15 classics -- from Raiders of the Lost Ark and Alien to the movie that seeing its poster below will make you want to go watch Pulp Fiction online!
1. Star Wars
Star Wars hit theaters in the mid-1970s and became an immediate sensation. Think that had anything to do with this poster?
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raiders of the Last Ark had it all. It put its star, Harrison Ford, front and center and even teased the story around him.
3. Back to the Future
The key to a good poster is to introduce the audience to what they're in for. Back to the Future did that impressively.
4. E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial
E.T. chose the less is more approach with its poster. An instant classic was born!
5. Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park let you know that dinos would be front and center when you went to the movies. And by putting the T-Rex as the face of your dinosaur movie, a legion of dino fans signed up immediately.
6. Blade Runner
Blade Runner has to be on this list! And we sense a theme here too, how many of these will feature Harrison Ford's mug?!
Alfred Hitchcock really nailed it with his poster for Vertigo. Don't you get Vertigo just looking at it?!
8. The Usual Suspects
The Usual Suspects poster immediately made its mark. By putting its cast front and center, it set a standard for movie posters we're still seeing today (Guardians of the Galaxy much?!).
9. Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind captured its movie impeccably in a time when television didn't exist and couldn't give audiences a trailer. Everything you want to know about this classic is front and center.
10. The Exorcist
Sometimes simply showing a scene from your movie is the best way to go. When it's as spooky as the one for The Exorcist, how can you go wrong?
11. The Silence of the Lambs
Just look at it. The Silence of the Lambs poster has its star, Jodie Foster, with a moth over her lips. Intriguing? Yes, and it plays right into the movie's big twist.
12. Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction presented a poster that very much felt like a "pulp" book. And that was exactly the point for filmmaker Quentin Tarantino.
13. A Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange not only informed the audience,but reflected the visual style of its director. Stanley Kubrick had to be thrilled when the artist gave him this gem.
Some movies might not want to tease their first scene. But Jaws just put it right on the poster... instant blockbuster!