When I was producing my list of original movie posters, I came across an art genre I had never seen before. I had never imagined that there was such a wealth of fabulous art in movie posters that were different from the official and originals produced by the studios and distributors. There are some very clever artists and graphic designers out there who have created some excellent and fascinating minimalist movie posters.
1 Peter Pan
Minimalist movie posters pick on a single aspect of the movie that everyone recognizes and can relate to.
Like Thor's mighty hammer.
3 The Wizard of Oz
Or maybe they choose a quote.
4 The Walking Dead
This is the 1995 movie, not the current TV series. The movie is about US marines on a mission to rescue prisoners of war from Vietnam.
This movie confused the life out of me.
6 Gone with the Wind
Love that the artists chose a different quote to “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
7 Alice in Wonderland
Millions of us made a date to attend this madcap party.
8 The Birds
This was really scary and somehow, the poster doesn’t really capture the threat of menace.
9 Pulp Fiction
That's a pretty f**king good milkshake. I don't know if it's worth five dollars but it's pretty f**king good
10 Return of the Jedi
Is it just me but do you get a subliminal hint to Darth Vader’s helmet, even though this is Boba Fett's distinctive headgear?
11 Breakfast at Tiffany's
The inimitable Audrey Hepburn – as svelte and lithe as ever, even in stylistic form.
12 Edward Scissorhands
Looks more like a poster for a cute Disney movie!
They’d never have been even this graphic back when this fantastic movie was released.
14 The Hunger Games
I’ve not seen the movie but I’m sure this means something to the many millions of Hunger Games fans out there.
15 Finding Nemo
Oh so clever.
16 Jurassic Park
Did you hold your breath the first time the water in the cup shook?
17 American Beauty
This is beautifully simple but it still reminds me of that fantastic shot of Mena Suvari and the rose petals.
18 Back to the Future
We all know what happened when lightning struck the clock tower.
19 Stand by Me
Hands up who hasn’t seen this?
A rat. Paris. I think they missed off the sense of food though.
21 Man of Steel
A tad boring!
22 Dirty Dancing
I think “I brought a watermelon” would be a good subject for minimalist Dirty Dancing movie posters.
23 V for Vendetta
Loving the Lego look.
25 Harry Potter
Aww bless! It’s Hedwig.
26 Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Every time I see something to do with the Transformer movies, the theme tune from the animated series runs through my head. All together now - "Transformers. Robots in Disguise"
Very artistic and clever.
28 The Goonies
Sorry – another I haven’t seen so I don’t get this.
29 Great Gatsby
The car that’s central to the plot.
30 The Truman Show
The door to the real world outside.
31 Home Alone
I can’t help but smile when I think of those two hapless crooks and the measures Kevin took to protect his home.
Now that’s what you call minimalist!
34 Fight Club
What’s the first rule of Fight Club?
Spider-man, Spider-man. Does whatever a spider can.
36 Moonrise Kingdom
Did you fall in love with Sam and Suzy? I did!
37 The Matrix
Doesn’t that look a bit like a percentage sign?
38 Romeo and Juliet
Our favorite star crossed lovers.
39 Rear Window
There is a bit of a faux pas in this one. The protagonist in Rear Window is confined to a wheelchair and this guy is standing up.
Such a beguiling smile so cleverly captured.
Brilliant. This reminds me so much of the Adam West TV series.
What no balloons?
How very inventive.
Are you wishing you had a big floor piano right now?
Wasn’t Wall-E he cutest robot ever (was he a robot?)
46 Harry Potter
I don’t like this much. The bird looks like an overgrown budgie rather than a majestic beautiful owl.
47 Donnie Darko
Scary old rabbit.
Life is like a packet of Tic Tacs. (Oops wrong movie!)
49 Bringing up Baby
An heiress, a paleontologist and a leopard. Now there’s a threesome to contemplate.
Guess who’s carrying the alien.
51 Reservoir Dogs
Mr. Brown, Mr. Orange, Mr. Blonde, Mr. Blue, Mr. Pink, Mr. White.
52 X Files
The truth is out there.
53 Kill Bill
This could be Volume 1 or 2. There was much blood letting in both.
54 Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom
Which was your favorite of the Indiana Jones Series?
55 The Little Mermaid
Can someone explain the fork?
Grease is the word, the word. Grease is theee word,
57 Iron Man
There’s no doubting tony Stark’s exo-suit.
Not just a dumb teen movie.
59 Dumb and Dumber
Are you looking forward to Dumb and Dumber To?
60 Die Hard
Ouch! I felt that.
61 The Breakfast Club
Where would you have sat?
62 Toy Story 3
Aww. All sad now the toys are packed in a box.
63 The Godfather
Careful He’s ready to make you an offer you can’t refuse.
64 The Usual Suspects
Who is Keyser Soze?
Ooh! That deer looks quite menacing. Where’s cute cuddly Bambi?
66 The King's Speech
Even royalty have their problems.
67 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
I’m sure Gary Oldman would be quite flattered by this.
Shooting for the Moon.
69 The Shining
Here’s Johnny! Oh no, it’s not. He’s busy writing his book.
70 Monsters, Inc
Well hi there, Mike Wazowski. Pleased to meet you.
71 Forrest Gump
How could a lone bench be so evocative of so much?
72 The Big Lebowski
73 Saving Private Ryan
A fitting tribute.
74 The Nightmare before Christmas
Movie posters for Tim Burton’s films should be as fittingly dark and weird as his movies.
75 Sweeney Todd
76 Pretty Woman
At least for this one Julia Roberts didn’t need a body double.
77 Spirited Away
Who wasn’t moved by this stunning animated movie?
78 Midnight in Paris
Would Hemingway have approved of this movie poster?
79 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
You can still recognize Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. Cool!
80 Mary Poppins
81 Shutter Island
Not half as scary as the island itself.
I’ve been really impressed by the creativity of these movie posters. ‘m wondering if they would mean something to the people who haven’t seen the movies though. Were there any where you didn’t get the references?
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