The best film posters of all time

Selection of film posters
(Image credit: Film Four, Universal, MGM, Warner Bros, Parufamet, United Artists, Sony Pictures Classics, Tokyo Movie Shinsha Co. Ltd, 20th Century Fox, A24)

Working in the movies doesn't just mean sitting behind or in front of a camera. Graphic designers, too, have a key role to play because often a film poster can make or break a movie. They serve a crucial role in creating intrigue around upcoming releases, and maintaining momentum once a film hits the big screen. 

From early 20th century classics to the modern day, some film posters have stood the test of time as works of art in their own right. Although styles and trends have evolved over the decades, the best poster designs manage to encapsulate the tone and themes of a film into a single striking image. 

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Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.