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Favorite Movie Posters; 1900 - 1939

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People who added this item 1848 Average listal rating (922 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Metropolis (1927)
No taglines, no actors' names... just amazing, strong imagery inticing you to see this masterpiece.
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People who added this item 2382 Average listal rating (1364 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.2
Perhaps the most classic of golden-age movie posters. The heat of the Atlanta fire transfers impeccably to that of the characters' romance.
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People who added this item 29 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1
Lady Killer (1933)
The shade of the camp brings an ominous tone to this powerful character played by one of the greats of the era.
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People who added this item 1401 Average listal rating (739 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.4
M (1931)
The briefest film title gets a pretty brief-feeling poster. It's brilliantly simple and haunting.
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People who added this item 477 Average listal rating (259 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
Illusions abound, but this poster masters the repetition.
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People who added this item 862 Average listal rating (510 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
Dracula (1931)
The best example of the monster movie posters!
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People who added this item 579 Average listal rating (303 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
It brings an immediate feeling of being trapped and lonely during wartime.
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People who added this item 222 Average listal rating (102 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8
I love simplicity, and as big as this first "talkie" was (at the time), this film does a superior job of simplifying its main attraction to a white outline.

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People who added this item 809 Average listal rating (488 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8
The Russian colors are prominent in the poster for this classic. Great use of repetition and imagery.

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People who added this item 1144 Average listal rating (709 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9
King Kong (1933)
There are many great posters for this classic creature feature. This one identifies the film's obsurdity the best.

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People who added this item 205 Average listal rating (112 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.7
Strike (1925)
Are they shadows, outlines, silhouettes, what's going on? Another Eisenstein film gets a classic poster to its name.
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People who added this item 1599 Average listal rating (891 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
Nosferatu (1922)
I like the posters for this film with the face of the monster, but this poster makes it even more mysterious and reminds me of a stamp.
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People who added this item 909 Average listal rating (579 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
The Kid (1921)
Chaplin shares the poster with the kid. Their similar 'look back' poses have become as classic as the film itself.
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People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
Such a bold poster for its time. West's white silhouette to maroon background is as perfect as her starring in a film with her own last name.
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People who added this item 1719 Average listal rating (1074 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.5
Modern Times (1936)
One of the lesser-known posters for the film, but it once again brings a modern simplicity that wonderfully creates the feeling of this modern love story.
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People who added this item 814 Average listal rating (491 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2
A classic pairing deserves a classic poster. It was replicated countless times afterward.
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People who added this item 38 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
The great whiskey label style works perfectly for this Mediterranean revenge classic.
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People who added this item 58 Average listal rating (32 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.6
Such an unusual poster for the time, it darkly paints a haunting picture with the young girl's face and the creepy scarlet-colored shadow sneaking its way into her face.
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People who added this item 231 Average listal rating (127 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
Grand Hotel (1932)
Like its title, this poster was grand, with its propelling use of lines and spacing between characters and title letters.
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People who added this item 979 Average listal rating (564 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9
Frankenstein (1931)
This poster feels goulish and minty-fresh at the same time.
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People who added this item 3557 Average listal rating (2260 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.1
Not the famous poster, but much better!
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People who added this item 238 Average listal rating (66 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 6.9
Les Vampires (1915)
Mysterious and vamping; but most of all weird and artistic.
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People who added this item 67 Average listal rating (44 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.8
Beau Geste (1939)
Not unusual to put a big star front and center; but it was to put him looking off-poster and cringing.

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People who added this item 130 Average listal rating (73 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
Lost Horizon (1937)
One of the iconic 30s posters, grand in all aspects.
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People who added this item 160 Average listal rating (94 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
Gunga Din (1939)
Not having Gunga Din pictured on the poster is fine when you have three laughing mega-stars in red, green and yellow.
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People who added this item 450 Average listal rating (296 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
Stagecoach (1939)
The original classic western poster!
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People who added this item 101 Average listal rating (47 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.5
Dead End (1937)
The horizontal posters are more rare and this is certainly one of my favorite.
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People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
From a distance the poster looked like usual 1930s flare, but then you get close and observe all the strange detail...
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People who added this item 290 Average listal rating (146 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
Only the Nazis would be bold enough to make hand-drawn black and white poster.
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People who added this item 680 Average listal rating (426 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
The 39 Steps (1935)
Like is films, Hitchcock's posters got better. This is his one 1930s highlight.
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People who added this item 47 Average listal rating (19 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Robin Hood (1922)
Fairbanks loved to mug on the cover of most of his movie posters (see "The Three Musketeers" (1921), "The Mark of Zorro" (1920), etc.), this is the best example.
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People who added this item 222 Average listal rating (104 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
42nd Street (1933)
What a great line of gams and use of repition. Big and bold, just like Broadway... and 42nd.
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People who added this item 254 Average listal rating (125 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8
The first to master the three-parted epic movie poster.
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People who added this item 106 Average listal rating (62 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Freshman (1925)
I think this poster may have influenced Apatow as I find recent examples like This and of course This one too
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People who added this item 483 Average listal rating (266 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
Scarface (1932)
One of the original great gangster movie posters!
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People who added this item 546 Average listal rating (341 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
Robin Hood was also a great gangster, but more so in the tight-wearing fancy-pants vein.
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People who added this item 234 Average listal rating (142 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8
One of the best early examples of the ensemble comedy poster.
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People who added this item 94 Average listal rating (37 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Like "42nd Street" this poster shows great gams and repetition, but also features in the bad-ass Cagney (he wishes he were that tall).
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People who added this item 721 Average listal rating (466 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
Duck Soup (1933)
The Marx Brothers had this art featured in most of their features... this is my favorite example.
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People who added this item 121 Average listal rating (57 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Morocco (1930)
A classic romance epic poster!
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People who added this item 1227 Average listal rating (733 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.6
City Lights (1931)
Features the iconic look of Chaplin and some cool colord-stripes background
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People who added this item 64 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 7.8
Hell's Angels (1930)
It was the most expensive film at the time and this poster does it justice.
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People who added this item 318 Average listal rating (171 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
Gangsters in tuxes!
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People who added this item 393 Average listal rating (196 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
It looks like this film could have been released in the 60s with its minimalist modern look.
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People who added this item 300 Average listal rating (170 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
Top Hat (1935)
The great dance poster!
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People who added this item 64 Average listal rating (35 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 6.9
Anna Christie (1930)
Classic minimalist poster featuring the outline of Hollywood's loveliest leading lady of the time.
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People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 7
The Europeans got it right quite often in early cinema.
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People who added this item 677 Average listal rating (416 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.2
The General (1926)
A cartoonised poster for a cartoonised man in one if his best films.
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People who added this item 18 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 6.5
This poster shows more than an outline of Greta and you kind of fall in love with her character without watching a minute of the film.
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People who added this item 23 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.2
These colors usually clash, but work beautifully on this bloody and sandy film's poster.
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Movie posters have changed so much over the last century so I wanted to catalog my favorite posters from each era.

This list features 40 years of classic Old Hollywood and Golden Age posters. Many were alike but these 65 were standouts.

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Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Jan 6 20:17
Satan's bust gets last place? Haha. I still think this era yielded the greatest Hollywood posters. Good selections.
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Jan 15 1:43
great list
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Jul 11 2:15
I love old movie posters and lobby cards. They are truly works of art in my opinion. There are some great ones in this list.
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Mar 9 2:13
Great list! :)
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Mar 9 2:19
Great list! :)

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