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Favorite Movie Posters; 1900 - 1939

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1. 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 2121  Average listal rating (1221 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.2 
2. Gone with the Wind (1939)
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 22  Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.1 
3. 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 1196  Average listal rating (622 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating 8.5 
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 399  Average listal rating (217 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.2 
5. Grand Illusion (1937)
Illusions abound, but this poster masters the repetition.
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People who added this item 707  Average listal rating (416 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.7 
6. Dracula (1931)
The best example of the monster movie posters!
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People who added this item 481  Average listal rating (260 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.1 
7. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
It brings an immediate feeling of being trapped and lonely during wartime.
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People who added this item 189  Average listal rating (86 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.9 
8. The Jazz Singer (1927)
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 702  Average listal rating (418 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
9. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
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 982  Average listal rating (611 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
10. 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 172  Average listal rating (93 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 7.7 
11. 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 1367  Average listal rating (747 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
12. 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 734  Average listal rating (463 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.4 
13. 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 15  Average listal rating (8 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 6.8 
14. Go West Young Man (1936)
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 1469  Average listal rating (914 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 8.6 
15. 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 670  Average listal rating (394 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.3 
16. It Happened One Night (1934)
A classic pairing deserves a classic poster. It was replicated countless times afterward.
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People who added this item 36  Average listal rating (11 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.7 
17. The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
The great whiskey label style works perfectly for this Mediterranean revenge classic.
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People who added this item 46  Average listal rating (24 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.6 
18. The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
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 196  Average listal rating (107 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.7 
19. 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 834  Average listal rating (484 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
20. Frankenstein (1931)
This poster feels goulish and minty-fresh at the same time.
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People who added this item 3221  Average listal rating (2068 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 8.1 
21. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Not the famous poster, but much better!
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People who added this item 199  Average listal rating (51 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 6.7 
22. Les Vampires (1915)
Mysterious and vamping; but most of all weird and artistic.
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People who added this item 51  Average listal rating (35 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.9 
23. 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 107  Average listal rating (62 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.9 
24. Lost Horizon (1937)
One of the iconic 30s posters, grand in all aspects.
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People who added this item 136  Average listal rating (80 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.6 
25. 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 378  Average listal rating (250 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.9 
26. Stagecoach (1939)
The original classic western poster!
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People who added this item 80  Average listal rating (38 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.5 
27. 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 5  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.8 
28. Dante's Inferno (1935)
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 244  Average listal rating (120 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.6 
29. Triumph of the Will (1935)
Only the Nazis would be bold enough to make hand-drawn black and white poster.
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People who added this item 585  Average listal rating (371 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.9 
30. 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 43  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.8 
31. 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 176  Average listal rating (78 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.8 
32. 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 210  Average listal rating (100 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.9 
33. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
The first to master the three-parted epic movie poster.
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People who added this item 77  Average listal rating (45 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.6 
34. 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 399  Average listal rating (211 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.8 
35. Scarface (1932)
One of the original great gangster movie posters!
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36. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
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 196  Average listal rating (115 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
37. You Can't Take It with You (1938)
One of the best early examples of the ensemble comedy poster.
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People who added this item 76  Average listal rating (29 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.7 
38. Footlight Parade (1933)
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 632  Average listal rating (410 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.1 
39. 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 106  Average listal rating (43 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.3 
40. Morocco (1930)
A classic romance epic poster!
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People who added this item 1007  Average listal rating (602 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 8.7 
41. City Lights (1931)
Features the iconic look of Chaplin and some cool colord-stripes background
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People who added this item 55  Average listal rating (19 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 7.9 
42. 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 267  Average listal rating (143 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
43. Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
Gangsters in tuxes!
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People who added this item 348  Average listal rating (180 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.8 
44. Wuthering Heights (1939)
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 254  Average listal rating (145 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.9 
45. Top Hat (1935)
The great dance poster!
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People who added this item 50  Average listal rating (25 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating
46. 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 14  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
47. Smilin' Through (1932)
The Europeans got it right quite often in early cinema.
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People who added this item 560  Average listal rating (336 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.3 
48. 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 16  Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 6.5 
49. As You Desire Me (1932)
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 19  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.4 
50. Blood and Sand (1922)
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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Comments

Posted: 3 years, 3 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: 3 years, 3 months ago at Jan 15 1:43
great list
Posted: 1 year, 9 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: 1 year, 1 month ago at Mar 9 2:13
Great list! :)
Posted: 1 year, 1 month ago at Mar 9 2:19
Great list! :)

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