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Favorite Movie Posters; 1900 - 1939

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People who added this item 1789 Average listal rating (897 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 2322 Average listal rating (1338 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 26 Average listal rating (14 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 1360 Average listal rating (720 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 463 Average listal rating (256 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
Illusions abound, but this poster masters the repetition.
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People who added this item 837 Average listal rating (503 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 560 Average listal rating (300 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 216 Average listal rating (99 ratings) 6.3 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 789 Average listal rating (479 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 1101 Average listal rating (686 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8
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 199 Average listal rating (111 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.6
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 1558 Average listal rating (866 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 883 Average listal rating (559 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 17 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 8.1 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 1664 Average listal rating (1034 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.6
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 797 Average listal rating (486 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 7.7
The great whiskey label style works perfectly for this Mediterranean revenge classic.
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People who added this item 57 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 227 Average listal rating (124 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 944 Average listal rating (550 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8
Frankenstein (1931)
This poster feels goulish and minty-fresh at the same time.
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People who added this item 3484 Average listal rating (2228 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.1
Not the famous poster, but much better!
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People who added this item 234 Average listal rating (66 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 6.8
Les Vampires (1915)
Mysterious and vamping; but most of all weird and artistic.
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People who added this item 63 Average listal rating (43 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.9
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 127 Average listal rating (72 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 437 Average listal rating (294 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
Stagecoach (1939)
The original classic western poster!
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People who added this item 98 Average listal rating (45 ratings) 7.5 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 6.7
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 285 Average listal rating (144 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 664 Average listal rating (420 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 7.7
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 215 Average listal rating (102 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
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 246 Average listal rating (124 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 101 Average listal rating (59 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 468 Average listal rating (263 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 531 Average listal rating (337 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 233 Average listal rating (141 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 93 Average listal rating (37 ratings) 7.4 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 711 Average listal rating (464 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 120 Average listal rating (58 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Morocco (1930)
A classic romance epic poster!
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People who added this item 1193 Average listal rating (719 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 63 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 314 Average listal rating (169 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
Gangsters in tuxes!
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People who added this item 392 Average listal rating (200 ratings) 7.4 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 293 Average listal rating (168 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
Top Hat (1935)
The great dance poster!
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People who added this item 62 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 19 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 665 Average listal rating (408 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 17 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7.6 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 21 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.3
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: 5 years, 11 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: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 15 1:43
great list
Posted: 4 years, 4 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: 3 years, 9 months ago at Mar 9 2:13
Great list! :)
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Mar 9 2:19
Great list! :)

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