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Added by Stehako on 30 Mar 2010 10:28
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Favorite Movie Posters; 1900 - 1939

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People who added this item 2008 Average listal rating (1060 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 2519 Average listal rating (1530 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
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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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 1517 Average listal rating (851 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.3
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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 531 Average listal rating (309 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
Illusions abound, but this poster masters the repetition.
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People who added this item 958 Average listal rating (605 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
The best example of the monster movie posters!
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It brings an immediate feeling of being trapped and lonely during wartime.
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People who added this item 250 Average listal rating (123 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.4
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 888 Average listal rating (549 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 1262 Average listal rating (803 ratings) 7.5 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 229 Average listal rating (130 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.6
Are they shadows, outlines, silhouettes, what's going on? Another Eisenstein film gets a classic poster to its name.
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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 1002 Average listal rating (660 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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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 1878 Average listal rating (1217 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.5
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 905 Average listal rating (567 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
A classic pairing deserves a classic poster. It was replicated countless times afterward.
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The great whiskey label style works perfectly for this Mediterranean revenge classic.
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People who added this item 63 Average listal rating (37 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.4
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 260 Average listal rating (151 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.3
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 1102 Average listal rating (662 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
Frankenstein (1931)
This poster feels goulish and minty-fresh at the same time.
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People who added this item 3709 Average listal rating (2442 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
Not the famous poster, but much better!
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People who added this item 262 Average listal rating (83 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.3
Mysterious and vamping; but most of all weird and artistic.
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People who added this item 75 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
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 142 Average listal rating (84 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
Lost Horizon (1937)
One of the iconic 30s posters, grand in all aspects.
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People who added this item 180 Average listal rating (109 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
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 516 Average listal rating (348 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
The original classic western poster!
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People who added this item 120 Average listal rating (63 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.3
The horizontal posters are more rare and this is certainly one of my favorite.
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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 6.6
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 336 Average listal rating (182 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.3
Only the Nazis would be bold enough to make hand-drawn black and white poster.
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People who added this item 748 Average listal rating (469 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
Like is films, Hitchcock's posters got better. This is his one 1930s highlight.
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People who added this item 51 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.1
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 240 Average listal rating (118 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
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 279 Average listal rating (147 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
The first to master the three-parted epic movie poster.
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People who added this item 111 Average listal rating (72 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
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 532 Average listal rating (305 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
One of the original great gangster movie posters!
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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 262 Average listal rating (164 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9
One of the best early examples of the ensemble comedy poster.
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People who added this item 114 Average listal rating (52 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
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 765 Average listal rating (508 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.8
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 141 Average listal rating (73 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Morocco (1930)
A classic romance epic poster!
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People who added this item 1329 Average listal rating (833 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.5
City Lights (1931)
Features the iconic look of Chaplin and some cool colord-stripes background
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People who added this item 76 Average listal rating (33 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.3
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 355 Average listal rating (203 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
Gangsters in tuxes!
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People who added this item 427 Average listal rating (229 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
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 333 Average listal rating (194 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
The great dance poster!
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People who added this item 68 Average listal rating (37 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
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 23 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 6.9
The Europeans got it right quite often in early cinema.
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People who added this item 755 Average listal rating (491 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.1
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 24 Average listal rating (8 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 28 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.4
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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