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Added by Bubs on 8 Feb 2012 04:17
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Movie Poster Cliches

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People who added this item 2278 Average listal rating (1430 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
Big heads in the sky over tiny people on a beach

People who added this item 2829 Average listal rating (1919 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.1
Blade (1998)
From the back (usually with weapon)

People who added this item 3486 Average listal rating (2302 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
Big text on faces

People who added this item 4045 Average listal rating (2667 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
Pretty Woman (1990)
Back to back

People who added this item 42 Average listal rating (23 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 5.8
In bed

People who added this item 544 Average listal rating (400 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.5
Sex Drive (2008)
Through the legs

People who added this item 644 Average listal rating (408 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.4
The Eye (2008)
Big eye

People who added this item 6479 Average listal rating (4453 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8
Movie posters about animals tend to be sapphire. There’s also all that thin, white text in capital letters, and often pairs of figures in profile or from the back. And hey, a huge white moon can’t hurt.

People who added this item 45 Average listal rating (32 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7
Running for their lives

People who added this item 4313 Average listal rating (2906 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.1
There is only one color of dress for romantic comedies.

People who added this item 467 Average listal rating (324 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.4
Any black and white poster with a shock of red flame is trying to tell you it’s an action flick, and that you can expect more than four explosions...

People who added this item 6253 Average listal rating (4328 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
Sin City (2005)
...whereas the black and white with red block text is more comic book-esque, high style with a weaponry focus

People who added this item 2413 Average listal rating (1609 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
Lord of War (2005)
Building a face out of other objects

People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7
Holly (2006)
The blindfolded hero must face justice

People who added this item 1402 Average listal rating (862 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.2
Super-saturated golden yellow

People who added this item 2465 Average listal rating (1604 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.9
Tom Cruise has a very attractive profile


Have you ever felt like you’re seeing the same movie poster over and over again? Well, you are, in a way. As it turns out, film posters have several very simple tools (color, text size, figure placement, etc) to signify what kind of movie they’re advertising without you really even having to read its name or tagline.


Most of the credits goes to french blogger Christophe Courtois.


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