Movie Posters of the Decade

Posted by Scott


The Auteurs has a post on their picks for the top movie posters of the decade. Considering that the vast majority of modern movie posters fall short of the standards set in heyday of film, this must have been a difficult list to assemble and a boring task to complete. Nevertheless, they have managed to dig up a few gems. Good to see The Bank Job in there — always a favorite — but I was pleasantly surprised by Funny Games, hadn’t seen that one.

Can you think of any obvious omissions from this list? Let us know in the comments

For some background, more good movie posters from years past can be found in these older posts: 50 Beautiful Movie Posters, 100 Greatest Movie Posters, and, of course, SOLARIS!.

Via The Auteurs

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Vaughn says:

December 22, 2009 at 3:04 am

I reference that Funny Games poster so much, it reflects the film so well and the type is so beatiful.
The other Funny Games posters for the 2009 remake are so far from the greatness of the “Naomi Watts face” version, they look like general ‘slasher film’ posters.. the film is definatly not a ‘slasher film’ haha


shawn says:

December 22, 2009 at 9:49 am

i thought the dark knight “why so serious?” promotional campaign was well done. the messy make-up look has been reproduced throughout popular culture, much in the same way the obama/hope poster has been seen everywhere.

and of course, there was the phenomenon in LA, where obama was portrayed as the joker, to much fanfare.

the campaign was exhaustive and effective, and quite disturbing.

some examples:

the hi-res “stupid bats” poster:



alex says:

December 22, 2009 at 9:50 am

Yeah that one for the International is great. That whole scene in the movie is pretty awesome. Don’t remember much else from that film, except that Guggenheim shoot out.

The type in the Funny Games poster stopped me in my tracks. Never really noticed it until someone mentioned it — I guess I was always distracted by Naomi Watts. Anyway, the type lockup is spot on.


Mark Dude says:

December 22, 2009 at 5:07 pm

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Andy Babb says:

December 22, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Also agree with Design Police on the Moon poster. Enjoyed the movie but the poster will probably leave a longer-lasting impact. Not sold on The International poster—great image, pedestrian type treatment.

How about Burn After Reading? Clearly derivative of Bass but at the time it was released last year, somewhat refreshing I thought. Another case of the poster being more impressive than the film.


Jeff Finley says:

December 22, 2009 at 8:19 pm

Great picks for sure. Whenever I think of inspirational posters, the Funny Games one is the first I think of. It’s so powerful, and as everyone else has said, the type is perfect.

I’m a big fan of the Death of Mr. Lazarescu poster – which you didn’t feature here, but you should. If you’ve seen the film (definitely not a comedy), you’ll appreciate how much of a risk they took.

This post got me inspired again to work on film posters. I’m recently did one for this new documentary on high school wrestling called Pinned and did a version of Old Joy for this poster show being put on by All City in UK. Hopefully these lead to more poster opportunities so I can start getting my feet wet in a new medium. Thanks for the inspiration Scott!


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