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The best movie posters of all time

The best movie posters changed how the world sees cinema with epic images worthy of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters

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Rebecca Fontana
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The best movie posters of all time are instantly recognizable for their iconic imagery. No, they’re not the same as the best movies of all time—these aren’t judged on their comedic timing, insane action-movie chase scenes, dramatic plot twists or heart-wrenching love stories. These picks—from cheesy blockbuster summer movies to old classics that you’ve never seen—were chosen for one single badass image, whether it’s a shot of the title character or an iconic moment from the film. Seen on the walls of college dorms around the world, these are the best movie posters of all time.

Best movie posters of all time

Casablanca
  • Film

Before we had Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart face-to-face on the Twilight poster, there was Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Casablanca.

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Home Alone
  • Film
  • Comedy

When you see that open-mouthed shocked face, whether you first think of this poster or of Munch’s The Scream says a lot about you as a person.

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Pulp Fiction
  • Film
  • Drama

Tarantino’s fast-paced comedy takes its title from the pulpy crime novels of the mid-1900s—also the inspiration for the poster, appropriately.

Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Film
  • Action and adventure

The original drawing by Richard Amsel, whose work appears in the Smithsonian Institution, is now owned by George Lucas and was a successful attempt at revitalizing illustrated posters (for a little while, at least).

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