“Minimalist” Film Posters

For awhile now I have been a fan of “minimalist” movie posters. These are the posters which show little detail, but which often say so much about a film. They are frequently very simple, clever and creative. They are thought-provoking because most of them capture the very essence of a film and can distil a whole movie at a glance; a kind of “the fewer the words, the deeper the meaning” motto, but here, instead of the words, it is lines and presentation. Rich symbolism and double-meaning also sometimes form the essential part of them. Below are twelve of my favourite examples. Do you have a favourite “minimalist” movie poster? Warning, I do not own the images presented below, and some of them can reveal important plot twists. 

22 thoughts on ““Minimalist” Film Posters

  1. I love The Breakfast Club one. Two I love are the poster for Anatomy of a Murder (1959). Another that I think is very effective and shows very little is Alien (1979).

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    1. The “Anatomy of a Murder” poster is quite striking, thanks for the suggestion. The poster to “Alien” is such a classic – it and maybe the one to “Jaws” are maybe the most effective ones ever.

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      1. How could I have forgot about the one for Jaws! I firmly believe that when it comes to film and TV series promotion less is more.

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  2. This are wonderful posters. I especially love Taxidriver, Her and The skin I live in, which I must say was such a great and disturbing movie that only a handful may only understand. This is simplicity at it’s best. ☺

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