A Showcase of Retro Style Movie Posters

Movies are an amazing source of inspiration, so it’s no surprise that a lot of designers enjoy unleashing their creativity on designing beautiful film posters. It’s extremely challenging to condense an entire film – it’s plot, it’s central characters, it’s theme and visual style – into one image, but when it’s done well, it can be astonishing.

Designing movie posters is an art form in itself, and if 100 designers each created a design, you could easily end up with 100 completely different posters. But while each poster can be wildly different, there are still visual styles that can be used, and some of the most beautifully designed, cleverly constructed posters are those that have a vintage and retro look. You will find that a lot of people will buy a DVD solely based off of the cover. This makes it extremely important to have a good design.

We’ve brought together a collection of movie posters that have that beautiful retro look – either because that’s how they were originally designed (in the case of Vertigo, for example) or because they have been redesigned by talented designers, like Olly Moss or Brandon Schaefer. We hope these designs will inspire you with your next vintage design.


Ghostbusters By Brandon Schaefer

Ghostbusters retro movie poster



2001: A Space Odyssey By Brandon Schaefer

2001: A Space Odyssey retro movie poster



Vertigo By Saul Bass

Vertigo retro movie poster



Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban By Adam Rabalais

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban retro movie poster



Up retro movie poster



An Education By Tavis Coburn

An Education retro movie poster



Cowboys & Aliens By Tom Whalen

Cowboys & Aliens retro movie poster



The Invisible Man By Tom Whalen

The Invisible Man retro movie poster



Lost By Ty Mattson

Lost retro movie poster



Jackie Brown By Olly Moss

Jackie Brown retro movie poster



The Blues Brothers By Olly Moss

The Blues Brothers retro  movie poster



Breaking Bad By Matt Needle

Breaking Bad retro movie poster



An American Werewolf in London By Olly Moss

An American Werewolf in London retro movie poster



Captain America By Kevin Howdeshell

Captain America retro movie poster



V for Vendetta By Concepts Arts

V for Vendetta retro movie poster

Are there any vintage style movie posters that you’ve found that deserve a mention? Let us know in the comments.

About the author

Alex works for printing company Print Express, who specialise in postcards, business cards and poster printing. In his spare time he studies graphic & web design.


  1. Great posters. I love vintage style.

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  3. Great post and very informative. Thanks and keep posting

  4. Great designs, I like them all but my favorite is An Education By Tavis Coburn 🙂

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  6. Nice collection of Retro Style Movie Posters, i like Cowboys and Aliens Poster….:)

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