10 of the Best Dramatic Movie Posters

For every good movie that was ever released to a public, there was also an iconic movie poster used to advertise and promote it. The best movie posters range from cool designs to minimalist black backgrounds. Every movie needs to convey a certain mood to the general public in a completely visual medium, and these movie posters do just that. The graphic designers in charge of them make sure to leave no space without a purpose, or, they use a lot of negative space to give their message an even bigger impact. If you take a good look at some of these movie posters, you’ll realize that you associate their imagery with the film more than the actual film itself at times.

E.T.

This movie poster does such a great job because it conveys such a large feeling for the movie you are about to see. It uses a black background in space and features a prominent logo with the alien’s and child’s hand touching right above it.

Jurassic Park

One of the simplest and most minimalist movie posters of the modern era, Jurassic Park uses a black background with the iconic dinosaur logo that is immediately associated with the movie.

American Beauty

For American Beauty, the boundaries are pushed with this very sexy and very dramatic poster featuring a belly button with a rose. Notice how subtle the font selection is, which brings focus to the issue at hand.

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American Beauty

Trainspotting

Probably the complete opposite of American Beauty, the movie poster from Trainspotting uses bold fonts and a clash of off-black and orange to grab your attention.

Gone with the Wind

One of the most iconic movies ever made has an equally iconic poster with the two main characters grasped in the arms of each other over a house that is burning to the ground.

The Exorcist

The Exorcist was the scariest movie made when it was released and ushered in a new genre of psycho-religious horror movies. It”s black background and ominous use of the priest staring at the house gets audience members ready for what’s to come.

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The Exorcist

Silence of the Lambs

Silence of the Lambs was one of the best thrillers ever made because of the lunatic actions of cannibal killer Hannibal. The movie poster for the film features Jodie Foster’s character with an insect over her mouth.

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Silence of the Lambs

Pulp Fiction

This movie poster is a true vintage throwback to a time when detective novels cost 5 cents a pop. The vintage feel is juxtaposed by the modern looking character played by Uma Thurman. The poster does a great job of using retro fonts from the time as well as Photoshop textures to get the worn looking effect.

Clockwork Orange

While the poster for this movie is excellent, it doesn’t get the viewer ready for what they are about to experience. The movie poster is sort of an enigma, just like the movie they are about to watch.

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