For the most part, movie posters tend to be drained of all originality. Lately, though, there has been a trend of studios trying to cater to the art-house crowd with posters that draw us in. Here’s a list of our favorite movie posters in recent memory.

  1. The Ides of March – It’s a thing that’s been done many times before, but not much like this. Not only is The Ides of March a spectacular film, its poster is great to look at and keeps you thinking.
  2. Funny Games – Although the movie’s ending left us all feeling like we were cheated out of our money, Naomi Watts has a nice face and looking at it ain’t all that bad. On a more serious note, the poster does make me wonder what’s happening to the character and that’s what you need to pull an audience.
  3. Under The Skin – A24 is an independent production company that has recently emerged with films like The Bling Ring and Spring Breakers. Fortunately for us, they offer plenty of eye candy like the one you see there.
  4. Django Unchained – Django’s poster surprised us all. A major movie for a major studio and the leading teaser managed to be a minimalist’s dream come true.
  5. Beasts of the Southern Wild – The poster for Benh Zeitlin’s debut feature film is as colorful and awe-inspiring as the film itself.
  6. The American – Although the film itself managed to be dreadful (I tried to love it because of George Clooney and the poster, but it was just so boring. Nothing happened!), the poster is beautiful. The orange and off-white work on so many levels. Add a bit of George Clooney and homage to spy flicks and you have one of the best posters I’ve seen in a long time.
  7. American Beauty – Just look at it. A major film that doesn’t promote all of its star’s names and huge faces? Leaving people to question? Count me in.
  8. Enemy – A24 strikes again! A poster that reminds me of the obscure 80’s or something and not plastering Jake Gyllenhaal’s face all over it? Design over whatever.
  9. Her – Although this is something done frequently, I feel like this is the only poster of its kind that evokes so much emotion. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it.
  10. The Master – It’s original. That’s a plus. It looks like they tried. That’s so much more a plus.
  11. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson’s posters are as wonderful as their film counterparts. He’s one of the best working directors in Hollywood today and has a unique vision on every medium.
  12. Moonrise Kingdom – It was my favorite film of 2012 and it continues to be one of my favorite posters of recent times.