Special Feature: The best minimalist posters

The job of a movie poster is simple: it needs to invoke a sense of curiosity and excitement for the movie prior to release. Because of this, many movie companies often overcomplicate movie poster designs, jam-packing them with imagery, slogans and unnecessary marketing fodder. Every now and again, though, you see a movie poster that has a simple, refined design; it's usually these types of posters that go on to become iconic, well-known posters in the following years. We've rounded up some of our favourite, minimalistic movie posters below. Many of them are iconic and you'll likely recognise them, but there's sure to be a few in there that you haven't seen before (we hope). Remember, you can order them online if you like from poster printing companies such as FastPrint.

1. The Birds
The Birds is a 1963 movie, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Despite the fact that it isn't one of Hitchcock's most famous movies, it certainly has one of the most beautiful, minimalistic printed movie posters we've ever seen. The first thing you'll likely notice about the poster is the colour; it's predominantly red, which really helps to grab your attention, even from a distance. You'll also notice that design-wise, there's not much to it. The focal point of the poster is the white bird feather in the middle, which appears to be cut out of the red.

2. Vertigo
Vertigo is one of Alfred Hitchcock's better known movies, yet once again, he's opted for a minimalistic and somewhat bold approach. Just like the poster for The Birds, this movie poster makes use of a bright red colour, with black and white used for the text and illustrations. It's an eye-catching poster than really draws your attention towards it, thanks to the spirograph in the centre. It also makes use of edgy, angular typography, which draws you in even further.

3. American Beauty
American Beauty is a classic, starring Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening and as the title would suggest, it has a 'beautiful' movie poster. It's a clean and simple poster that features nothing more than a close-up image of a woman, holding a bright red rose against her stomach. If you've seen the movie, you'll know that red roses are used multiple times throughout the film, making them the perfect choice for the poster. The typography is simple, elegant, understated and well, beautiful.

4. Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park is not only one of the most iconic films of all-time, but it's also responsible for one of the most iconic movie posters of all-time. The interesting thing about this poster is its simplicity. Jurassic Park promised its audience an action-packed movie with special effects, yet this movie poster is extremely understated and minimalistic. It features nothing more than the Jurassic Park logo alongside the strapline, 'An adventure 65 million years in the making'. Despite its simplicity, the poster is extremely impactful and goes down as one of the best.

5. Moon
Moon is a movie about isolation, loneliness, madness and rebirth, according to the London-based agency behind this poster. So, the idea behind the poster was to embody these attributes and it does a great job of doing so, too. The main focal point of the poster is the lone astronaut, surrounded by a bunch of white circles, which appear to represent the moon itself. Aside from that, the poster is black, which represents the vast emptiness that is space.

6. Anatomy of a Murder
Saul Bass, a renowned movie poster designer, created this iconic poster for the well-known movie, Anatomy of a Murder. According to Bass himself, his philosophy behind movie poster design is simple: it's to "symbolise and summarise". You can see this philosophy in action here, as it features a simple yet highly symbolic illustration of a corpse, seemingly split into multiple pieces on the ground. Many have tried to imitate the design style of Bass over the years, but most have failed.

7. Alien
Alien is already a scary movie title, but this movie poster goes one-step further with its combination of scary imagery and a scary strapline. "In space no one can hear you scream" tells you everything you could ever need to know about a movie entitled Alien and lets you know that the film is, indeed, likely to be frightening. Furthermore, you have the iconic image of a hatching egg, brimming with bright yellow light, which further reinforces the scary nature of the film.

8. Man With One Red Shoe
Movie posters don't get more simple and minimalistic than this one, designed for the 1985 film, Man With One Red Shoe. One of the interesting things to note about this poster is that it doesn't actually tell you the title of the film. Instead, it simply presents you with the image of a bright red shoe, which is clearly the focal point of the poster. Sure, there are some additional details at the bottom, but predominantly, the idea behind this purpose is to invoke a sense of curiosity. It's a beautiful poster, but could it possibly be a little too minimalistic, perhaps?

9. Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters is a 1984 movie starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. It's an action-packed, slightly surreal movie, but the poster (pictured above) is far from action-packed. It features nothing more than a rather friendly looking ghost on a jet black background, alongside the tagline, "Who ya gonna call?" It's a great looking poster and the simplistic, cartoon-like nature of the ghost lets you know that the movie is more of a comedy than a horror.

10. The Shining
The Shining is a 1980 movie starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd and Scatman Crothers, amongst others. It's also a movie with a rather minimalistic movie poster, which once again, was designed by renowned graphic designer, Saul Bass. As is typical with Saul Bass posters, it's colourful, simplistic and gives you a glimpse into the nature of the film without really saying much at all. It features nothing more than iconic typography, along with the iconic "scary face" that any Shining fan will be familiar with. Bio: Joshua is a film buff from the UK. He's always had a love for films, especially those from the 1950s and 60s. His favourite film of all-time is Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window.


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