Below you’ll find a collection of vintage movie posters, some you may have seen before but we can guarantee that you won’t be able to say you had seen them all. We’ve also added a brief description from Wikipedia to give you an idea when it was released and so on and so forth. Most of these movies were most likely released before you were even born, at least that’s the case with me. Anyway, enjoy these classic movie posters and share any that you know of.Click on image to enlarge. All images are directly linked to the sources.
1. Dr. No (The first James Bond Movies)
Dr. No (1962), starring Sean Connery, is the first James Bond film. Based on the 1958 Ian Fleming novel of the same name, it was adapted by Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood, and Berkely Mather. The film was directed by Terence Young, and produced by Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli, a partnership that would continue until 1975. Dr. No was produced with a low budget, but was a financial success, leading to a series of films that continues to this day.
2. Paradise Canyon
Paradise Canyon is a 1935 Western film directed by Carl L. Pierson. John Wyatt (John Wayne) is a government agent sent to smash a counterfeiting operation near the Mexican border. Joining Doc Carter’s medicine show they arrive in the town where Curly Joe (Yakima Canutt), who once framed Carter, resides. Learning that Curly Joe is the counterfeiter, Wyatt goes after the man himself.
3. Attack Of The 50 Ft. Woman
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman is a 1958 American science fiction feature film produced by Bernard Woolner for Allied Artists Pictures. It was directed by Nathan H. Juran (credited as Nathan Hertz) from a screenplay by Mark Hanna, and starred Allison Hayes, William Hudson and Yvette Vickers. The original music score was composed by Ronald Stein. The film was a take on other movies that had also featured size-changing humans, namely The Amazing Colossal Man and The Incredible Shrinking Man, but substituting a woman as the protagonist.
Batman, often promoted as Batman: The Movie, is a 1966 film based on the television series and the first full-length theatrical adaptation of the DC Comics character of the same name. Released by 20th Century Fox, the film starred Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. The film was directed by Leslie H. Martinson, who also directed a pair of Batman episodes; “The Penguin Goes Straight” and “Not Yet, He Ain’t,” both from season one.
5) Star Wars
Star Wars, later retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, is an epic 1977 American space opera film, written and directed by George Lucas. It is the first of six films released in the Star Wars saga: two subsequent films complete the original trilogy, while a prequel trilogy completes the six film saga. Ground-breaking in its use of special effects, unconventional editing, and sci-fi/fantasy storytelling, the original Star Wars is one of the most successful and influential films of all time. Produced with a budget of $11 million and released on May 25, 1977, the film went on to earn $460 million in the United States and $337 million overseas, surpassing Jaws as the highest-grossing film of all time at the time.
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! is a 1956 Japanese/American black-and-white science fiction/Kaiju film. It is an “Americanized” version of the original Godzilla film. The majority of the film’s footage is taken from the 1954 Japanese film Gojira, which had previously been shown subtitled in the United States in Japanese community theaters only, and was not known in Europe. For the American production, the original Japanese footage was dubbed into the English language and new footage was shot with Canadian actor Raymond Burr.
7. A Night In Casablanca
A Night in Casablanca (1946) was the twelfth Marx Brothers movie. The film stars Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, and Harpo Marx. It was directed by Archie Mayo and written by Joseph Fields and Roland Kibbee. It is generally considered one of the better of the Marx Brothers’ later films.
8. White Christmas
White Christmas is a 1954 Technicolor musical film starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye that features the songs of Irving Berlin, including the titular “White Christmas”. The film was directed by Michael Curtiz and co-stars Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. The film is notable as being the first to be produced and released in VistaVision, a wide-screen process that entailed using twice the surface area of standard 35mm film. This large-area negative was used to yield finer-grained standard-sized 35 mm film prints.
9. The Seven Year Itch
The Seven Year Itch is a 1955 American film based on a three-act play by George Axelrod. The film was co-written and directed by Billy Wilder, and starred Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell, reprising his Broadway role. It contains one of the most iconic images of the 20th century — Monroe standing on a subway grate as her dress is blown above her knees by a passing train. The titular phrase, which refers to declining interest in a monogamous relationship after seven years of marriage, has been used by psychologists.
10. Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, released in 1943, is an American monster horror film produced by Universal Studios starring Lon Chaney, Jr. as the Wolf Man and Bela Lugosi as Frankenstein’s monster. The movie was the first of a series of “ensemble” monster films combining characters from several film series. This film, therefore, is both the fifth in the series of films based upon Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and a sequel to The Wolf Man.
Houdini is a 1953 biographical film about the life of the magician and escapologist Harry Houdini. It was made by Paramount Pictures, directed by George Marshall and produced by George Pal from a screenplay by Philip Yordan, based on the book Houdini by Harold Kellock. The music score was by Roy Webb and the cinematography by Ernest Laszlo. The art direction was by Albert Nozaki and Hal Pereira and the costume design by Edith Head.
Psycho is a 1960 American film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film is based on the screenplay by Joseph Stefano, who adapted it from the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. The novel was based on the crimes of Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein. Psycho initially received mixed reviews, but outstanding box office returns prompted a re-review which was overwhelmingly positive and led to four Academy Award nominations. Psycho is now considered one of Hitchcock’s best films and is highly praised as a work of cinematic art by international critics.
13. The Long Long Trailer
The Long, Long Trailer is a novel by Clinton Twiss from the 1950s. It is about a couple who buy a new travel trailer home and spend a year traveling across the United States. The novel was made into a movie in 1954 starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Marjorie Main, Keenan Wynn, Bert Freed, Moroni Olsen, Gladys Hurlbut, Madge Blake, and Walter Baldwin. It was directed by Vincente Minnelli working from a screenplay by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich.
14. Kitten With a Whip
Kitten with a Whip is a 1959 pulp novel by “Wade Miller”, a pseudonym used by the writing team Robert Wade and William Miller. The novel was published by Fawcett’s Gold Medal imprint. The plot involves an attractive teenage juvenile delinquent who attempts to seduce and then blackmail a middle-aged politician. This film is listed among “The 100 Most Amusingly Bad Movies Ever Made” in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson’s book, The Official Razzie Movie Guide.
Grease is a 1978 American musical film directed by Randal Kleiser and based on Warren Casey’s and Jim Jacobs’s musical, of the same name about two lovers in a 1959 high school. The film stars John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, and Jeff Conaway. It was successful both critically and at the box office. The soundtrack album became one of the best-selling in pop movie history, and provided several chart hits for the original artists and others.
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16. Pumping Iron
Pumping Iron is a 1977 documentary film about the run-up to the 1975 Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition. The film focuses on Arnold Schwarzenegger and his competitors, Lou Ferrigno and Franco Columbu. The documentary was co-directed by Robert Fiore and George Butler. It was based on the book of the same name by Charles Gaines and George Butler (Simon and Schuster, 1974).
Movie information via Wikipedia