Famous Movie Poster Artists

Normally, the artist is not identified on the film poster, and in many cases, the artist is anonymous. However, several artists have become well known because of their outstanding illustrations on film posters. Some artists, such as Drew Struzan, often sign their poster artwork and the signature is included on distributed posters.

Here you will find some of the classic illustrations from these great artists. The list if not exhaustive and is based entirely upon my own personal preferences of movie poster design. If you want to skip to a specific artist just click their name below –


Drew Struzan was born on 14th May 1947 and is an artist known for his movie poster artwork, which includes all the films in the Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, and Star Wars series. He also completed work on others such as Big Trouble in Little China, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Blade Runner, The Thing, Cannonball Run and Jurassic Park. In his early career also painted album covers for many well-known artists and later in his career moved into collectables and book covers. Read more…


Big Trouble in Little China

Big Trouble in Little China


Indiana Jones Last Crusade

Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade


Back to the Future

Back to the Future


Revenge of the Jedi

Revenge of the Jedi


Thomas Jung (known as Tom Jung) was born on 13th February 1942 and is an advertising art director, graphic designer and illustrator who is best known for his movie poster artwork and his work as a motion picture storyboard artist. Tom has worked on movie poster artwork for films such as Doctor Zhivago, Grand Prix, Le Mans, Star Wars, The Dogs of War, The Empire Strikes Back and Once Upon a Time in America. Read more…


Tom Jung Gallery

The Day of the Dolphin


Tom Jung Gallery

The Man Who Would Be King


Tom Jung Gallery

Papillion


Tom Jung Gallery

Empire Strikes Back R82


Richard Amsel was born on 4th December 1947 and passed away on 17th November 1985. He was an illustrator and graphic designer. Unfortunately, his career was brief after being struck down with illness but stunningly successful, entailing a wide variety of commercial illustration work including album and magazine covers, it is perhaps Richard Amsel’s movie posters artwork that remains the most popular. His portrait of comedian Lily Tomlin for the cover of Time Magazine is now part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. He also was associated with TV Guide for thirteen years. Read more…


Richard Amsel

Flash Gordon


Richard Amsel

Raiders of the Lost Ark


Richard Amsel

Death on the Nile


Richard Amsel

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome


Blade Runner, The Lion King, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Gremlins


John Alvin

Gremlins


John Alvin

Blade Runner


John Alvin

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial


John Alvin

The Lion King


Star Wars, Prisoners of the Lost Universe, Zulu Dawn, The Land That Time Forgot


Tom Chantrell

Star Wars “Style C”


Tom Chantrell

When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth


Tom Chantrell

Prisoners of the Lost Universe


Tom Chantrell

The Land That Time Forgot


Dirty Harry, Casablanca, A Clockwork Orange, For Your Eyes Only


Bill Gold

Dirty Harry


Bill Gold

Convoy


Bill Gold

For Your Eyes Only


Bill Gold

Platoon


Vertigo, The Shining, The Man with the Golden Arm, Bird Man of Alcatraz, Love in the Afternoon


Saul Bass

Vertigo


Saul Bass

The Man with the Golden Arm


Saul Bass

Bird Man of Alcatraz


Saul Bass

The Shining


Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Time Machine


Reynold Brown

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman


Reynold Brown

The Incredible Shrinking Man


Reynold Brown

Creature from the Black Lagoon


Reynold Brown

How The West Was Won


The Postman Always Rings Twice, Conan the Barbarian, Never Say Never Again, Opera


Renato Casaro

Cliffhanger


Renato Casaro

Rambo: First Blood


Renato Casaro

Escape from New York


Renato Casaro

The Running Man


It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Viva Max!, Kelly’s Heroes


Jack Davis

Kelly’s Heroes


Jack Davis

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World


Jack Davis

Happy Birthday Gemini


Jack Davis

Viva Max!


The Fearless Vampire Killers, The Gauntlet, Fire and Ice, What’s New Pussycat?


Frank Frazetta

The Gauntlet[


Frank Frazetta

The Fearless Vampire Killers


Frank Frazetta

Fire and Ice


Frank Frazetta

Yours, Mine and Ours


Blue Max, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, The Seven Year Itch, Proud & Profane


Boris Grinsson

Blue Max


Boris Grinsson

Beneath the Planet of the Apes


Boris Grinsson

The Seven Year Itch


Boris Grinsson

Proud & Profane


The Sunshine Boys, Noises Off, The Ultimate Solution of Grace Quigley, At the Circus


Al Hirschfeld

At the Circus


Al Hirschfeld

The Ultimate Solution of Grace Quigley


Al Hirschfeld

The Sunshine Boys


Al Hirschfeld

Noises Off


Dr. No, The Sand Pebbles, El Dorado


Mitchell Hooks

Dr. No


Mitchell Hooks

For A Few Dollars More


Mitchell Hooks

A Fistful of Dollars


Mitchell Hooks

Two for the Seesaw


Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (“Style B” re-release), The Secret of NIMH, Clash of the Titans


Hildebrandt Brothers

Star Wars R92 Killian


Hildebrandt Brothers

Clash of the Titans


Hildebrandt Brothers

The Secret of NIMH


Hildebrandt Brothers

Clash of the Titans


Interiors, Manhattan, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Shadows and Fog


Burt Kleeger

The French Connection


Burt Kleeger

Manhattan


Burt Kleeger

Shadows & Fog


Burt Kleeger

Mighty Aphrodite


The Poseidon Adventure, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), The Hindenburg


Mort Künstler

Breakheart Pass


Mort Künstler

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three


Mort Künstler

The Poseidon Adventure


Mort Künstler

Beyond The Poseidon Adventure


The Ten Commandments, The Train, The Dirty Dozen, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service


Frank McCarthy

Thunderball


Frank McCarthy

The Great Escape


Frank McCarthy

You Only Live Twice


Frank McCarthy

Once Upon a Time in the West


Casino Royale (1967), Breakfast at Tiffany’s


Robert McGinnis

Breakfast at Tiffany’s


Robert McGinnis

Diamonds Are Forever


Robert McGinnis

Casino Royale (1967)


Robert McGinnis

Barbarella


Our Man Flint, Camelot, Apocalypse Now, The Spy Who Loved Me


Bob Peak

Rollerball


Bob Peak

The Spy Who Loved Me


Bob Peak

Superman


Bob Peak

Star Trek


The Beyond, Phenomena, Demons, The Blood of Heroes


Enzo Sciotti

The Blood of Heroes


Enzo Sciotti

National Lampoon’s European Vacation


Enzo Sciotti

Domino


Enzo Sciotti

Demons


Shaft’s Big Score, Capone


John Solie

Grand Theft Auto


John Solie

Capone


John Solie

Shaft’s Big Score


John Solie

Smokey and the Bandit


The Guns of Navarone, Cleopatra, The Sound of Music


Howard Terpning

Cleopatra


Howard Terpning

Doctor Zhivago


Howard Terpning

Gone with the Wind


Howard Terpning

Sound of Music


National Lampoon’s Vacation, Q, Barbarella, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters


Boris Vallejo

Barbarella


Boris Vallejo

Barbarian Queen


Boris Vallejo

National Lampoon’s Vacation


Boris Vallejo

Q


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