Design Inspiration: Typography in Movie Posters

Movie posters can be an excellent source of design inspiration. Here we will feature posters that have excellent use of typography and text effects. For more typographic inspiration, see TypeInspire.

Sex and the City

Sex and the City

Taken

Taken

Burn After Reading

Burn After Reading

The Notorious Bettie Page

The Notorious Bettie Page

Gladiator

Gladiator

West Side Story

West Side Story

West Side Story

West Side Story

Sorority Row

Sorority Row

2012

2012

Fast & Furious 4

Fast and Furious 4

The Limits of Control

The Limits of Control

Obsessed

Obsessed

Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction

12 Rounds

12 Rounds

The Godfather

The Godfather

Milk

Milk

The Departed

The Departed

Juno

Juno

Ocean’s Eleven

Ocean's Eleven

Ocean’s Twelve

Ocean's Twelve

My Bloody Valentine 3D

My Bloody Valentine 3D

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Max Payne

Max Payne

Gomorra

Gomorra

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  • The Godfather poster is awesome!

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  • awesome stuff.

  • There is a definite formula to film posters, all have a large element of typography. My favourite from this collection are “juno” & “lock stock”

  • BebopDesigner

    Brilliant collection! By the way Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is my favourite film. Thanks for Sharing.

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  • Great Collections! Love them 🙂

  • I think the Taken poster could have been done better, the way it is formatted makes you read it as one long run on sentence, they could have easily manipulated the text to make it read as intended. For example an increase in leading after the “are” to imply a pause, etc.

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  • While the imagery within the text on Fast and Furious worked quite well (great typography before the imagery as well), I think that it was a bit overdone on The Departed. It actually took me a second to figure out what it said until I read the movie title in plain text in the lower right of the poster.

  • Excellent post. Big fan of movie posters and this selection is fantastic.

  • Sam

    Great examples, I love the typeface used in Johnny Deeps new film, Public Enemies, very New Deal-era America.

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  • Nice post. But I think ‘Theta PI’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’ was so ordinary. Shouldn’t be in the list.

  • lv

    I love the typeface used in Johnny Deeps new film, Public Enemies, very New Deal-era America.

  • By understanding the history of typography, film and culture, it gives a designer a strong base of which to jump off from to create something new. To utilize convert, adapt, and reinterpret, attained from having a strong understanding of typographic evolution.

    2012 and ‘Lock, Stock & Barrel’ jump out at me. ‘The Departed’ is very hard on the eyes, not a good design.