Minimalism in movie posters is something that is becoming more and more popular, as you can clearly see from the examples showcased below, there are many more minimal posters from recent years compared to the amount seen in the 90’s and earlier.
Is this a good thing or a bad thing? It does take a reasonable amount of work and organization to pull of a minimalistic poster, especially as they are typically designed to advertise and sell tickets to huge, multi-millionaire movies, although a lot of people see minimalism in design as pure laziness, or just a way to keep costs low as there isn’t a need for thousands of dollars to be spent on photo shoots. Take a look at the incredible examples below!
Don’t forget to check out our other movie poster showcase posts: Blood & Guts – Vampire and Zombie Movie Poster Inspiration, Trends Used In Comedy Movie Posters From 1915 to 2010, Evolution of Animation Film Posters from 1937 to Present
The Graduate (1967) ↓
This is a very minimalistic two-color poster that uses nothing but typography and an incredibly simple sketch. The two colors – red and black – work really well together and although very simple, this poster stands out very well among others.
Carnal Knowledge (1971) ↓
Jeremiah Johnson (1972) ↓
Harold and Maude (1972) ↓
The Valachi Papers (1972) ↓
A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982) ↓
A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy is one of the minimalistic posters in this showcase, using loads of whitespace, three different typefaces and nothing but black ink.
The Accidental Tourist (1988) ↓
Imagine: John Lennon (1988) ↓
Proof (1992) ↓
Proof is a lovely minimalistic poster that uses a subtle-grunge effect that is very popular in the present day, eighteen years after this poster was designed!
Batman Returns (1992) ↓
This Batman Returns poster from 1992 is one of my favorite posters in this showcase, as it totally depends on brand identity and the familiarity of the infamous Batman silhouette.
King of the Hill (1993) ↓
Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker (1995) ↓
Antz (1998) ↓
Antz is an incredibly clever poster that uses a magnifying glass technique to enlarge the ant. The rest of the poster is purely whitespace with very simple typography, focusing all eyes on the title and main character of the movie.
edTV (1999) ↓
Romance (1999) ↓
Dancer in the Dark (2000) ↓
This poster takes on the style of the traditional eye-test poster, using big bold lettering to spell out the movie title “Dancer in the Dark”.
Ghost World (2001) ↓
The War Effort (2002) ↓
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) ↓
This Kill Bill poster is very different compared to the other Kill Bill posters which take on a dramatic black and bright yellow color scheme. The blurred, watercolor style photographic background adds a lovely subtle but interesting background to the background, with a combination of strong and experimental typography.
I, Robot (2004) ↓
The Chumscrubber / GlÃ¼ck In Kleinen Dosen (2005) ↓
Gypo (2005) ↓
The Thing About My Folks (2005) ↓
The use of color in this poster really makes it pop, combining over-saturated stock images of an apple and orange to produce very vivid results, merged with a light background and dark typography.
American Hardcore (2006) ↓
Electroma (2006) ↓
Fur: an Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006) ↓
Madea’s Family Reunion (2006) ↓
This is an incredible and beautiful minimalistic movie poster, and one of the most elegant in this showcase. The silhouette and photoshopped hair is a superb background for the simple typography.
Jade Warrior (2006) ↓
Children of Men (2006) ↓
Inside Man (2006) ↓
The TV Set (2007) ↓
3:10 to Yuma (2007) ↓
One of the most eye-catching posters in this showcase, mainly because of the stunningly bright yellow – the poster is also one of the minimalistic, using nothing but a the title of the film and a fairly simple illustration.
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007) ↓
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) ↓
Birds of America (2008) ↓
This poster uses a handful of modern day trends; repeating patterns in the background, subtle grunge, modern illustration and simple typographic elements. All in all, it works perfectly well.
XXY (2008) ↓
Blindness (2008) ↓
Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway (2008) ↓
You Suck Sarah Marshall (2008) ↓
A handwritten-style poster using only black ink on white paper. This funny poster works well because it is so simple, using lots of whitespace and a suitable typeface.
Filth and Wisdom (2008) ↓
Tokyo Sonata (2009) ↓
Untitled (2009) ↓
Voices / Du Saram-Yida (2009) ↓
Precious (2009) ↓
Madea Goes to Jail (2009) ↓
He’s Just Not That Into You (2009) ↓
Moon (2009) ↓
Although this poster uses a rather mesmerising spiral pattern in the background, it is still rather minimalistic, using this and one image as its main focal.
The Garden (2009) ↓
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) ↓
For Colored Girls (2010) ↓
This is a rather stylish and beautiful movie poster, taking on a fashion illustration approach by using traditional watercolors to produce an unfinished image.
The Art of the Steal (2010) ↓
Athlete (2010) ↓
Your Turn To Talk
So, what do you think? Do any of the above examples, in your opinion, that you think work particularly well, or vice versa? Discuss in the comments section below! :)