The 30 Best Movie Posters of 2012

Some of my personal favorite from Flavorwire:  “These designs did what every successful movie poster should: pique our curiosity, grab our attention, invite us to explore the story deeper, and give us great style.”

Zero Dark Thirty

This was a great year for minimalist poster fans, and the starkness of this design for Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden manhunt thriller is fitting.


The tagline on its own is chilling, but when paired with this imagery, the poster equally inspires wonder.

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The poster for Chan-wook Park’s fable-thriller is wrapped in a vine of images, some beautiful, others eerie — like the events surrounding the appearance of an estranged, enigmatic man (Matthew Goode) who claims to be family to India (Mia Wasikowska) and her mother (Nicole Kidman). Although the poster appeared on scene this year, the film actually debuts in 2013.

Django Unchained

More minimalism, bloody without being gory, and blazed into our minds until Christmas day.

Holy Motors

Simple, effective, and lets Léos Carax’s bizarre and mesmerizing treatise on film (and so much more) speak for itself.

Les Misérables, Lincoln, Hitchcock

We’re slightly cheating on this one, but we have a good reason. The trio of posters reveals striking transformations: Daniel Day-Lewis into the bearded Abraham Lincoln, Isabelle Allen into the young Cossette (bringing the classic and familiar Broadway poster illustration to life) and Anthony Hopkins into Hitchcock. They aren’t necessarily uniquely designed, but the aha factor was nicely considered.


Elegant and dangerous. The art encapsulates everything about David Cronenberg’s brooding drama.

Enjoy them all here.

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