Mike’s Favorite Movie Posters of the Decade (40-31)
I’ve said it for near ten years now — the movie poster is a lost art. So many of them nowadays are just so bland, and it feels like it’s getting harder and harder to get a poster that truly feels like something special; selling a film on a single, memorable image. Getting you to understand immediately what the film is about while also staying in your mind. It’s hard to remember posters. If I told you offhand to name ten truly memorable posters from this decade off the top of your head, you’d have trouble doing it. And even if you got to ten, chances are some of them are just because the film was so big and widespread that you remember it just because it was so out there.
Anyway, the point of this list was me looking back on my years of going over my favorite posters (and I started this list in 2011, so I’ve done nine years of it officially on the site) and revisiting all the posters from all the years and picking out the ones that I think have held up to me as the best examples of truly strong imagery.
So, with that said, here are my favorite posters from this past decade:
40. Let Me In (2010)
This one is kind of dependent on knowing that it’s a remake of Let the Right One In and what the general plot is to that film, but, aside from that, what a hell of an image. The snow angel with the bit of blood just perfectly captures the spirit and atmosphere of that story without needing to make things overly complicated.
39. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
I’m not always one to rush into something that uses famous iconography, but this one in particular takes that iconography but also tells you what you’re in for with this specific movie. The bat signal, but Gotham is falling apart around it. Everything Wayne/Batman has done and the fragility with which he operates is now gonna face his toughest task yet as everything is about to fall apart. You get that, and it’s a great poster in that it doesn’t do too much but also gets the point across pretty emphatically.
38. American Honey (2016)
This is one of the most enduring images of the decade for me. It’s just pure freedom. That’s all this movie is, this girl going off across the country, living. But this image just sticks with you, and really is just one of those that has stuck with me most of anything else from this entire decade.
37. Overlord (2018)
Love the parachutes as specks of blood. Beautiful image. And you get it — war, death, blood. It’s just a great piece of imagery.
36. O.J.: Made in America (2016)
I think we all get this one pretty easily. The bloody glove, America. Perfect. Absolutely perfect.
35. Waves (2019)
This poster just elicits a really strong emotional response when I look at it. And it has nothing to do with the content of the film, even. It’s just the image by itself. The waves crashing up on the picnic table and the hug — it’s just love, in the face of everything else around it. It’s a beautiful image.
34. Birdman (2014)
You can’t really explain this film, but this image almost does the trick quite perfectly. It’s one of those images that sticks with you, and somehow perfectly captures the mood and the tone of the film. And it even manages to get every pertinent character on the poster. Even Birdman!
33. Joker (2019)
It’s hard not to consider this one of the iconic images of the decade. It’s an image we all immediately recognize, no matter what our thoughts are on the film itself. A lot’s been said about it, so I’ll just leave it as — we all know how good this poster is.
32. Not Fade Away (2012)
It’s the old style photo/postcard look that I respond to here. More of a personal choice than anything, but I do really love this. It’s a love story about a guy starting a band. And you just kinda get it. But it’s just something that really speaks to me as an image more than anything else.
31. Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)
This image is so good. The skeleton, decked out with bling, wearing both flags? Every time I see this, I wonder how something can be this good an image? Because that’s exactly this film in a single image. It’s a stunning poster. It really is.
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