Top 30 Summer Blockbuster Movie Posters of All Time

Brian
June 6, 2013

Summer is here, which means it's time for movie-goers to be inundated with marketing for summer blockbusters. And that’s good, because marketing brings us to the theaters to buy the tickets that ultimately fund next year’s batch of flicks. Without marketing, no one gets paid and no one makes movies. The most popular way to market movies is with movie posters, in particular the large movie posters theaters place in backlit marquees. You know them as the boxes that say “Coming Soon” or “Now Showing.” You also probably have a personal list of your favorite summer blockbusters of all time; but this list isn’t about how great the actual movies were, but how awesome their movie posters were. I present here, in no particular order, my top 30 summer blockbuster movie posters of all time. Most of these movie posters are so iconic, they’re the first images that come to mind whenever the movies they represent are mentioned. Which summer blockbuster movie poster is your favorite?

1. Jaws

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2.  Raiders of the Lost Ark

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3.  Ghostbusters

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4.  E.T.

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5.  Aliens

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6.  Face/Off

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7.  Terminator 2

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8.  Star Wars

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9.  Batman

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10.  Gladiator

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11.  The Dark Knight

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12.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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13.  Animal House

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14.  Total Recall

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15.  Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

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16.  Die Hard

die_hard_ver2

 

17.  The Bourne Ultimatum

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18.  Jurassic Park

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19.  Gremlins

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20.  Independence Day

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21.  Armageddon

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22.  Back to the Future

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23.  X Men 2

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24.  Forrest Gump

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25.  Poltergeist

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26.  The Goonies

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27.  Pirates of the Caribbean

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28.  The Great Escape

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29.  District 9

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30.  Top Gun

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About Brian Morris

Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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Jennifer January 07, 2016 03:22 am #

I've seen every one except Independence Day and Armaggedon. I'm ok with never seeing the latter.

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January 07, 2016 03:22 am #

Ha ha, Jennifer! Twelve loyal Armageddon fans can't be wrong... can they?

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January 07, 2016 03:22 am #

The Gladiator, Dark Knight and Jurassic Park posters are the stand-out posters here for me. Jurassic Park kept it so simple yet it is so effective. The colour contrast between red and black, and the central outline of a dinosaur skeleton are all effective features. One I haven't mentioned which is also impressive is Forrest Gump. I love the symbolism in the poster.

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January 07, 2016 03:22 am #

Thanks for your feedback, GB! I think the Jurassic Park poster is my favorite. The Ghostbusters poster is similar in terms of simplicity and color contrast. Both are unmistakable!

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