American Film Institute "Top 100 American Movie Poster Classics"

Most people are unaware of it, but in 2003, the American Film Institute assembled their list of the 100 greatest American movie posters. Reproductions of the entire collection were made available for purchase through MovieGoods, now defunct. I have a Pinterest board of the 100 selected posters here.

The effect for this list is kind of blunted, since there's no way to display the specific poster AFI chose. If you click the above link to MovieGoods, you can see each of the exact selections.

NOTES
#29 The Invisible Man (1933) also appears at #59 on the AFI list, but only appears once at #29 here
#39 The Bull-Dogger is a lost film and is not included here
#55 Stolen Love is a lost film and is not included here

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  • Gilda

    1

  • The Sin of Nora Moran

    2

  • The Thief of Bagdad

    3

  • The Mummy

    4

  • King Kong

    5

  • The Kid

    6

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    7

  • The Birth of a Nation

    8

  • South of the Rio Grande

    9

  • Cleopatra

    10

  • The Jazz Singer

    11

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    12

  • A Night at the Opera

    13

  • The Man with the Golden Arm

    14

  • Dracula

    15

  • A Dog's Life

    16

  • Cabin in the Sky

    17

  • Hallelujah

    18

  • Robin Hood

    19

  • Tootsie

    20

  • The Oregon Trail

    21

  • The Son of the Sheik

    22

  • The Woman in Red

    23

  • The Phantom of the Opera

    24

  • Play Ball with Babe Ruth

    25

  • The Cold Deck

    26

  • Outside the Law

    27

  • The Outlaw

    28

  • The Invisible Man

    29

  • Raging Bull

    30

  • The Wizard of Oz

    31

  • Stagecoach

    32

  • Bonjour Tristesse

    33

  • Cleopatra

    34

  • The Girl from 10th Avenue

    35

  • Citizen Kane

    36

  • Casablanca

    37

  • Don't Bother to Knock

    38

  • Frankenstein

    39

  • Our Betters

    40

  • Footlight Parade

    41

  • Exodus

    42

  • Anatomy of a Murder

    43

  • Lolita

    44

  • The Devil Is a Woman

    45

  • 42nd Street

    46

  • Alien

    47

  • Richard III

    48

  • Joan of Arc

    49

  • It Happened One Night

    50

  • City Lights

    51

  • Star Wars

    52

  • Flying Down to Rio

    53

  • Red-Headed Woman

    54

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    55

  • She Married Her Boss

    56

  • The Lady from Shanghai

    57

  • My Fair Lady

    58

  • Gigolettes of Paris

    59

  • Gigi

    60

  • Dirty Harry

    61

  • Along Came Jones

    62

  • Cabaret

    63

  • Singin' in the Rain

    64

  • The General

    65

  • Baby Take a Bow

    66

  • Hell's Angels

    67

  • Some Like It Hot

    68

  • Psycho

    69

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    70

  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    71

  • Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

    72

  • Gone with the Wind

    73

  • Bride of Frankenstein

    74

  • Ziegfeld Follies

    75

  • Moon Over Miami

    76

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    77

  • The Sting

    78

  • The Circus

    79

  • Rebel Without a Cause

    80

  • A Man for All Seasons

    81

  • Murders in the Rue Morgue

    82

  • The Razor's Edge

    83

  • The Emperor Jones

    84

  • Dracula's Daughter

    85

  • Top Hat

    86

  • Lost Horizon

    87

  • Jezebel

    88

  • The Hound of the Baskervilles

    89

  • An American in Paris

    90

  • The Day the Earth Stood Still

    91

  • A Day at the Races

    92

  • High Noon

    93

  • The Wolf Man

    94

  • One, Two, Three

    95

  • Jailhouse Rock

    96

  • Love in the Afternoon

    97