Top 20 Greatest Polish Movie Posters

Unique, creative and, at times, plain crazy. Polish movie posters have recently hit new heights in their popularity. Recent showcases at the Iluzjon exhibition and the Museum of Modern Art have pushed these Eastern artistic masterpieces further under our Western gaze. What usually makes a Polish movie poster recognisable? Well they normally avoid any iconic imagery you would expect or associate with the film itself.

During Communist rule, the Polish state-run film industry rejected Western ideas and their promotion and marketing ideals too, resulting in the training and specialization of the Polish movie poster artist. These young artisans were commissioned to create striking, unaffected posters for all our memorable western films. Expressive, surreal and unrestrained.

The Polish artists often had no legal reason to use photography or the actors in the design, often the leading stars didn’t even get credited. Sometimes the artist had never even seen the film or any imagery contained within it. The results were designs which conveyed the essence of the film with complete artistic freedom.

Here are some of the best Polish movie posters…

The Shining (1980)
by Leszek Kebrowski

The Shining Polish movie poster

Apocalypse Now (1978)
by Waldemar Swierzy

Apocalypse Now Polish movie poster

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
by Andrzej Pagowski

Rosemary's baby Polish movie poster

Terms of Endearment (1983)
by Andrzej Pagowski

Terms of Endearment (1983) Polish movie poster

The Blues Brothers (1980)
by Andrzej Krajewski

The Blues Brothers (1980) Polish movie poster

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
by Jakub Erol

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Polish movie poster

Alien (1979)
by Jakub Erol

Alien (1979) Polish movie poster

Aliens (1986)
by Andrzej Pagowski

Aliens (1986) Polish Movie poster

Blade Runner (1982)
by Michal Ksiazek

Blade Runner (1982) Polish Movie Poster

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
by Leszek Zebrowski

Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Polish movie poster

Cabaret (1972)
by Wiktor Gorka

Cabaret Polish movie poster

Raging Bull (1980)
by Leszek Zebrowski

Raging Bull Polish movie poster

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
by Miroslaw Lakomski

Raiders of the Lost Ark Polish movie poster

Short Circuit 2 (1988)
by Jakub Erol

Short Circuit 2 Polish movie poster

Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Empire Strikes Back Polish movie poster

The Terminator (1984)
by Jakub Erol

The Terminator (1984) Polish movie poster

Tootsie (1982)
by Wieslaw Walkuski

Tootsie (1982) by Wieslaw Walkuski

The Muppet Movie (1979)
by Waldemar Swierzy

The Muppet Movie (1979) by Waldemar Swierzy

Superman III (1983)
by Waldemar Swierzy

Superman 3 Polish movie poster

Weekend At Bernie’s (1989)
by Jakub Erol

Weekend at Bernies Polish movie poster

If you are a fan and want to purchase any Polish film posters have a look at the Polish Poster Shop

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