Top 90 Greatest Ever 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…

1941 (1979)
A Clockwork Orange (1972)
A Passage to India (1984)
A Passage to India (1984) Polish movie poster
Airplane! (1980)
Airplane! (1980) poster
Alien (1979)
Aliens (1986)
Angel Heart (1987)
Angel Heart (1987) Polish movie poster
Annie Hall (1977)
by Unknown
Annie Hall (1977) movie poster
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Apocalypse Now (1979) Polish movie poster
Apocalypse Now (1979)
By Unknown
Bachelor Party (1984)
By Unknown
Blade Runner (1982)
Blue Thunder (1983)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Broadcast News (1987)
by Unknown
Cabaret (1972)
Casablanca (1942)
Casablanca (1942)
by Unknown
Casablanca (1942)
Chinatown (1974).jpg
Christine (1983)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
By Unknown
Crocodile Dundee (1986)
Die Hard (1988)
By Unknown
Duel (1971)
Dumbo (1941)
by Anna Huskowska
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
by Andrzej Pagowski
Enter the Dragon (1973)
By Unknown
The Four Musketeers (1974)
by Andrzej Dudzinski
Escape From New York (1981)
by Unknown
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
by Unknown
Gremlins (1984)
Greystoke – The Legend of Tarzan (1984)
Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
Howard the Duck (1986)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Jaws (1975)
Jaws 2 (1978)
MASH (1970)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Mr. Majestyk (1974)

by Marek Freudenreich

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