The 70's are considered one of the best decade ever for film, and unlike the photo shopped patchworks that pass as posters for today's films, they were pure art, here are 50 examples of the best movie posters of the 70's.
1. Star Wars
"In a galaxy far, far away" ..... this is Drew Struzan's carnival poster and it is the most sought after of the "A New Hope" posters and from it's striking graphics I am sure you can see why!.
2. Taxi Driver
"Are you talkin' to me?" pretty much sums up the 70's, gritty and artistic, This one-sheet is a classic as much as the 1976 Martin Scorsese film starring Robert De Niro.
Grease is the word, this is the advance poster for the 1978 classic musical.
4. The Shootist
Richard Amsel did the artwork for the Duke's last movie. Amsel was one of the most prolific artists working on posters in the 70's and 80's.
5. A Clockwork Orange
Stanley Kubrick's classic has one of the most iconic posters of all-time!
6. Murder By Death
Macabre Addam's Family artist Charles Addams did the artwork for this 1976 Neil Simon spoof of Detective movies.
7. High Plains Drifter
The poster for the 1973 Clint Eastwood film was influenced by the work of Eastwood's two major collaborators, film directors Sergio Leone and Don Siegel.
8. The Poseidon Adventure
A fine example of one of the most popular genres of the 70's, the disaster film.
9. The Omen
Effective promotion for the 1976 classic, had audiences fearing the number 666!
10. Murder on the Orient Express
Amsel again very elegant one-sheet for the Agatha Christie who-dunnit!
11. Young Frankenstein
Puttin on the Ritz.....Mel Brooks Classic, probably one of the best comedies of all-time, this poster evokes the fun of the movie!
12. The Sting
The Con is on! ...Amsel again doing the artwork for the 1973 Best Picture winner. The poster design paid homage to the painting style of J. C. Leyendecker, evoking both his "Arrow Collar Man" and his covers for The Saturday Evening Post.
13. The Conversation
The plot revolves around a surveillance expert and the moral dilemma he faces when his recordings reveal a potential murder. Coppola cited the 1966 film Blowup as a key influence. The poster more than reflects that!
Probably the most iconic image of the 70's, this is the poster for the first ever summer blockbuster!
15. The Bad News Bears
Mad Magazine's Jack Davis did the artwork for this film in which critic Roger Ebert called "an unblinking, scathing look at competition in American society".
Roman Polanski's neo noir masterpiece is represented by one of the most beautiful posters of the 70's
17. Apocalypse Now
War is hell!....and that is what Bob Peak captured in the glorious poster for the 1979 epic!
18. The Day of the Locust
The poster depicts the alienation and desperation of a disparate group of individuals whose dreams of success have failed to come true.
19. The Man Who Would be King
Roger Ebert gave the film 4 out of a possible 4 stars and wrote: "It's been a long time since there's been an escapist entertainment quite this unabashed and thrilling and fun.", the poster has the feel of older entertainment and reminds one of Gunga Din.
20. Dirty Harry
Clint Eastwood was the go to action star of the 70's , and Dirty Harry was probably his best!
Blake Edwards' ode to perfection has Dudley Moore swinging from the girl of his dreams!
22. The Late Show
Richard Amsel again, His portrait of comedienne Lily Tomlin for the cover of Time is now part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian Institution. here he captures her for the Robert Benton crime thriller.
23. Foul Play
Birney Lettick much like Richard Amsel was very prolific in the 70's , this fun poster for the Goldie Hawn/Chevy Chase romantic comedy thriller was one of his best.
24. McCabe and Mrs. Miller
Richard Amsel's poster for the Robert Altman Western shows something timeless and iconic, perfectly befitting both something old and something new. And however different his approach from one assignment to the other, all would bear his instantly recognizable stamp.
25. National Lampoon's Animal House
The number one College Comedy of all-time had a Mad Magazine style one-sheet that perfectly fit this raunchy classic!
John Carpenter's slasher classic had a simple but highly effective poster that has now become iconic.
27. Lucky Lady
The Movie itself was a notorious flop, but this Amsel poster is too beautiful to ignore!
28. Enter The Dragon
Bruce Lee...nuff' said!
29. Logan's Run
Great concept, not a great film, beautiful poster for this cult classic.
30. Blazing Saddles
Mel Brooks ruled the 70's , this striking poster is another example why!
31. American Graffiti
Mort Drucker also from Mad Magazine did this poster for the George Lucas classic!
32. The Taking of Pelham One, Two ,Three
Gritty thriller from the 70's about a group of criminals taking hostage for ransom the passengers of a busy New York City Subway car. Great poster showcasing the plot points.
33. Outlaw Josey Wales
American revisionist Western film set during and after the American Civil War. It was directed by and starred Clint Eastwood (as the eponymous Josey Wales), Great graphics!
Creepy as hell!..I think the poster scared me more than the film!
Fun poster for a fun movie!
Great example of the blacksploitation film starring the one and only Pam Grier.
37. Food of the Gods
Drew Struzan also did the poster for this 1976 B movie
38. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
Gene Wider's directorial debut reunited him with Young Frankenstein Co-Stars Madeline Kahn and Marty Feldman, the poster is actually one of my favorites of the decade!
Another great example of the disaster film genre!
40. Diamonds Are Forever
Sean Connery's last film for Albert R. Broccoli, the poster is a visual feast!
41. The Gauntlet
Another Frank Frazetta poster, not a great film, but one of my favorite posters!
Spielberg's comedy epic was a financial flop when it was released in 1979, has developed a cult following in recent years, the poster captures it's frantic quality.
43. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
This is a great example of a poster being more than just advertising, this is art pure and simple!
44. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Another iconic image from the 70's, everyone loved Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka!
45. The Godfather Part II
This was a case where Part 2 was actually better than part 1, both in film and poster!
46. Going in Style
George Burns and company shine in this poster for this bittersweet little gem of a movie!
The Great Bill Murray's first film boasts great graphics!
48. The Exorcist
The movie that sent shivers down everyone's spine also had one of the most iconic posters of the 70's.
49. The Warriors
Walter Hill's gang classic cult film produced one of the best posters of the 70's.
50. Smokey and the Bandit
10-4 good buddy!....The Burt Reynolds smash from 1977 had a poster that pretty much summed up the feel of the film.