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20 Alternative Movie Posters That Are Probably Better Than Their Originals

26 January 2013 | Features, Other Lists | by David Zou

Movie poster is the first impression of a movie outside a cinema. Typically, A movie poster is designed and announced several months before the release of the movie. Besides the basic information of the cast and crew of the movie, a movie poster should also tell the audience about the main characters and  the tone of the movie.

However, there is a group of movie poster designers who re-designs the posters after the movies are released. They often take a minimalism approach to highlight a certain key element or plot of a movie, the purpose is not to promote a new movie to the audience but rather entertain and challenge the fans of a classic movie.

Below we carefully selected 20 alternative movie poster that brilliantly captures the essence of the movies they represent, if you are a fan of one or many of those movies, take the challenge!

1. Argo

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2. Casino Royale

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3. Back to the Future

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4. The Avengers

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5. Reservoir Dogs

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6. Star Wars: A New Hope

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7. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

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8. Die Hard

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9. Zodiac

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10. Misery

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11. Inception

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12. Amelie

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13. 2001: A Space Odyssey

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14. Requiem for a Dream

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15. The Truman Show

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16. Beasts of the Southern Wild

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17. The Shawshank Redemption

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18. There Will be Blood

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19. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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20. Battle Royale

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  • http://thevoid99.blogspot.com Steven Flores

    The Avengers is my favorite one.

  • grimjob

    I like the Reservoir Dogs poster.

  • pick up bart

    Bloody feet for me.

  • Keltari

    Many of them only make sense if you have seen the movie. A movie poster is supposed to give you insight to a movie you havent seen. The Die Hard poster would make me think of a horror film before an action film.

  • http://twitter.com/MrBrownstone66 James

    Should have included a side-by-side of original posters for comparison.

  • ladyofargonne

    Gives away the end for Truman doesn’t it?

  • Dolan Frazier

    These are all excellent, but only if you’ve seen the movies. Many of them are based purely on spoilers and if you haven’t seen the film they won’t make any sense to you. The whole point of a movie poster is to make you want to watch the movie by summing it up in one image that can be understood without having seen the movies themselves