The Greatest Movie Posters of the 1980s

In the vibrant era of the 1980s, cinema was alive with bold colors, larger-than-life characters (and haircuts), and unforgettable stories. However, before moviegoers even stepped foot into theatres, they were captivated by the artistry and creativity of movie posters. These eye-catching visuals, created by talented artists, not only enticed audiences but also became iconic representations of their respective films. Whilst some of our absolute favourites, the film posters from the decade are also among our most popular. We've picked out these designs as the true icons of that captured the zeitgeist of the era.

"Back to the Future" (1985) - Drew Struzan

Drew Struzan's poster for this time-travel adventure captured the essence of the film perfectly. With a striking image of Michael J. Fox standing next to the iconic DeLorean, it instantly conveyed the excitement and wonder of the story. Struzan's attention to detail and ability to capture character likenesses made this poster a true classic.

"Blade Runner" (1982) - John Alvin

John Alvin's atmospheric artwork for "Blade Runner" beautifully depicted the dystopian world created by director Ridley Scott. The poster's use of neon lights and haunting silhouette of Harrison Ford encapsulated the film's futuristic noir aesthetic, leaving an indelible impression on viewers.

"Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) - Richard Amsel

Richard Amsel's poster for the inaugural Indiana Jones film perfectly captured the spirit of adventure. With Harrison Ford as the iconic archaeologist, whip in hand, and surrounded by action-packed elements, it instantly conveyed the excitement and thrills awaiting audiences.

"E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982) - John Alvin

John Alvin's second entry on our list is the heartwarming poster for Steven Spielberg's "E.T." The image of a young boy and an alien reaching out to touch each other against a moonlit sky became an enduring symbol of friendship and wonder. Alvin's mastery of lighting and composition added an ethereal quality to the poster.

"The Shining" (1980) - Saul Bass

Saul Bass's minimalist yet chilling poster for Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece, "The Shining," is a masterpiece in itself. The distorted perspective and the ghostly figure lurking in the shadows hinted at the psychological terror awaiting viewers. The simplicity of the design only heightened its impact.

"Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" (1983) - Kazuhiko Sano

Kazuhiko Sano's poster for the final chapter of the original "Star Wars" trilogy brilliantly combined key characters and iconic scenes from the film. With Luke Skywalker front and center, lightsaber ignited, it captured the epic nature of the space opera and left fans eagerly anticipating the grand finale.

"Beetlejuice" (1988) - Philip Gips

Philip Gips's quirky and vibrant poster for Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice" perfectly encapsulated the film's offbeat humor. With the titular character's wild hair and the colorful chaos of the afterlife, the poster stood out among others with its unique style and visual flair.

"Ghostbusters" (1984) - Michael C. Gross

ohn Alvin strikes again with his poster for the supernatural comedy "Ghostbusters." Depicting the iconic team standing tall against the backdrop of a New York City skyscraper, the poster exuded a sense of fun and excitement. Alvin's skillful use of color and composition made it an instant hit