Keeping up with this month’s theme, Noirvember, let’s look at some of the most beautiful film noir posters of the 20th century. Movies in this list include classic noirs and foreign noirs, since I stopped in the 60s so as to not include modern films. Truth is, some of the best film noirs don’t have the best posters, at least by today’s standards. The overall busy aesthetic of classic posters doesn’t always appeal to modern audiences, used to minimal and clean movie artworks. Or is that just me?
Still, considering classic movie posters were mostly painted, it’s hard to deny their artistry. Well, some of them – there are posters with such atrocious actor illustrations it’s a wonder they got published! So yes, often I feel the urge to wipe away cluttered elements, but getting into the 30s-50s visual mindset usually does it.
Either way, the following posters don’t suffer from this, as they are absolutely gorgeous. I’d be proud to have any of them on my walls, and I’m sure you would, too. They’re mostly official US posters, but some are alternatives or foreign editions. I tried to keep modern remakes/criterion covers to a minimum. I haven’t seen all of them, but I used this list as reference. So scroll down and start picking the ones you’ll ask for this christmas!