2017 Year Retrospective, Part I:
The 30 Best Movie Posters

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to the first post in The Annual Movie Retrospective series! With the arrival of a new year and most of 2017’s finest finally becoming available everywhere, it’s time to share what the movie (and tv!) world best had to offer last year. We’ll cover the top movie posters, soundtracks and scores, tv shows, performances, and movies.

As the best is saved for last (and ahem, I still have a bunch to watch), we’ll go roughly in that order. I’ve started a twitter thread if you want to keep up with all the movie watching and latest posts for the series. If you’re more of an instagram person, keep an eye out for my stories!

Now, movie posters. I have to say, making this list is always such a huge inspiration, and yet again the creative departments didn’t let us down. The crown jewel is quite obviously the whole campaign for The Killing of a Sacred Deer, on which the above image is based. More than the official posters themselves, go take a look at their website, and visit the doctor thing. CAN I HAVE IT?!

On a different note, I don’t usually share the bad stuff, but I was so looking forward to the artwork of Blade Runner 2049, and then it was all so terribly bland! What a huge disappointment. But missed opportunities aside, once again we see the rise of illustrated alternate posters and, particularly in the thriller/horror genres, a more minimal and conceptual approach to their design. Surprising was also the look of Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok poster, with its off the charts psychedelic feel.

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The 30 Best Movie Posters of 2017

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See any personal favourites? Share your recommendations in the comments!


  1. January 7, 2018 / 9:08 PM

    Stunning picks. For me, It’s poster would make the list as well because I didn’t realise the clown’s face was visible through the balloon like days after seeing the poster. 😀

    • January 8, 2018 / 5:19 PM

      Thanks, Getter! Ahhh that was a clever one, yes! 😀

  2. January 8, 2018 / 5:41 PM

    The “My Cousin Rachel” poster totally pulled me in, but sadly, the movie was a bit of a disappointment for me.

    • January 9, 2018 / 5:05 PM

      Same thing happened to me. Loved the story, and Weisz is one of my favourites, but the movie itself fell short

  3. Alex Withrow
    January 9, 2018 / 4:21 PM

    Great picks. That Alien: Covenant poster is so effective. And I loved both one-sheets for The Killing of a Sacred Deer. The one of Farrell standing in the lifeless hospital room is sooo creepy.

    • January 9, 2018 / 5:08 PM

      Thanks, Alex! I thought so, too – simple, but effective. Ahhh the whole artwork for that movie is creepy, even the questions they ask on their website mess with you.

  4. January 9, 2018 / 7:37 PM

    Love your choices! I did love that other Alien: Covenant posters with creatures and engineers on it. And it was better than the actual movie

    • January 10, 2018 / 2:33 PM

      Thank you, Margaret! Ohhh yes, I could’ve easily gone with that one, it’s terrifying. I thought Alien had a great design overall, actually!

      And unfortunately I agree, definitely proved looks are deceiving ?

  5. January 20, 2018 / 12:18 AM

    Amazing collection of posters! I thought I’d seen all of the Wonder Woman ones, but not the one in this post. They’re all so moody and beautiful. My Cousin Rachel is gorgeous, and I love the movement in I, Tonya. Wonderful post!

    • January 20, 2018 / 5:27 PM

      Wonder Woman’s design department did great. I agree, also about I, Tonya I love the fact it’s illustrated! Thank you 😀

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