Belgian Style - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 89

A Gallery of Belgian Poster Art for American Movies 1942-1969.

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Desperate Journey (1942)
Desperate Journey (1942)

Desperate Journey (1942) Directed by Raoul Walsh. 107mins.

Errol Flynn - Flight Lt. Terry Forbes
Ronald Reagan - Flying Officer Johnny Hammond

Also starring Nancy Coleman, Raymond Massey, Alan Hale, Arthur Kennedy, Albert Bassermann and Sig Ruman.

Oscar Nomination for Best Special Effects.

IMDB rating 6.7

This Gun for Hire (1942)
This Gun for Hire (1942)


This Gun for Hire (1942) Directed by Frank Tuttle. 81mins.

Veronica Lake - Ellen Graham
Alan Ladd - Philip Raven

Also starring Robert Preston, Laird Cregar, Tully Marshall and Marc Lawrence.

Based on the novel "A Gun for Sale" by Graham Greene, first published in 1936.

IMDB rating 7.6

To Have and Have Not (1944)
To Have and Have Not (1944)


To Have and Have Not (1944) Directed by Howard Hawks. 100mins.

Humphrey Bogart - Harry Morgan

Also starring Wallter Brennan, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Moran, Hoagy Carmichael and Sheldon Leonard.

Based on Ernest Hemingway's novel of the same name, published in 1937.

IMDB rating 8.0

Objective Burma (1945)
Objective Burma (1945)

Objective Burma (1945) Directed by Raoul Walsh. 142mins.

Errol Flynn - Capt. Nelson

Also starring James Brown, William Prince, George Tobias, Henry Hull and Warner Anderson.

WWII - 1944 - The Burma Campaign.

Nominated for 3 Oscars - Best Screenplay, Best Music (Franz Waxman) and Best Film Editing.

IMDB rating 7.3

The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

The Asphalt Jungle (1950) Directed by John Huston. 112mins.

Sterling Hayden - Dix Handley
Louis Calhern - Alonzo D. Emmerich

Also starring Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Sam Jaffe, John McIntire and Marilyn Monroe.

Based on the novel by W.R. Burnett, published in 1950.

Nominated for 4 Oscars - Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Sam Jaffe) and Best Cinematography.

DGA Nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

WGA Nomination for Best Written American Drama

IMDB rating 7.9


Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Sunset Boulevard (1950) Directed by Billy Wilder. 110mins.

William Holden - Joe Gillis
Gloria Swanson - Norma Desmond

Also starring Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark and Jack Webb.

Nominated for 10 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (William Holden) and Best Actress (Gloria Swanson), winning 3 - Best Screenplay, Best Music (Franz Waxman) and Best Art Direction.

DGA Nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

WGA Winner for Best Written American Drama

IMDB rating 8.6

The African Queen (1951)
The African Queen (1951)

The African Queen (1951) Directed by John Huston. 105mins.

Humphrey Bogart - Charlie Allnut
Katharine Hepburn - Rose Sayer

Also starring Robert Morley, Peter Bull, Theodore Bikel and Walter Gotell.

Based on the novel by C.S. Forester, first published in 1935.

Nominated for 4 Oscars including Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actress (Katharine Hepburn), winning 1 - Best Actor (Humphrey Bogart).

Selected for Preservation by the National Film Registry in 1994.

IMDB rating 8.0

An American in Paris (1951)
An American in Paris (1951)

An American in Paris (1951) Directed by Vincente Minnelli. 113mins.

Gene Kelly - Jerry Mulligan

Also starring Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Nina Foch and Georges Guétary.

Music by George Gershwin.

One of the best MGM musicals.

The final "American in Paris Ballet" lasts 16 minutes and cost $500,000 to produce.

Nominated for 8 Oscars winning 6 - Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Music, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.

IMDB rating 7.2

The Enforcer (1951)
The Enforcer (1951)



The Enforcer (1951) Directed by Bretaigne Windust. 87mins.

Humphrey Bogart - Martin Ferguson

Also starring Zero Mostel, Ted de Corsia, Everett Sloane, Roy Roberts and Michael Tolan.

Loosely based on real events.

IMDB rating 7.3

When Worlds Collide (1951)
When Worlds Collide (1951)

When Worlds Collide (1951) Directed by Rudolph Mate. 83mins.

Starring Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen, John Hoyt, Larry Keating and Rachel Ames.

Based on the sci-fi novel by by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer, published in 1933.

Nominated for 2 Oscars winning 1 - Best Special Effects.

IMDB rating 6.7

Othello (1952)
Othello (1952)


Othello (1952) Directed by Orson Welles. 90mins.

Orson Welles - Othello

Also starring Micheál MacLiammóir, Robert Coote, Suzanne Cloutier, Hilton Edwards and Nicholas Bruce.

Based on the play by William Shakespeare.

Won Grand Prize at the 1952 Cannes Film Festival.

IMDB rating 7.7

High Noon (1952)
High Noon (1952)

High Noon (1952) Directed by Fred Zinnemann. 85mins.

Gary Cooper - Marshal Will Kane
Grace Kelly - Amy Fowler Kane

Also starring Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Otto Kruger, Lon Chaney Jr.and Harry Morgan.

One of the great westerns, the film is shot in real time.

Nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay, winning 4 - Best Actor (Gary Cooper), Best Film Editing, Best Song ("Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darlin'"), and Best Music (Dimitri Tiomkin).

DGA Nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

WGA Winner for Best Written American Drama

IMDB rating 8.2

The Quiet Man (1952)
The Quiet Man (1952)

The Quiet Man (1952) Directed by John Ford. 129mins.

John Wayne - Sean Thornton
Maureen O'Hara - Mary Kate Danaher

Also starring Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen and Mildred Natwick.

Based on a short story by Maurice Walsh, published in 1935.

Nominated for 7 Oscars Including Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Victor McLaglen), winning 2 - Best Director and Best Cinematography.

DGA Nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

WGA Winner for Best Written American Comedy

IMDB rating 7.9

Roman Holiday (1953)
Roman Holiday (1953)

Roman Holiday (1953) Directed by William Wyler. 118mins.

Gregory Peck - Joe Bradley
Audrey Hepburn - Princess Ann

Also starring Eddie Albert, Hartley Power, Harcourt Williams and Margaret Rawlings.

Nominated for 10 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director, winning 3 - Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Audrey Hepburn) and Best Costume Design.

DGA Nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

WGA Winner for Best Written American Comedy

IMDB rating 8.1

The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
The Barefoot Contessa (1954)

The Barefoot Contessa (1954) Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. 128mins.

Humphrey Bogart - Harry Dawes
Ava Gardner - Maria Vargas

Also starring Edmond O'Brien, Marius Goring, Valentina Cortese and Rossano Brazzi.

Nominated for 2 Oscars winning 1 - Best Supporting Actor (Edmond O'Brien)

WGA Nomination for Best Written American Drama

IMDB rating 7.0

The Egyptian (1954)
The Egyptian (1954)

The Egyptian (1954) Directed by Michael Curtiz. 139mins.

Edmund Purdom - Sinuhe
Jean Simmons - Merit
Victor Mature - Horemheb
Gene Tierney - Baketamon

Also starring Peter Ustinov, Michael Wilding, Bella Darvi, Henry Daniell and John Carradine.

Based on the historical novel by Mika Waltari, published in 1945.

Oscar Nomination for Best Cinematography.

IMDB rating 6.4

There's No Business Like Showbusiness (1954)
There's No Business Like Showbusiness (1954)

There's No Business Like Showbusiness (1954) Directed by Walter Lang. 117mins.

Dan Dailey - Terence Donahue
Ethel Merman - Molly Donahue
Donald O'Connor - Tim Donahue
Marilyn Monroe - Vicky Parker

Also starring Johnnie Ray, Mitzi Gaynor, Richard Eastham and Hugh O'Brian.

Nominated for 3 Oscars - Best Screenplay, Best Music and Best Costume Design.

WGA Nomination for Best Written American Musical

IMDB rating 6.5

Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

Love Me or Leave Me (1955) Directed by Charles Vidor. 122mins.

Doris Day - Ruth Etting
James Cagney - Martin Snyder

Also starring Cameron Mitchell, Robert Keith and Tom Tully.

Musical drama based on the life story of 1930s singing star Ruth Etting.

Nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Actor (James Cagney), winning 1 Best Screenplay.

DGA Nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

WGA Winner for Best Written American Musical

IMDB rating 7.1

To Catch a Thief (1955)
To Catch a Thief (1955)

To Catch a Thief (1955) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 106mins.

Cary Grant - John Robie
Grace Kelly - Frances Stevens

Also starring Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams, Charles Vanel and Brigitte Auber.

Based on the novel by David F. Dodge, published in 1952.

Nominated for 3 Oscars winning 1 - Best Cinematography.

WGA Nomination for Best Written American Comedy

IMDB rating 7.5

This Island Earth (1955)
This Island Earth (1955)

This Island Earth (1955) Directed by Joseph M. Newman. 87mins.

Jeff Morrow - Exeter
Faith Domergue - Dr. Ruth Adams
Rex Reason - Dr. Cal Meacham

Also starring Lance Fuller, Russell Johnson and Douglas Spencer.

Classic 'pulp' science fiction based on the novel by Raymond F. Jones, published in 1952.

IMDB rating 5.7

Helen of Troy (1956)
Helen of Troy (1956)

Helen of Troy (1956) Directed by Robert Wise. 118mins.

Rossana Podesta - Helen
Jacques Sernas - Paris

Also starring Cedric Hardwicke, Stanley Baker as Achilles, Niall MacGinnis, Robert Douglas, Torin Thatcher as Ulysses and Harry Andrews as Hector.

"The face that launched a thousand ships."

Based on Homer's The Iliad.

IMDB rating 6.0

I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957)
I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957)

I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957) Directed by Herbert L. Strock. 74mins.

Starring Whit Bissell, Gary Conway, Phyllis Coates, Robert Burton, George Lynn and John Cliff.

A follow up to I Was a Teenage Werewolf which was released earlier the same year.

Filmed in B/W with a final sequence in colour.

IMDB rating 4.9

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Directed by David Lean. 161mins.

William Holden - Shears
Alec Guinness - Colonel Nicholson
Jack Hawkins - Major Warden
Sessue Hayakawa - Colonel Saito

Also starring James Donald, Andre Morell and Geoffrey Horne.

Based on Pierre Boulle's novel, first published in 1952.

Filmed in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)

Nominated for 8 Oscars winning 7 including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Music (Malcolm Arnold) and Best Actor (Alec Guinness).

DGA Winner for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

IMDB rating 8.4

The Vikings (1958)
The Vikings (1958)

The Vikings (1958) Directed by Richard Fleischer. 116mins.

Kirk Douglas - Einar
Tony Curtis - Eric
Janet Leigh - Morgana
Ernest Borgnine - Ragnar

Also starring James Donald, Alexander Knox and Frank Thring.

Based on Edison Marshall's novel "The Viking", published in 1951.

DGA Nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

IMDB rating 7.0

Flaming Star (1960)
Flaming Star (1960)

Flaming Star (1960) Directed by Don Siegel. 101mins.

Elvis Presley - Pacer Burton

Also starring Barbara Eden, Steve Forrest, Dolores del Rio, John McIntire and Richard Jaeckel.

One of Elvis best movies, based on the novel "Flaming Lance" by Clair Huffaker, published in 1958.

IMDB rating 6.3

The Magnificent Seven (1960)
The Magnificent Seven (1960)

The Magnificent Seven (1960) Directed by John Sturges. 128mins.

Yul Brynner - Chris Adams
Steve McQueen - Vin Tanner
Charles Bronson - Bernardo O'Reilly
James Coburn - Britt
Robert Vaughn - Lee
Brad Dexter - Harry Luck
Horst Buchholz - Chico
Eli Wallach - Calvera

A western remake of Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai".

A hugely popular western, the music score by Elmer Bernstein is one of the most recognisable in film history.

Nominated for 1 Oscar - Best Music (Elmer Bernstein).

IMDB rating 7.8

Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
Curse of the Werewolf (1961)


The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) Directed by Terence Fisher. 91mins.

Clifford Evans - Don Alfredo Corledo
Oliver Reed - Leon Corledo

Also starring Yvonne Romain, Catherine Feller, Anthony Dawson and Richard Wordsworth.

Classic Hammer Horror, based on the novel "The Werewolf of Paris" by Guy Endore, first published in 1933.

IMDB rating 6.7

Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) Directed by John Frankenheimer. 147mins.

Burt Lancaster - Robert Stroud

Also starring Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter, Neville Brand, Betty Field, Telly Savalas and Edmond O'Brien.

Based on the book of the same name about the life of prison inmate Robert Stroud, written by Thomas E. Gaddis and published in 1955.

Nominated for 4 Oscars - Best Actor (Burt Lancaster), Best Supporting Actor (Telly Savalas), Best Supporting Actress (Thelma Ritter) and Best Cinematography.

DGA Nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

WGA Nomination for Best Written American Drama

IMDB rating 7.8

55 Days at Peking (1963)
55 Days at Peking (1963)

55 Days at Peking (1963) Directed by Nicholas Ray. 154mins.

Charlton Heston - Major Matt Lewis
Ava Gardner - Baroness Natalie Ivanoff
David Niven - Sir Arthur Robertson

Also starring Flora Robson, John Ireland, Harry Andrews and Leo Genn.

Loosely based on real events during the Boxer Rebellion which took place in China in 1900.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Music (Dimitri Tiomkin) and Best Song.

IMDB rating 6.7

The Night of the Iguana (1964)
The Night of the Iguana (1964)

The Night of the Iguana (1964) Directed by John Huston. 125mins.

Richard Burton - Rev. Dr. T. Lawrence Shannon
Ava Gardner - Maxine Faulk
Deborah Kerr - Hannah Jelkes

Also starring Sue Lyon, Skip Ward and Grayson Hall.

Based on the play by Tennessee Williams which premiered on Broadway in 1961.

Nominated for 4 Oscars winning 1 - Best Costume Design.

DGA Nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

WGA Nomination for Best Written American Drama

IMDB rating 7.6

Repulsion (1965)
Repulsion (1965)


Repulsion (1965) Directed by Roman Polanski. 105mins.

Catherine Deneuve - Carol Ledoux

Also starring Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Yvonne Furneaux, Patrick Wymark and James Villiers.

Psychological horror and Roman Polanski's first English-language film.

Special Jury Prize Winner at the Berlin International Film Festival (Roman Polanski).

IMDB rating 7.8

Camelot (1967)
Camelot (1967)

Camelot (1967) Directed by Joshua Logan. 179mins.

Richard Harris - King Arthur
Vanessa Redgrave - Guenevere

Also starring Franco Nero, David Hemmings, Lionel Jeffries and Laurence Naismith as Merlin.

Based on the hit musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, which first opened on Broadway in 1960.

Nominated for 5 Oscars winning 3 - Best Music, Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.

WGA Nomination for Best Written American Musical

IMDB rating 6.5

Bullitt (1968)
Bullitt (1968)

Bullitt (1968) Directed by Peter Yates. 114mins.

Steve McQueen - Frank Bullitt
Jacqueline Bisset - Cathy
Robert Vaughn - Walter Chalmers

Also starring Don Gordon, Simon Oakland, Robert Duvall and Norman Fell.

Based on the novel "Mute Witness" by Robert L. Fish, first published in 1963.

Famous for one of the greatest car chases put on film.

Nominated for 2 Oscars winning 1 - Best Film Editing.

Selected for Preservation by the National Film Registry in 2007.

IMDB rating 7.5

Shalako (1968)
Shalako (1968)

Shalako (1968) Directed by Edward Dmytryk. 113mins.

Sean Connery - Shalako
Brigitte Bardot - Irina Lazaar

Also starring Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Peter van Eyck, Honor Blackman, Woody Strode and Eric Sykes.

Based on the novel by Louis L'Amour, famous for his many western stories, Shalako was first published in 1962.

IMDB rating 5.4

The Wild Bunch (1969)
The Wild Bunch (1969)

The Wild Bunch (1969) Directed by Sam Peckinpah. 145mins.

William Holden - Pike Bishop
Ernest Borgnine - Dutch Engstrom
Robert Ryan - Deke Thornton

Also starring Edmond O'Brien, Warren Oates, Jaime Sánchez and Ben Johnson.

The Wild Bunch ranked #79 on the AFI's 100 Greatest American Films List and #6 on the AFI's Top Ten Westerns List.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Screenplay and Best Music (Jerry Fielding).

DGA Nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Selected for Preservation by the National Film Registry in 1999.

IMDB rating 8.1

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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thank you for commenting Mhatter99, always appreciated.


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UnnamedHarald 3 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The Belgians seem to like very colorful posters. Interesting in comparison to, say, the Poles.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Heh heh the Poles were pretty unique with their expressionist poster art, but I'm partial to the more traditional painting styles myself.

Belgian posters are well known for their strikingly colourful and beautiful artwork and much sought after by collectors.

Thanks for commenting David, always appreciated amigo.

I'm taking a break from hubbing for a while, recharge my batteries. :)


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Cogerson 3 years ago from Virginia

Not sure how I missed this one. Another interesting look at how movies are marketed in other parts of the world. I would say this group of posters looks the closest to the American version of the movies. Although it seems more emphasis is put on the starring actors and actresses. That being said....the Bullitt poster pretty much ignores one of the most famous cars in movie history....voted up and interesting.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Yep the emphasis seems to be on famous faces, so cars and other vehicles are given short shrift. But wait there's a viking ship prominent in the Vikings poster and the wooden horse center stage in Helen of Troy's artwork, there is hope yet! :)

Thanks for commenting Bruce, appreciated as always amigo.

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