German Style - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 87

A Gallery of German Poster Art for American Movies 1948-1987.

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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) Directed by John Huston. 126mins.

Humphrey Bogart - Fred C. Dobbs

Also starring Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Barton MacLane, Bruce Bennett and Alfonso Bedoya.

Based on B. Traven's novel of the same name, published in 1927.

Nominated for 4 Oscars winning 3 - Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Walter Huston)

IMDB rating 8.4

Samson and Delilah (1949)
Samson and Delilah (1949)

Samson and Delilah (1949) Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. 131mins.

Victor Mature - Samson
Hedy Lamarr - Delilah

Also starring George Sanders, Angela Lansbury, Henry Wilcoxon and Russ Tamblyn.

Adapted from the Bible - Book of Judges.

Lana Turner and Rita Hayworth were considered for Delilah.

Opening in December 1949, Samson and Delilah was a smash hit, the biggest movie of 1949-1950.

Nominated for 5 Oscars winning 2 - Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.

IMDB rating 6.7

Halls of Montezuma (1950)
Halls of Montezuma (1950)

Halls of Montezuma (1950) Directed by Lewis Milestone. 113mins.

Richard Widmark - Lt. Carl Anderson

Also starring Jack Palance, Reginald Gardiner, Robert Wagner, Karl Malden and Richard Boone.

The title is taken from the opening line of the official hymn of the United States Marine Corps -

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea

IMDB rating 6.6

The Caine Mutiny (1954)
The Caine Mutiny (1954)

The Caine Mutiny (1954) Directed by Edward Dmytryk. 124mins.

Humphrey Bogart - Lt. Cmdr. Queeg

Also starring Fred MacMurray, Van Johnson, Robert Francis, Claude Akins, Lee Marvin and Jose Ferrer.

Based on Herman Wouk's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, first published in 1952

Nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Humphrey Bogart).

IMDB rating 7.9

Sabrina (1954)
Sabrina (1954)

Sabrina (1954) Directed by Billy Wilder. 113mins.

Humphrey Bogart - Linus Larrabee
Audrey Hepburn - Sabrina Fairchild
William Holden - David Larrabee

Also starring Walter Hampden, John Williams and Martha Hyer.

Adapted from the Broadway play "Sabrina Fair" by Samuel A. Taylor, which opened in 1953.

Nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actress (Aydrey Hepburn), winning 1 - Best Costume Design.

IMDB rating 7.7

The Night of the Hunter (1955)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)

The Night of the Hunter (1955) Directed by Charles Laughton. 93mins.

Robert Mitchum - Harry Powell
Shelley Winters - Willa Harper

Also starring Lillian Gish, James Gleason, Peter Graves, Billy Chapin and Sally Jane Bruce - Pearl Harper

Based on the novel by Davis Grubb, published in 1953.

Selected for Preservation by the National Film Registry in 1992.

IMDB rating 8.2

The Left Hand of God (1955)
The Left Hand of God (1955)

The Left Hand of God (1955) Directed by Edward Dmytryk. 87mins.

Humphrey Bogart - James Carmody
Gene Tierney - Anne 'Scotty' Scott

Also starring Lee J. Cobb, Agnes Moorehead and E.G. Marshall.

Based on the novel by William Edmund Barrett, published in 1951.

IMDB rating 6.4

Forbidden Planet (1956)
Forbidden Planet (1956)

Forbidden Planet (1956) Directed by Fred M. Wilcox. 98mins.

Walter Pidgeon - Dr. Edward Morbius
Anne Francis - Altaira
Leslie Nielsen - Commander J. J. Adams

Also starring Warren Stevens, Richard Anderson Jack Kelly and Earl Holliman.

One of the best sci-fi films of the 1950's and a major inspiration for Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek.

Oscar Nomination for Best Special Effects.

IMDB rating 7.7

Moby Dick (1956)
Moby Dick (1956)

Moby Dick (1956) Directed by John Huston. 116mins.

Gregory Peck - Captain Ahab
Richard Basehart - Ishmael
Leo Genn - Starbuck

Also starring James Robertson Justice, Harry Andrews, Bernard Miles and Orson Welles.

Based on the novel by Herman Melville, first published in 1851.

DGA Nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

IMDB rating 7.4

War and Peace (1956)
War and Peace (1956)



War and Peace (1956) Directed by King Vidor. 208mins.

Audrey Hepburn - Natasha Rostova
Henry Fonda - Pierre Bezukhov
Mel Ferrer - Prince Andrei Bolkonsky

Also starring Vittorio Gassman, Anita Ekberg, Oskar Homolka and Herbert Lom as Napoleon.

Based on the epic Russian novel by Leo Tolstoy, first published in 1869.

Nominated for 3 Oscars - Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design.

IMDB rating 6.7

Sayonara (1957)
Sayonara (1957)

Sayonara (1957) Directed by Joshua Logan. 147mins.

Marlon Brando - Major Gruver

Also starring Patricia Owens, Red Buttons, Miiko Taka, Ricardo Montalban and James Garner.

Based on the novel by James A. Michener, published in 1953.

Nominated for 10 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Brando), winning 4 including Best Supporting Actor - Red Buttons.

IMDB rating 7.1

Buchanan Rides Alone (1958)
Buchanan Rides Alone (1958)


Buchanan Rides Alone (1958) Directed by Budd Boetticher. 78mins.

Randolph Scott - Tom Buchanan

Also starring Craig Stevens, Barry Kelley, Tol Avery, Peter Whitney and L.Q. Jones.

Based on the novel "The Name's Buchanan" by Jonas Ward, published in 1956.

IMDB rating 6.9

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

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

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

One of the most popular westerns ever made, a remake of Seven Samurai (1954), directed by Akira Kurosawa.

Followed by three sequels, Return of the Seven (1966), Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969) and The Magnificent Seven Ride (1972).

Oscar Nomination for Best Music (Elmer Bernstein).

IMDB rating 7.8

Psycho (1960)
Psycho (1960)

Psycho (1960) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 109mins.

Janet Leigh - Marion Crane
Anthony Perkins - Norman Bates
Vera Miles - Lila Crane
John Gavin - Sam Loomis

Also starring Martin Balsam, John McIntire and Simon Oakland.

Hitchcock's masterpiece of horror.

Based on the novel by Robert Bloch, published in 1959.

Nominated for 4 Oscars - Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Janet Leigh), Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction.

IMDB rating 8.6

The Time Machine (1960)
The Time Machine (1960)


The Time Machine (1960) Directed by George Pal. 103mins.

Rod Taylor - George Wells

Also starring Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux, Sebastian Cabot, Tom Helmore and Whit Bissell.

Based on H.G. Well's sci-fi classic, first published in 1895.

Oscar Winner for Best Special Effects.

IMDB rating 7.5

Dr. No (1962)
Dr. No (1962)

Dr. No (1962) Directed by Terence Young. 110mins.

Sean Connery - James Bond
Ursula Andress - Honey Ryder
Joseph Wiseman - Dr. Julius No

Also starring Jack Lord, Bernard Lee, Anthony Dawson, Eunice Gayson and Lois Maxwell.

The first James Bond movie.

Based on the novel by Ian Fleming, first published in 1958.

Golden Globe Awards Winner for Most Promising Newcomer - (Ursula Andress).

IMDB rating 7.3

Kiss of the Vampire (1963)
Kiss of the Vampire (1963)



Kiss of the Vampire (1963) Directed by Don Sharp. 88mins.

Starring Clifford Evans, Edward de Souza, Noel Willman, Jennifer Daniel, Barry Warren and Isobel Black.

A classic Hammer Horror.

IMDB rating 6.5

Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Directed by Stanley Kubrick. 95mins.

Peter Sellers - Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake / President Merkin Muffley / Dr. Strangelove
George C. Scott - Gen. 'Buck' Turgidson
Sterling Hayden - Brig. Gen. Jack Ripper

Also starring Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens, Peter Bull, James Earl Jones and Tracy Reed.

Based on the novel "Red Alert" by Peter George, published in 1958.

Nominated for 4 Oscars - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Peter Sellers).

IMDB rating 8.6

Die Monster Die! (1965)
Die Monster Die! (1965)


Die Monster Die! (1965) Directed by Daniel Haller. 80mins.

Boris Karloff - Nahum Witley

Also starring Nick Adams, Freda Jackson, Suzan Farmer and Patrick Magee.

Loosely based on the short story "The Colour Out of Space" by H.P. Lovecraft, first published in 1927.

IMDB rating 5.5

Django (1966)
Django (1966)

Django (1966) Directed by Sergio Corbucci. 93mins.

Franco Nero - Django

Also starring Jose Bodalo, Loredana Nusciak, Angel Alvarez and Gino Pernice.

The first of more than 30 Italian westerns featuring the fictional hero Django. Franco Nero reprised the role in the only official sequel, Django Strikes Again (1987).

Franco Nero has a cameo in Quentin Tarantino's blockbuster western Django Unchained (2012), starring Jamie Foxx as Django.

IMDB rating 7.2

Nevada Smith (1966)
Nevada Smith (1966)


Nevada Smith (1966) Directed by Henry Hathaway. 128mins.

Steve McQueen - Nevada Smith

Also starring Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Arthur Kennedy, Suzanne Pleshette, Raf Vallone and Martin Landau.

Based on a character from Harold Robbin's novel The Carpetbaggers, published in 1961.

IMDB rating 6.9

El Dorado (1966)
El Dorado (1966)


El Dorado (1966) Directed by Howard Hawks. 126mins.

John Wayne - Cole Thornton
Robert Mitchum - J.P. Harrah

Also starring James Caan, Charlene Holt, Arthur Hunnicutt, Michele Carey, Edward Asner and Christopher George.

Based on the novel "The Stars in Their Courses" by Harry Brown, published in 1960.

IMDB rating 7.6

Ice Station Zebra (1968)
Ice Station Zebra (1968)


Ice Station Zebra (1968) Directed by John Sturges. 148mins.

Rock Hudson - Commander James Ferraday

Also starring Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan, Jim Brown, Tony Bill and Lloyd Nolan.

Based on the novel by Alistair MacLean, published in 1963.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Special Effects and Best Cinematography.

IMDB rating 6.5

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) Directed by Sergio Leone. 165mins.

Claudia Cardinale - Jill McBain
Henry Fonda - Frank
Jason Robards - Cheyenne
Charles Bronson - Harmonica

Also starring Gabriele Ferzetti, Lionel Stander and Woody Strode.

One of the highest rated westerns. Excellent music score by Ennio Morricone.

Selected for Preservation by the National Film Registry in 2009.

IMDB rating 8.7

Blazing Saddles (1974)
Blazing Saddles (1974)

Blazing Saddles (1974) Directed by Mel Brooks. 93mins.

Cleavon Little - Sheriff Bart
Gene Wilder - Jim "The Waco Kid"

Also starring Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn, Mel Brooks and Alex Karras.

Ranked #6 on the AFI's 100 Funniest American Movies List.

Nominated for 3 Oscars - Best Supporting Actress (Madeline Kahn), Best Film Editing and Best Song ("Blazing Saddles").

IMDB rating 7.7

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)


The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) Directed by Nicolas Roeg. 139mins.

David Bowie - Thomas Jerome Newton

Also starring Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry and Bernie Casey.

Based on the sci-fi novel by Walter Tevis, first published in 1963.

Hugo Award Nomination for Best Dramatic Presentation.

IMDB rating 6.7

Cross of Iron (1977)
Cross of Iron (1977)


Cross of Iron (1977) Directed by Sam Peckinpah. 132mins.

James Coburn - Sgt. Rolf Steiner
Maximilian Schell - Capt. Stransky
James Mason - Col. Brandt

Also starring David Warner, Klaus Lowitsch and Senta Berger.

1943 WWII - The Russian Front.

Filmed in Yugoslavia.

IMDB rating 7.5

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) Directed by Bob Rafelson. 122mins.

Jack Nicholson - Frank Chambers
Jessica Lange - Cora Papadakis

Also starring John Colicos, Michael Lerner, John P. Ryan and Anjelica Huston.

Based on the novel by James M. Cain, published in 1934 and first filmed in 1946 by MGM studios, directed by Tay Garnett and starring Lana Turner and John Garfield.

IMDB rating 6.5

Dune (1984)
Dune (1984)

Dune (1984) Directed by David Lynch. 137mins (177mins)

Kyle MacLachlan - Paul Atreides

Also starring Francesca Annis, Brad Dourif, José Ferrer, Freddie Jones, Richard Jordan, Everett McGill, Kenneth McMillan, Jürgen Prochnow, Patrick Stewart, Sting, Dean Stockwell, Max von Sydow and Sean Young.

Based on the best-selling novel by Frank Herbert, first published in 1965.

Oscar Nomination for Best Sound.

Hugo Award Nomination for Best Dramatic Presentation.

Nominated for 4 Saturn Awards including Best Science Fiction Film and Best Special Effects, winning 1 - Best Costumes.

IMDB rating 6.5

The Running Man (1987)
The Running Man (1987)

The Running Man (1987) Directed by Paul Michael Glaser. 101mins.

Arnold Schwarzenegger - Ben Richards

Also starring Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura and Richard Dawson.

Based on the novel by Stephen King, published in 1982 (under the pseudonym Richard Bachman).

Nominated for 3 Saturn Awards including Best Science Fiction Film, winning 1 - Best Supporting Actor (Richard Dawson).

IMDB rating 6.5

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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

Danke schoen, your comments are always appreciated Mhatter99.


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UnnamedHarald 3 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Interesting that some of these movies were only a few years after World War 2! Blazing Saddles = The Wild, Wild West (?I think)... reminds me of It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. And I didn't know there were so many Django movies. Another great hub.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks David, appreciate the comment. I knew there were more Django films but not that many, you can imagine how many Italian westerns were made in the 60's and early 70's. Theaters were swamped with them, but by the mid 70's cops and Italian gangsters had replaced cowboys and Mexican outlaws. :)


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Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

That was a very cool hub! Congratulations! Voted up&shared! Cheers!


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Elias, your comment, vote and share is much appreciated.


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Cogerson 3 years ago from Virginia

Lots of great posters in this hub....sexiest poster Jessica Lange in The Postman Always Rings Twice....Biggest Steal....Marlon Brando's Sayorona looks pretty much like Gone With The Wind. Best Looking Poster....Once Upon A Time in the West. Worst Time Period Poster...The Night of the Hunter...the poster makes it look like a 1950s crime drama...versus a western story.

A fine addition to your ever growing hub collection.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks for commenting on my poster hub Bruce.

The Night of the Hunter poster makes it look like a romance when it was far from it. I really like the Dr. Strangelove poster, the designers obviously know how to promote that movie. :)

And the Dune poster is a favourite too, because the film was star-studded and they decided to show a giant sand-worm on the poster instead, brilliant. :)

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