Italian Style - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 85

A Gallery of Italian Poster Art for American Movies 1939-1981.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) Directed by William Dieterle. 117mins.

Charles Laughton - Quasimodo

Also starring Cedric Hardwicke, Thomas Mitchell, Maureen O'Hara, Edmond O'Brien and Alan Marshal.

Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, first published in 1831.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Music (Alfred Newman) and Best Sound.

IMDB rating 7.9

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)


The Wizard of Oz (1939) Directed by Victor Fleming. 101mins.

Judy Garland - Dorothy Gale

Also starring Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke and Margaret Hamilton.

Based on the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, first published in 1900.

Nominated for 5 Oscars winning 2 - Best Music (Herbert Stothart) and Best Song (Over the Rainbow).

IMDB rating 8.2

Dr. Cyclops (1940)
Dr. Cyclops (1940)


Dr. Cyclops (1940) Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack. 77mins.

Albert Dekker - Dr. Alexander Thorkel

Also starring Thomas Coley, Janice Logan, Charles Halton, Victor Kilian and Paul Fix.

Oscar Nomination for Best Special Effects.

IMDB rating 6.4

Citizen Kane (1941)
Citizen Kane (1941)


Citizen Kane (1941) Directed by Orson Welles. 119mins.

Orson Welles - Charles Foster Kane

Also starring Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Everett Sloane, George Coulouris and Paul Stewart

Nominated for 9 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Orson Welles), winning 1 - Best Screenplay.

IMDB rating 8.5

High Sierra (1941)
High Sierra (1941)


High Sierra (1941) Directed by Raoul Walsh. 100mins.

Ida Lupino - Marie
Humphrey Bogart - Roy Earle

Also starring Alan Curtis, Arthur Kennedy, Joan Leslie, Henry Hull and Henry Travers.

Based on the novel by W.R. Burnett, published in 1941.

IMDB rating 7.6

The Fighting Seabees (1944)
The Fighting Seabees (1944)


The Fighting Seabees (1944) Directed by Edward Ludwig. 100mins.

John Wayne - Lt. Cmdr. Wedge Donovan
Susan Hayward - Constance Chesley

Also starring Dennis O'Keefe, William Frawley, Leonid Kinskey and Paul Fix.

Oscar Nomination for Best Music (Walter Scharf & Roy Webb)

IMDB rating 6.3

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
Lauren Bacall - Marie 'Slim' Browning

Also starring Walter Brennan, Dolores Moran, Hoagy Carmichael and Sheldon Leonard.

Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway, published in 1937.

IMDB rating 8.0

Notorious (1946)
Notorious (1946)


Notorious (1946) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 101mins.

Cary Grant - Devlin
Ingrid Bergman - Alicia Huberman
Claude Rains - Alexander Sebastian

Also starring Louis Calhern, Leopoldine Konstantin and Reinhold Schünzel.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Claude Rains).

IMDB rating 8.2

The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

The Lady from Shanghai (1947) Directed by Orson Welles. 87mins.

Rita Hayworth - Elsa Bannister
Orson Welles - Michael O'Hara

Also starring Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders and Ted de Corsia.

Based on the novel 'If I Die Before I Wake' by Sherwood King.

IMDB rating 7.7

Chain Lightning (1950)
Chain Lightning (1950)

Chain Lightning (1950) Directed by Stuart Heisler. 94mins.

Humphrey Bogart - Lt. Col. Matthew Brennan
Eleanor Parker - Joan Holloway

Also starring Raymond Massey, Richard Whorf, Roy Roberts and Morris Ankrum.

Based on the story "These Many Years" by Lester Cole.

IMDB rating 5.9

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.

IMDB rating 7.3

War of the Worlds (1953)
War of the Worlds (1953)

War of the Worlds (1953) Directed by Byron Haskin. 85mins.

Gene Barry - Dr. Clayton Forrester
Ann Robinson - Sylvia Van Buren

Also starring Les Tremayne, Robert Cornthwaite, Sandro Giglio, Lewis Martin and Cedric Hardwicke - Commentary (voice)

Based on the novel by H.G. Wells, first published in 1898, updated to 1953 and relocated to California.

Nominated for 3 Oscars winning 1 - Best Special Effects.

IMDB rating 7.1

Them! (1954)
Them! (1954)



Them! (1954) Directed by Gordon Douglas. 94mins.

Starring James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, James Arness, Onslow Stevens and Fess Parker.

Based on a story by George Worthing Yates.

IMDB rating 7.3

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

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

Humphrey Bogart - Lt. Cmdr. Philip Francis Queeg

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

Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Herman Wouk, first published in 1952

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

IMDB rating 7.9

On the Waterfront (1954)
On the Waterfront (1954)


On the Waterfront (1954) Directed by Elia Kazan. 108mins.

Marlon Brando - Terry Malloy

Also starring Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, Rod Steiger and Fred Gwynne.

Nominated for 12 Oscars winning 8 including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Marlon Brando) and Best Supporting Actress (Eva Marie Saint).

IMDB rating 8.3

The Desperate Hours (1955)
The Desperate Hours (1955)



The Desperate Hours (1955) Directed by William Wyler. 112mins.

Humphrey Bogart - Glenn Griffin
Fredric March - Dan C. Hilliard

Also starring Arthur Kennedy, Martha Scott, Dewey Martin and Gig Young.

Based on the novel by Joseph Hayes, published in 1954.

IMDB rating 7.5

The Man from Laramie (1955)
The Man from Laramie (1955)

The Man from Laramie (1955) Directed by Anthony Mann. 104mins.

James Stewart - Will Lockhart

Also starring Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp, Cathy O'Donnell, Wallace Ford and Jack Elam.

Based on the novel by Thomas T. Flynn, first published in 1954.

IMDB rating 7.4

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.

IMDB rating 7.5

Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) Directed by Robert Wise. 113mins.

Paul Newman - Rocky Graziano

Also starring Pier Angeli, Everett Sloane, Eileen Heckart, Sal Mineo and Harold J. Stone.

Nominated for 3 Oscars winning 2 - Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction.

Based on the autobiography of the same name by Rocky Graziano, published in 1955.

IMDB rating 7.4

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, Jack Kelly, Richard Anderson and Earl Holliman.

Oscar Nomination for Best Special Effects.

IMDB rating 7.7

20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)



20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) Directed by Nathan Juran. 82mins.

Starring William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Frank Puglia, John Zaremba and Thomas Browne Henry.

Excellent stop motion effects by Ray Harryhausen.

IMDB rating 6.3

Dracula (1958)
Dracula (1958)


Dracula (1958) US title Horror of Dracula. Directed by Terence Fisher. 82mins.

Peter Cushing - Dr. Van Helsing
Christopher Lee - Count Dracula

Also starring Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh, John Van Eyssen and Valerie Gaunt.

Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, first published in 1897.

IMDB rating 7.5

Rio Bravo (1959)
Rio Bravo (1959)

Rio Bravo (1959) Directed by Howard Hawks. 141mins.

John Wayne - John T. Chance
Dean Martin - Dude
Ricky Nelson - Colorado Ryan

Also starring Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond and Claude Akins.

Based on a short story by B.H. McCampbell.

DGA nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

IMDB rating 8.0

Ocean's Eleven (1960)
Ocean's Eleven (1960)

Ocean's Eleven (1960) Directed by Lewis Milestone. 127mins.

Frank Sinatra - Danny Ocean
Dean Martin - Sam Harmon
Sammy Davis Jr. - Josh Howard
Peter Lawford - Jimmy Foster
Angie Dickinson - Beatrice Ocean

Also starring Richard Conte, Cesar Romero, Akim Tamiroff and Henry Silva.

Remade by Steven Soderbergh in 2001 and starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts.

WGA nomination for Best Written American Comedy.

IMDB rating 6.5

The Misfits (1961)
The Misfits (1961)


The Misfits (1961) Directed by John Huston. 124mins.

Clark Gable - Gay Langland
Marilyn Monroe - Roslyn Taber
Montgomery Clift - Perce Howland

Also starring Thelma Ritter, Eli Wallach and Kevin McCarthy.

Screenplay by Arthur Miller.

DGA nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.

IMDB rating 7.3

From Russia With Love (1963)
From Russia With Love (1963)


From Russia With Love (1963) Directed by Terence Young. 115mins.

Sean Connery - James Bond

Also starring Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendáriz, Lotte Lenya, Robert Shaw, Vladek Shebal, Bernard Lee and Lois Maxwell.

Based on the novel by Ian Fleming, first published in 1957.

Golden Globe Nomination for Best Song.

IMDB rating 7.5

Lilith (1964)
Lilith (1964)


Lilith (1964) Directed by Robert Rossen. 114mins.

Warren Beatty - Vincent Bruce
Jean Seberg - Lilith Arthur

Also starring Peter Fonda, Kim Hunter, Jessica Walter and Gene Hackman.

Based on the novel by J.R. Salamanca.

Golden Globe Nomination for Best Actress (Jean Seberg).

IMDB rating 7.0

Blow Up (1966)
Blow Up (1966)


Blow Up (1966) Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. 111mins.

Starring David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle and Jane Birkin.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Golden Globe Nomination for Best English-Language Foreign Film.

IMDB rating 7.6

Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)



Night of the Living Dead (1968) Directed by George A. Romero. 96mins.

Starring Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Keith Wayne and Judith Ridley.

Selected for Preservation by the National Film Registry in 1999.

IMDB rating 8.0

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)



Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) Directed by Ted Post. 95mins.

Starring James Franciscus, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, Linda Harrison, Victor Buono, James Gregory, Jeff Corey and Charlton Heston as Taylor.

Sequel to Planet of the Apes (1968).

IMDB rating 6.1

Patton (1970)
Patton (1970)

Patton (1970) Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. 172mins.

George C. Scott - General George S. Patton
Karl Malden - General Omar N. Bradley

Also starring Stephen Young, Michael Strong, Michael Bates and Karl Michael Vogler.

Based on the books - 'A Soldier's Story' by Omar Bradley and 'Patton: Ordeal and Triumph' by Ladislas Farago.

Nominated for 10 Oscars winning 7 including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (George C. Scott).

IMDB rating 8.0

Dirty Harry (1971)
Dirty Harry (1971)



Dirty Harry (1971) Directed by Don Siegel. 102mins.

Clint Eastwood - Harry Callahan

Also starring Andrew Robinson, John Vernon, Reni Santoni, Harry Guardino and John Mitchum.

The first of five Dirty Harry films starring Clint Eastwood.

IMDB rating 7.8

The Omega Man (1971)
The Omega Man (1971)


The Omega Man (1971) Directed by Boris Sagal. 98mins.

Charlton Heston - Robert Neville

Also starring Anthony Zerbe, Rosalind Cash, Paul Koslo, Eric Laneuville and Lincoln Kilpatrick.

Based on the novel 'I Am Legend' by Richard Matheson, first published in 1954.

IMDB rating 6.6

Solaris (1972)
Solaris (1972)


Solaris (1972) Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. 167mins.

Starring Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Jüri Järvet, Vladislav Dvorzhetskiy and Anatoliy Solonitsyn.

Based on the Polish SF novel by Stanislaw Lem, first published in 1961.

Nominated Best Science Fiction Film by the Academy of SF, Fantasy and Horror Films.

IMDB rating 8.0

Escape from New York (1981)
Escape from New York (1981)

Escape from New York (1981) Directed by John Carpenter. 99mins.

Kurt Russell - Snake Plissken

Also starring Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Adrienne Barbeau and Harry Dean Stanton.

A sequel Escape from L.A. was released in 1996.

Nominated for 4 Saturn Awards including Best Science Fiction Film and Best Director.

IMDB rating 7.2

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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 visiting Mhatter99, always welcome.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

As always a fun read and I love seeing the old posters. How do you do it? Great work..Sharing and pinning.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 3 years ago from Planet Earth

How fun! I love the overdone drama of the early movies - and even the stage productions. Actually, I could spend hours watching some vintage films!


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks for commenting and sharing Carol, always appreciated.

As long as I can keep thinking of suitable topics I'll keep these hubs going. Looking at my stats Nicolas Cage is the top poster hub of the past 30 days, surprisingly. His fanclub must have discovered the hub. :)

Thanks for posting Marcy. Glad you liked the posters. Gets me in the mood to watch some classic films.


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dragonflyfla 3 years ago from South Florida

Kurt Russel looks good in that last poster.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

I'm almost sure the eyepatch was on the other eye though, but I could be wrong. :)


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dragonflyfla 3 years ago from South Florida

Didn't notice. :-)


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Cogerson 3 years ago from Virginia

Thoughts while looking at the posters. (1) The Wizard of Oz poster looks like a Boris Karloff movie (2) A very strange position of a head in the Citizen Kane one (3) Strange seeing a color poster of a black and white movie like Notorious...the poster looks like it would be perfect for the Grant/Bergman movie Indiscreet. (4) The Caine Mutiny looks like a ghost story versus a navy drama (5) Not impressed with the To Catch A Thief poster at all (6) The Ocean's Eleven poster them look much older than they were at the time of the filming of the movie (7) Montgomery Clift looks like Sean Connery in the Misfits poster (8) The best looking poster was the last one....Escape From New York....awesome artwork in that one.

Once again you have taken us to another dimension would looking at some of these classic movies....voted up and awesome.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks for the detailed commentary Bruce, interesting observations. That Caine Mutiny one does look a little strange, if I had to choose one poster for my home theater it'll probably be Patton, or The Lady from Shanghai, I also like the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Forbidden Planet and Dracula.


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UnnamedHarald 3 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cool! My Italian is nearly non-existent, but I figured out that "20 Million Miles To Earth" was translated to the more metric "30 Million Kilometers To Earth" and that "Patton", in Italian, is "Patton".


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks for commenting on my Italiano poster hub David, much appreciated. One thing I noticed about Italian writing is that nearly all their words end in a vowel. Assalto Alla Terra!!

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