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Polish Style - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 84

Updated on June 19, 2013

A Gallery of Polish Poster Art for American Movies 1958-1989.

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Vertigo (1958)
Vertigo (1958)



Vertigo (1958) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 128mins.

James Stewart - John 'Scottie' Ferguson
Kim Novak - Madeleine Elster / Judy Barton
Barbara Bel Geddes - Midge Wood
Tom Helmore - Gavin Elster

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Art Direction and Best Sound.

IMDB rating 8.5

The Vikings (1958)
The Vikings (1958)


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

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

Also starring James Donald, Alexander Knox and Frank Thring.

Based on the novel 'The Viking' by Edison Marshall, published in 1951.

DGA Nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement.

IMDB rating 7.0

Some lIke it Hot (1959)
Some lIke it Hot (1959)


Some Like it Hot (1959) Directed by Billy Wilder. 120mins.

Marilyn Monroe - Sugar Kane Kowalczyk
Tony Curtis - Joe
Jack Lemmon - Jerry

Also starring George Raft, Pat O'Brien, Joe E. Brown and Nehemiah Persoff.

Nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Jack Lemmon), winning 1 - Best Costume Design.

IMDB rating 8.4

Barbarella (1968)
Barbarella (1968)

Barbarella (1968) Directed by Roger Vadim. 98mins.

Jane Fonda - Barbarella
John Phillip Law - Pygar
Anita Pallenberg - The Great Tyrant
Milo O'Shea - Durand-Durand

Also starring Marcel Marceau, Claude Dauphin and David Hemmings.

Based on the comic strip by Jean-Claude Forest, first published in 1962.

IMDB rating 5.8

Planet of the Apes (1968)
Planet of the Apes (1968)

Planet of the Apes (1968) Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. 112mins.

Charlton Heston - George Taylor
Roddy McDowall - Cornelius
Kim Hunter - Zira
Maurice Evans - Dr. Zaius

Also starring James Whitmore, James Daly and Linda Harrison.

Based on the novel 'Monkey Planet' by Pierre Boulle first published in 1963.

Nominated for 3 Oscars winning 1 - Honorary Award - Best Makeup (John Chambers)

IMDB rating 8.0

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Directed by Stanley Kubrick. 141mins.

Keir Dullea - Dr. Dave Bowman
Gary Lockwood - Dr. Frank Poole
Douglas Rain - HAL 9000 (voice)

Also starring William Sylvester, Leonard Rossiter and Robert Beatty.

Based on the novel by Arthur C. Clarke who also co-wrote the screenplay with Kubrick.

Nominated for 4 Oscars including Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Art Direction, winning 1 - Best Visual Effects.

IMDB rating 8.4

Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Rosemary's Baby (1968)


Rosemary's Baby (1968) Directed by Roman Polanski. 136mins.

Mia Farrow - Rosemary Woodhouse
John Cassavetes - Guy Woodhouse

Also starring Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans and Ralph Bellamy.

Based on the novel by Ira Levin, published in 1967.

Nominated for 2 Oscars winning 1 - Best Supporting Actress (Ruth Gordon).

IMDB rating 8.0

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 and Robert Duvall.

Based on the novel 'Mute Witness' by Robert Fish, published in 1963.

Nominated for 2 Oscars winning 1 - Best Film Editing.

IMDB rating 7.5

Yellow Submarine (1968)
Yellow Submarine (1968)


Yellow Submarine (1968) Directed by George Dunning. 90mins.

The Beatles - Singing Voices
John Clive – John
Geoffrey Hughes – Paul
Paul Angelis – George / Ringo / Chief Blue Meanie

Animated fantasy film with songs from the Beatles.

Hugo Award Nomination for Best Dramatic Presentation.

IMDB rating 7.2

Where Eagles Dare (1968)
Where Eagles Dare (1968)



Where Eagles Dare (1968) Directed by Brian G. Hutton. 158mins.

Richard Burton - Maj. Smith
Clint Eastwood - Schaffer

Also starring Mary Ure, Patrick Wymark, Michael Hordern, Robert Beatty and Ingrid Pitt.

Based on the novel by Alistair MacLean published in 1867.

IMDB rating 7.6

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)


Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) Directed by Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku & Toshio Masuda. 144mins (149mins)

Starring Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Joseph Cotten, Tatsuya Mihashi, E.G. Marshall, James Whitmore and Jason Robards.

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941.

Based on the books - The Broken Seal by Ladislas Farago and Tora! Tora! Tora! by Gordon W. Prange

Nominated for 5 Oscars winning 1 - Best Special Effects

IMDB rating 7.4

Duel (1971)
Duel (1971)



Duel (1971) Directed by Steven Spielberg. 74mins (90mins)

Dennis Weaver - David Mann

Also starring Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone, Lou Frizzell, Lucille Benson and Carey Loftin as the Truck Driver.

Golden Globe Nomination for Best Movie Made for TV.

IMDB rating 7.7

Cabaret (1972)
Cabaret (1972)


Cabaret (1972) Directed by Bob Fosse. 124mins.

Liza Minnelli - Sally Bowles
Michael York - Brian Roberts

Also starring Helmut Griem, Marisa Berenson and Joel Grey.

Based on the Broadway musical which opened in 1966.

Nominated for 10 Oscars winning 8 including Best Director, Best Actress (Liza Minnelli) and Best Supporting Actor (Joel Grey).

IMDB rating 7.8

The Sting (1973)
The Sting (1973)


The Sting (1973) Directed by George Roy Hill. 129mins.

Paul Newman - Henry Gondorff
Robert Redford - Johnny Hooker
Robert Shaw - Doyle Lonnegan

Also starring Charles Durning, Ray Walston and Eileen Brennan.

Nominated for 10 Oscars winning 7 including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Music (Marvin Hamlisch).

IMDB rating 8.4

Chinatown (1974)
Chinatown (1974)


Chinatown (1974) Directed by Roman Polanski. 130mins.

Jack Nicholson - J.J. Gittes
Faye Dunaway - Evelyn Mulwray
John Huston - Noah Cross

Also starring Perry Lopez, John Hillerman and Diane Ladd.

Nominated for 11 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Jack Nicholson) and Best Actress (Faye Dunaway), winning 1 - Best Screenplay.

IMDB rating 8.4

Jaws (1975)
Jaws (1975)

Jaws (1975) Directed by Steven Spielberg. 124mins.

Roy Scheider - Brody
Robert Shaw - Quint
Richard Dreyfuss - Hooper

Also starring Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton and Jeffrey Kramer.

Based on Peter Benchley's best-selling novel, first published in 1974.

Nominated for 4 Oscars including Best Picture, winning 3 - Best Music (John Williams), Best Editing and Best Sound.

IMDB rating 8.2

The Omen (1976)
The Omen (1976)


The Omen (1976) Directed by Richard Donner. 111mins.

Gregory Peck - Robert Thorn
Lee Remick - Katherine Thorn
Harvey Stephens - Damien Thorn

Also starring David Warner, Billie Whitelaw and Patrick Troughton.

Based on the novel by screenwriter David Seltzer, published in 1976.

Nominated for 2 Oscars winning 1 - Best Music (Jerry Goldsmith).

IMDB rating 7.6

Taxi Driver (1976)
Taxi Driver (1976)


Taxi Driver (1976) Directed by Martin Scorsese. 113mins.

Robert De Niro - Travis Bickle

Also starring Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks and Peter Boyle.

Nominated for 4 Oscars - Best Picture, Best Actor (Robert De Niro), Best Supporting Actress (Jodie Foster) and Best Music (Bernard Herrmann).

IMDB rating 8.5

Midway (1976)
Midway (1976)


Midway (1976) Directed by Jack Smight. 132mins.

Charlton Heston - Captain Matt Garth
Henry Fonda - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
Glenn Ford - Rear Admiral Spruance
Toshiro Mifune - Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

Also starring James Coburn, Hal Holbrook, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson and Robert Wagner.

UK title - Battle of Midway.

IMDB rating 6.6

Star Wars (1977)
Star Wars (1977)

Star Wars IV A New Hope (1977) Directed by George Lucas. 121mins (125mins)

Mark Hamill - Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford - Han Solo
Carrie Fisher - Princess Leia Organa
Peter Cushing - Grand Moff Tarkin
Alec Guinness - Ben 'Obi-Wan' Kenobi
Anthony Daniels - C-3PO
Kenny Baker - R2-D2
Peter Mayhew - Chewbacca
David Prowse - Darth Vader
James Earl Jones - Darth Vader (voice)

Nominated for 11 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Alec Guinness), winning 7 including Best Music (John Williams) and Best Visual Effects.

IMDB rating 8.8

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)


Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) Directed by Steven Spielberg. 135mins (137mins)

Richard Dreyfuss - Roy Neary
Francois Truffaut - Claude Lacombe
Teri Garr - Ronnie Neary
Melinda Dillon - Jillian Guiler

Also starring Bob Balaban, J. Patrick McNamara and Cary Guffey.

Nominated for 9 Oscars including Best Director, Best Music (John Williams) and Best Visual Effects, winning 2 - Best Cinematography and Best Sound Effects Editing.

IMDB rating 7.8

Alien (1979)
Alien (1979)



Alien (1979) Directed by Ridley Scott. 117mins (116mins)

Tom Skerritt - Dallas
Sigourney Weaver - Ripley
Veronica Cartwright - Lambert
Harry Dean Stanton - Brett
John Hurt - Kane
Ian Holm - Ash
Yaphet Kotto - Parker

Nominated for 2 Oscars winning 1 - Best Visual Effects.

IMDB rating 8.5

Apocalypse Now (1979)
Apocalypse Now (1979)

Apocalypse Now (1979) Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. 153mins (202mins)

Marlon Brando - Col. Walter E. Kurtz
Martin Sheen - Capt. Ben Willard
Robert Duvall - Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore

Also starring Dennis Hopper, Frederic Forrest, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, Albert Hall and Harrison Ford.

Loosely based on Joseph Conrad's novella 'Heart of Darkness', first publsihed in 1899.

Nominated for 8 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Robert Duvall), winning 2 - Best Cinematography and Best Sound.

IMDB rating 8.6

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)


Star Wars V The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Directed by Irvin Kershner. 124mins (127mins)

Mark Hamill - Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford - Han Solo
Carrie Fisher - Princess Leia
Billy Dee Williams - Lando Calrissian

Also starring Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and Frank Oz as Yoda (voice).

Nominated for 4 Oscars winning 2 - Best Sound and Best Visual Effects.

IMDB rating 8.8

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Directed by Steven Spielberg. 115mins.

Harrison Ford - Indiana Jones
Karen Allen - Marion Ravenwood

Also starring Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott and Alfred Molina.

Nominated for 9 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Music (John Williams), winning 5 including Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing and Best Visual Effects.

IMDB rating 8.7

Gandhi (1982)
Gandhi (1982)

Gandhi (1982) Directed by Richard Attenborough. 191mins.

Ben Kingsley - Mahatma Gandhi

Also starring Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills and Martin Sheen.

Based on real events.

Nominated for 11 Oscars winning 8 including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Ben Kingsley).

IMDB rating 8.1

Return of the Jedi (1983)
Return of the Jedi (1983)


Star Wars VI Return of the Jedi (1983) Directed by Richard Marquand. 134mins (135mins)

Mark Hamill - Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford - Han Solo
Carrie Fisher - Princess Leia
Billy Dee Williams - Lando Calrissian

Also starring Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Alec Guinness and Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine.

Nominated for 5 Oscars winning 1 - Best Visual Effects.

IMDB rating 8.4

The Terminator (1984)
The Terminator (1984)


The Terminator (1984) Directed by James Cameron. 107mins.

Arnold Schwarzenegger - Terminator
Michael Biehn - Kyle Reese
Linda Hamilton - Sarah Connor

Also starring Paul Winfield, Lance Henriksen and Earl Boen.

Nominated for 7 Saturn Awards winning 3 - Best Science Fiction Film, Best Screenplay and Best Makeup.

IMDB rating 8.1

The Last Emperor (1987)
The Last Emperor (1987)

The Last Emperor (1987) Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. 163mins (219mins)

John Lone - Pu Yi
Joan Chen - Wan Jung
Peter O'Toole - Reginald 'R. J.' Johnston

Also starring Ruocheng Ying, Victor Wong and Dennis Dun.

Based on real events.

Nominated for 9 Oscars winning 9 including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography.

IMDB rating 7.8

Batman (1989)
Batman (1989)

Batman (1989) Directed by Tim Burton. 126mins.

Michael Keaton - Bruce Wayne / Batman
Jack Nicholson - Jack Napier / Joker
Kim Basinger - Vicki Vale

Also starring Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough, Jerry Hall and Jack Palance as Carl Grissom.

Based on the DC Comics superhero.

Oscar winner for Best Art Direction.

Golden Globe Nomination for Best Actor Comedy / Musical (Jack Nicholson).

Hugo Award Nomination for Best Dramatic Presentation.

IMDB rating 7.6

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    • Steve Lensman profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Lensman 

      5 years ago from Manchester, England

      Thanks David, appreciate the comment. I wonder if director David Lynch is a fan of Polish poster art. :)

    • UnnamedHarald profile image

      David Hunt 

      5 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      WOW... the Poles really know how to do dark, fantastic posters. Every one of these bears examining. Poland's tortured history seems reflected in most of this art. Great hub, Steve.

    • Steve Lensman profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Lensman 

      5 years ago from Manchester, England

      Thanks Bruce, appreciate the comment. I know what you mean, look at the Vertigo poster, makes it look like a horror movie.

      I thought the Barbarella one looked nice, like a comic book cover, and starring Jane Fondova too, perfect. :)

      You can play a cool guessing game on posters from Poland, post one on your blog, with the title or credits edited out and let friends or readers guess what film it is, that Rosemary's Baby poster is a great example.

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      UltimateMovieRankings 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      Truly some strange posters....I liked the Bullit one....pretty cool concept.....the Star Wars one is very strange....I think it looks the movie is about a robot that is rusting while standing in a snowstorm. Close Encounters looks like it would be a Ralph Bakshi movie versus a Spielberg classic. I can not even guess the logic behind the Batman poster...it looks more like a Spiderman or Frankenstein movie. Caberet is another that stood out for me.

      I think if America would have used the Raiders of the Lost Ark poster...I would have never seen the movie.

      I really liked this hub....fantastic group of posters.....job well done.

    • Steve Lensman profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Lensman 

      5 years ago from Manchester, England

      Haha thanks for commenting Paul. I love the way each country has its own poster style, but the ones from Poland are pretty unique. :)

    • Paul Maplesden profile image

      Paul Maplesden 

      5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I love this stuff - I read a great article on Cracked about Movie Poster Art where the Polish featured highly; nice to see a hub dedicated to digging into this crazy world! Voted Up and Interesting (I couldn't bring myself to click 'beautiful' ;) )

    • Steve Lensman profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Lensman 

      5 years ago from Manchester, England

      Thanks for commenting Mhatter99, always appreciated.

      The strange, surreal world of Polish movie poster art. I wonder if Andy Warhol was a fan? :)

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this.

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