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13 Popular Movie Poster Cliches

Everything is a remix,” says the title of the famous short documentaries by Kirby Ferguson, discussing how newly created work is strongly influenced by existing work. You don’t have to look far to see it – just look at the movie posters.

French blogger Christophe Courtois put together several telling montages of similar movie posters which perfectly illustrate how everyone copies everyone. Is it bad?

Ferguson writes that “our system of law doesn’t acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Instead, ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. But ideas aren’t so tidy. They’re layered, they’re interwoven, they’re tangled. And when the system conflicts with the reality… the system starts to fail.

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1. A Loner Viewed From Behind

Usually accompanied only by their weapon of choice.

2. Big Heads over Tiny People on a Beach

3. Back To Back, Viewed From the Side

4. The Between-the-Legs Shot

5. In Bed

6. Big Eye

7. Blue

8. Black & White Action Movie Posters

9. Running In the Street, At a Tilt And Tinted Blue

10. Building a Face Out of Other Objects

11. Lady In Red

12. Justice Is Blind

13. Big Block Font Right Over the Face

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  • Raul Sousa via Facebook

    Really… Great! Great!

  • Inna Simonova via Facebook

    it’s true … just one story … to much remixes … :)

  • Alejandro Arroyo

    Excelent job!

  • Alejandro Arroyo

    Excelent job!

  • Anonymous

    This is absolutely amazing! I don’t even want to know how long it took to accumulate these!

  • San_lpn7

    hahaha…nice collection

  • Spable

    They forgot Ripped “V” (Hand that Rocks the Cradle/Indecent Proposal/Fatal Attraction)

  • Dopefish

    Forgot the two faces that are half off the side of the poster one.

  • kailash iyer

    Hah, hilarious collection!

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  • Rectangle

    Im pretty sure Austin Powers has done all of these!

  • Anonymous

    this is natural =) you can’t create something totally new, you create a new house with old bricks

    • Artooha

      oh, yes, you can, but it takes time…

  • Artooha

    This is just stupid! How can “Blue” be a cliche, especially in the oceans theme or on any poster with the sky?
    As for the rest, it’s rather interesting :)
    I don’t even watch a movie if the poster is between-the-legs shot or “in bed”, they tend to suck…


    very neat.  But you either are very talented or have entirely to much time on your hands.  Good job.

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  • greasy

    Whatever you’re thinking now, many have thought before.

  • Xen

    You know what we need? More of those classic Indiana Jones posters.

  • scarabin

    “the color blue”? are you retarded?

  • Nerdsworth

    Half of the douchebags in Hollywood think only about money, not the artistry, creativity and originality.

    Also, I agree with Artooha, “blue” posters are not cliche.

  • Sundown

    Don’t forget “Female Heroine/Villain with ass turned to viewer”.

  • iest

    follow up with the music poster cliches
    than finish up with the games poster cliches

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