Movie Posters - Movie Poster Books
Updated: December 17, 2012

Best Movie Poster Books
Recommended Titles for Movie Poster Collectors

Book Posters - a great way to enjoy 100's of posters at home!

Good Movie Poster Books are not easy to find, especially from general bricks-and-mortar bookshops. And when available, you often end up with a rather limited choice, this apart from the fact that most often, these 'special category' books tend to be expensive.

This is the unfortunate experience faced by many poster collectors and home theater enthusiasts looking for informative books on the fascinating world of movie posters.

But there is a solution... turn your search online. That is the only way to enjoy a great poster book at an affordable price tag. Read here to discover more.

Art of Modern Movie Poster
Art of the Modern Movie Poster

Chronicle Books 5-Stars - The definitive book on movie posters

Movie Poster Books

Movie poster books represent an inexpensive way to enjoy hundreds of film posters of your favorite movies at home. The problem is that quality books about movie posters are not easy to find in brick-and-mortar stores. Things are however different once you turn your search online!

Your best online source in this respect is Amazon — with a collection of several hundred titles covering all movie genres and poster categories. Poster book titles range from the history of movie posters, collections of movie poster pictures, and even movie posters coloring-books that you can color yourself! Equally interesting are books that may serve as a guide to both established and new movie poster collectors.

Poster books like Learn About Movie Posters by Ed & Susan Poole and A Century of Movie Posters: From Silent to Art House by E. King, are in our opinion among the best in this respect and can serve as solid reference books to those collecting movie posters.

In particular, the book Learn About Movie Posters is an essential guide to those thinking of starting a movie poster collection; it is a 400-pager and represents a complete guide to the art of collecting movie posters. Investing in a book like this is essential for those starting a movie poster collection. Keep in mind that collecting posters is an expensive past time and an investment in itself, so it is essential to go about collecting movie posters in an informed way.

Selected Movie Poster Books

As stated in our introduction, Amazon has the most extensive list of movie poster books online. Apart from the two books already referred to above, our present top picks include also the Art of the Modern Movie Poster by Spencer Drate, Sam Sarowitz, Dave Kehr and Jutka Salavetz, and Picture Show: Classic Movie posters from the TCM Archives by Dianna Edwards, et al. Add the book A Century of Movie Posters and there you have a trio of movie poster books that provide one of the most complete collection of pictures some of the best movie posters and movie art ever.

We discuss each of these movie poster book titles below:

Art of the Modern Movie Poster: International Postwar Style and Design

By: Spencer Drate, Sam Sarowitz, Dave Kehr and Jutka Salavetz,

Pages: 516 pages hardcover

Publisher: Chronicle Books Sept. 2008

Size: 13.2 x 11.3 1.3 inches

Art of Modern Movie Poster

Art of the Modern Movie Poster represents an impressive and authoritative work on post World War 2 film poster design ever put together by the best authors on the subject.

This massive 7lbs book comes filled with 1,500 different film posters from 15 different countries gathered from the renowned collection of the Posteritati Gallery in New York.

This volume can be defined as a survey of both film and popular graphic art in the modern era. Poster pictures are organized by country of origin—examining multiple posters from different regions for the same film, while offering an intriguing glimpse into each region's unique visual sensibility.

This book is more than just a collection of movie posters; rather, it can be defined as the definitive book on movie posters and the art of poster design. It is a must-have for all those interested in film poster design and movie posters enthusiasts alike. Above all, it is an excellent reference guide to the fascinating world of movie posters!

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Century of Movie Posters
A Century of Movie Posters: From Silent to Art House

By: Emily King

Pages:  224 pages hardcover

Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (September 15, 2003)

Size: 15 x 8.6 x 0.9 inches

A Century of Movie Posters by E. King represents an interesting collection of hundreds of posters displayed over four chapters in an essentially chronological order from the birth of the cinema to present day.

Each chapter contains a brief sketch of relevant film-industry history, and a number of two to four-page subchapters grouping posters by style, director, studio, actor, nationality, and occasionally, also by poster artist.

The visual imagery is fantastic with color that seems true to the source posters. King does a good job of describing the artwork and typography to better explain the intent of the designers.

Overall, this is a well-written and informative book. Highly recommended.

Available from amazon here.

Picture Show: Classic Movie Posters from the TCM Archives

By: Dianna Edwards, Robert Osborne, and Turner Classic Movies

Pages:  168 pages paperback

Publisher: Chronicle Books November 2003

Size: 12.1 x 9.1 x 0.7 inches

Picture Show - The Movie Poster Book

Picture Show is a collection of movie posters from Turner Classic Movie's library of over 3500 vintage films.

This is a relatively over-sized poster book that reprints hundreds of movie posters. Poster pictures of lesser known films normally share the page with two to three others while greater classics are reprinted in full page glory.

The book begins with a short history of movie posters and the explanation of 'One-sheets' 'Half-Sheets', etc., before breaking down the posters into several different chapters.

Overall, this is an excellent book filled with beautiful visual presentations and an excellent commentary.

Available from amazon here.

Learn about Movie Posters
Learn About Movie Posters

By: Ed and Susan Poole

Pages:  448 pages paperback

Publisher: IGuide Media January 2003

Size: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.9 inches

Learn About Movie Posters by Ed & Susan Poole answers all important questions collectors need to know about this fascinating hobby.

It is the most comprehensive guide ever compiled on original movie posters and how to collect them. It will serve both the seasoned collector and the film enthusiast who is just looking at the idea of owning a few authentic posters to hang up on the walls of his or her home theater.

Topics covered include a short history about the birth of the movie poster, size, type and common forms of movie art. It also explains what constitutes an authentic movie poster, what makes certain posters valuable, and how these were processed and distributed. It then discusses the issues of movie posters as an investment, grading the condition of original movie posters, where and how to buy or sell movie posters, and the art of caring for your investment.

All the information in this poster book is useful, clear, and addresses all areas in which questions will naturally arise. This is a must have.

Available from amazon here.

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Poster Books discussed in this article:

Blue bullet  Art of the Modern Movie Poster: International Postwar Style and Design

Blue bullet  A Century of Movie Posters: From Silent to Art House

Blue bullet  Picture Show: Classic Movie Posters from the TCM Archives

Blue bullet  Learn About Movie Posters: A complete guide to movie poster collection

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