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The Best Movie Posters To Put In Your Made To Measure Poster Frames

Posted on Friday 1st May 2020   |   Inspiration

The Best Movie Posters to put in your Made to Measure Poster Frames

We love a good movie poster here at Frames – after all before the days of spoiler trailers splashed across the internet, they were the only way studios could attract people to actually attend the cinema and watch the film. This meant that some of the older films have movie posters which were designed by some of the best graphic illustrators and designers. That’s one of the reasons we offer made to measure poster frames so that you can showcase these little beauties off to their best advantage. 

So, if you are looking for something to put in your cheap poster frames uk then look no further, we have rounded up some of our most favourite movie posters of all time:


#1 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968

It is actually the second version of this poster that is the most iconic. The first poster featured the wording ‘An epic drama of adventure and exploration’ but it was panned by many movie goers as being a little misleading. Film Producer Mike Kaplan was then brought in to redesign it, and he focused more on the youth revolution that was happening in the world at the time with the words ‘The ultimate trip’ and a picture of the star child who features in the final frames of the film. 


#2 Bonjour Tristesse, 1958

The poster for Bonjour Tristesse, this British-American technicolour film is based on the novel of the same name. Bonjour Tristesse actually translates as ‘Hello Sadness’ - and Saul Bass conveys this perfectly in this symbolic poster. The single image shows a face with a tear falling down – instantly recognisable and forever tied to the film.


#3 Breakfast at Tiffanys, 1961

Everyone must be able to name the star of Breakfast at Tiffany’s - Audrey Hepburn. Every woman wants to be her, every man wants to be with her. So, it is no surprise that she features so prominently on the movie poster. The iconic poster for Breakfast at Tiffany’s features Audrey showcasing some sparkling jewels and an exaggerated cigarette holder. It perfectly encapsulates the glamour of this star of the silver screen.


#4 Bullitt, 1968

This move poster, designed for the iconic sixties American Crime Thriller Bullitt centres on the star of the film – Steve McQueen – and the other star of the film – the most well-known car chase scene ever. It is often thought to be the perfect poster capturing Steve McQueen right at the pinnacle of his career. 


#5 Casablanca, 1942

One of the first posters ever designed by the legendary Bill Gold, who decided that the characters would be enough of a draw – so that is what he designed. However, once he had drawn the poster depicting all of the characters that appear in the film, he felt it was flat and that something was lacking. After some thought, he drew a gun in the lead actors' hand, to convey the sense of violence that lurks though the film – and thus we see the poster that we know and love today. 


#6 Forbidden Planet, 1956

Designed by an anonymous artist from MGM, the poster for Forbidden Planet is often quoted as being one of the most classic posters in movie poster design. It features the star of the movie, the seven-foot tall Robbie the Robot with a blonde bombshell draped over his arms. This poster is loved by many because of its use of colour, fantastic background and ‘amazing’ tagline – which was translated into many other languages as the film travelled the world.  


#7 La Dolce Vita, 1960

One of the most captivating movie posters of all time, the poster for La Dolce Vita was designed by Artist Georgio Olivetti. This perfect portrayal of Frederico Fellini’s classic film features the beautiful Anita Ekberg dancing in the foreground and a handsome Marcello Mastroianni in the shadowy background. Interestingly, Olivetti’s career started in 1942 with a design for Cat People, and he went on to produce many more film posters in his life time including for ‘She Wore a Yellow Ribbon’, ‘Some Like it Hot’ and ‘Casino Royale’ in 1967.


#8 Lolita, 1962

Another film based on a novel, although this one was highly controversial – with many people asking the question ‘How did they ever make a movie of Lolita?’ Whoever designed the poster thought the question was so great, that they included it in the design of the poster, along with a picture of the precocious girl who features in the film? This iconic, and slightly teasing print is a firm favourite for many people – and can be found on a lot of walls. 


#9 Singin’ in the Rain, 1952

This upbeat musical is depicted perfectly in its movie poster, which is filled with lots of the iconic umbrellas that feature in the film. Known as one of the best Hollywood musicals ever made, it features Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor in a musical yarn about the transformation of from silent films to sound. The poster itself is a photographic masterpiece and is sure to brighten any room. 


#10 Vertigo, 1958

This gorgeous poster was designed by Saul Bass, an Academy Award winning film maker and graphic designer from America. Before Bass burst onto the scene, film posters tended to show key scenes from the film, and feature the main characters too of course. Bass introduced a new style to the genre though, with his posters featuring simplified and symbolic elements. The Vertigo movie poster is an iconic piece showcasing his style, as it features two stylised figures being sucked down a spiral vortex – representing the disorientation and feelings of anxiety that are portrayed throughout the film. 


So, now you have your poster, how do you go about framing it?

Framing posters is a real art, because they do have a tend to wrinkle because of the humidity in the air. Posters tend to be printed on paper which will expand and contract and so if they are framed in a way which doesn’t give them any room to breathe the only way, they can go is inwards. This is what leads to the wrinkling. 


However, there are ways in which you can frame your posters which will prevent them from wrinkling, and most of them involve using foam or a Gatorboard (inner core of foam and outer wood-fibre veneer). The frame you choose should also be at least one inch bigger than the size of your poster, which will give both the poster and the board room to manoeuvre without wrinkling taking place. It will also help if you use an acid free tissue mount between the frame and the poster.


There are four ways you can attach your poster to your board backing, and these are:

Using acid free tape along the sides and top of the poster. 

Using acid free clear photo corners slipped over the corner of the poster. These can help the poster bond to the board without damaging it in any way

Using spray adhesive spread evenly over the board and using the plexiglass to evenly spread the weight around so that the poster sticks evenly

Dry mount the poster to the board – although this may devalue the poster as it is a permanent solution it is, however, it is the longest lasting method of preservation


We don’t just deal with posters here at Frames, we can also help with cheap custom picture frames as well. If you have any sales enquiries, you can call us on 0161 962 5573 from 9am to 530 pm Monday to Friday. 

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