25 of the best movie posters from the 1990s

A selection of iconic film art from the slacker generation.


John Wadsworth

While we were compiling our 100 best films of the 1990s list, we got to thinking about why certain titles were so successful. As such, we’ve been looking back over some our favourite posters from the decade, and have collected together a batch of the finest for your perusing pleasure.

While the most iconic movie posters of the 1980s were masterfully hand-drawn, such as Richard Amsel’s illustration for Raiders of the Lost Ark or Drew Struzan’s for The Goonies, the 1990s brought with it a marked shift towards photography and computer graphics.

There’s the sci-fi spectacle of a hovering spaceship, a gun-toting Schwarzenegger, the unsettling horror of a skull-backed moth, and hand clasped to an open mouth. Only a handful of the below films feature in our best-of list – top marks if you can guess which ones made the cut.

Slacker (Richard Linklater 1993)

Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)

Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg, 1991)

Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997)

Election (Alexander Payne, 1999)

Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer, 1998) 

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Terry Gilliam, 1998)

Les amants du Pont-Neuf (Leos Carax, 1991)

Scream (Wes Craven, 1996)

Man on the Moon (Milos Forman, 1999)

Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg, 1993)

Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, 1999)

Delicatessen (Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1991)

Malcolm X (Spike Lee, 1992)

Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze, 1999)

Basquiat (Julian Schnabel, 1996)

Manhattan Murder Mystery (Woody Allen, 1993)

The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991)

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (Pedro Almodóvar, 1989)

Trainspotting (Danny Boyle, 1996)

Showgirls (Paul Verhoeven, 1995)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (James Cameron, 1991)

The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick, 1998)

Bulworth (Warren Beatty, 1998)

Rushmore (Wes Anderson, 1998)

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Published 17 Mar 2017

Tags: 90sMovies

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