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You don’t have to be obsessed with nostalgia to appreciate the aesthetic of a vintage movie poster — but it definitely helps. Vintage movie posters are multi-functional as far as gift giving goes. They’re perfect for movie lovers, they’re collectible, and they add a bit of character to any room. Whether you’re shopping for a gift for your home or office, or buying a present for someone else, we gathered up a short list of Old Hollywood movie posters to purchase online.
The round up of posters feature Marilyn Monroe, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Ed Begley Sr., and other unforgettable faces from Hollywood’s Golden Age. High quality movie posters aren’t exactly cheap but we managed to find a selection of items that start at $175 and up. For more movie-inspired items to buy, read our picks for best gifts for movie lovers, and best trivia games for cinephiles.
Shirley MacLaine and Frank Sinatra collaborated in several movies, including the 1957 musical “Can-Can.” The film centers around a judge’s attempt to stop a Parisian nightclub owner (played by MacLaine) from doing a forbidden dance on stage only to end up falling for her. Commemorate the classic film with this 27” x 14” poster.
Gene Kelly directs and stars in this 1955 musical satire about a trio of World War II veterans who share a drink in a New York City bar where they promise to return 10 years later. When they reunite, the men learn that they haven’t achieved any of their goals over the last 10 years — and worse, they can’t relate to each other anymore. The film’s cast includes Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse, and Michael Kidd. The colorful movie poster is 27″ x 41.”
Even if you’re not a die-hard collector of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, you know that the “The Seven Year Itch” is one of her most iconic looks. And here’s your chance to own the original 14” x 36” movie poster showcasing Monroe in that infamous white halter dress. For those who want a more affordable option try this vintage replica movie poster from the film.
This 1957 musical comedy starring Kay Kendall is about a dancer who gets sued by her dance troupe after writing a tell-all book about her experience. “Les Girls,” features an all-star cast that includes Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor, Taina Elg, Henry Daniell, and Leslie Phillips. The 27” x 14” poster will look great with a modern solid-colored frame.
You don’t necessarily need to be familiar with “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” to appreciate this 27″ x 41″ puzzle-piece inspired movie poster. The film’s plot follows a newspaper publisher who tries to prove a point by framing himself for murder. Dana Andrews and Joanne Fontaine are pictured on the poster.
“The Crooked Way” is a film noir crime drama about a war veteran recovering from amnesia only to be confronted with his criminal past. John Payne, Sonny Tufts, and Ellen Drew star in this 1949 drama directed by Robert Florey. Like many of the options on our list, this particular poster is 27″ x 41.”
If you’re a fan of Sidney Lumet, then you’ll want this 41” x 77.5” linen-backed poster in your collection. Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Warden, E.G. Marshall, Ed Begley Sr., and Jack Klugman appear in “12 Angry Men,” the 1957 Oscar-nominated court drama directed by Lumet, which centers around a group of jurors deliberating a murder case.