12 Iconic 1980s Movie & TV Posters

After seeing the posters in this article, you’ll quickly realize that the 1980s was a decade of great movies, television shows, and stories that still captivate audiences today. Almost everyone and their uncle have heard of classics like Back to the Future, Transformers, Smurfs and other icons on this list.

The posters from these iconic films and series are equally unforgettable—from classic cartoon characters to sci-fi action figures and crime dramas.

Here we take a look at 12 memorable 1980s movie and television posters that were created for some of the biggest hits in film history. On this list you’ll find a mixture of concept art, and official posters from the respective Movies/TV-shows we’ve included.

1. Back to the Future (1985)

Marty McFly stands with his iconic DeLorean time machine as he prepares for a wild ride through time and space in this classic poster from the cult favorite sci-fi comedy adventure. Be sure to dive into our list of 7 things predicted in Back to the Future.

2. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

A classic from the original trilogy, this poster features a silhouette of Luke Skywalker in his black garb facing off against Darth Vader as they duel in one final confrontation that will determine the fate of the galaxy.

3. Transformers (1986)

This poster captures the energy and battle ready excitement of Grimlock, the Dinobot warrior, in a single image that is generated from the toy packaging.

4. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1983)

Another classic, this poster an iconic comic book cover from the original Marvel G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero series in glorious technicolor detail. Snake Eyes is ready to defend the world against Cobra.

5. Knight Rider (1982)

Michael Knight and his faithful side-kick car KITT along with Devon and Bonnie in all their glory as they fight crime and protect the innocent.

6. Miami Vice (1984)

This classic film noir inspired poster shows pure 1980s style at its best! The vibrant colors and bold typography provide a compelling visual element that draws you in.

7. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

One of the most beloved films of all time, this movie poster captures the magical story of an alien’s journey home perfectly. This poster highlights the scene with Elliot and E.T. trick-or-treating beneath a spectacular sunset backdrop.

8. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

This poster for the fifth installment of the epic space opera features Darth Vader’s menacing helmet, along with a dramatic dark sky backdrop to evoke a sense of tension and foreboding.

9. The Smurfs (1981 - 1989)

The adorable blue Smurf Hefty, showing off his strength in this concept artwork. A reminder to check out the Smurfs as this poster would make an excellent gift idea for kids or collectors who can't get enough of these beloved characters.

10. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Indiana Jones stands ready for action on this vintage movie poster which captures all the excitement and adventure of the beloved action-adventure franchise.

11. Garfield On The Town (1983)

This poster features everyone’s favorite lasagna-loving orange tabby cat, Garfield, saying something hilariously relatable to all who admire the cute Garfield lifestyle.

12. The Breakfast Club (1985)

This classic John Hughes movie shows five very different high school students together as they embark on an unforgettable journey of discovery and self-acceptance. It’s one of the best examples of how great films can capture teenage life perfectly in just one image.

Wrap Up

In conclusion, '80s posters are an iconic part of pop culture that have stood the test of time. They remain popular today, and their unique style has been a source of inspiration for many modern designs.

Whether through nostalgia or admiration for their bold visuals, it is easy to see why these vintage posters continue to be such a hit. No matter how much technology changes over the years, it seems that there will always be something special about these classic '80s movie posters.

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