The seventies was a terrific decade for movies, from big blockbusters to science fiction to the gritty crime drama. And every great film needs an iconic posters.
This decade produced some of the most iconic movies of all time, and there was some truly fantastic artwork to go with it.
- Get Carter (1971)
Get Carter remains one of the best British crime dramas, as one of Michael Caine's most famous roles.
The movie was based on the book Jack's Return Home by Ted Lewis, and saw Caine take on the central role of Jack Carter.
The movie also marked the feature film directorial debut of Mike Hodges: he had kicked off his career in TV.
Caine features in the poster for the film, which was designed by Arnalod Putzu: who was renowned for his work on artwork for Italian & British films.
Putzu drew Caine for the poster, but he is dressed in a floral jacket & pink tie, which he never wore in the film.
- Mean Streets (1973)
We go from crime drama to another, as Mean Streets hit the big screen in 1973.
The movie was the third feature film of director Martin Scorsese and really helped kick off his career.
I have always been a big fan of the sparse movie posters, and this was one of the best of the decade.
The smoking gun hints at the type of film that we can expect, but also kinds a real sense of mystery surrounding the film.
- Jaws (1975)
Steven Spielberg was back in the director's chair in 1975 for Jaws: which was an adaptation of the book of the same name by Peter Benchley.
Jaws was a watershed moment in film history, as it really marked the birth of the 'blockbuster' genre.
Jaws went on to become the highest grossing film of all time - at the time - and it is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time.
Roger Kastel is the artist responsible for the iconic picture that features on the infamous poster for the film.
The image was originally created for the paperback edition of the novel, before being used in the poster campaign for the film.
- Saturday Night Fever (1977)
The seventies made a star out of actor John Travolta, and Saturday Night Fever was just of the movies that propelled him to stardom.
Saturday Night Fever was an adaptation of Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night by Nik Cohn, and was directed by John Badham.
The poster featured one of the most famous moments and outfits of the film: it really would become the enduring image of this popular film.
Supported by a terrific soundtrack, Saturday Night Fever went on to be a huge critical and commercial success.
Travolta went on to pick up a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his central performance.
- Star Wars (1977)
Star Wars hit the big screen in 1977, and would kick off one of the most successful and popular film franchises of all time.
George Lucas was in the director's chair, and brought together a cast that included Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher.
Tom Jung was the man behind the iconic poster. Jung had already enjoyed an illustrious career by the time he was working as a freelance illustrator in 1977.
Jung was given the theme of 'Good Over Evil' for the design of the poster. It also featured the title logo in the same style as the opening frame of the movie.
- Alien (1979)
When you think of sci-fi films of the seventies, Alien is the first thing that jumps into your head.
Yes, it was back in 1979 when Ridley Scott thrilled audiences with the sci-fi/horror film that took us in the darkness and dangers of space.
Alien provided Sigourney Weaver with her first lead role - playing Ripley - and it kick started her career.
Bill Gold is a man who enjoyed a career that spanned seventy years: Alien is one of his most famous films.
This sparse poster is as iconic as the film itself, along with the strap-line 'in space, no one can hear you scream'.
Other great posters of the decade include Apocalypse Now, Chinatown, The French Connection and The Towering Inferno.