The Complete Saul Bass: Four Decades of Classic Movie Posters


In the forthcoming Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design , the first retrospective book on the master of film titles, movie posters and logo design, design historian Pat Kirkham dissects Bass’ work with the help of his daughter Jennifer Bass. In anticipation of the book, we’ve collected many of the film posters he designed (we know we said ‘complete,’ but there’s no way to really have a complete list unless you check out the book) for your browsing pleasure and design inspiration. Of course, some of these pale in comparison to their accompanying titles, so we must suggest taking a look at those as well. Some of these posters were never used, and some have become iconic symbols, but all reflect Bass’ incredible talent. Click through to see our extensive gallery of just about all the Saul Bass posters we could find.

Carmen Jones, 1954

The Man with the Golden Arm, 1955

Edge of the City, 1956

Storm Center, 1956

Love in the Afternoon, 1957

Saint Joan, 1957

Bonjour Tristesse, 1958

Vertigo, 1958

The Big Country, 1958

Anatomy of a Murder, 1959

North by Northwest, 1959

Psycho, 1960

Exodus, 1960

The Magnificent Seven, 1960 (Design not used)

One, Two, Three, 1961

West Side Story, 1961

Advise & Consent, 1962

The Cardinal, 1963

Nine Hours to Rama, 1963

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, 1963

In Harm’s Way, 1964

Bunny Lake is Missing, 1965

Grand Prix, 1966

Seconds, 1966

The Firemen’s Ball, 1967

The Two of Us, 1967

Hurry Sundown, 1967

The Fixer, 1968

Why Man Creates, 1968

Such Good Friends, 1971

Rosebud, 1975

Brothers, 1977

The Human Factor, 1979

The Double McGuffin, 1979

The Shining, 1980

Very Happy Alexander, 1980