40 Greatest Movie Posters
3. Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace (1999)
The Poster: The film might never be included in any other “greatest” lists, but this teaser image of Anakin and his Vader-shadow is a masterclass in appetite-whetting!
Why So Great: It’s everything a teaser poster should be. Short on clutter, big on imagery it’s a clever way of establishing the prequel trilogy’s raison d’etre.
How Representative Of The Movie: Not even remotely. Anakin doesn’t start becoming Vader until Revenge Of The Sith, and the classy restraint of the poster is nowhere to be seen in the film. A picture of Jar-Jar defecating on an original trilogy box-set would be a fairer representation.
Who Would Hang It On Their Wall: As cool as it is, only the staunchest Lucas apologist would hang this up. And even then they’d probably keep it in the attic…