25 Magnificent Modern Day Movie Illustrations

While putting together this post, I had a hard time with the title. I was going to include the words retro or vintage but then I thought - Are most of these retro or are some of these modern? Here was my conclusion: While some of these illustrations have that retro-feel, most are a modern take on a movie classic.

What these artists have done so well is take a particular scene or character and create a visual representation of the movie. Most of the time, rather than bombard us with visuals, they ask us to draw on our experiences. From Olly Moss's incredibly simplistic black and red movie posters to Tom Whalen and Brandon Schaefer's more colorful, retro-inspired art, I hope you enjoy this collection of some of the most cleverest and coolest retro-modern movie illustrations around!

Rain Man

Olly Moss

American History X

Olly Moss



Back to the Future


The Shining

R Black

Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back

Tom Whalen

The Wizard of Oz

Tom Whalen


Tom Whalen

Dawn of the Dead

Tom Whalen

Ghost Busters

Brandon Schaefer

The Dark Knight

Brandon Schaefer

Big Trouble in Little China

Tyler Scout

Inglorious Bastards

Tyler Scout


Ian Vanderhoff


Eric Tan

The Incredibles

Eric Tan


Eric Tan



The Harry Potter Series

M.S. Corley (Not all movies yet, but soon to be!)

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Comment by Steven Hamilton on October 21, 2009 at 5:03am
Picking favourites is causing a few arguments in my office. Apparently my Back to the Future choice is "controversial". Nothing wrong with a bit of controversy. Especially when it looks a cool as that!
Comment by Lily Martin on September 24, 2009 at 7:36pm
These are really cool! I love Ratatouille and the Harry Potter series. :)
Comment by Kevin on September 24, 2009 at 3:08am
The stuff Tyler Scout does for the Alamo Drafthouse here in Austin is always great.

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