15 Over-Used Movie Poster Clichés

15 Over-Used Movie Poster Clichés

To signify that your movie is a "big independent film," go for a super-saturated golden yellow.

15 Over-Used Movie Poster Clichés

There is only one color of dress for romantic comedies.

15 Over-Used Movie Poster Clichés

The ultra-dramatic back-shot, for the lonely hero and probably vigilante. If he's wearing a hat, he definitely has a concealed weapon. If not, it's a toss-up.

15 Over-Used Movie Poster Clichés

Yikes. Clearly the enormous, looming eye is mostly for horror films.

15 Over-Used Movie Poster Clichés

Movie posters about animals tend to be sapphire. There's also all that thin, white text in capital letters, and often pairs of figures in profile or from the back. And hey, a huge white moon can't hurt.

15 Over-Used Movie Poster Clichés

The blindfolded hero must face justice.

15 Over-Used Movie Poster Clichés

Tom Cruise has a very attractive profile.

15 Over-Used Movie Poster Clichés

Photobooth faces with overlaid text denotes that the main character is the most important thing in the film, and they're probably super awesome.

15 Over-Used Movie Poster Clichés

How do you properly express your tough-love relationship? By standing back to back!

15 Over-Used Movie Poster Clichés

A silhouette in front of the ocean, with faces floating in the clouds, all in pastel colors? This movie will be really touching and poignant, you guys.

15 Over-Used Movie Poster Clichés

Any black and white poster with a shock of red flame is trying to tell you it's an action flick, and that you can expect more than four explosions…

15 Over-Used Movie Poster Clichés

… whereas the black and white with red block text is more comic book-esque, high style with a weaponry focus.

15 Over-Used Movie Poster Clichés

If someone is running down the street, that street should probably be blue. Also your movie should probably be some kind of thriller.

15 Over-Used Movie Poster Clichés

We happen to like most of these — posters dominated by faces created out of film elements — but you can't deny that seeing them all lined up like this takes a little of the air out of them.

15 Over-Used Movie Poster Clichés

Um, these movies probably have a sex scene. Or at least one hot girl.