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The 28 Most Memorable Movie Posters Of 2013

Some posters are memorable because they are stunning examples of how a single, arresting image can pull you in. Some posters are memorable because they make you curse Photoshop and all it has wrought upon the Earth.

1. The Heat

2. August: Osage County

3. The Wolf of Wall Street

4. The Kings of Summer

5. 42

6. Nebraska

7. The Fault in Our Stars

8. Blue Is the Warmest Color

9. Nymphomaniac

What was that again about erotic power? The teaser poster at the left conveys the subject of director Lars Von Trier's latest cinematic provocation with subtle wit. The main poster at the right is about as subtle as a sledgehammer — and just about as effective. Either way, these are images one is unlikely to forget.

10. The Grand Budapest Hotel

11. 12 Years a Slave

12. Gravity

13. Star Trek Into Darkness

14. X-Men: Days of Future Past

Their eyes, lips, and jawlines may not perfectly match, but who cares when you've got, respectively, Patrick Stewart together with James McAvoy, and Ian McKellan together with Michael Fassbender, on the same posters?

15. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

16. Man of Steel

17. This Is the End

18. Bad Grandpa

19. Despicable Me 2

20. You're Next (and, in a way, The Big Wedding)

21. The Conjuring

22. The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Whereas the previous posters are memorable for their relative simplicity, this triptych manages to make the bigger-and-louder-and-messier-is-better aesthetic endemic to so many forgettable studio posters somehow work in its favor. And look! Is that the Green Goblin?!

23. Divergent

From here on is where things flip from being memorably good to being memorably bad.

On the left, we have one of the moody teaser posters for this long-anticipated adaptation of Veronica Roth's YA best-seller, featuring Shailene Woodley's Tris and her signature tattoo of three ravens. So far, so good.

But then Summit Entertainment debuted the final main poster, with Woodley striking the stereotypical gratuitous-butt-and-side-boob pose that so many women on so many posters have done so many times. Oy.

24. Now You See Me

25. Grown Ups 2

26. After Earth

27. Grudge Match

28. R.I.P.D.

What were your most memorable posters of 2013?