A good studio logo says something about the movie you’re about to see. Sometimes it’s as literal as “this movie is based on a Marvel comic book,” sometimes it’s a testament to a studio’s place in film history, and sometimes it’s—at the risk of sounding very cool—a total vibe that gives you a sense of what to expect from the movie you’re about to see. There are even extremely rare occasions when the logo is so good at hyping up a movie that it makes you wish the Dark Universe hadn’t been a catastrophic flop.
So, in honor of the release of Ridley Scott’s Napoleon and the beautifully haunting logo for Scott Free Productions, here are The A.V. Club’s 25 favorite production company logos (in alphabetical order, so no fighting!) and what they say about the movies they’re attached to.