We have examined antireflection (AR) coatings for high reflectivity metals such as Al on the basis of the admittance diagram. The proposed AR coatings consist of bilayers of absorptive and dielectric materials. A wide variety of materials can be used for AR coatings by tuning the thicknesses of both the absorptive and the dielectric layers. The bilayered AR concept has been applied to reduce the reflectance of wire grid (WG) polarizers made of Al. An absorptive layer has been deposited by the glancing angle deposition technique immediately on the top of Al wires covered with a thin layer. For the optimum combination of the thicknesses of and , the reflectance reduces to lower than a few percent independent of the polarization, whereas the transmission polarization properties remain favorable. We have demonstrated that Ge is also appropriate for the low-reflectivity WG polarizers as an absorptive material. Because low-reflectivity WG polarizers are completely composed of inorganic materials, they are useful for applications requiring thermal durability, such as liquid crystal projection displays.