10 Best Movie Trailers of All Time

By Amanda Guarragi
Published: April 5, 2023 (Last updated: 4 weeks ago)
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We discuss the 10 best movie trailers of all time. We provide a breakdown of the best film advertisements that have persuaded us to go to the cinemas. 

There is something about an intense trailer that shows the right amount of story, just enough to hook the viewer. The best trailers don’t give too much away, and that’s why the trailers on this list put everyone in a frenzy when they were released.

The way editors condense the footage in a trailer to make it engaging is beyond important to promote the movie. Without the trailer, no one would be interested in watching something based on the poster; they work hand-in-hand.

The trailers on this list had people talking for days until the movie came out, and that’s the beauty of a good trailer at work.

The 10 Best Movie Trailers of All Time

The Dark Knight (2008)

After Christopher Nolan announced his trilogy, no one would have thought The Dark Knight would have become such a smash hit as it did. And for one, it took one trailer starring Heath Ledger as the Joker to get people to the theatre. Apart from the trailer, casting Ledger was controversial because no one saw him as the clown from Gotham, but he surprised everyone.

Interstellar (2014) 

Another Christopher Nolan trailer drew audiences in because of the concept with time. Interstellar is a layered film and so beautifully made that you have no idea what you’re about to get into when you watch the film. It’s deep and emotional, and you’ll look at the world differently.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) 

The beginning of the end for all Potterheads. When the trailer for Part 2 was released, no one was ready to cry as much as they did. Those who read the book already knew what was coming. However, that trailer showing the duel between Harry Potter and Voldemort was enough to sell this grand finale.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018) 

Another grand finale that no one expected was Avengers: Infinity WarAt the time, everyone had theories about who was going to die, but the trailer gave absolutely nothing away. We didn’t even know if there would be another Avengers film before heading into Infinity War.

The integration of all these beloved MCU characters made for a very memorable trailer as fans broke the internet and the number of times they watched the trailer.

Avatar (2009) 

Christopher Nolan isn’t the only one to make an incredible trailer with little to no information given. James Cameron created Avatar, and the trailer for this sci-fi tale took everyone by surprise because of the incredible technological achievements of the 2000s.

Casino Royale (2006) 

It had been years since Pierce Brosnan retired as James Bond, and this was Daniel Craig’s first time out. This introduction to the new Bond and the fact that it was a card game made for an interesting trailer that wasn’t full of explosions but of intense card playing, stares, and many martinis.

La La Land (2016) 

In a time when musicals weren’t that popular, Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to Whiplash was a dream come true. You could feel the magic in this trailer, and the chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone jumped off the screen to really sell the love story between them and their love for the industry.

Titanic (1997) 

Before Avatar broke records, Titanic was the film that everyone went to go see because of the stars in the movie. And, of course, the retelling of the ship sinking. It’s interesting to see that this trailer didn’t give much away and focused more on introducing the characters and not the sinking ship.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) 

After The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King swept the Oscars in 2001, it took a decade for them to even think about making more stories in Middle Earth. The reason why this one became such a massive trailer is because of the cast and Bilbo Baggins himself.

X-Men: First Class (2011) 

After the travesty of X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 20th Century Fox decided to make a prequel with the same characters. The actors they chose to play, Charles (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), almost outsold the original casting. The reintroduction of these characters in their prime made this one of the best trailers ever.

Do you have any other recommendations for the 10 best movie trailers of all time? Let us know in the comments below.

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