The 25 Best Movie Trailers Of The 21st Century [VIDEOS]

With summer quickly approaching, blockbuster movie season is ramping up. Why not explore our favorite part about going to the movies: the trailers. A movie trailer is, simply put, an advertisement for the film to build buzz and attract an audience.  The level of interest that spikes from a good trailer can make or break a film. How many times did you decide against a particular movie because of that trailer? Exactly! These are some of the best movie trailers since 2000. I would make sure no one is around you when you watch these, some of them might scare the crap out of you. So grab some popcorn, turn off the lights, and enjoy the show.

25. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End might not have been the best movie of the Jack Sparrow trilogy but it had the best trailer. It had to have a great trailer. This movie followed one of the most successful movies of all time, Dead Man’s Chest. The second pirate movie grossed so much money, Donald Trump got nervous. How do you follow such a success? By making sure everyone gets the right taste in their mouth to prepare for the third installments release. And this trailer did exactly that.

24. The Crazies (2010)

This trailer was crazy! It starts off like most horror movie trailers: sweet and innocent. But then it violently transforms into this bloody clip fest of things that you should not be watching in a trailer. How many movie trailers have you seen with a man being shot in the head in the first 15 seconds?

23.  Hero (2002)

Put this movie down as one you need to watch with some extra special brownies, if you know what I mean. Not only was this trailer a form of art, the movie was even better. Just imagine watching a man stand in a shadow of thousands of arrows somehow come out unscathed. This is one of the few movies to actually live up to the trailer.

22. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

At what point in time did Jessica Biel become Jessica Biel? When did she arrive on the scene? Before she showed up all we had to look at was mediocrity at its finest. She brought the word hot back into the picture. This movie was not good at all but after watching the trailer and noticing Jessica Biel in next-to-nothing on, I was ready to pre-order my tickets that night! The creator of this trailer deserves an applause for using Ms. Biel as the real tease.

21. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was possibly one of the greatest films of all time. It had everything a fan would want in a fantasy tale about dwarfs, elves, and man. This trailer might have made the list because most people were dying for the sequel to come out. Especially after the four hours they spent watching the first one in theaters. They earned it!

20. Sin City (2005)

This trailer should have fallen next to Texas Chainsaw Massacre in the rankings due to its common features. They both used hot ass Jessica’s as its main teaser. Before Sin City, did you see Jessica Alba play a stripper? In anything? Nope! Aside from the epic awesomeness that this movie was, the ever so quick glance at Jessica Alba dancing around on a stripper pole had most of the country intrigued.

19. Jarhead (2005)

Did you know Jarhead was released in the same year as Brokeback Mountain? Did Jake Gyllenhaal do this on purpose? He probably approached his agent saying, “Ok, I will do the gay cowboy film but I need something that is the complete opposite of that so people will not forget I am a man.” Don’t worry Jake, we all the know the gay version of you is Maggie Gyllenhaal.

18. Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

If you saw the first Paranormal Activity, then this trailer was nothing more than another horrific event to scare the crap out of you as it did to me. As for the movie, not so much.

17. 300 (2006)

If a man wanted to watch the perfect guy film, what would be in it? Women? Check! Nudity? Check! Fighting? Check! Battles on an open battlefield? Check! Bad Ass mofo’s? Check! This movie has it all and not once did I feel like I was being ripped off from the trailer. This trailer defines the movie that I love. If you have not seen this one yet, you are missing out.

16. Cowboys and Aliens (2011)

This trailer is the only one to make the list for a movie that has yet to be released. Why? It might have a lot to do with Olivia Wilde. It could also have to do with the amazing combination of Daniel Craig, Cowboys, Aliens, and Harrison Ford. All this movies needs now is a little nudity and this could end up at the top of the list next time.

15. District 9 (2009)

District 9 featured aliens living among us but in segregation in an area called District 9. How could a trailer involving this plot go wrong?

14. Watchmen (2009)

The trend with modern trailers involves sex, women, and action. The Watchmen trailer includes all these elements and adds a bad ass mix of  the Smashing Pumpkins and the Muse. Now that is a good sounding trailer, all we need now is a little more sexy and it would be perfect.

13. Casino Royale (2006)

Pierce Brosnan was a crappy James Bond. That is not an opinion, it is a fact. He sucked! So when the buzz around the new James Bond movie started to hit the internet, everyone was a bit curious to see Daniel Craig. Daniel Craig? Who the hell is that? And then, movie magic, a trailer that answered the question of how much worse can this get and replaced it with a simplified “Hell yeah!”

12. Black Swan (2010)

There is a point in this movie that I had to pause it to remind myself the purpose of it. Why would I want to watch a movie about the ballet and total mind screw? It has nothing to do with the rumor I heard about Mila Kunis going down on Natalie Portman, right? If you watch this trailer, do not blink or you will miss the teaser of the sex scene I vote to be the sexiest of all time.

11. The Departed (2006)

Answer me this, how good can a movie starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, Alec Baldwin, and Jack Nicholson really be?  According to the trailer…pretty DAMN good!

10. Transformers (2007)

How many people had no idea what the hell this was until the very end when the name popped up on the screen? Sure, you know what it is now but how about a few years back before the original was released? Not many people had a clue what they were looking at until the brief shadow of Optimus Prime teased our mind. This trailer had people drooling at the mouth for opening night.

9. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

The Matrix was a phenomenal movie. Its’ sequel was nearly as good. The third installment, not so much. So for now, we can admire the work of a great trailer for a great film and not waste time complaining about the third film that left most of us with a bad taste in our mouth about the whole “Matrix” thing.

8. Kill Bill (2003)

If you watched any of the previous Quentin Tarantino flicks, then you were already prepared for what was about to occur. A fast-paced, bloody tale of a beautiful woman set out for revenge. Everything about this trailer was perfect. The color, music, storyline, and suspense all added up to make you want to see what Tarantino had up his sleeves.

7. Iron Man 2 (2010)

At what point in time did someone say it was perfect to use AC/DC and Ozzy Osbourne in one action-packed movie trailer to Iron Man 2? Who decided this? As far as the music for the trailer goes, this was the best one ever. They begin with a little bit of Shoot to Thrill mix it with some Razor’s Edge and top it off with a song named after the only man it could be, Iron Man.

6. Cloverfield (2008)

Cloverfield was a solid movie and I am giving that word solid a big margin of error. The trailer, however, was incredible. Its originality made it feel as if we were sitting right next to those people as they tried to figure out what was going on. When the trailer ends you were still left in a confused state of mind wondering what the hell just happened.

5. Dark Knight (2008)

The first Batman, featuring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, was the best version of the storied rival of Batman and the Joker. That is, until 2008 when an actor named Heath Ledger took the role of Joker to a whole new level. His portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight was one of the best performances of all time so you would expect a trailer full of  THE JOKER.

4. Terminator Salvation (2009)

Why do some of the bad movies of the past ten years have some of the best trailers? What is that about? Terminator Salvation was not horrible but it lacked the talent of its predecessors. Sure, having Christian Bale in your movie always helps but this trailer was the best part of the movie and that is never a good thing. Where is Arnold when you need him?

3. The Strangers (2008)

If you saw this trailer by yourself, hats off to you. I still have nightmares from watching this movie in theaters. What is more scary? Watching a terrifying horror movie trailer alone in the dark or at the end of the trailer the words “inspired by true events” comes on screen?

2. Inception (2010)

Christopher Nolan is awesome. This trailer is made in a way no other director could have done, it was done Nolan style.

1. Battle: Los Angeles (2011)

It is ashame that a movie with such a terrific trailer failed to live up to the expectations. This movie sucked something rancid but the trailer destroyed the competition on the list. Congratulations, at least now you have won something for such a crappy movie.

Liked this? Check out these:
5 Signs a Movie Is Guaranteed to Bomb
7 Superheroes Seth Rogen Could Play in the Movies [POLL]
5 Types of Movies You Can’t See in China
How Dangerous is the Zombie Chasing You? [INFOGRAPHIC]
8 Villains Who Probably Won’t Be in “The Dark Knight Rises” [VIDEOS]

  • 10678531520930918