Top 6: Movie Trailers

Posted in Top 6 at 4:59 am by Sam

Movie trailers can be as dull and formulaic as movies themselves can be. But also like movies, sometimes a movie trailer can be a real work of art in its own right. Sometimes a movie trailer can be better than the movie it’s advertising. For Episode 50’s Top 6 segment, we’ve compiled lists of our favorite movie trailers. What are yours?

As always, we recommend listening to the episode before reading further.

  1. The Shining (1980) [Trailer]
  2. Alien (1979) [Trailer]
  3. The Matrix (1999) [Trailer]
  4. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) [Trailer]
  5. I, Robot (2004)
  6. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
  1. Comedian (2002) [Trailer]
  2. Any Movie Trailer In Which Alfred Hitchcock Appears In Person [Psycho Trailer, The Birds Trailer, Marnie Trailer, North By Northwest Trailer, Frenzy Trailer]
  3. Every Movie Trailer Made Between Roughly 1930 and 1950
  4. Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (2003) [Trailer]
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) [Trailer]
  6. Twister (1996) [Trailer]


  1. Jeffrey (84) said,

    September 11, 2007 at 10:50 am

    Er, the blurb still refers to gambling movies.

    As previously mentioned, I love the one for Star Wars Episode I which first shows Darth Maul and his double-sided lightsabre.
    Also love the one for Independence Day which ends with the White House being blown up.

  2. crazythink (1) said,

    September 11, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    Personally, I loved the Dark City trailer. I saw it in the theater when I saw Scream 2. I later told everyone that I paid $11 to see the best trailer ever, seeing as how the movie was terrible, IMHO.

  3. Maryam (14) said,

    September 11, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    Is that Austin Powers trailer the right one? In the podcast, you all talked about one with a Star Wars Ep. 1 fakeout, and mentioning Ep. 1 again at the end. This one doesn’t do either of those.

  4. Nyperold (116) said,

    September 11, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    The Long, Long Trailer, starring Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball.

    … oh, wait… this isn’t Top 6 Trailer Movies? ;-)

  5. Grishny (156) said,

    September 12, 2007 at 9:18 am

    Has anybody else seen the new trailer for Iron Man, coming out next summer? I don’t know if it’ll make anybody’s Top 6 list, but it’s pretty cool. Robert Downey Jr. seems like the perfect choice to play Tony Stark.

    It’s over on Apple at http://www.apple.com/trailers/paramount/ironman/

  6. Aaron (35) said,

    September 13, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    Oddly enough, I couldn’t remember the Comedian trailer at all when you were talking about it, but when I watched it it seemed rather familiar, like I had seen it before. But at the same time I didn’t really remember when or where I saw it, so I can’t be sure.

  7. Maryam (14) said,

    September 13, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    Aaron: Possibly you’ve seen it linked from AMT before. It appears in this post: http://www.allmovietalk.com/?p=257

  8. joem18b (231) said,

    September 17, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    We always called them “previews.” In fact, I still call them previews. I googled around a little to see whether “previews” morphed into “trailers” at some point, or whether it’s a regional thing and both terms have always been around. No luck.

    And “teasers.” Where did that come from?

  9. Sam (405) said,

    September 18, 2007 at 10:42 am

    The word “trailers” is at least as old as “previews,” as it was the original term. Read more in the Vintage: Trailers article. I’m sure “preview” was in use as well, since that’s what they were, but “trailer” was the more specific, more official industry term.

    Now, “preview” is perhaps more common than it used to be because the word “trailer” no longer technically refers to something “trailing” the main feature. Nevertheless, it remains the more specific term. It’s the main theatrical preview(s), not the TV previews and perhaps not even the “teaser” (though that’s sometimes called the “teaser trailer”).

    Where did “teaser” come from? It’s not the full preview. It’s just a little teaser.

  10. LarryKing (1) said,

    July 21, 2009 at 8:20 am

    To be honest, I like almost every movie trailer - the thing is, the art of making trailers became of a great quality and they are really capable of making the audience thirst for watching the film.

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