The best films often generate hype by featuring amazing movie trailers. Movies are one of the best ways to pass the time. Americans spend over 6 billion dollars per year going to the movies. Obviously, that’s as a whole and not per person. This figure is only a small representation of how big the movie industry is here in the states. The world of streaming has done it’s best to cut into the movie theater industry, but movie theaters are seeing a resurgence since 2020’s covid setback everything that relied on in-person engagement.

When movie theaters saw that decline, that’s when the streaming boom took place. After the Covid-19 outbreak shut down most of the world for a period of time, the world of streaming became such a huge part of American culture. The Office saw a resurgence of epic proportions. People were stressed, panicked and depressively watching TV shows and movies like never before.

During that time, it seemed like people watched whatever the streaming giants gave them. But before streaming took off and even now, the quality of the content is as important as ever. One thing that Hollywood has always excelled at is selling a movie. Even if the show or movie wasn’t well received by fans, Hollywood always does a good job of making a great Movie trailer that sells it well.

20th Century Studios
Ronal (Kate Winslet), Tonowari (Cliff Curtis), and the Metkayina clan in 20th Century Studios’ AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER.

What Makes Good Movie Trailers?

What makes the best movie trailer is a bit of a complex mystery. There’s a lot that goes into making a riveting trailer, it’s got to have the right hook, action or drama depending on what film/series is about, and of course there’s got to be some type of twist or hint at a big reveal. Especially in sequels, there has to be something uniquely different about this movie that should make people want to find out more!

Of course, the music is key too! Having the right music embedded in a trailer can make or break the entire trailer. The music sets the pace, allows for key editing points, and if it’s done correctly, invokes the emotions the writers and directors want you to feel! Let’s discuss what movie trailers are the best of the best.

Godzilla Movie Trailers poster
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Shot of a post Godzilla fight with King Kong during a scene from the latest Godzilla movie, Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire.

Which movie trailers checkoff all the right boxes? Emotion, passion, editing genius, the big reveal and overall creativity all are a factor. I’m also throwing in an additional factor in, did the trailer do better than the movie? I’m only including the trailers that didn’t hype up a movie, only for the movie to fall flat on its face and be a disappointment! Here are the good trailers that the movie actually delivered on as well! For some good movies from the Godzilla universe, check them out here!

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    A trailer that shocked the world when it first dropped. We hadn’t seen a Star Wars film in over a decade and this one gave us everything we wanted in a trailer. You see Darth Vader’s mask, Princess Lead, Han Solo and Chewie. All while ushering in a new era of drama in the galaxy. This is one of the best films in the entire series and this trailer provided the ultimate lead in. Truly a trailer that to this day, gives any true Star Wars fan goosebumps. 




  • Godzilla King of the Monsters

    Godzilla King of the Monster is a trailer that is a masterpiece. From an editing standpoint, it is simply perfection. The classical music is edited in such a way that fits masterfully with the action and dramatic scenes within the trailer. Also, the ability of these editors to edit “to the music” by linking action shots with the correct beats in the musical score is phenomenal. Transitions between screaming and monster roars, setting up movie lines through edits. I could go on and on. The final sequence ties a bow on a perfect trailer. The movie held up as well!

  • Batman The Dark Knight

    The reason this trailer is so good is the same as the movie. Heath Ledger, mostly. The editing is quite good, and the lighting does not deceive the film’s overall tone. But mostly, within this trailer, you feel the chills that the Heath Ledger Joker gave us. He is a maniacal, sadistic, and purely evil character who desires only chaos. This movie trailer delivers the promise of an amazing movie to fans. If anything, the trailer couldn’t even live up to how unbelievably amazing the film was!

  • Inception

    The Inception trailer works so well because it keeps you on your toes. Secrets are tightly kept in this trailer; even though it may seem like it’s giving away a ton of information about the story, those who have seen the movie know that’s not the case. Overall, it’s a masterpiece of cinema!

  • Interstellar

    The Interstellar trailer challenges humanity. It sets a devastating plot point that we are doomed on planet Earth as a species. What’s most fascinating about this trailer is that it gives you all the raw emotion during the movie. But without any context whatsoever. Nearly everything you see in this trailer will need a deep explanation to understand without seeing the movie. Coupling the trailer with seeing the movie, you realize why this is a masterpiece!’

  • Mission Impossible: Fallout

    Admittedly I am not a fan of really any Tom Cruise movies not named Top Gun however, this trailer is a good one. The Mission Impossible Fallout trailer gives you unique feelings, instead of feeling intrigued or shocked, you sort of feel tense watching it. The trailer really does set the movie up well and, in my opinion, “Fallout” was one of the better Mission impossible films to date.

  • Jurassic World

    The rebirth of pure epic nostalgia! The trailer for Jurassic World is breathtaking because it captivated all the fans who grew up watching the original Jurassic Park movies. In addition to hooking all the old fans, it drew in the latest generation of Dinosaur movie fans beautifully! A wonderful clash of old and new makes this the perfect trailer, and based on how well the movie did, the trailer was masterfully executed.

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