Undefended: The Five Greatest Movie Trailers of All Time

Undefended is posted every Friday. All FilmFisher writers are given a prompt and respond with a list of five items, none of which are explained or rationalized. This week…

…the five greatest movie trailers of all time.


Joseph Gross:

1. Terminator 2: Judgement Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKtWhBtvHQU

2. Moon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twuScTcDP_Q

3. A Scanner Darkly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVnvilLFk2Y

4. Man of Steel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6DJcgm3wNY

5. The Wolf of Wall Street https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iszwuX1AK6A


Sean Johnson:

1. Psycho  http://youtu.be/Ps8H3rg5GfM

2. Unbreakable http://youtu.be/h5eCFjjQFxY

3. Where the Wild Things Are  http://youtu.be/01-PqqifyjA

4. Rushmore  http://youtu.be/GxCNDpvGyss

5. The Dark Knight Rises  http://youtu.be/g8evyE9TuYk?t=3s


James Banks:

1. The Thin Red Line https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCmlOhsIwBk

2. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aco15ScXCwA

3. Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY1TLgqfjvw

4. The Dark Knight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ5U8suTUw0

5. No Country for Old Men https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBqmKSAHc6w


Kanaan Trotter:

1. Pulp Fiction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7EdQ4FqbhY#t=151

2. Man Of Steel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVu3gS7iJu4

3. Alien https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGAHtWV7Ua8

4. Shutter Island https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iaYLCiq5RM

5. Cloverfield https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1XEriXzNik


Mickey Haist Jr. :

1. Catch 22 : http://youtu.be/G41SJUIawVo

2. Star Wars Revenge of the Sith : http://youtu.be/4raW1agJG7U

3. Superman 1978 : http://youtu.be/XhfPidk4DvA

4. Before Midnight : http://youtu.be/euOJkb0U8vE

5. A Hard Day’s Night : http://youtu.be/wiW003U4iA8


Sheffield Leithart:

1. The Fall https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO0LYcCoeJY

2. Tree of Life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnTj42BD2Ls

3. Where the Wild Things https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01-PqqifyjA

4. Alien https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEVY_lonKf4

5. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford



Remy Wilkins:

1. There Will Be Blood <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHYrpXKda94>

2. Where the Wild Things Are <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01-PqqifyjA>

3. Unbreakable <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5eCFjjQFxY>

4. The Shining <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEew7zvpAWE>

5. The Social Network. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB95KLmpLR4>


Brian Murnion:

1. Pierrot le fou http://youtu.be/ycg2yb3qiUo

2. The Apartment http://youtu.be/9oU5PUTnClE

3. Ikiru http://youtu.be/Lc4y-asVh3c

4. A Woman Under The Influence http://youtu.be/w9WnRfzlGEg

5. Paper Moon http://youtu.be/ORTv3jORX-I


Justin Spencer:

1. There Will be Blood http://youtu.be/f3THVbr4hlY

2. Tree of Life http://youtu.be/pvQZfLavWfU

3. To the Wonder http://youtu.be/uFIHVPGYFUQ

4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 http://youtu.be/mObK5XD8udk

5. Psycho http://youtu.be/DTJQfFQ40lI


Joshua Gibbs:

1. Unbreakable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5eCFjjQFxY

2. Little Children: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiJLJd7cH1c ;

3. Pearl Harbor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGwI-392jfE

4. The Shining: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEew7zvpAWE

5. Magnolia (teaser): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ahUItMF3oE

Joshua Gibbs

Joshua Gibbs teaches great books, collects records and jogs to work. He and his wife have two children, both of whom have seven names. He tweets at @joshgibbs and blogs for the CiRCE Institute.

4 Responses to Undefended: The Five Greatest Movie Trailers of All Time

  1. -the T2 teaser was lame
    -that Man of Steel trailer is phenomenal. If the actual movie had been half as good…wow. I liked it, but how disappointing.
    -the Psycho trailer should be disqualified. It’s 6 and a half minutes!
    -I do like the Unbreakabke trailer. But the one for the Sixth Sense is absolutely better. http://youtu.be/VG9AGf66tXM
    -I didn’t remember Where the Wild Things Are. Nice find.
    -Nolan must have a major hand in his trailers, because they are generally outstanding. TDKR>TDK
    -Tinker, Tailor is almost a perfect movie, but the trailer is pretty standard. Similar argument for Drive.
    -I liked the Llewyn Davis trailer better than No Country. http://youtu.be/t-vC6DZJmlw
    -Pulp Fiction isn’t fair. Not only is it 3 minutes, but the movie is already so great (and not overrated!) that splicing together clips is almost too easy.
    -Alien would probably be atop my list, followed closely by Pearl Harbor.
    -Social Network is a great pick (could have guessed that from Remy, re: Radiohead) but I prefer the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which would almost certainly be on my list: http://youtu.be/WVLvMg62RPA
    -Cloverfield has the novelty factor but not much else.
    -it’s close, but I think Phantom Menace is better than Revenge.
    -Superman? Really? It’s a bunch of names.
    -Remy was bound by contract to include a PTA flick.
    -The Shining is so stinking creepy. Yeesh.
    -Harry Potter. Lol
    -I’ve never seen Little Children or the trailer. Goodness.

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