The Best Movie Trailers of 2014

5. Gone Girl

David Fincher’s movies almost always have amazing trailers. The big-screen adaptation of Gone Girl is promoted here in an almost wordless montage set to a cover of “She” by the Psychedelic Furs’ Richard Butler. It hides the film’s deepest twists without sacrificing anything. The end is brilliant, with a shot of Amy floating dead in the water with Ben Affleck’s voice over promising that he did not kill his wife.

4. American Sniper

The trailer for Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper uses the tension of one single enticing scene intercut with a montage of escalating shots. Should he pull the trigger? Will you go see the movie?

3. Interstellar

All of the marketing for Interstellar was fantastic, from the initial 2013 “one year from now” teaser trailer which was edited around clips of the space race and featured almost no footage from the film itself to even the later trailers which showed more and more. You can tell Christopher Nolan had a lot of creative control with the marketing and these trailers because many of the films secrets are so well protected. I love how this trailer intercuts the intimate moments of Coop deciding to take the mission with the countdown to lift off. It showcases the wonders of Nolan’s galactic imagery but keeps it grounded in character and emotion.

2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

It has already become the most watched trailer of all time. There is no trailer on this list that I have watched more times than the 88-second Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer. From John Williams’ new Sarlacc pit sequence-inspired score to the first moving images from the most anticipated movie of all time. And like any great teaser, it promises us so much but cleverly shows us so little.

1. Mad Max: Fury Road Teaser Trailer

Its not that I wasn’t looking forward to Mad Max: Fury Road, but I don’t think anyone was expecting the teaser trailer to out-buzz Warner Bros’ other big tentpole films like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies when it premiered at San Diego Comic Con this year. Not only was the entirety of Hall H left in shock, but Warner Bros quickly released the teaser online and it quickly became the highest-trending thing of the con. This is the type of teaser trailer that puts a film on the map and launches it into the most anticipated list of most film geeks.

I’m including both the Comic Con teaser trailer and the first official teaser trailer because both are awesome in their own ways.

Feedback: Which trailers released in 2014 did I miss? Which were your favorites?

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