10 Best Movie Trailers Of The Last 10 Years, According To Reddit

With the recent trailer for Disney's The Little Mermaid sparking important cultural conversations online, movie fans on Reddit have been prompted to discuss some of their favorite film trailers in recent memory, with several even outshining the actual movie that they promote.

Movie trailers have always been a hugely important aspect of the film industry, and filmmakers have been getting more and more creative with their trailers over the years. Whilst there's plenty of subjectivity surrounding the concept of a 'good trailer,' most fans can agree that if they're spurred to watch a movie, the trailer has worked.


Avatar: The Way Of Water (2022)

Kiri swimming in Avatar Way of the Water

Although James Cameron's long-awaited sequel hasn't actually been released yet, the initial trailer already has several fans convinced that the final project is going to be something seriously special. Featuring ground-breaking visual tricks and filmmaking creativity, this first-glimpse trailer does everything right.

There are plenty of fun reactions to Avatar 2's trailer online, but most fans can agree that it's already shaping up to be one of Cameron's most impressive movies to date. Reddit user happyjacket3113 simply writes that "Avatar 2" has one of the best-quality trailers of the past decade.

Jigsaw (2017)

Hostages chained up in Saw 7

The concept of a legacy sequel has grown more and more popular over the past few years, and Jigsaw really leant into this trend with its first trailer, using the franchise's existing familiarity as one of its strongest and most universal selling points.

"[The trailer] made something evil returning seem exciting," writes Reddit user mrmafro, praising the trailer for its close adherence to the original films whilst also promoting something new and fresh. The film itself might not work for everybody, but for fans of the franchise, it's hard to imagine such a loyal reimagining being anything other than exciting.

Man Of Steel (2013)

Superman readying to fly for the first time in Man Of Steel (2013)

The DCEU has developed a pretty unfavorable reputation recently, but there's no denying that Man of Steel was a huge deal when it first released in 2013 and remains extremely influential today. In fact, the first trailer is often cited as one of the best in the superhero genre, thanks to its ability to tell such a sweeping story in just a few minutes.

Redditor furyio describes it as exactly "what a trailer should be," claiming that it remains "one of the best in recent memory" thanks to its several exciting moments, emotional music, and thrilling set pieces. Trailers are supposed to get audiences excited without spoiling the film, and that's exactly what Man of Steel's trailer does so well.

Elvis (2022)

Austin Butler in Baz Luhrmanns Elvis

Austin Butler's outstanding portrayal of Elvis Presley is still being discussed as one of this year's most impressive movie performances, but several fans believe that Elvis as a movie should be getting just as much credit as its lead star for its dazzling visuals and music.

"It feels so nostalgic," writes Reddit user creative-crash3759 about the Elvis trailer. They praised the film's contemporary production design and flawless recreation of 1950s America. Elvis is one of Baz Luhrmann's best movies to date, and its trailer simply confirms that by encapsulating the true magic and charm of the King of Rock and Roll.

Judas And The Black Messiah (2021)

Fred Hampton giving a speech in Judas And The Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah is best known for its Oscar-winning performance from Daniel Kaluuya, though the film itself also deserves praise for its thrilling true story and exciting filmmaking techniques. The trailer knows exactly which aspects of the film to highlight (its dramatic intensity and performances) and which to avoid (the story's finer details).

Reddit user safe-sky7754 claims that "the way [the trailer] was edited gave me chills every time I watched it," proving just how effective and memorable it was. Judas and the Black Messiah is one of the most arresting and relentless dramas of the past few years, and the trailer displays this perfectly.

Godzilla: King Of The Monsters (2019)

Godzilla fights Ghidorah, a three headed beast, in Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Despite this much-anticipated disaster sequel not performing as well as expected, that doesn't take anything away from the incredible visuals and outstanding storytelling presented in the initial trailer. From breathtaking fight sequences to sweeping cinematography spectacles, the trailer presents all the best aspects of the film in a strong light.

Reddit user harishartanys claims they were "just amazed at the sense of wonder" evoked in the trailer, even if the film itself didn't live up to their expectations. The trailer showed the chilling high stakes by giving a beautiful glimpse of other monsters like Mothra and how much the landscape changed in the MonsterVerse.

Hereditary (2018)

Peter walking around the house in Hereditary

Both of Ari Aster's features, Hereditary and Midsommar, have been intensely atmospheric horror pieces that use chilling imagery and shocking themes to keep their audience on edge. From the very first trailer for Hereditary, it was clear that Aster's method of instilling fear in his audience was going to be unlike anything else of the time.

Redditor padlyn1 describes Hereditary's trailer as both "cool" and "creepy" at the same time, which pretty much encompasses the unique style of Aster's filmmaking. Though he only has two films under his belt, Ari Aster is already one of the most promising directors within the horror genre.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)

Nakia looking out at the ocean in Wakanda Forever

Another example of an outstanding trailer whose finished project is yet to be seen, Wakanda Forever is already promising to be one of the MCU's most emotional and epic stories to date. The original Black Panther was filled with poetic storytelling and rich character work, which its sequel seems to recapture in its first trailer.

Redditor windingroad10 calls the trailer "super effective," commenting specifically on "the way the music was incorporated." The teaser includes a chill-inducing mashup of Bob Marley's 'No Woman No Cry' and Kendrick Lamar's 'Alright' that promises to get even the most skeptical viewers in the mood for battle.

Dune (2021)

Paul Atreides with a dagger in Dune

Denis Villeneuve's Dune turned out to be one of the most entertaining sci-fi epics ever made, and much of its technical prowess was observable from the very first trailer. It immediately captured the grand spirit of Herbert's original novel, without giving away too much of the complex narrative.

Reddit user callmenelvin claims that "[Dune] turned out great," though there were never really any doubts, considering how visually stunning and thematically dense those first looks were. Even just the trailer for Dune was a huge cinematic event, with many fans waiting eagerly to see how Villeneuve's vision of Arrakis would look.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

Walker, Hunt, and Ilsa looking down in Mission: Impossible - Fallout.

The first trailer for Christopher McQuarrie's second entry in the Mission: Impossible franchise has gathered a strong reputation online for being a perfect example of how to do a trailer right. It keeps existing fans invested in the story without giving too much away and intrigues new audience with its gorgeous visuals and exciting stunts.

Redditor igoslowly cites "Fallout" as the best movie trailer in recent memory, and when so many people agree with them, it's easy to see why. The film itself is considered to be one of the best action movies of the past decade, so it's no surprise that McQuarrie managed to encapsulate this in his trailer.

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