50 Greatest Movie Trailers

From "Watchmen" to "Cloverfield" to "Dr. Strangelove," the Independent Film Channel counts down the 50 greatest movie trailers of all time. Watch, discuss and let us know if there's a trailer you've always loved.

IFC's 50 Greatest Trailers of All Time

50. "Night of the Iguana" (1964)

Richard Burton plays a troubled Episcopal clergyman who escorts a busload of middle-aged Baptist women on a tour of the Mexican coast, while coming to terms with his past. Also stars Deborah Kerr and Ava Gardner.

49. "Anatomy of a Murder" (1959)

Directed by Otto Preminger, this classic courtroom drama stars Jimmy Stewart as a defense lawyer who must put a case together for his client (Ben Gazzara), who may actually be guilty of his crime.

48. "The Man Who Wasn't There" (2001)

One of Coen brothers' best, Billy Bob Thornton stars as a laconic, chain-smoking barber who blackmails his wife's boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong. Also stars Frances McDormand.

47. "Magnolia" (1999)

This intricate ensemble from director Paul Thomas Anderson follows several interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.

46. "Watchmen" (2009)

Director Zack Snyder brings this popular graphic novel to the big screen, in which a band of former superheroes must come together to clear their names and save humanity once again.

45. "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962)

This Cold War thriller follows a former POW, who is brainwashed into becoming a political assassin. A classic from director John Frankenheimer.

44. "The Big Sleep" (1946)

In this film noir from director Howard Hawks, Humphrey Bogart plays Private Detective Philip Marlowe, who is hired by a rich family to find someone. Instead, he finds murder, blackmail — and Lauren Bacall.

43. "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999)

In director Stanley Kubrick's last film, Tom Cruise plays a New York doctor pulled into a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife (Nicole Kidman) admits that she once almost cheated on him.

42. "Little Children" (2006)

The lives of several suburbanites intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations.

41. "Maximum Overdrive" (1986)

Based on Stephen King's short story "Trucks," sometimes a great trailer can make up for a mediocre movie.

40. "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut" (1999)

Making a big screen version of the hit animated TV show was a brilliant idea, especially since creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone could finally let those four boys loose from the small Colorado town.

39. "The Social Network" (2010)

Somehow, making a movie about the creators of Facebook looks entirely intriguing, especially with it starring Jesse Eisenberg.

38. 'Face/Off" (1997)

John Travolta and Nicolas Cage star in this thriller in which a revolutionary medical technique allows an undercover agent to take the physical appearance of a major criminal and infiltrate his organization.

37. "The Strangers" (2008)

A young couple (Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler) staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants.

36. "Spider-Man" (2001)

"With great power comes great responsibility..." This is the "Spider-Man" that started them all.

35. "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy (2001-2003)

The trailers for "Fellowship of the Ring," "The Two Towers" and "Return of the King" speak for themselves.

34. "The Minus Man" (1999)

This trailer actually doesn't show anything about the movie itself (which may be a good thing), but rather shows a couple discussing the movie about Owen Wilson as a serial killer — until all hours of the night. Kind of brilliant.

33. "Where the Wild Things Are" (2009)

Director Spike Jonze's adaptation of Maurice Sendak's beloved children's book about a boy named Max and his adventure with the "Wild Things" is a visual treat.

32. "The Matrix" (1999)

Visually, the original "Matrix," from the brothers Wachowski, is simply a marvel. Too bad the follow-up sequels don't hold up as well.

31. "Corruption" (1968)

British actor Peter Cushing plays a doctor goes to extreme lengths — even murder — to restore the badly burned face of his fiancee.

30. "Femme Fatale" (2002)

A woman (Rebecca Romjin) tries to straighten out her life, even as her past as a con-woman comes back to haunt her. Also stars Antonio Banderas.

29. "Point Blank" (1967)

From director John Boorman comes a action thriller about a lone gunman (Lee Marvin) caught up in some nasty business in L.A. — a glossy, nightmarish landscape of concrete, glass and coiling freeways

28. "The Bishop's Wife" (1947)

The film's stars, Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven, stroll on the studio's lot and suddenly remember they have to make a trailer for their film. How inventive for 1947.

27. "A Night at the Opera" (1935)

What trailer list would be complete without a Marx Brothers movie in it? "A Night at the Opera" is definitely one of their funniest.

26. "Speed" (1994)

A young cop (Keanu Reeves) must save the passengers of a bus that has a bomb set to explode if the bus goes below 50 MPH. Truly a classic Jan de Bont actioner.

25. "Real Life" (1979)

Co-writer/director/star Albert Brooks stars as a pushy, narcissistic filmmaker who persuades a Phoenix family to let he and his crew film their everyday lives. And this trailer pretty much explains it all...

24. "Schindler's List" (1993)

This Best Picture winner from director Steven Spielberg follows one German business man (Liam Neeson) who uses Jews to start a factory in Poland during the war — and then starts to save them.

23. "Red Eye" (2005)

A woman (Rachel McAdams) is kidnapped by a stranger (Cillian Murphy) on a routine flight and pulled into a plot to assassinate a politician. Great little thriller.

22. "Sin City" (2005)

Director Robert Rodriguez's stylistic adaptation of Frank Millers' popular graphic novel is a visually wild ride, as you can see!

21. "Strange Days" (1995)

The futuristic thriller from director Kathryn Bigelow centers on a former cop turned street-hustler(Ralph Fiennes, who accidentally uncovers a police conspiracy in 1999 Los Angeles.

20. "She's Gotta Have It" (1986)

Director Spike Lee got his start with this slick indie about a girl and her three quirky boyfriends.

19. "Unbreakable" (2000)

This M. Night Shyamalan follow-up to his hugely successful "The Sixth Sense" once again stars Bruce Willis, as a father who finds out his true destiny.

18. "Sleeper" (1973)

In this trailer, writer/director Woody Allen explains how his "intellectually" stimulating film has "no overt" comedic elements. Ha!

17. "Charade" (1963)

Romance and suspense in Paris, as a woman (Audrey Hepburn) is pursued by several men who want the fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust? Oh, maybe Cary Grant.

16. "GoldenEye" (1995)

As far as James Bond flicks go, the trailer for "GoldenEye" is one of the more thrilling, especially when the newest Bond at the time, Pierce Brosnan, comes onscreen.

15. "Pulp Fiction" (1994)

Again, no trailer list would be complete without one Quentin Tarantino flick on it. "Pulp Fiction" is one of the best, in which the lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

14. "Garden State" (2005)

A quietly troubled young man (Zach Braff) returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade — and meets his soul mate (Natalie Portman).

13. "Mr. Sardonicus" (1961)

In this experimental horror film, the audience gets an opportunity to vote — via the "Punishment Poll" — for the penalty Sardonicus must pay for his deeds, as explained to us by director William Castle in the trailer.

12. "Independence Day" (1996)

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy. Fighting superior technology, Man's best weapon is the will to survive — as in Will Smith. The teaser trailer is awesome!

11. "The Blair Witch Project" (1999)

One of the best marketing campaigns for a film, "The Blair Witch Project" sets up the hand-held documentary style, based on the premise it all happened for real. Very clever and very creepy.

10. "The Shining" (1980)

Director Stanley Kubrick strikes again. His adaptation of Stephen King's novel may have taken some liberties with the source material, but it's chilling nonetheless.

9. "Mission: Impossible" (1996)

The big-screen adaptation truly captures the spirit of the classic '60s TV show — with a little help from Tom Cruise. The adrenaline-pumped trailer shows it all.

8. "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" (1974)

Yikes. Usually a horror trailer messes with you, but the original "Texas Chain Saw Massacre" shows it all. No need to even see the movie!

7. "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" (1964)

The last Stanley Kubrick film to grace the list focuses on an insane general, who starts a process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.

6. "Citizen Kane" (1941)

For what is considered one of the greatest movies of all time, the "Citizen Kane" trailer skews with the convention to have the film's main players go behind the scenes and more. Director Orson Welles is nothing if not original.

5. "Comedian" (2002)

A hilarious trailer for the Jerry Seinfeld's film sends up movies trailers and promos in general, and stars famous "In a world" narrator Hal Douglas.

4. "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947)

This unique, lengthy trailer for the Christmas classic takes a broad swipe at the Hollywood studio system. They could be quite clever back in the day.

3. "Cloverfield" (2008)

The idea of some unknown, unseen Godzilla-like creature destroying New York City, while being filmed by someone with a video cam, is scary enough. But to see the Statue of Liberty's head come crashing down into the street is pure genius. Thanks, J.J. Abrams.

2. "Psycho" (1960)

With this trailer, you'd expect nothing less from an Alfred Hitchcock horror classic, worthy of its No. 2 spot.

1. "Alien" (1979)

Not only the best trailer ever, but also the best tagline: "In space, no one can hear you scream."