Discuss: What Was the Best Movie Trailer of 2008?

Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight

The folks over at Yahoo Movies, keepers of many of the web’s movie trailers, have kicked off what will be known as the month of the top ten lists as the movie web takes a look back at the year that was 2008. To get us started, they have released their list of the ten most popular movie trailers based on the number of views each trailer received. Rememer, that is most viewed, not the best. Have a look at the list below to see which trailers won the popularity contest:

1. The Dark Knight
2. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
3. Twilight
4. The Incredible Hulk
5. Iron Man
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
7. Wanted
8. Hancock
9. Sex and the City
10. Kung Fu Panda

It makes sense that The Dark Knight and Twilight were both very high on the list, seeing as those were two of the most buzzed about films of the year. I would have thought that Iron Man would be higher than fifth, though. It says something about a trailer’s popularity when it becomes the center of an Onion News spoof. Though, these numbers are just Yahoo’s — it would be very interesting to see the aggregated totals from Yahoo, Apple and AOL Moviefone.

Of course, this all leads us to the big question — what is your favorite movie trailer of 2008?

My personal pick would be Iron Man, as it succeeded in getting fans of all ilks jazzed about a B-level comic character and started the resurgence of Robert Downey Jr’s career. Also, one that did not make the Yahoo list but was equally brilliant was Tropic Thunder‘s red band trailer. Yet, I don’t know if I could really disagree with The Dark Knight topping this or any other list — its theatrical trailer did hold my attention over the course of 20-30 plays.

Feel free to leave your list of the best trailers of 2008 in the comment area below.

[via Cinematical]

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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