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Trailer Watch: 50 Best Trailers

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 25, 2009 at 6:17AM

Some folks at IFC.com scoured YouTube for the best trailers so you wouldn't have to. They picked the best 50. Or did they? Here are my faves:
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Some folks at IFC.com scoured YouTube for the best trailers so you wouldn't have to. They picked the best 50. Or did they? Here are my faves:

Number 27: The Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera:

Number 18: Woody Allen's Sleeper:

Number 17: Stanley Donen's Charade:

Number 15: Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction:

Number 10: Stanley Kubrick's The Shining:

Number 5: Orson Welles introduces Citizen Kane:

Number 2: Alfred Hitchcock introduces Psycho. This trailer terrified me as a kid.

And number one is Ridley Scott's original Alien-- with the best ad line ever written--"In space, no one can hear you scream":

What did they leave out?

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.