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Each year this feature gets harder and harder to write. Not because looking back at the top trailers of the year doesn’t throw up some great work, in fact it’s the opposite.

With studios and distributors bringing out better marketed movies, delivered for blockbuster as well as art house audiences, there’s been more and more to choose from. Last year was twenty-five. The year before that was twenty. When looking back at the top trailers of 2014, there was just no way to bring it any lower than thirty-five, even that was a struggle.

Some of them represent some of the best movies we’ve seen all year. Others tease what’s coming to the big screen next year. All of them are intriguing pieces of movie-marketing in their own right. And, as ever, be sure to stick around for the honourable mentions at the end, for those trailers I just couldn’t quite find space for but are still thoroughly worthy of your attention.

 

35. Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal has proven himself a chameleon of an actor over and over throughout his career, and this second trailer for Nightcrawler was an awesome look at his dive into the world of crime journalism.

The tone is set from the outset, driving around LA, interviewing for a job, and then getting a first glimpse of the journalistic side of things. We see sides of Gyllenhaal displaying moments of huge confidence as well as a kind of desperation when he asks if the other journalist is currently hiring, before reverting back to egocentricity when he himself interviews Riz Ahmed for a job.

Then come some awesome driving and car crash sequences, the latter all the more impressive for Nightcrawler’s independent size; Jetta’s cover of I’d Love to Change the World; and that amazing scene outside the café.

 

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34. The Maze Runner

YA novel adaptations, particularly of the (pseudo) post-apocalyptic variety, have become something of a dime a dozen of late. The footage Fox teased with their trailers for The Maze Runner set the film apart from the vast majority of the others. The premise isn’t all that different from Battle Royale or The Hunger Games, but it brought a new angle to the story, and we got a very strong flavour of Wes Ball’s highly energetic direction.

That scene where Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) pushes his way through the closing gap of the Maze gets me every time, and it’s just one of the many scenes we see of these young kids hurtling themselves through some crazy terrain, built with amazing graphics and practical effects.

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