[On a formatting note: I've tried to both embed the trailers (where possible) and link to the trailers someplace where I know they won't be pulled. If there's no embed, blame YouTube. Just click the link on the movie's title and you'll get it.]
3. Match Point (2005)
Coming at what was probably the low point for Woody Allen's career, this clip -- amping up the thriller aspects a smidge beyond what ended up on the screen and featuring some incredibly sexy ScarJo/Jonathan Rhys-Meyers footage -- absolutely blew everyone away, shocking anyone who thought crap like Anything Else was all Allen made anymore, and completely reinvigorated his career. All from the trailer for this movie. I'm not saying the movie wouldn't have done the trick anyway, but by the time it hit theatres, Woody's career was already on the rebound.
Awesome trailer attributes: misdirection; iconic performance
6. Little Children (2006)
Completely artful and tantalizing (and not just because it makes a point of ogling Patrick Wilson just as much as the film does) despite giving away virtually NONE of the plot. That train conceit is killer.
Awesome trailer attributes: teaser; iconic performance
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