Watch: 15 great movie trailers

  • "Citizen Kane" (1941)

    If "The Sea Hawk" was an example of a studio trailer typical of Hollywood's Golden Age, Orson Welles' trailer for "Citizen Kane" is perhaps the anti-trailer, poking a bit of fun at the marketing of a film and at his own celebrity (a radio star in the late 1930s, Welles doesn't appear on camera).

    He introduces chorus girls ("Frankly, ladies and gentlemen, we're just showing you the chorus girls for purposes of bally-hoo. Pretty nice bally-hoo!") and the cast of his film, who mirror the conceit of "Kane" by each describing Charles Foster Kane from the prism of their own experience.

  • David Morgan

    David Morgan is a senior editor at and