The 10 best action movie trailers 2009 certainly set hearts pounding and audience members shooting excited glances at their friends. It’s certainly not easy to craft a great trailer--one that will draw in excited audiences with just one screening and send them running to the internet for repeat viewings. They may not have been the best movies, but their trailers were successful.

  1. "Inglourious Basterds"  Quentin Tarantino’s classic recrafting of history had everyone buzzing from the moment the trailer was released. A swaggering Brad Pitt explained the goals of the Basterds while Nazis were beaten with baseball bats, theaters were exploded and people were tortured. And all we could do was watch in awe.  

  2. "Watchmen"  Showcasing beautiful imagery by director Zack Snyder ("300") and backed up by an excellent song choice of “Take a Bow” by Muse, the trailer offered just a taste of the excellent super-hero action sequences.

  3. "Terminator Salvation"  Another great example of a film artfully utilizing the perfect music to accompany its trailer (“The Day the World Went Away” by Nine Inch Nails), "Salvation" gave audiences glimpses of the world after Judgment Day. Showcasing deadly machines both big and small battling against humans and a half-cyborg/half-human who doesn’t know who made him into a monster, the trailer for the latest "Terminator" flick successfully blew audiences away.

  4. "District 9"  This trailer effectively showed audiences the unique filming strategies utilized in "District 9." A combination of documentary and real time, the film about aliens hovering just beyond the limits of Johannesburg reeled audiences in from the beginning.    

  5. "Star Trek"  The trailer for the most recent take on the franchise hit the ground running from the beginning with an epic car chase between a young Kirk and a police officer. As it displayed a multitude of impressive space battle clips, the trailer also reintroduced audiences to the modern young counterparts of their favorite Star Trek characters.  

  6. "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"  Even though the sequel didn’t hold up to the original, "Revenge" certainly sold its product in the trailer. High action battles between Decepticons and Transformers, Sam’s (Shia LaBeouf) wavering grip on reality and the legendary Prime known as “The Fallen” emerging from the ocean depths pulled audiences into theaters, making it the second most successful film of 2009.       

  7. "Public Enemies"  The story of the legendary bank robber John Dillinger took new life with Johnny Depp as the outlaw and the trailer managed to exude a modern shoot-‘em-up feel despite the 1940s setting. Between Johnny Depp and Christian Bale’s flashing guns and Dillinger’s dry wit, the film was a favorite from the beginning.  

  8. "Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day"  Though it took ten years to follow up to the cult classic and had fans of the original divided, the trailer for the second "Saints" did not disappoint. Between shots of the Irish brothers’ Aequitas and Veritas tattoos were the excessive gunfights and hilarity expected from a "Saints" follow-up.  

  9. "Sherlock Holmes"  The trailer for "Holmes" revealed the new and improved version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s title character. Played by Robert Downey Jr., the trailer exposed a much slicker, action-charged Sherlock Holmes story than audiences remembered--resulting in sold-out theaters across the country.  

  10. "The Hurt Locker"  This underdog of a movie put forth an excellent trailer--revealing the lives of the brave men and women in Iraq, particularly those who disarm IEDs. Filled with images of wartime battles and breathless moments, the trailer did its job: the film won in six Academy Awards.

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