Not only are movie trailers great for checking out the feel of a movie before you commit, but many trailers have also become events on their own. The following websites let you watch movie trailers for all kinds of movies, for free.
Trailer Addict: Best for Everyone
Traileraddict hosts movie trailers for upcoming, newly-released, and older movies. The navigation banner at the top of their page lets you view trailers by top films, coming soon, and out now. You can also click the “Trailers” link to see a chronological list of trailers or the “Categories” link to browse trailers by a substantial collection of categories. You can also search for any movie by title or keywords.
In addition to the size of their trailer collection, the interesting thing about Traileraddict is that apart from the main trailer, each movie’s page also provides links to additional trailers and TV spots, as well as additional information about the movie. You can read a plot summary, fun facts about the movie, see some screenshots, and find information about the cast and crew.
iTunes Movie Trailers: Great for a Quick Overview of New Releases
Not many people know that Apple hosts a ton of movie trailers on their website. On the Apple Trailers page, you’ll find trailers for upcoming and newly released movies. If you want more, you can search for trailers using movie names, names of the cast, and even the director. Clicking a trailer link takes you a dedicated page for the trailer where you’ll see all the trailers listed for the movie. You can click on any of them to start playing the trailer. The player doesn’t offer many options; you can only adjust the volume, change the quality, or go fullscreen.
It’s a great place for quickly finding trailers for new and relatively recent movies (the last four years or so, at least for bigger titles), but you won’t find trailers for older or some lesser-known movies there.
YouTube: Good for Searching Specific Titles
YouTube is the most popular video website in the world and a fantastic place to watch movie trailers. You can search for the title plus the word “trailer” for most movies and find the official trailers released by studios for not only new but also older movies. Wondering what the original trailer for 1954’s On the Waterfront was like? Youtube has you covered:
YouTube is great for finding specific trailers, but it’s not quite so useful if you’re not sure what you’re after and you just want a quick way to see a bunch of trailers for upcoming movies. You’ll have to do a little digging. Most major studios have official YouTube channels where you can find their official trailers, and some third-party channels offer trailers for older or lesser-known movies. But they’re a bit hit or miss.
ComingSoon Trailers: Good for Trailers and Movie News
Coming Soon is a movie gossip, news, and information portal and also has a dedicated section for movie trailers. Usually, websites that only have trailers don’t report anything about the movie until the trailer is released, but Comingsoon gathers all the information (confirmed and rumored) for publication on their website.
Apart from the movie trailer, you’ll also find the official posters, behind-the-scenes footage, staff interviews, and other information as well. If you follow gaming or Netflix series, you’ll enjoy Comingsoon even more as they cover those on their website, too.
Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB: Okay If You Already Use Those Sites
The popular movie review website and the inventor of the Tomatometer has a dedicated movie trailer section where you can binge-watch movie trailers for released and upcoming movies. The trailers are hosted by Rotten Tomatoes and stream in high quality. However, there is no dedicated search feature or categorization for movies which can make finding the right trailer tricky and time-consuming. Still, if you get all your movie info from Rotten Tomatoes, you might as well check out the trailers while your there.
IMDb, the Amazon-owned company, has one of the largest movie databases in the world. They also have a section on their website dedicated to trailers, and it’s updated as new trailers come out. There’s nothing special about watching trailers on IMDB, but just like with Rotten Tomatoes, if you’ve landed there via a web search for a movie or you’re an active member, you might as well take advantage.
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