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The Worst Movies With Great Trailers

Updated February 27, 2020 53.0k votes 7.5k voters 632.8k views30 items

List RulesVote up the movies that had the biggest disparity between awesomeness of the trailer and awfulness of the film itself.

These incredible movie trailers might as well be short films because of how great they are. Granted, they partly look great compared to the movies they were promoting — which were awful. It turns out, many crappy movies were hyped up by some pretty fantastic trailers. If only some of these films had just been contained within the movie trailer. That way audiences wouldn't have had to sit for two hours watching them. Which horrible movies had awesome trailers?

Some of these trailers deserve prestigious awards in their own right, while the movies they previewed were often nominated for Golden Raspberry Awards or "Razzies." Movies like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Stranger Than Fiction have such wonderful trailers that inspire viewers and balance dry comedy amidst its profundity. Unfortunately, the full-length films were not as successful. In the world of comics, the Man of Steel and Superman Returns trailers were better than both of their respective movies.

Which disappointing films were preceded by amazing movie trailers? Vote for the movies below that had the biggest quality gap between trailer and final cut of the film.

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