Everybody loves movie trailers. It used to be you’d get to the theater early so you could be sure not to miss the previews, but nowadays the theatrical showcase of a trailer is most likely the second time (at least) you’ve seen said trailer. In the days of the internets, most studios opt for online trailer debuts ahead of their theatrical premieres—most often to ensure that the first footage from a certain highly anticipated release isn’t some grainy version someone shot on their iPhone.
But regardless of the venue, trailers can still be an artform unto themselves, used to further hype anticipation for an already beloved franchise or introduce a new concept, character, or story to audiences for the first time. Through the art of editing and music choices, trailers can evoke a wide range of emotions, and 2015 saw its fair share of spectacular movie trailers.
With the year now coming to an end, Adam Chitwood and Matt Goldberg combed through the trailers that were released over the past 12 months and singled out the 15 very best ones, ranking them all the way up to the best trailer of the year. Take a look below.