Where the Wild Things AreThis year gave us some great movies, as well as some fantastic movie trailers.

When you think about it, a trailer has a big job to do. It has to grab us with a few short clips, tell us what the movie's about, and make us want to gallop to the theater and plop down our hard-earned cash for a couple hours of entertainment. Even better if we call our friends on the way home and tell them to go see the movie.

It's a tall order, and not every trailer is up to the task. But the ones who get it right shine big time. Here are our picks for the top ten movie trailers of 2009. Where the Wild Things AreThis year gave us some great movies, as well as some fantastic movie trailers.

When you think about it, a trailer has a big job to do. It has to grab us with a few short clips, tell us what the movie's about, and make us want to gallop to the theater and plop down our hard-earned cash for a couple hours of entertainment. Even better if we call our friends on the way home and tell them to go see the movie.

It's a tall order, and not every trailer is up to the task. But the ones who get it right shine big time. Here are our picks for the top ten movie trailers of 2009. Feel free to add your own in the comments below.

10. 'Star Trek'
This trailer brings together all that has gone before and everything yet to come in the 'Star Trek' universe. The opening scene says it all: a brash young Kirk's joy ride nearly hurtles him over a massive cliff. Talk about living on the edge! We also meet the other crew members, feel the tension between Kirk and Spock, grab some sci-fi thrills, and catch a glimpse of the Enterprise. A quick glance at Kirk's butt doesn't hurt either.



9. 'Away We Go'
Postcard graphics and laid-back guitar riffs set the stage for this romantic road trip about a couple finding their way in the world. It's director Sam Mendes' love letter to 30-something slackers, and the trailer tells us right away that John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph have plenty of sparks to set this movie on slow simmer. Add in some kooky family members, a few life decisions, and lots of great dialogue, and it's a tasty trailer stew.



8. '2012'
"Mankind's earliest civilization warned us this day would come ... " So begins this trailer about the mysterious 2012, a year when all hell will break loose, if you believe the ancient Mayans. Oh never mind about that. We've got John Cusack dodging fireballs and saving his family while the world sinks into a chaotic mess of earthquakes, tsunamis, and every other natural disaster. This beautifully gloomy trailer makes us want to find out if anyone survives.



7. 'Up'
A crotchety old man and an enthusiastic Wilderness Explorer scout come together in this sweet and Up-lifting tale. We love the trailer because of the stunning graphics and unexpected story. You just know when Carl lets Russell into his house mid-air that these two are in for the adventure of a lifetime. Fortunately, we get to ride along. And we're still talking like that goofy dog Doug. "Squirrel!"



6. 'The Hangover'
You know you've got something special when you bring together Zach Galifianakis in his underwear, a tiger in the bathroom, Mike Tyson playing air drums, and a misplaced baby. That's what we get in this trailer about three guys on a road trip to Vegas for a bachelor party they'll never forget. If only they could remember what happened. Favorite line from Bradley Cooper: "Yeah, that's not gonna happen."



5. 'Up in the Air'
We don't see George Clooney's face at the beginning of this trailer, but his voice is all we need to get psyched for this dramedy about a corporate suit headed for his one-millionth frequent flyer mile. Will he experience a rebirth? Find a human connection? Heed the wake-up call? Makes you want to see the movie to find out, doesn't it? Oh, who are we kidding? We just want more of that bathtub scene.



4. 'Nine'
We're not sure what we love best about this trailer, so we'll just say the whole thing. The Old World charm, Broadway tunes, sexy romps, lush scenery, and sultry looks by Daniel Day-Lewis and Penelope Cruz. It's like an extended dream sequence that makes you want to dive in feet first.



3. 'Zombieland'
Any time you've got Woody Harrelson in a cowboy hat and shades toting a big gun, you know good things are about to happen. Add zombies into the mix and we've landed in euphoria. There are plenty of them in this impressive piece of cinema about a zombie slayer named Tallahassee (Jesse Eisenberg) who teams up with a cowardly shut-in to survive a zombie apocalypse. Don't try to make sense of it. Just sit back and enjoy the grisly ride.



2. 'A Serious Man'
"The Rabbi is busy." Yeah, we've all heard that phrase in one incarnation or another, and we're just as sick of it as Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics professor whose life is rapidly spiraling out of control. What makes this trailer classic: the sound of a head being smacked into a wall (on beat!) as Grace Slick's powerhouse voice takes off. You wouldn't expect anything less from a Joel and Ethan Coen film.



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'Where the Wild Things Are'
Monsters really can be a thing of beauty, as we see in this trailer for one of the best book adaptations of 2009. The sleepy boy being carried by a horned creature with shimmery shots of sky-high trees and sunshine is just plain dreamy. It makes us want to take this journey with young Max and meet the monsters with scruffy fur and soulful eyes. And then there's the music. Rarely (never?) has a song (Arcade Fire's 'Wake Up') been so perfectly meshed with a movie montage. And we've seen A LOT.