85 Responses to “Top Ten Movie Intros”

  1. Caz says:

    Great list Heather, the openings of movies really can influence if you think it is going to be good or not. I loved the Casino Royale opening as I feel it makes you more excited for the film.
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  2. Dan says:

    Some excellent choices as always Heather. You’ve reminded me of that great credit sequence in Catch Me If You Can – that is great, probably wouldn’t have thought about it to be honest.

    Some great openings that spring to mind are Belushi leaving prison in The Blues Brothers with Frank Oz giving him back ‘one prophylactic…one soiled prophylactic’ etc., the Inglorious Basterds’ Hans Landa out on the hunt, and I love the opening to Alien 3, perhaps in the same way as T2 above, how it intros you into a long-running story (even though they kill Hicks!).
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    • Heather says:

      Ahhh Inglourious Basterds, excellent choice Dan! Hans Landa is one of my favorite villains ever because of that scene. A lot of Tarantino’s films start off and grip you right away. Kill Bill did for me as well.

    • Peter says:

      That is a terrific scene that sets the tone for the whole film. Just 15-20 minutes of brilliant acting and solid dialogue. Good call!

  3. Nice list. I especially love that LotR opening, Cate Blanchett’s voice is just enthralling.

    I think The Philadelphia Story has the best movie opening of any film, though.

    • Heather says:

      I love that it was supposed to be 2 minutes and was nine. How on earth could they have shortened that to two minutes.

      And yes on Cate…………Her character was the right one to narrate since she was all immortal anyway.

  4. Scott says:

    I would definitely add “Up” to that list. I didn’t care for the movie over all but the intro was some of the best storytelling of the year.

  5. Fitz says:

    I second mentioning Up.

    Pulp Fiction and Casino Royale are two of my all-time favorites. Great list!
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  6. Sebastian says:

    Yeah, that “Up” isn’t in there is a bit surprising, but, otherwise, great list! Love the “Lord of War” one. Those three minutes sold me on the movie!
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    • Heather says:

      I thought Lord Of War was a decent enough movie, but that beginning certainly does set the tone for the rest of the movie.

  7. I came here to scold you for not putting Watchmen on this list until I realized this didn’t necessarily mean opening credits. I rescind my remark I never made and counter with…am I seriously the only one who cannot stand the Lord of the Rings trilogy? Sure it looks pretty, but…I mean, REALLY?

    Anyways, I dig the list. Can’t ever go wrong with the Travolta strut. It’s how I stroll into work every day. They are probably confused I’m carrying a paint can since I never actually paint anything, but whatever.

  8. The opening in Catch Me If You Can is one of my favorites, but I’m really surprised that To Kill A Mockingbird isn’t on here. I agree with Mr. Sullivan, however- it’s hard to not blend intros with opening credit sequences. I did a similar post like this a while ago of the “opening credit” brand, and I kept confusing myself. I love that you included Pulp Fiction- Tarantino seems to have a skill for openers.

    Fun list! Thanks for sharing.
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  9. James Ewing says:

    A friend of mine did this recently and it got me thinking about what mine would be.

    I’m biased, so my #1 would probably be the Days of Heaven opening sequence because it so perfectly summarizes the entire tone of the film.

    There are some great ones on here. A lot of people talk about Casino Royale but I think I prefer Quantum of Solace because the music is way better and I found the visuals more compelling. Of course, the rest of the movie stinks, but at least the title sequence was cool.

    And yes, you really should have the Watchmen title sequence on your list. Even if you didn’t like the movie, there’s something undeniably brilliant about that sequence.
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    • Heather says:

      I walking the walk of shame here with my missing Up and Watchmen, but even so I don’t know which I’d replace what with, so it may have stayed the same.

      I still haven’t seen Quantum Of Solace, but there are a ton of great Bond openings, to pick just one is rather difficult.

  10. Univarn says:

    Fun list. One intro I’ve always been a fan of is the intro to The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (both the credit sequence and the start with Tuco jumping through the restaurant window).

    The Fight Club intro with the neural network credits sequence is awesome as well. More recently the Inside Man setup is quite fun as well. Really sets a good tone for the film, but not all time good.
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  11. FRC Ruben says:

    There’s a fabulously long opening shot Orson Welles flick Touch of Evil http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Touch_of_Evil . I would totally recommend the movie, of course, but the opening shot is wpnderful and tense and brilliantly choreographed.
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  12. Alex says:

    Ooh, cool list idea! I definitely agree about Pulp Fiction and Terminator 2. The first scene of Harold and Maude has always been one of my favorites, too- it’s the perfect combination of dark humor, close-up shots, and Cat Stevens.
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    • Heather says:

      After many discussions it’s interesting how you look back at most Tarantino movies and see that almost all of his films have amazing intros.

  13. CMrok93 says:

    Great List Heather! For me number one is either 28 Days Later, or Saturday Night Fever. Also, with the honorable mention of Funny People. That had me laughing so much!
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  14. Marc says:

    I’d have to volunteer Layer Cake…that’s one of my dear favorites. Really the witty monologue is only as good as the music they used.
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  15. Peter says:

    Great List, Heather! Love the Patton opening. Almost forgot about that. Nice inclusion!

    • Heather says:

      One of my favorites, well the entire movie is, but that opening sets the tone for the rest of the film. By the time he’s down, you know what that man is about!

  16. rtm says:

    This is a gem of a post, Heather, and I almost missed it! Good call on 28 Days Later, what a powerful opening indeed, and luckily the entire movie lives up to is, too. And I LOVE the intro opening of Casino Royale, it’s in my Top Ten Title Sequences http://wp.me/pxXPC-Nb I also LOVE the LOTR opening, Cate Blanchett should just narrate every movie, there’s a reason why she’s my favorite actress!
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  17. Róisín says:

    This post made for enjoyable watching :) 1, 2, 7 & 10 are my favourites from your selection, although I enjoyed all of them! I’ve always had a soft spot for Catch Me If You Can.
    One my choices would be the intro to Burton’s Batman..

    • Heather says:

      You know, I’m glad you mentioned Burton. Sometimes I forget how compelling his film intros are. I’m quite fond of Edward Scissorhands as well.

  18. Great list Heather! Love that you put Patton in here, it’s pretty awesome to put it on right after watching the news.


  19. Steve says:

    G-g-g-g-genius! Too much fun too. Mucho respect for someone who can acknowledge that Saturday Night Fever deserves a spot above Lord of the Rings… The opening sequence for 28 Days Later was the single most fascinating thing about the film – and I really liked the film. But the empty streets of London were totally freaky, so ominous (and way cooler than the opening of Vanilla Sky, cool as that was.)
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  20. That Judgement day scene is phenomenal. Actually all of these are. I personally love 28 the most but I’m a zombie nut so what can I say?
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  21. I would argue that the opening for Scream should be on here with the whole Ghost Face intro and Drew Barrymore thingy!
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  22. Castor says:

    I enjoyed the 28 Weeks Later intro where the dad abandons his family after they are found out by a bunch of zombies. I thought it was quite a powerful and shocking intro to the film.
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  23. OK… WAIT! I just realized Raiders of the Lost Ark is not on here. WTF?
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  24. And I forgot to add, Duplicity: that was my favourite opening of 2009.

  25. PD says:

    What no Inglorious Basterds!!

  26. I agree with you on that one. Gotta say I like Lady gagas music but she is pretty crazy. Did you see she came 7th in the forbes list of world’s most powerful women. lol brilliant!

  27. subtalvik says:

    Lion King

  28. Vinay says:

    Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy! The world is destroyed!
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  29. Enid says:

    And where is the GHOST WORLD film intro? I mean, this under-appreciated awesome movie deserves o place here!

    Just watch this in feel an unknown way to star a wonderful movie …

  30. milg says:

    The Lion King beats them all, come on dont forget the legend.

  31. Bob Dole says:

    Magnolia, with out a doubt has one of the best movie intos of all time. Dissapointed no-one mentioned it.

  32. Xiphos says:

    This list is completely bogus, Lord of War? LOTR, Catch Me If You Can but not the Road Warrior which should be NUMBER 1. Whoever made this list obviously doesn’t like movies and is held back by having a uterus.

  33. Xiphos says:

    This list is completely bogus, Lord of War? LOTR?, Catch Me If You Can? but not the Road Warrior which should be NUMBER 1. Whoever made this list obviously doesn’t like movies and is held back by having a uterus.

  34. JER says:

    No Lion King = Complete Failure of List

  35. Xiphos says:

    Where the hell is Raiders of the Lost Arc? Mad Max could easily be on this list also.

  36. spartacus says:

    where the hell is blow!!!!