5 Great Opening Movie Scenes


So many movies.  So many choices!  Once I thought of writing this post, I realized I could sit here forever, and instead, I’ve decided to go with whatever comes to mind first.  So, in no particular order and without a slight to other films, here are my 5 Favorite Opening Movie Scenes at this exact moment in time. 

Just to be clear, I’m talking about opening scenes (or sequences), not opening shots.  Some examples of great opening shots include Raging Bull, The Untouchables, Contact, Momento, Rear Window, The Conversation and so on.

(A lot of people like The Lion King opening, but I’m just not one of those folks. I’d just read Hamlet, so… yeah, that’s most of the reason.)

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters – “Don’t talk, watch!”
This is just outstanding.  The mere concept is hilarious but it’s executed flawlessly.  Is this the funniest opening to a movie ever?  It very well may be.

The Godfather – “I believe in America.”
It’s simple and brilliant.  Mario Puzo’s writing, this one long take by Francis Ford Coppola, it all works perfectly.  We’re so transfixed on the speaker, we barely realize we’re getting to see the rest of the room and the listener.  I love this scene so much.  “Suspend the sentence.  Suspend the sentence.  They went free that very day!” The cat was just there, wandering around and Marlon Brando said to bring him the cat.  Amazing.

Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope) – “If this is a counselor’s ship, where is the ambassador?”
Does it get any more iconic than this?  The tiny Rebel ship tells us how small and weak they are and then the giant Star Destroyer shows us the incredible power of the Empire all without saying a word.

Inglorious Bastards – “May I smoke my pipe?”
I couldn’t find the entire sequence, so here’s what might be my favorite part.  The tension, the drama… Hitchcock would be proud.  The performances are outstanding, too.

(Indiana Jones and the) Raiders of the Lost Ark – “Give me the whip!”
Again, I couldn’t find the entire opening sequence with that awesome Indy reveal and the puzzle solving, but here’s the soy meat and potatoes.  Man, did George Lucas have a hot streak with openings or what?  Steven Spielberg is no slouch, either.

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