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What is the best movie opening? I'll start with a classic:

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Veeeery slow opening, no words from the main actors, no music, lot's of ambient sounds, wide vista shots, faces like mountain ridges

Opening part I

Opening part II

Opening part III

From the 90s:

Blade (1998)

Most memorable scene from that movie. Descent into madness and hammering 90s techno rave.

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Inglourious Basterds

The Dark Knight

Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Departed

La La Land

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A Star Wars title crawl.

Fight Club, love the transition and foreshadowing (you can skip to 1:00 ... long opening credits)

Inglourious Basterds - one of the most iconic opening scenes in the history of cinema

28 weeks later - I don't really remember this movie, but this opening scene still haunts me. This clip is missing first 4 mins or so, which establishes a connection between John and his wife ... which makes this scene even harder to watch. 

Lord of War - like above, I don't really remember the move but I vividly remember this opening scene. 

Last edited by Kristof81 - on 16 November 2021

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. 10-12 minutes of introduction without a single word said. And yet, it still manages to hook the viewer. A masterpiece.

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S.Peelman said:

A Star Wars title crawl.

Really? I found it boring literally the second time they ever did it.

Inglourious Basterds
A tons of James Bond openings (Tomorrow Never Dies, Golden Eye, Casino Royale, Skyfall being my favorites.)

Last edited by TruckOSaurus - on 16 November 2021

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West Side Story

This shit gives me life. 

Opening to Casino is very popular oh and also Kill Bill.

Star Wars: A New Hope - Leia's ship flying overhead, engaged in a furious firefight, followed by the gargantuan star destroyer that just keeps coming is still awe inspiring 55 years later.

Saving Private Ryan - The Omaha beach assault remains one of the most brilliantly intense and harrowing sequences ever committed to film.

Apocalypse Now - The living hell of the Vietnam war seen through the lens of a fever dream as This Is The End sets the tone perfectly.

Trainspotting - A barrage of pitch black wit and kinetic energy that catapults the viewer headfirst into the brilliant sage to follow.

Last edited by curl-6 - on 17 November 2021

Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023. (And over 130 million lifetime)