The 10 Best Opening Scenes In Movie History

The 10 Best Opening Scenes in Movie History

Video: What's your favourite type of opening shot for a movie? Is it when they drop you in the middle of their world and expect you to catch up immediately? Is it when they slyly insert a spoiler that you don't realise is important yet? Or maybe it's when they neatly bookend the film with the beginning and end of the movie having the same scene. My favourite is when it's a mysteriously gorgeous shot of the world of the film. Like in Blade Runner. Here is CineFix's list for the top 10 best opening shots of all time (and the style the scene is done in):

  1. Long Take - Touch of Evil
  2. Long Take - The Player
  3. Long Scene - Flowers of Shanghai
  4. Movie Microcosm - Day for Night
  5. Movie Microcosm - Fight Club
  6. Space - Contact
  7. In Media Res - Star Wars: A New Hope
  8. Beautiful - Apocalypse Now
  9. Beautiful - Raging Bull
  10. Symmetry - The Searchers


    I'd throw in Saving Private Ryan into that list. That opening beach scene was magnificent.

      Agree 100%. It sets the tone for the whole movie. A brilliant sequence to a brilliant film.

      Except that's a whole opening scene. The video is about opening shots.

      I'm not sure that qualifies as an opening scene - it's preceded by the elderly Ryan walking through the cemetery with his family in tow. The opening scene sets up the whole movie as a flashback - including the D-Day landing scene.

    My favourite is Catch 22. Simple ideas perfectly executed are always the best.

    How is Avatar not in there?

    Movie Microcosm shot:

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

    When the scene changes and it pulls back, revealing the kitchen to be real, Baby Herman to be animation etc, that was far more impressive than what they chose.

    Once Upon a Time in the West
    Sergio Leone, Ennio Morricone, Best Ever..!

    Also, Steven Soderbergh's much under rated The Underneath, brilliant noirish opening.

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