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Old 03-22-2012, 11:10 AM
Best Start to a film.

I was watching Trainspotting the other day and I'm still exhilirated and drawn into the film from the very beginning as Renton races down the street to the beats of Lust for Life and we're straight into the "Choose Life" speech - fantastic!

What other films have great beginnings to you think? They could be utterly crap films, but have a fantastic opening.

These come to mind for me:

Soldier
Goodfellas
The Matrix
Cliffhanger
Demolition Man
Blade Runner
Blade
X2
The Dark Knight

*to be honest most superhero films have pretty good starts.

I'm sure there are others, but the above come to mind right now.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:36 PM
The opening scene for Drive is pretty phenomenal.

And the first few minutes of Melancholia is the best part of the film (not that the rest is bad)
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:04 PM
First thing that came to my mind was these two:

28 Weeks Later (Robert Carlyle's opening scene)

Dawn of the Dead 2004 (great opening scene)
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:18 PM
GoodFellas

You are fucking in that movie in the first scene.

Others include:

Pulp Fiction
A Clockwork Orange
The Godfather
Saving Private Ryan
Jaws
Magnolia
The Shining
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:52 PM
The Assassination of Jesse James Opening

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2gY_e1ZKD8

FUCKING LOVE THIS!
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Old 03-22-2012, 03:35 PM
Along Came a Spider comes to mind. That car hanging off the clif. Best scene in the whole damn movie.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:29 PM
I always loved the first scene, pre-credits scene in Bad Boys (the 1995 Michael Bay one). Awesome scene.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:41 PM
Can't believe I'm the first to mention Touch of Evil.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:56 PM
Since Hot Fuzz isn't displayed until the end, I guess the whole movie is the opening.
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:15 PM
Scream
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
The Social Network
When A Stranger Calls
Werckmester Harmonies


That's all I can think of for now. I'll add more later if I think of any.
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:39 PM
Some personal faves have already been mentioned.

This one comes to mind:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWnmCu3U09w
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:32 PM
The Lethal Weapon sequels always made it a point to have a cool action scene to start the film. "Grab the cat."

X2 is the one I first thought of.
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:06 AM
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First thing that came to my mind was these two:

28 Weeks Later (Robert Carlyle's opening scene)

Dawn of the Dead 2004 (great opening scene)
Can't believe I forgot 28 Week's Later. Opening scene is fantastic! Robert Carlyle isn't in enough films!
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:51 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze9-wg9k7AU
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:37 AM

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Cosign
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Old 03-24-2012, 12:05 PM
Once Upon a Time in the West - the opening tension leading up to the first shootout.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (74) - the narration and text combo.
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Old 03-24-2012, 12:52 PM
Children of Men - Grabbed me by the balls in the theater.

No Country for Old Men - The narration followed by our introduction to Anton Chigurh. It's just so well done.

8 1/2 - A visually excellent sequence that introduces us to the mind of Guido.

Narc - Grabs you by the balls.

Sunset Blvd - Iconic, simple, just perfect.

Dr. Strangelove - The opening titles set the entire tone of the film. The playful symbolism, the handwritten titles, the music...

And I think this opening is just a lot of fun:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w6UUkkOmgo
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Old 03-24-2012, 01:05 PM
Haven't seen Snake Eyes on these lists.
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Old 03-24-2012, 07:04 PM


"If they move, kill 'em!"
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Old 03-24-2012, 08:14 PM
saving private ryan
goodfellas
Dawn of the dead-remake
Hairspray
Jaws
Halloween
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:43 AM
I can't believe I forgot Jaws. I think thaat is my favourite opening.

Wasn't the start of The Wild Bunch a fight between red ants and a scorpion?
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:51 AM
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Wasn't the start of The Wild Bunch a fight between red ants and a scorpion?
Part of it. Kids put a scorpion or two into a pile of red ants as the Bunch ride past them heading into town.

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Old 03-25-2012, 03:24 AM
The Rundown is another movie with a really awesome opening scene!
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:56 AM
Ryan's Daughter: sea, umbrella, village idiot.
Vertigo: dizzy imagery.
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:59 PM
Not sure whether it has been mentioned or not, but the opening to From Dusk till Dawn is pretty great.
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Old 04-12-2012, 01:18 PM
American History X
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:52 AM
Opening scene of Inglourious Basterds. Absolutely Brilliant. The rest of the movie didnt live up to it but that was brilliant.
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:49 PM
Can't believe Super Troopers hasn't been mentioned!!
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Old 04-14-2012, 03:15 PM
The opening to once upon a time in the west is an excellent and attention grabbing opening which slowly builds tension and atmosphere.

Also, the beginning off a clockwork orange thrusts us into the nightmarish dystopian hell without any build up or warning. This makes the film alot more disturbing on the whole.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:33 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmkc1Q5Lvz4
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Old 06-11-2012, 04:40 PM
The Lion King and Scream.
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:03 AM
makes me laugh everytime
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQLXYu6plhg
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:16 PM
Goodfellas, No Country for Old Men, Gangs of New York, Halloween.

That's all I can think of for now.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:57 PM
http://youtu.be/2L9RtSw943A
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:10 AM
The Start to Drive was really good.
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:34 PM
Audrey Rose(1977) has the coolest opening imo. So eerie. Too bad it falters at the end.

Others:

The Shining
Femme Fatale
Once Upon A Time In The West
Shallow Grave
Moonraker
Thief
When A Stranger Calls(1979)
Lord Of The Rings(all 3 films)
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:32 PM
LOOPER and Skyfall are recent ones
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:53 PM
Another one- Red Dragon.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:59 PM
The Dark Knight

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Once Upon A Time In The West

Goodfellas

Halloween(1978)

Star Trek(2009)

Star Wars

Reservoir Dogs

Drive

Scream

Escape From New York

T2
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:31 PM
The first scene from Laputa: Castle in the sky.
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