Best opening scene in a movie?

downtownrobbrowndowntownrobbrown 446 Posts
edited October 2011 in Strut Central
Say what you want about Wes Anderson but the beginning of Royal Tennenbaums is amazing.

Sidenote: If you like Wes Anderson's work check out the British movie "Submarine". It is similar styled and terrific.
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  • Hands down, Super Troopers.


  • GOOD ONE

  • the first 13 minutes of There Will Be Blood were brilliant to me, zero dialog and still works.

  • bassiebassie 11,710 Posts
    Sexy Beast

    Who's That Knocking at My Door?

    28 Days Later

    Betty Blue

  • tabiratabira 856 Posts
    Opening scene of When a stranger calls (You Tubes pt 1-3)


  • LaserWolfLaserWolf Portland Oregon 11,518 Posts
    Diva

  • batmonbatmon 27,574 Posts
    Once Upon A Time In The West

  • RAJRAJ tenacious local 7,548 Posts
    Pulp Fiction

  • magneticmagnetic 2,678 Posts
    The Wild Bunch.

  • DORDOR Two Ron Toe 9,799 Posts
    Tough choice. Few of my favs...

    Star Wars
    Once Upon A Time In The West
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Trainspotting
    Reservoir Dogs
    Touch of Evil


    Are there any amazing comedy opening scenes? Like Office Space?

  • minimini 857 Posts
    batmon said:
    Once Upon A Time In The West


  • I like this one:

  • not that's it's a masterpiece.... but the Departed should be mentioned.

  • onetetonetet 1,753 Posts
    here are my favorites that spring to mind:

    Touch of Evil
    2001
    House / Hausu
    Nashville
    The Long Goodbye
    Happiness
    Goodfellas
    Walkabout
    Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
    City of God
    Secret Ceremony
    Dog Day Afternoon
    God Told Me To
    Prime Cut
    Umbrellas of Cherbourg
    Don (Bollywood)
    Aguirre
    Rope
    Russian Ark (film-nerd joke answer)

  • onetet said:
    Russian Ark (film-nerd joke answer)

    I lol'd.

    (Also, Rope...?)

    Also:
    Hard Boiled
    The Driver
    Jackie Brown

  • mrmatthewmrmatthew 1,574 Posts


    and a personal fave


  • two really fucking cliche'd cinematic things:

    1. the dramatic-bank-heist-as-opening-scene-for-a-bank-heist-movie

    and

    2. the spooky-mask-on-bank-roppers-while-rolling-through-the-city-prior-to-heist

    Not surprisingly considering how utterly cliche'd the entire terd-of-a-movie was, "The Town" employed both of these tired devices.

    Dark Knight gets a pass 'cause it was actually a good movie.

  • UnherdUnherd 1,880 Posts
    Not that it's some incredible film, or even such an amazing opening scene, but the beginning of the third Die Hard movie stuck with me for some reason. Lovin Spoonful playing over all the shots of NY in the summer, suddenly interrupted by that giant explosion on 6th Ave, I still always think about it when I see that Container Store or whatever that building is now.

  • mrmatthewmrmatthew 1,574 Posts
    http://www.artofthetitle.com/?s=broncos


    While its technically not an "opening scene"...but a "opening title sequence", i liked this for its insane nerd-cred.

  • Way of the Gun has a good one.


  • BreezBreez 1,707 Posts
    There's too many to name but I always liked the opening scene of the first Scream movie. And, Desperado & The Usual Suspects were pretty ill too.

  • Breez said:
    There's too many to name but I always liked the opening scene of the first Scream movie. And, Desperado & The Usual Suspects were pretty ill too.

    The opening of Scream 2 (the movie theatre sequence) was pretty good too.

  • edith headedith head 5,106 Posts
    the first 10 minutes of the remake make it far superior to the original as far as the zombie genre goes


    Dawn of The Dead 2004 (The Beginning) by TwilightZone13

  • edith head said:
    the first 10 minutes of the remake make it far superior to the original as far as the zombie genre goes

    Blasphemer!

  • m_dejeanm_dejean 2,945 Posts
    batmon said:
    Once Upon A Time In The West

    My #1 too.

    Also, the swimming pool / Scorpio rooftop intro from the first Dirty Harry blew my mind the first time I saw it as a teen and it still does. Sets up the mood of the film perfectly. Image and sound fit like a glove. Tip o' the hat to Don Siegel.



    http://www.artofthetitle2.com/media/film/70s/dirty_harry/dirty_harry_720p.mp4

  • Big_ChanBig_Chan 5,088 Posts
    batmon said:
    Once Upon A Time In The West


  • magpaulmagpaul 1,314 Posts


    'I'm Lt. Frank Drebin, Police Squad. And don't ever let me catch you guys in America!'

  • mattBmattB (FTB) Anywhere 673 Posts
    CherChezLaPLAN said:
    Way of the Gun has a good one.
    Was trying to think of the title of this as I was scrolling down this page. Great one.
    Some fantastic quotes too, although probably not location worthy.

  • JimsterJimster Twilight Zone/ Al Capone/ Rolling Stone/ Eva Perón 6,291 Posts
    The Good The Bad and The Ugly

    About 5 mins with no-one speaking a word.

  • CherChezLaPLAN said:
    Way of the Gun has a good one.



    Bingo - Thought I'd be the only person mentioning this.
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