Top 10 Movie Openings of All Time


CineFix has released a brilliant and entertaining video for all the movie buffs out there. In the video you can see the 10 best movie openings of all time.

Films on the list include The Searchers, Raging Bull, Apocalypse Now, Star Wars: A New Hope, Fight Club, The Player, and more.

Here’s the full list:

Symmetry – The Searchers (1956)
Pushing through the doorway into the wild, capturing the frontier man as he approaches from afar.

Beautiful – Raging Bull (1980)
The operatic shadowboxing of a hooded pugilist, bouncing in slow motion, glowing in the occasional snap of a flashbulb, completely at home in the ring.

Beautiful – Apocalypse Now (1979)
A different kind of operatic violence in its serene ballet of smoke, fire, and helicopters.

In Media Res – Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
Panning down from those iconic scrolling titles into an empty starscape, a rebel ship screams into frame throwing us into the middle of a chase we know nothing about.

Space – Contact (1997)
A tour of our universe turns into a simultaneous retrospective of modern human history via the reach of our radio waves

Movie Microcosm – Fight Club (1999)
A longshot tour through innerspace – in this case the brain of our hero.

Movie Microcosm – Day for Night (1973)
Creating and subverting our expectations; defining the world we’re going to inhabit in a way we don’t understand until the next shot turns it on its head

Long Scene – Flowers of Shanghai (1998)
An absolutely beautiful oil-lamp-lit 9 minute long shot that pans patiently back and forth across a table in a Chinese brothel following the complicated dynamic of an entire party.

Long Take – The Player (1992)
A meticulously choreographed crane shot that comments on itself and its industry while simultaneously setting up the entirety of the plot.

Long Take – Touch of Evil (1958)
Criss-crossing a moving bomb with our heroes time and time again, the audience has no choice but to wait anxiously for it to explode.


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