Top 10 memorable opening movie scenes ever

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3:34 pm 29 Sep, 2011


First impression is the last impression, right? Well, the same line goes for the movie also. With a subtle or slow intoduction, the opening scene is always responsible for setting the tone for the rest of movie and impressing the viewer. No doubt, it was a tough job to compile a list of ten memorable opening movie scenes, but we have done our vey best to collect them from different eras and genres. Put this list in your flick geek pipe and smoke it up.

10. Touch of Evil:

An illustration of Orson Welles’ outstanding cinematography, the 3 minute and 30 second opening scene of Touch of Evil is breathtaking, astonishing and brazen-faced. A mysterious man placing a bomb in convertible Cadillac, a gentleman walking with a voluptuous blonde and suddenly an ear-busting explosion. During the entire opening shot, a music with Latin flair was swaying in background. After watching this opening scene, you’ll realize that the director is an alarming genius.

9. Goodfellas:

In the opening scene of this memorable gangster epic, Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci, freeze their car on a dark road after hearing some banging sounds from the trunk. After opening the trunk, they discover a man with aliveness who was supposed to be dead by the time. Pesci stabs the man several times, De Niro penetrates him with bullets and eventually Liotta narrates the exceptional level of irony: “As far back as I could remember I always wanted to be a gangster.”

8. Once Upon a Time in the West:

Counted among one of the greatest movies of “Spaghetti Western” genre, this movie’s memorable opening scene is still adored in the cinematic world for tremendous depiction of insane shoot-out. The aural and visual magnificence of this scene can be extracted from the creaking bench, squeaking windmill and chattering tickertape as well as from the a** kicker harmonica of Charlie Bronson.

7. Raiders of the Lost Ark:

As soon as the frame dissolves from the Paramount mountain to the darkest depth of jungle, you can notice the legendary silhouette of Indiana Jones with a whip hanging from his hip. His unfearing attempt to recover a golden idol from the ancient Peruvian temple and escaping from a near-to-death condition makes the opening scene of movie a landmark in cinematic history.

6. The Godfather 2:

The infinitely watchable opening scene of The Godfather 2 shows how Vito Corleone came to power from a merciless and dizzying place. The future-don was orphaned in matter of days by a local mafia of Sicily and he was compelled to flee America. This ethnic period piece and tragic grandeur of Francis Ford Coppola is widely adored by movie buffs with a feeling of voyeuristic delight.


5. Midnight Cowboy:

The opening scene of Midnight Cowboys follows Joe Buck, a handsome and guileless faux-cowboy of Texas, lost in his nonsensical illusion of becoming a stud-for-hire for wealthy ladies of New York City. Joe Buck lacks any savvy but he is full of energy, he looks other men as tutti-fruttis and finally approaches NY with his cockeyed eyes. I bet, you’ll surely love the scene when he began his journey with Harry Nilsson’s “Everybody is talking at me” in background. A powerhouse showcase in classic sense!

4. Jaws:

Starting with a music which gets louder and louder with gradual climb up in tempo, the opening scene of Jaws revolves in the vicinity of a fictional Island of New England where a group of teens smoke and drink around a campfire. Amid the teenagers, a drunk girl approaches the cold ocean for skinny dipping where she drowns in an outrageous way. Watch this opening scene on YouTube and you’ll realize what horror is and why Spielberg is famous for directing thrilling shots.

3. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly:

If you are seeking the answer to the question of what masculinity should be, go ahead and watch the memorable opening scene of this movie, unfolding tremendous style and grace with eye-popping cinematography. No conversation and no pleasantries, only an incredible music to give the actual feel of scene. Indeed, the greatest opening shots in the stack of Western genre movies!

2. Full Metal Jacket:

“I do not look down on niggers, kikes, wops or greasers. Here you are all equally worthless.” It might seem sordid for those who have not watched this movie but once you’ll start seeing, you can easily interpret the life and training period of born-to-kill soldiers. The memorable opening scene of Full Metal Jacket, portraying a horrifyingly funny and hard-as-nail drill instructor will definitely obligate you to feel shock while laughing.

1. Trainspotting :

Take the best orgasm you’ve ever had… multiply it by a thousand and you’re still nowhere near Trainspotting. Comprising brogue-drenched but truthful dialogue, the opening scene of Trainspotting is basically a collage of different scenes, intoducing the names of characters while running, playing football and smoking drugs. The scene is all about available choices in your life and what you choose.