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Added by Dionysian Child on 28 Sep 2008 02:10
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Great Movie Openings

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โ€ฆand we'd have to credit Episode IV: A New Hope with the best first scene. Who could forget that shot of the Star Destroyer flying overhead.
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People who added this item 6009 Average listal rating (4078 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.6
Steven Spielberg raised the bar for war films with the opening of Saving Private Ryan - a harrowing vision of the D-Day landings.
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People who added this item 7706 Average listal rating (5549 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 9
The Dark Knight has knocked over critics and audiences in the UK.
This stunning opening sequence was shot in crisp I-max film, it sees a gang of murderous jokers robbing the Gotham Federal Reserve. Setting the Joker up as a homocida maniac with class.
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People who added this item 3467 Average listal rating (2323 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
An alternate future in which humankind has become infertile is stunningly introduced by director Alfonso Cuaron in Children Of Men. The intro is brilliantly capped by a long-running shot in which Clive Owen narrowly escapes a terrorist bomb in a coffee shop.
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People who added this item 9184 Average listal rating (6741 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.8
Fight Club (1999)
All of David Fincher's Fight Club is pretty stunning. But the staggering banality of Edward Norton's life, prior to the introduction of Tyler Durden, really sticks in the memory. The very first scene seconds are also a fantastically clever flash-forward to the eventual ending.
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People who added this item 2946 Average listal rating (1886 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.9
Top Gun (1986)
Top Gun has an awesome intro that really sets the mood. Shady shots of the flight deck are interspersed with the opening credits as the soundtrack rises in the background. Then it's straight into the cockpit with Maverick and Goose for their tense encounter with the MIG.
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People who added this item 4225 Average listal rating (2831 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.7
GoodFellas (1990)
"As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster." The opening words on Ray Liotta's voiceover set the tone for Goodfellas, spoken over the opening bout of violence from the vicious Joe Pesci.
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People who added this item 5236 Average listal rating (3598 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.4
Raiders Of The Lost Ark - "But Signor, no-one has ever come out of there alive." Indy dives straight in anyway - it was a great way to meet the character that would become one of the world's favourites.
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People who added this item 4631 Average listal rating (3065 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Trainspotting (1996)
"Choose Life." Spoken over some petty crime needed to pay for Rent Boy's next fix, the Ewan McGregor voiceover marks the start of the classic drug-flick Trainspotting.
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People who added this item 5207 Average listal rating (3553 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.5
The Departed (2006)
"We could either become cops or criminals. But when you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?" Jack Nicholson kicks off The Departed with an unforgettable monologue, speaking over a sinister spool of Boston's organised crime from Scorsese.
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From the list provided by MSN, but I thought this one was quite good.

What films have grabbed us best from the word go? What films have reeled us in with smart and striking intros? There was an argument. But we've settled on this lot.

See also: www.betalistal.com/list/great-movie-endings-3354

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