30 Unforgettable Movie Opening Sequences


We all know that first impressions are important, right? Well, the same goes for film. The opening title sequence of a film is that film’s opportunity to make a good first impression on you, the viewer. A well-crafted title sequence introduces the audience to the tone and theme of the film as well as the cast and crew.

Mind you, not all films have the luxury of a great title sequence. Some have budgetary constraints, limiting them to a simple, yet classic, white text on black background. Hey, it’s a style that has served Woody Allen very well for many years. Others prefer to take the minimalist road and omit the titles altogether, taking us straight to the action.

In tribute to all of the wonderful title sequences in film, Smashing Magazine has collected 30 Unforgettable Title Sequences for your enjoyment and inspiration. We have chosen some of our favorite selections from all eras and genres. Of course, there are too many brilliant examples to list them all here. What are your favorites? What is missing in the list? Let us know in the comments!

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30 Unforgettable Title Sequences

Lord of War5
The visually pleasing “life of a bullet” sequence is a perfect opening for a film about an arms dealer. 720p HD version6.

Catch Me If You Can7
The retro animated intro to Catch Me If You Can perfectly sets the scene and time period.

A wonderfully creepy title sequence that perfectly sets the mood for the film you’re about to watch.

It’s amazing how much personality can be expressed in a simple silhouette.

There were a lot of animated opening title sequences in the 60’s – this one is my personal favorite.

Casino Royale (2006)11
In an effort to re-invent the franchise the infamous James Bond title sequence was overhauled. The result was a visually pleasing intro that still pays its respects to the original.

Sweeney Todd12
A lot of Tim Burton’s films sport fantastic title sequences but Sweeney Todd’s is especially great. The creepy atmosphere and music combined with the dark imagery sets the tone very nicely. 720p HD version13,

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly14
Vibrant colors, great animation and an amazing score. This title sequence has it all.

Fight Club15
One amazing sequence starts at a microscopic level and continues to expand outward until we are looking down the barrel of a gun. Unfortunately, the embedding of the opening sequence in this post was disabled by request. You need to watch the video on YouTube16.

The Pink Panther (1963)17
We would be remiss not to include the original Pink Panther in this list. Definitely a favorite.

Thank You For Smoking18
A very clever title sequence with the credits written on vintage cigarette packaging.

Fahrenheit 45119
In a world where the simple act of reading has been outlawed it only makes sense to have the titles read to you.

Just beautiful in all respects. A wonderful use of practical effects – they don’t make ‘em like this anymore.

A very slow paced, minimalist title sequence. The result is nothing but haunting.

Bunny Lake Is Missing22
The concept is fairly simple but it’s so well done and the final result works beautifully.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang23
Another great example of a contemporary film featuring an old school animated introduction.

Vertigo features a masterfully crafted and almost hypnotic title sequence. A perfect opening to the film.

Panic Room25
This is the third David Fincher movie to make this list, it seems the man can appreciate a great title sequence. This is a very basic concept yet it’s brilliantly executed.

Dr. Strangelove26
Wonderful imagery combined with the hand written text makes for a very unique and memorably title sequence.

Say what you will about the movie, this is one creative and well-executed title sequence.

This is a great example of an amazing and original title sequence done on a shoe string budget.

North By Northwest29
A series of intersecting lines form into a skyscraper. Very cool effect, especially for the time.

American Splendor30
It only makes sense for a film about a comic book creator to have the credits in a comic book fashion.

Reservoir Dogs31
To this day every time I walk down the street in a suit and sunglasses “little green bag” inevitably pops into my head.

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World32
A very funny animated sequence to kick off this comedy classic.

A very simple yet ominous title sequence.

Live and Let Die34
The James Bond franchise really understood the beauty of a great title sequence. Though we only included one classic in this list, the rest are here in spirit.

American Psycho35
The credits for American Psycho play as many mind games on you as the film itself. Great attention to typography.Warning: Course Language!

Psycho (1960)36
This brilliantly crafted title sequence has a lot of fun with typography and presentation.

Spiderman 237
An amazing title sequence that pays its respects to the original source; the comic book.

Honorable Mentions

There were so many titles we wanted to include in this list but didn’t quite make the cut for one reason or another — in most cases because we just couldn’t find a video sequence in the Web or because the quality of the video was not good enough.

Readers’ Suggestions

2001: A Space Odyssey49
A very simple, yet powerful opening that perfectly sets the atmosphere for the film.

Stranger than Fiction50

To Kill A Mocking Bird51 (1962)

Opening titles in HD53.

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  1. 1

    You forgot CONTACT …. Great opener.

  2. 2

    Agreed, Dave beat me to it. CONTACT has got to be one of the most profound, awe inspiring openings ever. Nothing else comes close in terms of true reality.

  3. 3

    The very long opening to Hatari w/ John Wayne,

    Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi3528458265/


  4. 4


    December 19, 2008 5:32 am

    A great trip down memory lane.

    Perfect for a Friday.

    Will probably spent all weekend reflecting :-)

  5. 5

    Great one!

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is my absolute favourite…

  6. 6

    What an incredible compilation – just perfect for a fiday! Thank you!

  7. 7

    Lord of war is just a genious Sequence!

  8. 8

    Thanks for this nice article !
    I really love the intro of Lord of War, even the music is so nicely choosen !

    P.S: the embed of Fight Club has been disabled :/

  9. 9

    hey! nice article
    PS: Merry Christmas and happy New year!

  10. 10

    Nice idea for creating topic… Good work!!

    i’ll go with Alien, American Psycho, Catch Me If You Can & Eurotrip… I also have few thoughts in mind & i’ll keep them for my own use.. LOL

    Thankz anyways.
    DKumar M.

  11. 11

    I am a film nut, and this is an outstanding compilation. Thanks for all the hard work and effort Andrew.

  12. 12

    Nice list, similar to the ones on Art of the Title Sequence, most of which are available in HD and all are much higher quality that youtube!

  13. 13


    But I’m missing the best one i’ve ever seen: 2001 – A space odyssey

  14. 14

    Go to this site for more opening credits: http://www.artofthetitle.com/

  15. 15
  16. 16

    On a related tangent, the closing sequences of 300 and Ratatouille are epic. Great list though! I was pleasantly surprised to see more than just recent films.

  17. 17

    Dawn of the dead 2004 has a brilliant sequence too : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVnA2vZDce0

    It’s one of my favorites!

  18. 18

    Forgot Lemony Snicket’s : A Series of Unfortunate Events. (probably not spelled right)

  19. 19

    Good to see several from Saul Bass. He is the godfather of modern title sequences.

  20. 20

    What about “To Kill A Mockingbird”? It’s a beautiful and haunting sequence that perfectly captures the wonders, and fears, of childhood.

  21. 21

    Lovely list. Panic room and Thank you for smoking are my two favorite

  22. 22

    Awesome post!

  23. 23

    Great list! Where was Leathal Weapon 3 though… ?

  24. 24

    Absolutely never a completely list without The Kingdom.


  25. 25

    Nice stuff!

    But there´s a problem with “Alien”: embedding disabled by request! :(

  26. 26

    Dexter isn’t a movie but Tv series but i think it has amazing opening. Lord of war is pretty awesome.

  27. 27

    Awesome selection …..!!
    I only wished i’d fing the opening scene of Kubrick’s spartacus ….!

  28. 28

    One of my favorites is “Grand Prix”, a black screen with the sound of a Ferrari V12 cranking over, catching on a few cylinders, then the throttle is cracked a few times as the camera slowly pulls back and the subtle gray flecks congeal into wisps of smoke and the circular edges of the exhaust pipe slowly come into view…of course, when it came out I was building and racing formula cars, which may have influenced my perceptions!

  29. 29

    If you have not seen the opening to The Kite Runner, go see it…its one of my favorites.

  30. 30

    What a great way to start my Friday.

    Thanks for the post, and the blast down memory lane…..

    And the Halloween one totally deserves a spot, glad you put it up!

  31. 31

    One of the most visually appealing sequences I think is for “the Kingdom”

  32. 32

    Awesome! :D

  33. 33

    What about The Royal Tenenbaums? Actually most of Wes Anderson’s movies have great opening sequences.

  34. 34

    How isthe kite runner not on this list?

  35. 35

    Certainly, Monsters Inc. deserves at least an honorable mention.

    Also, it’s “coarse” language, not “course” (American Psycho.)

    Besides that, great list.

  36. 36

    Great post, however I feel that there is one opening sequence that should be listed. Stranger Than Fiction is an amazing open sequence that has to be up there with the greats.

  37. 37

    Awesome! I have always been intrigued by title sequences, now I just need to go out and do some. Steve Mullen

  38. 38

    No mention of Wes Andersen. Rushmore, Royal Tenenbaums, Bottle Rocket.

  39. 39

    It would be nice to mention Saul Bass as the author of some, and inspiration of many of these intros. He really is the pioneer that made movie titles become what they are today.

  40. 40
  41. 41


    December 19, 2008 10:07 am

    Pretty cool!

    I tend to look at title sequences for TV shows more closely. Since you usually see them over and over again there is more chances to analyze them.

    Some of my favorites: Dexter (absolutely brilliant), True Blood, and Entourage.

  42. 42

    Echoing: #13

    There are other really amazing closing sequences as well, my votes go to WALL-E and A Series of Unfortunate Events. I’m sure there are many others that I can’t recall.

  43. 43

    Mad Men has to be in there as a great TV show opening sequence.

  44. 44

    At least two of these, Se7en and Fight Club, were done by Imaginary Forces. They’ve done a LOT of cool and memorable title sequences over the years. http://www.imaginaryforces.com/

    And there’s a lot of fine opening work in anime, too. Satoshi Kon’s Paranoia Agent has always been one of my favorites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8HChqhHVuU

  45. 45

    101 Dalmatians–amazing sync of music and animation


    La Haine–amazing!

  46. 46

    I agree with Harrison, Mad Man must be in there….it’s fantastic.

  47. 47

    What about Sound of Music — “much-heralded, breath-taking piece of film-making”. One of the greatest intros of all time. http://www.filmsite.org/soun.html

  48. 48

    Rich Apps Consulting

    December 19, 2008 11:31 am

    Fahrenheit 451 is my favourite

  49. 49

    Touch of Evil is pretty good


  50. 50

    I am shocked Forrest Gump did not make it? The feather shot was the first thing that came to my mind! :)

  51. 51

    Don’t forget the title sequence for The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) by Kyle Cooper. It completely outshines the movie it precedes. Check it out here.

  52. 52

    se7en – Perfect to choose Trent for the opening. Definitely sets the mood.

  53. 53

    Top Gun. The music with the aircraft carrier launch sequence are pretty cool – once the movie starts, not so much. Movie really didn’t ‘age’ very well – plus there are a lot of things that are just wrong. The opening is the best part.

  54. 54

    Okay, maybe it’s not a film title, but therefore not less brilliant: the opening sequence of the Six Feet Under series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YMhGIrt6B0&feature=related

    Mind the subtle allusions to the death like the crow, the fluid in the measuring beaker stopping at the number six, the tunnel with light at the end (and a person who remains in the tunnel) and the ring of the undertaker. Combine that with the fantastic music of Thomas Newman, and you get an opening sequence you look forward to every week.

  55. 55

    I love title sequences! The Big Lebowski had a great one that you missed tho :(

  56. 56

    For more titles, search on youtube phrase “Great Opening Titles“. I like it very title of the film “Hostage

  57. 57

    “Touch of Evil” by Orson Wells should top this list. Done in one take. Check it out.

  58. 58

    The short film at the beginning of the Monty Python film The meaning of life is a long time favorite.

    The Big Leboswki was good!

    Site O Rific

  59. 59

    Load Of War is one of my fav movies and it has the best intro of all times. hands down

  60. 60

    How about Altman’s The Player.

  61. 61

    Oh! And not to mention the opening sequence for Viva La Muerte.

  62. 62

    No “Manhattan”?!?

  63. 63

    What a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing so many great title sequences, I’ve seen quite a few of them but they never get old. I just went through this whole list and watched every one! I was ecstatic to see that “Live and Let Die” and “To Kill A Mockingbird” made the list. Thanks again for sharing. :)

  64. 64

    True Romance … The Sicilian movie part =)

  65. 65

    Many good ones listed, but there is no better Bond intro than Goldfinger.

  66. 66

    Batman (1989) has a very cool animated sequence based around a camera panning around the batman logo. Very cool score which sets the movie up perfectly.

  67. 67

    Romeo + Juliet by Baz Luhrman!

  68. 68
  69. 69

    A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Kick ass opening sequence (and closing titles!) but an … unfortunate movie.

  70. 70

    The original Pink Panther… TOTAL classic.

  71. 71

    Great post! Pllease try also this one. It’s a little bit old (1968) but a real classic of french movies opening sequences: http://www.imvite.com/video/Faut-Pas-Prendre-les-Enfants-du-Bon-Dieu/t/7711427

  72. 72

    Fox sucks.

  73. 73

    How can you mention these and forget about
    “The Jackal”

  74. 74

    The Kite Runner probably has to be the best one I’ve seen this year; beautiful typography and music which work so well together.

  75. 75

    Nice collection…But have you seen the opening of Quantum of Solace?
    It is amazing!!!

  76. 76

    You have forgotten the credits of “Lemony Snicket – A Series Of Unfortunate Events”. How could you? ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTg5vGDcu6U )

  77. 77

    Stranger than Fiction for me, awesome!

  78. 78

    Honestly, the one that popped into my head when I saw this was “Apocalypse Now”, which was not mentioned.

  79. 79

    Very nice list.

    I think that Nightmare before Christmas should have made the list too, it sets the perfect tone to the entire movie.

  80. 81

    Why has Star Wars not been mentioned (particularly episode 4)?

  81. 82

    where is 300 movie ??

  82. 83

    I liked “Robinhood: Men in Tights”

  83. 84

    Magnolia! One of the most crazy stories in the opening sequence.

  84. 85

    Excellent post! I will definitely make time to go through all of these, though I’ve seen many of them already. Thank you!

    (Oh, and I second Magnolia.)

  85. 86

    I’m surprised that Strange Days is missing, if not for it’s “uncut” style (though there are a couple cuts, they’re practically invisible).

  86. 87

    thanks for good post..

  87. 88

    Great post… What about 4 weddings and a funeral…Marvellous opening

  88. 89

    How about Apocalypse Now?

  89. 90
  90. 91

    +1 for ‘Touch of Evil’
    Impressive three and a half minutes, one take, in 1958

  91. 92

    this is the lateral thing, awesome collection’s,

  92. 93

    Once Upon a Time in the West… great title sequence.

    And I love the Usual Suspects’s intro as well… simple but the music and the scenery of the water makes it great.

  93. 94

    +1 for “Touch of the Devil” This scene is so famous I don’t see how you could miss it. Oh, yes, it’s old… black and white. Time of the Pyramides

  94. 95

    The Abyss
    had the most foreboding opening of any movie I have ever seen…
    ranks up there with ‘Alien’

  95. 96

    ex-drummer is missing. unforgettable opening where time is running ackwards and the credits are on street signs, door signs, thrown away newspapers, bicycles etc.(no computer animation).

  96. 97

    it is something wrong with loading movies, they play and suddenly stop playing after two seconds…
    ff v2.0

  97. 98

    After more than 3 years of using firefox, finaly I must say FIREFOX SUCKS!!!
    I know that this is not place for that… sorry

  98. 99

    If you never look for the openening of tv series add Dexter’s!!!!!

    awesome, congrats!

  99. 100

    I had the opening scene of “Enduring Love” in mind; and, after seeing it again on Youtube I still think it should be on this list: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7svF0D7u-Es

  100. 101

    Comment number 49, Joscelyne… i agree with her about Forrest Gump. Brilliant opening to a film, while it also finishes the same way. Most of the Bond films have pretty good opening sequences. Snatch opening sequence isn’t bad!

  101. 102

    You may also take a look to http://www.artofthetitle.com/

  102. 103

    The title screen to Florent Emilio Siri’s Hostage should also get a mention. but great list, thanks.

  103. 104

    Irreversible is missing…

  104. 105

    missing the Matrix as a typographic intro.

  105. 106

    The Panic room title reminds me of the floating text used in Fringe (tv series).

    As soon as I saw the title to this article though I thought, I bet they have included Eurotrip, even though the film sucks. Someone should be pretty proud of themselves for making a title sequence better than the movie itself.

    I would also mention The Incredibles ending credits. Very nice animation and style.

    Upgrade to FF3. That’s a known FF2 bug that never got fixed.

  106. 107

    Thanks Smashing Magazine.. i’m a sucker for these movie openings.
    Oh! Next post should be TV Shows Opening Sequences and Dexter should be at the top of the list!

  107. 108

    what no Grease?

  108. 109

    ey you guys, I reposted this in spanish in case you want know :D at http://www.tallerdm.com.ar/archives/203

  109. 110

    Charade does not only have a great opening sequence. It is one of the greatest movies of all time!
    Scentsy Wickless Candles

  110. 111

    I guess you guys have never seen Narc.


  111. 112

    my fav is of the “Dark Knight”. :)

  112. 113

    Forest Gump is my favorite. A wonderfully title sequence that perfectly sets the mood for the film, also with a beautiful theme song. (although the ending of the theme is a little bit overdone)

  113. 114

    great intros

  114. 115

    I enjoyed this listing

  115. 116

    Alot of them are saul bass influenced

  116. 117

    3 David Fincher <3 <3 <3 :D

  117. 118

    A couple things, first, it’s kind of freaking me out that someone with the same name said the same thing I was going to. NIN for Se7en’s intro was a perfect combination. It’s a remix of Closer if anyone was curious. It’s on “Closer To God” which is Halo 9. S
    Second, I agree you should do tv series intros and that Dexter should be at the very top. The only problem with that one is he shaves, and then has a scruffy beard upon exiting his apartment. I can forgive this due to the hours of viewing enjoyment that show has brought me.

  118. 119

    Lemony Snicket could have easily been a top 10

  119. 120

    what about the matrix trilogy :-(

  120. 121

    I was so blown away when I saw the intro for the movie Contact. Opens to white noise from the planet earth and then into utter silence in space.


  121. 122

    Interesting clips. Some great sequences. I’m kind of disappointed that the openning to ‘Seconds wasn’t in there though…


  122. 123

    Ouch, most vids are no longer available :-(

  123. 124

    Curly Sue , sould defitnately be on here. – the beginning is reallllyyyy cute (:

  124. 125

    Some titles that I thought were excelent for openings.
    Saving Private ryan
    Good Morning Vietnam
    A Clockwork Orange

  125. 126

    Jihad Jimmy, Minister of War Crimes and Chief Defender of the Faith

    December 24, 2008 2:34 pm

    You’ll put something crappy like Catch Me If You Can, but no love for Full Metal Jacket?

  126. 127

    I also thought a Clockwork Orange would have been great, its my favorite movie and the opening sequence is amazing.

  127. 128

    Once Upon a Time in the West is the greatest title sequence in movie history. For shame, sinner!

  128. 129

    Definitely include the fairy tale style end credits sequence to RUNNING SCARED (2006) – one of the best I’ve ever seen, and nicely deconstructs the entire film.

  129. 130


  130. 131

    Raging Bull has the finest opening credits of any film I’ve ever seen. I was very sad to not see that film on this list.

  131. 132

    Although Srgio Leone was represented (the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly), I would submit Once Apon a Time in the West for consideration.

  132. 133

    Cool list.
    Its a shame that Lady Vengeance isnt in it.

  133. 134

    Very nice list.

    One is missing, though: Le Mépris (The Contempt), JL Godard. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVgfYNJFKoo
    Unique, breathtaking while minimalistic.

  134. 135
  135. 136

    Apocalypse Now Great Intro

  136. 137

    I know that is has already been said, and it wasn’t a super-popular movie, but “The Jackal” should really be on this list. It fits perfectly.

  137. 138

    Um, Lost in Translation, anyone?

  138. 139
  139. 140

    umm…juno, anyone?

  140. 141

    My two favorites:
    “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”… from the opening “Anything Goes” to that roller coaster ride on the raft, the first 10 minutes of this movie give you no time to breathe.

    “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” Beautiful mountain vista leading us into the heart of the mountain with the battle between Gandalf and the Balrog as they fall miles and miles through the abyss… breath-taking.”

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    Ed Wood would have been a good choice. Remember the names on the headstones, etc…?

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    Kubrick’s The Shining……needs to be somewhere in this list.

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    Swordfish is still my number 1…!

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    Missing Swordfish, or am i the only one find this scene smashing!

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    The Mallrats intro is inexplicably absent from this list! Hehehe…

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    yes, is missing one of the most beautiful ! : Le Mépris, JL Godard (the contempt)

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    how can superbad make it into that batch?

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    SLC Punk should be included on this list. The posters and song fit the film and the punk ethos perfectly.

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    Wow! What a great collection. I was so lucky to stumble on it. The life of a bullet alone is worth millions! Have you looked at the opening of Heavenly Creatures? It’s interesting but I am not sure it is in the same league as these others. Thanks for the efforts!

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    I’m so glad Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho was in there, it’s more than just a title sequence. There is a lot of meaning that is portrayed by the contrasting black and white to the contrasting and double sided elements of the film.

    A great writer and director.


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    Anybody for “Outbreak”, or, the intense titles of “The Untouchables”?

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    FANTASTIC chooses…

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    i knew dexter would get a lot of comments, it is pure brilliance. but i had not realised before that it was so close to the american psycho sequence!! this doesn’t matter. the execution is ten times better.

    thanks smashing.

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    Can’t believe Grease is not listed…! :O

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    Great list, I really enjoyed watching these :)

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    Very nice list. The title sequence for Night at the Museum came to mind while I was watching the Panic Room. Great motion tracking shots, and a nice score that goes along perfectly with what is shown.

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    Excellent article.
    It could have been a nice detail enumerate the people involved in development of each title sequence. Not just for the record and the credit by itself but also as information and personal archives.

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    I second SWORDFISH !!!

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    Being picky, one 007 in the classic list? – but there are two…

    Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is one of my faves, but as this is ‘unforgettable’ openings, sad to see Contact not in there, and the opening to Star Wars (IV) is one of the defining moments in film history esp. including the sound.

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    I may be dating myself but how about “The Hunger”? Bauhaus, David Bowie & Catherine Deneuve…

    Or “Streets of Fire”? Walter Hill’s ode to neon, wet streets and cool cars.

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    Did you specifically pick the “Yaphet Kotto” frames for “Live and Let Die” and “Alien”?

    Or just coincidence?

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    My absolute favorite movie opening sequence is “Brokeback Mountain.” The combination of Wyoming landscape and hauntingly beautiful musical score is perfection!

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    “Ruthless People” with Danny DeVito, Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater, et. al. has an animated title sequence with design style and funny-ness (AND Mick Jagger!). Plus, I agree with Xevi and Dani: when it comes to TV, nothing beats the “Dexter” title sequence! Genius!!

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    THEICE said : “Kubrick’s The Shining……needs to be somewhere in this list.”


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    For the To Kill a Mockingbird opening titles, you used my video, which was my attempt at composing an opening credits score, just as a compositional activity. Could you either replace the video on this page with the real opening credits, or add an explanation as to what the video is? It would be appreciated.

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    The only one missing here is the remake of Dawn of the Dead from 2004.


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    perfect~~~yeah…world is a fine place and worth fighting for…

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    “Scream” and “Wimbleton” stick out in my mind as great open sequences

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    A Series of Unfortunate Events, is quality stuff and Wimbledon has one of the smartest opening sequences. Should consider including these.

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    Where’s ‘Saving Private Ryan’? That should be on your list somewhere. Just like to say how useful this website is though…great help for my media work so thanks!!!

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    i am glad to see some old saul bass title sequences make the cut. it would be nice if the designers were listed for each of these… give credit where it is deserved.

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    “The World According to Garp” should be included.


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    Some one really forgot the title sequence of “B13″ / District B13. Where the rat goes into the tunnel and the camera floats thru walls and the vehicles, even thru the cables. Its fantastic.

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    Vacancyhad a great typographic title sequence.

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    Very nice. Definitely worthy of watching after the Oscars.
    Great for inspiration.

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    I don’t know if this was published before Watchmen came out, but it definitely deserves to be near the top of this list… The opening credits with Bob Dylan playing can’t be touched by many….

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    Wow, have any of you ever seen the opening sequence to The Fall (2006). Amazing emotion evoking classical musical and every frame of the sequence is like a beautiful photograph, ultra slow mo black and white. Gave me chills!

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    My personal favorite are Lord of War and The Fall. :)

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    Well, I guess nobody here has ever seen Paul Voerhoeven’s HOLLOW MAN (2000) … Sure, the movie sucked, but that opening title sequence !!! WOW !!

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    For me the Lion King has to have the most powerful opening, and one of the most iconic. It’s a brilliant song, which melts my heart everytime I hear it, andt he meaning behind the song is truely incredible, espeically for a “children’s film”.

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    Hey, FYI, the American Splendor video is not the actual title sequence from the film… I think it is a student project or something … The film uses actual footage of placed in comic containers if I remember correctly, and uses typography that much more closely matches that of the movie posters.

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    I know this is an older post, but Wristcutters: A Love Story is a really good one.

    The opening sequence itself isn’t really creative or animated or anything like most others, but it, in my opinion, definitely belongs on this list.

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    Maybe I skimmed through the comments too quickly, but shouldn’t Saul Bass’ titles for (especially) “A Walk On The Wild Side” and “Spartacus” get a mention? Also, the animation prologue to Richard Fleischer’s “The Vikings”?

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    good list , but i think detroit rock city must be in the list.

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    Im sorry but this list, while there are some good ones, is horrible. They are missing the 2 greatest introductions in the history of movies…Top Gun and Footloose.

    Utter disappointment

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    Adrian Alvarez Jr.

    June 6, 2011 9:17 pm

    What about Saving Private Ryan. The first 30 Minutes of this film leave you with no choice on watching the rest of the movie.

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    How can you leave out the opening of Belly, which is the best into to any movie

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    And ‘The Rock’ ??

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    I’m left wondering why Saving Private Ryan and the Lion King are not on this list…

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    I agree, The Lion King’s was epic.

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    I kinda understand how The Lion King’s not on there, but COME ON.
    It’s The Lion King. Movie openings don’t get more iconic than that.

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    No “Contact”? Wow. I mean, just turn in your credentials on the way out, man.

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    I can’t believe you felt the opening for “Superman” didn’t quite make the cut… It is considered one of the most epic and memorable opening sequences of all time, and is far more memorable than at least 3/4ths of the movies that DID make the cut. Preposterous.

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    Links not working!!!

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    I am truly surprised that ”The Lord of the Rings” was not in this list.

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    What about Watchmen – greatest open sequence ever!!

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    Cannonball Run – nuff said!

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    Almost all of these videos are unavailable.

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    What about Barbwire ? ;)

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    One of my favorite end credits sequence : Sherlock Holmes (the 1st)

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    It’s not a film however the opening credit’s to the TV series Dexter is pretty amazing! Also Game of Thrones won an award for theirs :)

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    For me Upside Down is the best! The music, the sinematography, efects, the explanation, etc.

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    It’s too sad that TOP GUN was not included,the best intro ever.


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