Hold on to Your Butts: A Definitive Guide to the Best Opening Scenes


What’s your favorite type of opening shot for a movie?

Whether it’s a subdued protagonist intro, an explosive bout of kinetic energy, or a disorienting sequence that drops into a foreign world—a compelling opening scene is essential to every great movie. A film’s preamble should set the tone and ignite the plot into motion, all while playing to the movie’s genre—a pretty tall order for even the most seasoned filmmakers.

We’ve rounded up a list of  movies that deliver just that: succinctly served context, flow, and visuals—all with an undeniable hook. Missing your fave? Drop us a line in the comment section.


Amelie (2001)


Goodfellas (1990)


Trainspotting  (1996)


Scream (1996)


Touch Of Evil (1958) 


Matrix (1999)


Un Chien Andalou (1929) 


Children of Men (2006)


Citizen Kane (1941)


Inglorious Basterds (2009)


Apocalypse Now (1979) 


The Dark Knight (2008)


Persona (1966)



Bring it On (2000)


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