Top 6: Movie Openings

Posted in Top 6 at 4:59 am by Sam

Our Top 6 list for Episode 13 is about the best beginnings to movies. It’s strange; some of the very best movies of all time don’t particularly have noteworthy openings. But then there are others that, right from the first minutes, grab you and dazzle you and show you something you’ve never seen from the movies before. Moments like these can make a lifelong impression.

What are you favorite movie openings?

As always, we recommend listening to the episode before reading further.

  1. Star Wars (1977)
  2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  3. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  4. The Seventh Seal (1954)
  5. Touch of Evil (1958)
  6. Raising Arizona (1987)
  1. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  2. Star Wars (1977)
  3. Patton (1970)
  4. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  5. Contact (1997)
  6. Snake Eyes (1998)


  1. Grishny (156) said,

    December 27, 2006 at 10:47 am

    The first movie that came to mind when I tried to think of memorable openings was Toy Story 2. It’s a fun sequence.

    I also thought that opening sequence to the original X-Men was pretty powerful. I mean the stuff after the evolution mumbo-jumbo opening credits, that is. And that reminds me of how incredible the opening action for X2 was; I think it’s pretty much the coolest super-hero action footage to date.

    My favorite movie musical is Fiddler on the Roof, which has a very memorable, at least for me, opening musical number. TRADITION!

  2. Stephen (221) said,

    December 29, 2006 at 2:01 am

    I think this may be my favorite of our Top 6 segments to date, because every title Sam read off was one I immediately wished I had picked. At the same time, I’m still perfectly happy with every one of my choices. I love good beginnings.

  3. WarpNacelle (48) said,

    January 4, 2007 at 1:30 am

    I’m so glad someone mentioned Toy Story 2. I love that opening sequence! I love turning up the volume and just sitting back and smiling through the whole thing.

    I would also mention the opening of “The Mask of Zorro” (Anthony Hopkins). The swashbuckling, mythical, escapism sword play again, just makes me smile.

  4. ThePhan (128) said,

    January 4, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    I liked the opening for X-Men, too. My problem with the movie, though, was I liked the beginning and the end, and everything in between kinda made me go “meh.”

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