Mission Impossible 3
“We put an explosive charge in your head…”
The introduction of Owen Davian is ruthless and awesome.
Tension. We don’t need to see the shark to be terrified of what lies beneath the waves.
In true Tarantino fashion, Inglourious Basterds’ opening is full of amazing dialogue, suspense and action.
The Dark Knight
How could I leave out the introduction of one of the coolest villains we’ve ever seen on the big screen? Not to mention it’s an incredible bank heist.
The Social Network
When they first announced ‘The Facebook Movie’ I was skeptical but within 2 minutes I was hooked. This brilliant opening scene introduces us to a fascinating and flawed main character using nothing but well written dialogue.
You can’t talk about opening scenes without James Bond’s name coming up. With so many choices I had to go with Casino Royale for it’s quiet desaturated beauty.
Star Wars: A New Hope
Ignore the prequels. Our first glimpse of Darth Vader is just as bad ass today.
Tarantino again. I suppose you could put the opening scenes from all of his movies and they would feel right at home on this list. Obviously Pulp Fiction belongs but Reservoir Dogs is no slouch when it comes to openings. Only Tarantino can make something as ‘ordinary’ as tipping waitresses so unbelievably interesting.
… Look there’s a cop car… No big deal, I’ll just drive the speed limit because I’ve got nerves of steel…
Easily one of the best ‘getaway’ scenes you’ll ever see and an absolutely awesome beginning to a great movie.
Truly embodies the meaning of iconic. Goodfellas grabs you the second the gangsters open the trunk and never lets go.