These are the most breathtaking opening scenes in movie history (20 Photos)


The opening sequence and/or scene of a movie is the make or break moment. If the film can’t capture your attention from the get-go, then there’s no one someone’s gonna stay until the end, no matter how good it gets. It’s just not gonna happen.These films here, have a fantastic opening, that makes you want to stick around and see what evolves from it. Whether it gets you emotionally invested, or piques your curiosity, you’ll be committed to seeing how these movies end, based on how they start.Dim the lights, and get comfy. Here we go. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
This stunning recreation of the invasion of Omaha beach on D-Day is visceral, painful and incredibly heart-wrenching. It sets the tone for the rest of the film and makes this movie one of Spielberg’s best.UP (2009)
You won’t find anyone who’ll deny that this is the most moving 5 min’s in movie history. There’s life, love, loss and heartbreak and it’s a kids movie. There’s no better intro than this. Jaws (1975)
This scene set the tone for the rest of the film, and made the prospect of a killer great white shark something to be feared. We don’t see the giant carnivore directly, but we can see the effects of his fearsome teeth.Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
If you’re like me, you’ve seen these films a thousand times, but do you remember the first time you watched it? This was the audiences first intro to the professor/archeologist and it’s absolutely perfect. There’s a near escape, a betrayal and so much character building done, with a few words. This is perfection. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
Another amazing opening scene from my childhood, this sets the stakes so high from off the bat. There’s a tiny rebel ship and a massive Star Destroyer keen to get at it. Nothing conveys the struggle between the ragtag group of rebels and the massive Empire better than this opening scene. The Lion King (1994)
In ranking any of the Disney films, this one has to be at the top of everyone’s list. Sure, it starts off with a song, but it’s a moving, emotional and catchy song that tells you everything you need to know about the plot.The Godfather (1972)
Nothing conveys the power and menace behind the Godfather than this scene. A man, telling his story and asking Don Corleone for his help, is a fantastic way to let the audience know what they’re in for. The Dark Knight (2008)
I remember the first time I saw this opening heist, with all the guys in their clown masks, wondering who the boss was. It’s perfect. This scene subverts the expected “superhero” cliche’s and gives us a heist feeling, without making it too gimmicky. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
It was a refreshing change of scenery, when we start off this film on an actual snowy planet and we see the gang actively fighting the Empire’s forces. It’s one thing to have Stormtroopers and Starships, another to have the AT-AT walkers and the Wampa, and that narrow escape into hyperspace. Wow.Jurassic Park (1993)
This is one of my favourites too. Seems like Spielberg’s got a knack for starting off a film, the right way. The anticipation of the cage getting set up and the knowledge that there’s a ferocious dino in it, sets the mood for a fantastic film. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The opening scene of this film is lovely and mysterious. We get some cross-cutting between Andy getting ready for something and his sentencing, which leads to the ambiguity throughout the film. Did Andy do it? What effect will prison have on him? Is there any hope?The film goes on to answer those very same questions. Pulp Fiction (1994)
I love this one. There’s a lot of dialogue that has nothing really to do with the plot, but that’s the beauty of a Tarantino film – the verbiage.