23 of the Best Opening Scenes in Movie History

The cold open to ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is incredible
23 of the Best Opening Scenes in Movie History

You know how a book has to grab you with the first sentence or you’ll wander off to whatever Colleen Hoover published in the last five minutes? That goes double for movies. We all have 57 streaming services with thousands of titles each and the attention spans of puppies that chewed open a bag of espresso beans, so we’ll give a movie about 30 seconds before screaming “Next!”

Whatever that says about society, it’s been great for opening movie scenes. In fact, we might have learned patience as a result. We’ll sit through a 20-minute Nazi interrogation as long as it’s done well and even happily welcome a Star Wars crawl. That’s right: A good movie will get us to read. Such is the magic of cinema.

So when Redditor Real-Tax-1900 asked r/AskReddit, “What movie has the best opening scene?” it’s no surprise that Redditors had their faves front-loaded in their minds. From perfect scene-setting to jokes packed denser than a black hole to freaking Up, these are the first shots that made a lasting impression.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

Inglourious Basterds



Super Troopers


Office Space


Saving Private Ryan

Children of Men


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight Rises

The Godfather



The Lion King

28 Weeks Later


Baby Driver

The Matrix

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