The Top 5: Opening/Title Sequences

Dead or Alive

Guns, sex, sodomy, coke, blood and noodles – absolute madness from Takashi Miike.

Watchmen

A slow-motion brief history of The Minutemen/Watchmen leading up to the events of the film. The choice of Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are a Changin’ is inspired.

Unfortunately the audio on my video has been muted due to a copyright law but you can also find it here at trailersland.com with audio included.

Scream

Wes Craven’s seminal teen horror has one of the most shocking beginnings. Not just because of the graphic violence, but also because he killed off a big name star straight away.

Once Upon a Time in the West

One of the longest opening/title sequences in cinema history, but its length and slow pacing doesn’t stop it from being one of the most lauded starts to a film to date.

This clip only features the tail end of the sequence where Harmonica (Charles Bronson) takes on the three gunslingers who have been waiting for him.

The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises

Okay, I’m cheating a little but I couldn’t pick one over the other – so here are both!

Obviously inspired by Michael Mann’s Heat and countless other bank robbery scenes in film, this opening sequence to Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece makes the list not only because it’s a thrilling start to the film, but also because it was the first time we all got to see Heath Ledger’s Joker in the flesh.

Nolan had his work cut out for him trying to top his previous achievement. And while he may not have made as good a film for the final part of the trilogy, the opening of The Dark Knight Rises is every bit as exciting as its predecessor. As with Joker’s make-up, we were equally excited to finally see Bane and hear his voice – and what a great introduction it is.

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