Greatest Opening Scenes in Film History

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Introduction of Daniel Craig's James Bond in Casino Royale sets the tone for a new kind of Bond film with a unique black-and-white opening scene.

“Casino Royale” (2006)

“Ghostbusters” (1984)

Ghostbusters' world is introduced with a funny, scary, and entertaining opening scene featuring a librarian and iconic theme song.

The Long Goodbye's revisionist film noir introduces Philip Marlowe with a captivating opening scene of him searching for cat food at night, showcasing Elliott Gould's acting brilliance.

“The Long Goodbye” (1973)

“Jaws” (1975)

Jaws' gripping opening scene depicts a couple's beach party turning deadly when a woman becomes the killer shark's first victim.

Scream's iconic horror movie opening features Drew Barrymore getting a terrifying phone call before meeting a gruesome fate, despite being the biggest star in the film.

“Scream” (1996)

“The Lion King” (1994)

The Lion King's epic opening scene features the iconic "Circle of Life" song and introduces young Simba among a gathering of animals.

Jurassic Park's epic action film starts with a thrilling opening scene of Muldoon's crew attempting to move a new raptor into the park, setting the tone for the movie.

“Jurassic Park” (1993)

“The Matrix” (1999)

The Matrix's intriguing opening scene features Trinity showcasing her superhuman abilities before introducing Neo, setting the stage for the groundbreaking sci-fi film.

Up's memorable and effective opening montage of Carl and Ellie's life together sets the emotional tone for the rest of the film.

“Up” (2009)

“Goodfellas” (1990)

Goodfellas' opening scene, featuring a dead body and Henry Hill's famous narration, immediately sets the stakes and tone for the gangster film.