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    Default Coolest opening credits for a movie ever?

    I know some people are nauseated by directors like Tarantino, with their "cold" openings that come out of nowhere (literally a black screen) and right in the middle of an ongoing dialogue. However, even if you despise Tarantino and all that he stands for you can at least appreciate an opening like this, from the movie Reservoir Dogs. I've never seen an opening for a movie as cool as this. It just screams awesome and gangsta. Mind you, it's not the first scene of the movie, of course, since the "cold" opening diner scene preceded these credits.



    WARNING: There is one little swear word muttered at the very end of the video in the background.

    They picked the absolute perfect song too ("Little Green Bag" by the George Baker Selection). It fits the scene so well, makes it so badass, and highlights the whole tough guy / smooth criminal feel of the walk towards the camera. I'd like to know what you guys think is the best opening ever, or at least way cooler than this one. I'm sure the TWC team is capable of doing that.

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    If this damn website actually allowed videos to be imbedded without me getting error messages I'd post some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inhuman One View Post
    If this damn website actually allowed videos to be imbedded without me getting error messages I'd post some.
    Dude, I've seen you try to post Youtube videos in the past and fail because you keep making the same small mistake over and over.

    You keep putting the entire URL into the "YOUTUBE" brackets instead of just the last bit at the end of the URL. For instance, the URL for the Youtube video above is "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2Xi3ioasik." The only part you need to copy and paste in between the "YOUTUBE" brackets is the part after the "=" sign, i.e. q2Xi3ioasik.

    If you'd like to see how that's done, just hit the "reply with quote" button on my post above and view the text. It's the same for every Youtube video.

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    The thing is, basicly every single website seems to have a different way to post youtube videos and it can get rather confusing that way.

    Thanks for the advice, looks like I have it now.

    Back on topic, personly I think the Watchmen opening credits are the best I have seen. It is also not the first scene, its the second scene. Many movies have that.

    Great pacing, the music fits perfectly, and it really sets the tone for the movie as well, regarding how superheroes work in this movie, and it shows this alternate history.


    The opening of Conan the Barbarian is pretty epic too.

    Not much is happening, but that music going along with forging a blade and then Conan's father's speech to finish it. Its quite a nice opening.

    Speaking of intro's that get you really pumped up for some action:

    While the movie certainly has plenty of flaws, its always been a guilty pleasure of mine. And this opening is certainly not one of its flaws. I wish they'd use this music in the actual games for once, maybe with a similar opening.


    The reservoir dogs opening is great too by the way! Simple but effective.

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    Guys, there is only one epic intro...
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    When I was 11. this was the coolest thing I'd ever seen. LotR nut for life right then and there.
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    Very good choices, fellas. Keep them coming!

    I dare say at least one of these might have already toppled Reservoir Dogs in my estimation.

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    I remember being blown away by ep 3's opening


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    lol alot of some of those videos are not even opening credits but just movie beginings...

    At anycase, considering tarantino, i love this one.

    Also one of the most underated tarantino, movies, likewise imo probably my favorite tarantino movie.
    Soundtrack is just marvelous to begin with.

    Another one of my favorites is Goodbye Lenin, just love this title sequence.

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    Let me give honourable mentions as well...






    And of course the Apocalypse Now intro which I can't seem to find.




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    Oh my God, Jackie Brown, City of God, Starship Troopers, Hunt for Red October, these are all phenomenal choices! They're all so good I dare say it's next to impossible now for me to say (even subjectively) which one is best.

    As for Apocalypse Now, the opening scene is not allowed on Youtube due to some stupid copyright thing, .

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    Might as well add this to the mix.


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    I am partial to the Terminator Salvation opening sequence.


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    @Knight of Heaven

    All fantastic opening credits. I especially love Good bye Lenin which perfectly captures the nostalgia for the DDR (allt things considered) which permeates the film. A great way to open a great movie. Reminiscent of the opening of Amelie which also plays on themes of nostalgia. Interestingly enough, the music is composed by the same composer who wrote the score for Good Bye Lenin.



    I am surprised that nobody has mentioned Clockwork Orange yet. The opening credits themselves, consisting of simple fonts upon a single-colored background is cool,yet nothing to write home about. That first shot following the credits though...Talk about cool in the most eerie way imaginable.



    I'm not sure if I would call the opening to Double Life of Veronique 'cool'. However, I find it incredibly powerful. Especially when re-watching the movie as their are subtle hints of the nature of the mystery at the films core. The way it introduces Veronique is beautiful as well by establishing her passion and musical excellence in an incredibly effective manner, all in the first 30 seconds of the film. Lastly, I love the way the director turns up the volume of the rain to emulate an applaud as she is done singing.

    I could not find a video of just the opening. But it is between 0:59 and 3:00.

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    They're all so good I dare say it's next to impossible now for me to say (even subjectively) which one is best
    well a thing like this will always be very subjective to be honest.
    As intro goes well the first 5 minutes of Copollas Dracula directors cut are dam well epic...


    Talking about Marvel movies, Guardians of the galaxy and iron man has great opening credit scenes.
    It probably fall very well into the definition of Cool best.


    (it is hard to find in nice quality for some reason)


    Another of my favorite films, with a great intro it is Pans labyrinth.


    Amelie which also plays on themes of nostalgia.
    Amelie is a fantastic movie, it is in the list of my all time favorite movies.
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    I couldn't find a youtube video for it but my all time favorite is The Wild Bunch.

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    I actually did consider putting a clockwork orange and space odyssey on there, but figured they may not have much opening credits. But if we are going also with opening scenes and not just credits, here is one of the best openings in films, that shows straight away how to make a good parody movie.



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    Sometimes there's very little difference between the opening scene and the opening credits. It's long been a tradition now to have the credits going over what ever action is going on. A long way from the old days where you had to sit through music and title cards before fading into the action.
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