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Poll: Best Opening Scene In A Movie - Part 2

These films captured our attention right from the get go. Their opening scene set the tone for the rest of the movie and ensured we would want to learn more shortly thereafter. Since this list looks at the introductory segments of a film, scenes like the Omaha Beach scene from Saving Private Ryan (1998), which is technically the second scene in the movie, will not qualify.

In your opinion, which film had the most memorable, generally awesome opening scene for a movie?

After voting, you may discuss the poll here.

(Please note: If you didn't see an opening scene you think should have been on this list, be sure to check out Part 1 of "Best Opening Scene In A Movie")

Make Your Choice

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    Marcello Mastroianni in 8½ (1963)

    In a dream, no one can hear you scream

    From 8½ (1963)

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    Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now (1979)

    A visceral look into PTSD

    From Apocalypse Now (1979)

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    Daniel Craig and Sebastien Foucan in Casino Royale (2006)

    What It Takes to be a 00- Agent The First Taste of Craig, Daniel Craig

    From Casino Royale (2006)

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    Ben Cross, Nicholas Farrell, Daniel Gerroll, and Nigel Havers in Chariots of Fire (1981)

    The Trinity Great Court Run

    From Chariots of Fire (1981)

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    Clive Owen in Children of Men (2006)

    No Children Have Been Born for 18 yrs

    From Children of Men (2006)

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    From 'Cliffhanger' dropping crew on the Violet Tower near Cortina Italy

    Free-soloing with a harness

    From Cliffhanger (1993)

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    Jodie Foster in Contact (1997)

    The Extent of all Human Radio Broadcasts

    From Contact (1997)

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    The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

    "No one cared who I was until I put on the mask" (Bane Hijacking the Plane)

    From The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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    Do the Right Thing (1989)

    Rosie trying to "Fight The Power" amidst alternating urban backdrops and a visually stunning color palette

    From Do the Right Thing (1989)

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    Ryan Gosling in Drive (2011)

    A Neo-Noir Nightcall

    From Drive (2011)

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    Denzel Washington and John Goodman in Fallen (1998)

    "♬ ♬ ♬ Time Is On My Side..." (The daunting vocals of Mr. Edgar Reese)

    From Fallen (1998)

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    Ghost Ship (2002)

    A Massacre Ship

    From Ghost Ship (2002)

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    Oreste Baldini in The Godfather: Part II (1974)

    The origin of "The Godfather" A busied immigration clerk mistakes "Corleone" - Vito's hometown - as his surname

    From The Godfather: Part II (1974)

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    "Halloween" Tony Moran as Michael Myers

    It's just a kid!

    From Halloween (1978)

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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

    " ♬ ♬ ♬ So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish!"

    From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

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    River Phoenix in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

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    Still frame

    Battle of Dagorlad (Galadriel's Prologue)

    From The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

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    Inge Landgut in M (1931)

    Elimination Game in the Courtyard "Wer ist der Morder?" (Who is the murderer?)

    From M (1931)

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    Tom Cruise and Jason Robards in Magnolia (1999)

    3 Events of Unbelievable Coincidence... Or Are They?

    From Magnolia (1999)

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    Woody Allen, Mariel Hemingway, and Gordon Willis in Manhattan (1979)

    "Chapter One..." (Welcome to the City that Never Sleeps)

    From Manhattan (1979)

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    John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

    Sounds like a galloping horse. Yep, it sure SOUNDS like it.

    From Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

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    Rear Window (1954)

    Surveying the scene without a word of dialog

    From Rear Window (1954)

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    Sam Rockwell and Colin Farrell in Seven Psychopaths (2012)

    A Boardwalk Empire reunion

    From Seven Psychopaths (2012)

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    Jack Nicholson in The Shining (1980)

    A Fateful Interview

    From The Shining (1980)

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    Roger Moore and Sue Vanner in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

    Morning Forecast in Austria: Powdery Snow with a Chance of A Soviet Agents Ambush

    From The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

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    Karl Urban and Chris Pine in Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

    "Shut up, Spock. We're trying to save you dammit!" (The Chase)

    From Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

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    Mark Hamill in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

    The Inaugural Laser Gun Fight (& the Iconic Entrance of Darth Vader)

    From Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

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    "Sunset Boulevard" William Holden 1950 Paramount

    And here lies the Body of Joe Gillis

    From Sunset Boulevard (1950)

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    Marlon Brando and Susannah York in Superman (1978)

    Jor El sends his son to Earth

    From Superman (1978)

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    There Will Be Blood (2007)

    A Small Mine is the Setting of A Big Fall

    From There Will Be Blood (2007)

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    Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh in Touch of Evil (1958)

    A Timing Bomb of Suspense

    From Touch of Evil (1958)

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    Elie Docter in Up (2009)

    Carl & Ellie's Story

    From Up (2009)

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    Jimmy Stewart stars as Scottie

    How The Dizziness All Started BONUS: The invention of the whammy shot by Hitchcock

    From Vertigo (1958)

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    Jackie Earle Haley in Watchmen (2009)

    An Enigmatic Apartment Fight (The Smiley Face Button)

    From Watchmen (2009)

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    Benicio Del Toro in The Way of the Gun (2000)

    A Casual Night Out

    From The Way of the Gun (2000)