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Awesome Opening Title Sequences

I recently came across this list of the top 10 opening title sequences in movies, compiled by Granted, many of them are truly awesome: I have a particular fondness for the opening scenes of Snatch. Yet, I couldn't help noticing that they are basically all crime, horror, or gangster movies: Casino, Dawn of the Dead, Fight Club, Seven, etc. It got me thinking: Aren't there good opening sequences to movies that aren't violent?

Here are some of my picks for really well-done or entertaining opening sequences. What others can you think of?

Love Actually
I know I’ve said this before, but the footage of real people greeting each other at the airport is as heartwarming as a Kodak commercial, and even more so because it’s real.

Drop Dead Gorgeous
One of my all-time favorite films, Drop Dead Gorgeous opens with the promotional video for the Sarah Rose Cosmetics American Teen Princess Pageant, featuring "last year's host," Adam West. I particularly enjoy the programmed robot voice inserting "beautiful Mount Rose, Minnesota" to personalize the video.

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Little Miss Sunshine
A fantastic introduction to each of the family members, starting with Olive carefully studying Miss America footage.

The Wedding Singer
Adam Sandler sings "You Spin Me Right Round" while wedding guests enjoy themselves.

Legally Blonde
Yes, that's right, Legally Blonde. It may not be the most life-changing of films, but I find this first sequence silly and entertaining: images of stereotypical sorority life intermingled with shots of Elle getting ready for her date, all to the tune of "Perfect Day." Note the bottle of blonde hair dye on Elle's vanity table!

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kimretta kimretta 10 years
I can't remember if it's technically the opening sequence, but I love the part near the beginning of Laurel Canyon where Christian Bale and Kate Beckinsale are flying to LA and the camera through a bunch of awesome scenes of LA while a Mercury Rev song plays.
mooneab mooneab 10 years
I like OS of Win a Date With Tad Hamilton and the opening of Scream
Kbrooks1122704 Kbrooks1122704 10 years
I think the Sound of Music is by far one of the best, my absolute favorite! Other good ones: Trainspotting, James Bond movies (Casino Royal rocked!) Pulp Fiction and Pirates of the Carribean, Donnie Darko and Saving Private Ryan. Love Actually is awesome, too.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
Oh, also: The Graduate with a somber Benjamin in the airport while Simon & Garfunkel play. Heathers when the Heathers trample the flowers and hit croquet balls at Veronica's head. Song: "Que sera sera."
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
I love the opening credits of Philadelphia. It's just random footage of everyday life in the city. Sure, I'm biased because I live there. But it's still a great opening. Can't find it on YouTube. But here's the Springsteen video which has a lot of footage from the opening of the film.
swwonder swwonder 10 years
The opening scenes of films are normally my favourite part. It can really decide for me whether it's good or not.
Jinx Jinx 10 years
Is it not Four Weddings and a funeral that starts with them late, and no real lines, just about about four or five F-Bombs in a row. That beginning always makes me laugh, nothing goes right. ------------------------------------------------------ Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. — Albert Einstein
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