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Poll: Best Opening Scene In A Movie

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 2 of "Best Opening Scene In A Movie")

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    Trunk business ("As far back as I could remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.")

    From Goodfellas (1990)

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    Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

    Just one of those near fatal days

    From Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

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    Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (2008)

    Never Trust A Joker (The Elaborate Bank Robbery Heist)

    From The Dark Knight (2008)

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    Robert Guillaume in The Lion King (1994)

    The Circle of Life

    From The Lion King (1994)

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    Marlon Brando and Salvatore Corsitto in The Godfather (1972)

    "The Day My Daughter Is To Be Married"

    From The Godfather (1972)

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    Citizen Kane (1941)


    From Citizen Kane (1941)

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    Jurassic Park (1993)

    "SHOOT HER!"

    From Jurassic Park (1993)

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    Susan Backlinie in Jaws (1975)

    Chrissie's Last Dip

    From Jaws (1975)

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    Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange (1971)

    Me and My Droogs

    From A Clockwork Orange (1971)

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    Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity

    Just one little girl

    From The Matrix (1999)

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    Denis Ménochet in Inglourious Basterds (2009)

    "They call you 'The Jew Hunter'."

    From Inglourious Basterds (2009)

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    2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

    A Tribe of Man Apes

    From 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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    Guy Pearce in Memento (2000)

    Backwards Is The Best

    From Memento (2000)

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    Steve Buscemi, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Madsen, Edward Bunker, and Lawrence Tierney in Reservoir Dogs (1992)

    Like A Virgin Over Breakfast

    From Reservoir Dogs (1992)

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    Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye (1995)

    The Bungee Jump Plunge

    From GoldenEye (1995)

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    Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer in Heat (1995)

    The Armored Car Heist

    From Heat (1995)

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    Pumpkin and Honey Bunny

    From Pulp Fiction (1994)

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    Drew Barrymore in Scream (1996)

    "What's Your Favorite Scary Movie?"

    From Scream (1996)

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    Ewen Bremner in Trainspotting (1996)

    "Choose your future, Choose life"

    From Trainspotting (1996)

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    Jack Nicholson in The Departed (2006)

    Nice To Meet You Frank Costello

    From The Departed (2006)

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    Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

    Meeting Charles Bronson

    From Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

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    Eric Idle, Michael Palin, and Monty Python in Life of Brian (1979)

    The Three Wise Men and Baby Jesus

    From Life of Brian (1979)

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    Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network (2010)

    Zuckerberg Gets Dumped

    From The Social Network (2010)

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    Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg in La dolce vita (1960)

    Jesus Flies Over Rome

    From La Dolce Vita (1960)

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    F. Murray Abraham in Amadeus (1984)

    Salieri Attempts Suicide

    From Amadeus (1984)

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    Kyle MacLachlan in Blue Velvet (1986)

    Jeffrey Finds Something Special

    From Blue Velvet (1986)

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    Klaus Kinski in Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

    The Trek Through The Forest

    From Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

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    Jake Gyllenhaal in Donnie Darko (2001)

    Bike Ride Through The Mountains

    From Donnie Darko (2001)

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    Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley in Schindler's List (1993)

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    Charles Chaplin, Austen Jewell, and Robert Parrish in City Lights (1931)

    A Monumental Snooze

    From City Lights (1931)

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    Tom Hanks and Robert Zemeckis in Forrest Gump (1994)

    Forrest Picks The Feather

    From Forrest Gump (1994)

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