You may remember last month we discussed the best opening title sequences from TV shows. That was fun! There are so many good ones, so many more than ten! So I thought it would be fun to do that again, but with opening MOVIE credits. These have to be even more special, I think, because it’s not like you see them every week. Unless you watch the movie every week, which I assume you do not. Generally you see them once or twice or however many times you watch the movie, and then they either stick with you because they are the besssssst or they don’t because they are the woooooorst. I’m basically a film/art critic first and then a blog writer/youtube clip gatherer second, is what I’m trying to say. So let’s talk about some of them that are THE BEST! I can hardly wait.

Blue Valentine

I love this title sequence! I thought Blue Valentine was a very good movie, not the best movie I’ve ever seen in my life but very good nonetheless, but something that really stuck out about it was how beautiful it LOOKED. Including and starring this title sequence. Great. Great job.

Dr. Strangelove

This is one that I know about mostly due to popular opinion. There are going to be a few like that on this list. Not that I’m not a Dr. Strangelove fan (which I’m not, really, but not that I dislike it in any way), but I’m aware that this title sequence exists and is very cool because lots of people are aware that it exists and is very cool. And it is very cool!

Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can is a great movie, I don’t care what you say. And this title sequence is perfect!

The Shining

The Shining is one of my all time favorite movies. I might be biased because of that. But, this is perfect so it probably doesn’t matter.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a movie that, to be honest, I haven’t even seen all of. I had a roommate once who owned it on DVD and we watched some of it once but, I don’t know, either we didn’t finish or I just don’t remember. Not to knock this movie at all, it could be the greatest movie of all time for all I know. I just DON’T know. But what I DO know is that this title sequence is amazing and done by Danny Yount, who we talked about last time, and who also did the title sequences for Six Feet Under, Pushing Daisies, Iron Man, etc. He’s great!

Vertigo

This is another popular opinion one for me. People talk about it when you bring up movie title sequences at every party, and they bring it up with good reason.

Flight Club

Hahah, YES! I feel slightly foolish including Fight Club but then on the other hand no I do not. It absolutely rules. How much are you ever going to know about yourself if you don’t love the opening credits to Fight Club, right? Classic quote.

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

I know this isn’t like the rest of the choices. It’s just words. But also. THE MUSIC! And also, just the plain words! And also THE BREAKFAST MACHINE THAT COMES AFTER THEM! I will not back down from this choice, this is a very good choice.

Delicatessen

I saw this movie in college and I have never seen it again, but I did remember the credits because LOOK AT THEM!

Seven

And with this we’ve met our mandatory weekly quota of Seven references, thank you and goodnight!

Now your turn! What do you think!

Comments (71)
  1. Say what you will about the film itself, but the titles for Watchmen are insanely perfect.

  2. I realize that Kelly is not a big sci-fi head, and that this is a cliche at this point and utterly predictable of me, but Star Wars has one of the truly awesome opening sequences of all time.

  3. Jaws. Under water, the camera taking the shark’s point of of view, and that music…

  4. Troop Beverly Hills wuz robbed.

  5. Bruce Willis stars in a movie called “Hostage.” It had an opening title sequence that kinda overwhelmed the rest of the movie.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRu5CNv2fVE

  6. I checked this because I was thinking, “Catch Me If You Can” better be here or I will write off this whole list! Crisis averted. I can now enjoy the rest of the list.

  7. Blues Brothers, no duhhhhhh.

  8. What was that one Muppets movie? I can’t remember, one of the good ones anyway, but the whole opening title sequence, the Muppets were providing commentary. That was great!

  9. Looked at the first nine entries. Thought “the tenth better be Seven or Imma start some shit in the comments”. it was Seven. I’m a happy lad.

  10. Good list! Personally, on the Hitchcock side, I love the credits for North by Northwest.

    Bum badabum bum badabum BUM BUM BUM!

  11. Still haven’t seen the movie, but I remember hearing a lot about Gasper Noe’s “Enter the Void” opening credits.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPxgi-PiNFE

    Looks like Kanye straight up ripped off this concept for “All of the Lights”

    • See the movie! You might love it or you might hate it, but you should see it!

      • It has a fantastic “climax”.

      • It felt so long and repetitive at times and gave me a headache half-way through and bordered on ridiculous at every turn – but I really liked it.

        It’s a movie completely sold out to being batshit crazy in every way – visually, conceptually… Noe doesn’t do subtlety, but he does grab you by the neck and drag you on a pseudo-philosophical trip through an acid soaked Tokyo. Which is pretty fun at times!

    • YES. So amazing.

  12. Spider-Man 2′s were pretty great: http://youtu.be/iSDU2tu7rpk

  13. American Psycho had a pretty good opening title sequence. It’s one of the only ones I can actually remember.

  14. Along the vein of Watchmen, Zombieland, anyone?

  15. As with Pee-Wee, a lot of opening sequences with Danny Elfman doing the score are, by law, very good.

  16. Dan Aykroyd’s Unplugged on UFOs

  17. The Player feels kind of artless looking at it right now (I hate Altman’s zooms, but they probably do what they’re supposed to do: remind everyone it’s a movie), but the dialogue is great and from a technical standpoint it’s superfun.

  18. Zac Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead Remake’s titles on their own were better than any full length feature that year – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G2YAtFeVOM Johnny CASH!!!

  19. PULP FICTION

  20. Royal Tenenbaums

  21. Enter The Void should DEFINITELY be here. I also enjoy the title sequence to the following movies. Luckily every one of the movies I thought of had been compiled on this excellent site dedicated specifically to credits sequences. They also do TV show credits. Here’s my selections:

    American Splendor
    http://www.artofthetitle.com/2008/03/31/american-splendor/

    Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (includes opening scene, but I’m specifically talking about the credits)
    http://www.artofthetitle.com/2011/01/03/scott-pilgrim-vs-the-world/

    Edward Scissorhands (better than Pee-Wee, but that’s obvious)
    http://www.artofthetitle.com/2008/12/26/edward-scissorhands/

    Monty Python & The Holy Grail
    http://www.artofthetitle.com/2009/09/14/monty-python-and-the-holy-grail/

    Up In The Air
    http://www.artofthetitle.com/2010/03/10/up-in-the-air/

    Zombieland
    http://www.artofthetitle.com/2010/04/05/zombieland/

  22. Often imitated, never duplicated, Reservoir Dogs:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzMpH9jjo4w

  23. I just noticed there is a “Glen Beck” in Dr. Strangelove. Does that explain everything? That might explain everything.

  24. No James Bond or Pink Panther movies? Those films have the epitome of title sequences I think. Of recent movies, I really like Panic Room’s titles. It was the first time I had seen the giant words hanging in the air thing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqIclb4qsJI

  25. David Lynch’s Dune has a fantastic opening sequence.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ7DkBFjLRI&feature=related

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show? Admittedly things go downhill pretty fast after the Timewarp, but the intro is stellar.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5MHNvOVl8Y

  26. Touch of Evil.

  27. Do the Right Thing. “Introducing Rosie Perez” *I*’ll say!

    http://youtu.be/gDgPeJBHuUM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDgPeJBHuUM&feature=related

  28. has no one suggested Raging Bull, yet?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQhwi8kk-dE

  29. Beetlejuice. The first time I saw it and realized it was a town model, my young mind was blown. Also, Danny Elfman.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaCYL04Kd8g

  30. Danny Elfman did do give us a lot of good openings. Oh and I thought of this (erm, NSFW)

  31. This is a really good idea for a thread. A great idea actually.

    Can I say that I love the Funny Games opening credits without getting a shoe thrown at me?

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