Don't Skip The Beginning! These Films Have The Best Opening Scenes

Sometimes "skipping to the good part" may just be watching a film's beginning. On Wednesday, one Reddit user pondered what movie has the best opening scene. As you can imagine, the internet had plenty of answers. They may all be different, but they have one thing in common: they will all have you scrambling to rewatch.

"Zombieland," one Redditor said. "First a slightly gory but funny wrap-up of the Zombie Apocalypse followed by a spectacular slow-motion intro sequence while 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' from Metallica is played. Still gives me goosebumps 11 years later."

"Metallica and zombies in slow motion is an awesome combination," another agreed.

"Goodfellas," one Redditor said (which is obviously the correct answer). "As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster," another wrote, quoting Ray Liotta's iconic opening lines. (Can anyone else hear Tony Bennett's "Rags to Riches" playing in their head? No?).

Goodfellas Ray Liotta Joe Pesci Robert DeNiro
Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Paul Sorvino, and Joe Pesci publicity portrait for the film "Goodfellas," 1990. Warner Brothers/Getty Images

Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds seemed to stand out among Redditors. "It sets the tone for the whole movie, serious but absurd. And phenomenally acted. Christoph Waltz is absolutely incredible," one person wrote. Waltz went onto win the Academy Award for best supporting actor that year.

"Hans Landa's character had such a knack for making people uncomfortable. It was so cringeworthy to watch," another agreed. "Brilliant." "I never knew that two people talking in a room for 15 mins straight could be so damn engaging and intense," a third recalled.

One user said they were blown away by the beginning of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. "This was my ultimate," another said, commenting on Hans Zimmer's dark soundtrack which introduced the Joker. "The IMAX shots, the razor blades on the cello strings...ugh. Perfection."

"Scream," someone chimed in, adding that it is "horror perfection."

"It's made even better by the fact that the movie was marketed with Drew Barrymore, making the viewer believe 'Oh well, she's the main character, she's gonna make it until the end,'" another agreed. "No one expected the movie to kill its biggest star in the opening scene."

"It was perfect in how it set up the movie and how it started deconstructing the genre," a third added.

"The Fellowship of the Ring with its amazing monologue," one said. "And beautiful music!" someone added.

"First 10 mins of Up," one user insisted of the 2009 animated Disney film, which shocked many viewers with its heart wrenching introduction.

"Literally, this is the only part of any movie that has ever made me cry. I don't know how they do it, but with very few words, they create a story that draws you in so heavily, it feels like you've lived your whole life through the eyes of someone else. It's a cinema masterpiece."

Other animated Disney movies that got shoutouts included Wall-E, The Lion King and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. "Nothing opens as hard as Lion King," one user quipped of the "Circle of Life" scene.

A few Redditors agreed that the opening scene to Baby Driver was impressive, along with Raiders of the Lost Ark, 28 Weeks Later, Saving Private Ryan and Top Gun.

Basically, don't fast-forward through the beginning of a film. You may be missing the best part. Did your favorite opening scene make the list?