12 Movies With the Most Epic Opening Scenes in Film History: “The single best scene ever shot”

Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan
Image Credit: Dreamworks.

Have you ever become so encapsulated by a film based on the ten-minute opening scenes? You’ve got company. After polling the internet, “What movie has the best ten opening minutes?” These are the top-voted films.

1. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan
Image Credit: Dreamworks.

Someone stated they came looking for Saving Private Ryan as a comment, describing it as some of the best cinematography and opening scenes in film history. Another called it three hours of excellence and one of the best all-time movies.

2. Up (2009)

One movie fan suggested that you are not normal if you didn’t cry in the first ten minutes of the Disney Pixar movie Up. They continued by admitting they wept while watching the movie. 

Additionally, they felt as if they were “gut-punched” after the first ten minutes due to the range of emotions evoked by the opening scene in Up.

3. Inglorious Basterds (2009)

Someone claimed that if the opening scene of Inglorious Basterds had been a short film,it would have won an Oscar. Another added it was the single best scene ever shot, hands down. Additionally, they noted the writing, acting, cinematography, and everything else are fantastic.

4. 28 Weeks Later (2007)

Several agreed that the opening scene of 28 Weeks Later was heart-pounding. So much so that one admitted they added it to their workout playlist. Another user shared how they were searching for 28 Weeks Later as a comment because they 100 percent agree that it’s the best opening ten minutes in cinematic history.

5. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Someone commented how great the opening scene to The Dark Knight Rises was; the whole prisoner exchange leading up to the plane crash was terrific. 

6. Star Wars (1977)

One answered there were a lot of movies in 1978 that tried to replicate the opening scene of Star Wars, but none could measure up. Nothing beats the credit crawl, the massive spaceships, the explosions, and the wheezing sound that Darth Vader makes.

7. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Boobytraps, sandbags, treasure, and a giant rolling rock are some of the few things that make the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Arc great. Another noted how George Lucas has his name attached to many movies with incredible opening scenes.

8. The Matrix (1999)

Someone explained that they purchased two tickets to see The Matrix to see it on opening night and were blown by the first ten minutes. Several others agreed that The Matrix’s opening scene grabs you immediately and never lets go. 

9. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

One fan described the opening ten minutes of Full Metal Jacket as a comedy sketch that immediately turns into a shocking movie not long after. Another user shared that R. Lee Ermey was a Marine Staff Sergeant. And Stanley Kubrick gave him free rein with the opening monologue.

10. Scream (1996)

One user recalled how relatively unknown Neve Campbell was when Scream was released. They noted Drew Barrymore was all over the ad campaign, which would lead one to believe she was the lead in the film. Finally, they spoke about how shocking it was and how we all discovered that wasn’t the case. 

11. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Several people admitted how amazing the scene with Gandalf battling the Balrog was as they fell to their death, or so we thought. A second stated how the music and the camera work over the mountains made a sensational entry into The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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12. Baby Driver (2017)

Finally, someone admitted to rewatching Baby Driver and becoming impressed with how well they incorporated the music with the driving. Noting that the driver goes reverse while the passenger points forward.

What do you think? Did Reddit get this right, or is your favorite ten-minute film opening missing from this list? This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Boss Level Gamer.


Written by Elizabeth Ervin

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