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Best Movie Openings & Endings

Rocky

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Seeing as we're doing the movie threads. What do people think are the best movie openings and endings - they don't have to be in the same film. The ending doesn't necessarily have to be a "twist" ending, just satisfying.

Off the top of my head:

Openings:

Cliffhanger
- For the unexpectedness of seeing Stallone's character fall which worked because it was not only unexpected at the beginning of the film but also due to Stallone and how everyone perceives him as the "action hero" therefore he'd never let her fall! So it worked by using everyone preconceptions of the characters Stallone plays.

Saving Private Ryan - Saw this at the cinema and (Schindlers List asiade) Speilberg always does family films, and when the opening scenes unfolded unrelentlessly as they do and seeing it on the big screen with the sound so loud was mindblowing. Incredible technical achievement. (The end scenes are often overshadowed by the opening scenes but are equally, if not more harrowing due to the fact you're more invested in the characters by then)

Endings:

The Sixth Sense - Not the best film by any mean but the twist end really is a "Oh my God", and when you see the flashbacks and realise it's really clever (although the holes exist). 'Unbreakable' also has a good end but not many people liked this film - me included on firt watch - because everyone wanted another 6th sense.

I'll come back to endings - there are better ones than this but can't think off the top of my head.
 

Line

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Openings:
The Player
Touch of Evil
Brazil
Goodfellas
Apocalypse Now
A Clockwork Orange
Jules et Jim
Funny Games
Andrei Rublev
Kill Bill
Persona
Blue Velvet
The Sacrifice


Endings:
Dr. Strangelove
Memento
The Seventh Seal
Aquirre, the Wrath of God
Oldboy
M
Notorious
Nashville
Gone With the Wind
Blade Runner
The Maltese Falcon
Fight Club
Straw Dogs
The Elephant Man
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
The Godfather
films


First shot of The Player:





...I'm probably missing some.
 

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Opening - The First LoTr

Ending - The first Matrix
 

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Best Opening: Jeepers Creepers

Best Ending: The Sixth Sense
 

Glex

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No TWBB for an ending, Line?

DRAAAAAAAAAINAGE!!!
 
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