The 10 Best Movie Opening Title Sequences

By Kelly Conaboy / October 6, 2011

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 AdventureI 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!