Top Ten Title Sequences

Here is a list of my favourite title sequences. Some of the films on the list aren’t that great, but have a really engaging beginning. They are in no particular order, and I tried to think outside of the box to an extent.

Se7en (1995)

This can be found on many lists, but I feel its place is more than deserved.  It draws the viewer in to the world of John Doe with the images and font, whilst introducing the feeling of the cold dark city with the music. It won’t be a surprise to learn there isn’t much hope to come…

Mean Streets (1973)

God I hate how Dirty Dancing stole this song. This intro not only sums up the decade and the friends’ relationship, its breather with Keitel at the start lets us get to know him separately, and introduces us to the guilt he will feel throughout the film.

Donnie Darko (2001)

For what could be quite a light start, the eerie music, strange font and empty mise-en-scene are very unnerving. Once the music kicks in however, it is a flight straight back into the eighties.

Shallow Grave (1994)

Apologies I could only find the trailer for this movie. The actual intro is a boom through Edinburgh, and the setting up of Danny Boyle’s career. You’ll have to find it to see for yourself!

White Heat (1949)

Each individual part is not so great in itself, but brought together (especially with the music), there is something just so fantastically epic. A brilliant film as well.

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

This intro basically sums up the movie as a whole, especially Voight’s character. Another fantastic song, all I want to do when I watch this is watch the whole film again.

Spun (2002)

Just for its amazing cover of Number of the Beast alone. Very 2002, but just a good music video in itself.

Casino Royale (2006)

Bond had to get somewhere on this list, and this for me was the best of the intros. Again feels a bit dated for something so recent, but is still gorgeous to look at.

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

This is rather cheesy, but nicely sums up the film, and brings home what has happened without the use of exposition.

Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Most musicals have pretty good intros, but this one is just so simple and effective it edged out the competition.

There is a great deal of room for debate on this, so any thoughts post below!