10 Best Opening Scenes Of All Time
10. Indiana Jones: Raiders Of The Lost Ark
Steven Spielberg is quite literally one of the greatest directors of all time, so it’s no wonder that he was able to create one of, not only the best movies, but one of the best opening scenes of all time. When you kickstart a new franchise with an already legendary actor you need to start with a bang, or in this case, a rolling ball. In one of the most iconic scenes in film history, Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones wagers his life with a bag of sand all so he can get his hands on a pricey artifact. This 10-minute pumping thrill ride solidified audiences hunger for more Indy and his adventures, so much so that they brought back the franchise after nearly a two-decade long hiatus. No longer did we see Ford as just Han Solo.
9. There Will Be Blood
There Will Be Blood not only featured, arguably, the best performance by Daniel Day Lewis, but the best opening as well. In There Will Be Blood, the opening scene is what builds Daniel Plainview’s character as a hard-working, sacrificial man. It sheds light on the true nature of oil-drilling in the late 19th century. To understand why Plainview acts the way he does in the rest of the film, one must watch the opening scene. Nearly 5 minutes of pure hard work, slaving away through the rocky terrain only to fall to what will be a lifelong injury.