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    Default You have 15 minutes. The best movie is...?

    What is the best movie based on its opening?

    Not the whole thing.

    Opening credits included, what movie is best based on its first 15 minutes?

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    ^^^throw in another 5 minutes for good measure and you’re hooked.

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    The first 15 minutes of The Graduate is pretty great.
    2001, of course.
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    Jaws. Also the best movie in total.
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    The Proposition

    Hands down...

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    The Apartment. One of the most perfect scripts ever written and economically sets up everything that will be paid off within the first 15 minutes.

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    "Up" at #1.

    Then Raiders and The Wizard of Oz.

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    You're not going to like my answer.

    CITIZEN KANE.
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    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The Club Obi-Wan stuff is one great movie opening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Kelly View Post
    You're not going to like my answer.

    CITIZEN KANE.
    Why? Fantastic opening.
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    Once Upon a Time in the West.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Kelly View Post
    You're not going to like my answer.

    CITIZEN KANE.
    As far as openings are concerned I'd prefer Touch of Evil.
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    Freddy Got Fingered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chicago_bastard View Post
    As far as openings are concerned I'd prefer Touch of Evil.
    Yes, but the one long tracking shot is only about four minutes after that you're into Charlton Heston playing a Mexican.

    In the first fifteen minutes, CITIZEN KANE doesn't just have the trespassing sequence--loaded with semiotic meanings--but I believe you're into the "News on the March" montage before time is up. That's another tour de force of film making since they had to use a combination of found footage and faked documentary footage--and that sets up the whole story to follow as Thompson is set on his quest to find a new angle for the newsreel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chicago_bastard View Post
    As far as openings are concerned I'd prefer Touch of Evil.
    That is a great one! Maybe the best.

    But Jim makes a good point.
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