Catch Me If You Can - Best Opening Credits Sequences

For some movies, the opening credits are just a mundane way to remind the audience who is in the movie and give credit to a handful of the key crew members who helped make it. But for others, the opening credits not only deliver that information, but they do so in a stylish way that sets the tone for the story that’s about to unfold, even providing integral pieces that set the stage for what’s to come.

For cinephiles, a truly memorable opening credits sequence can be hard to come by, but there are plenty of them out there, and not just in the James Bond franchise. A new countdown video attempts to name the 10 best opening credits sequences in movies, and it will surely spark a bit of a debate for those who have their own favorite credits sequences.

Here’s the 10 best opening credits sequences according to Cinefix:

First, let me just say that I couldn’t be more thrilled that Catch Me If You Can is on there. It’s always been a favorite of mine as it runs through pretty much the entire story in a little animated sequence that is accompanied masterfully by John Williams’ score (the film’s DVD menu is also wonderful because of this sequence).

In addition, the list includes some necessary classics such as Touch of Evil by Orson Wells, as well as the obligatory James Bond credits sequences, but it excludes plenty of great opening credits sequences.

The Kingdom comes to mind as a great opening credits sequence, as well as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Even venturing outside of the more serious, stylish credits sequences, The Naked Gun: From The Files of Police Squad appears to have been overlooked (though it gets some love in a montage at the end). One also can’t help but wonder if this year’s Deadpool was in serious consideration to make the cut or not, though perhaps it’s too soon to call it one of the greatest of all time.

This kind of list was always going to be difficult to piece together without ignoring an opening credits sequence we love, but at the very least, it’ll spark some discussion of your favorites, which you can sound off about in the comments below.

 

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