Watch: The First And Final Frames Of 55 Movies, Shown Side-By-Side

There's nothing quite like the opening frame of a new movie. It sets the tone for everything to come, whether we're gazing at an idyllic countryside or into the eyes of a desperate man. Unless, maybe, we're talking about the closing frame of a film, because that's the one that you carry with you out of the theater.

Jacob T. Swinney has edited together a video juxtaposing the first and final frames of 55 movies. They turn out to be a pretty mixed bag – some (like Gone Girl) look nearly identical, others (like Kill Bill Vol. 2) are jarringly different, and still others (like Birdman) seem to answer to one another. There are even a few (like No Country for Old Men) where the visual relationship between the two isn't all that apparent. Watch the First and Final Frames video after the jump.

Swinney posted the First and Final Frames video on Vimeo. The music used is "Any Other Name" composed by Thomas Newman for the American Beauty soundtrack.

Here's Swinney's writeup of his own video:

What can we learn by examining only the first and final shot of a film? This video plays the opening and closing shots of 55 films side-by-side. Some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while others are vastly different–both serving a purpose in communicating various themes. Some show progress, some show decline, and some are simply impactful images used to begin and end a film.

And here's the full list of films in order of appearance:

The Tree of Life 00:00

The Master 00:09

Brokeback Mountain 00:15

No Country for Old Men 00:23

Her 00:27

Blue Valentine 00:30

Birdman 00:34

Black Swan 00:41

Gone Girl 00:47

Kill Bill Vol. 2 00:53

Punch-Drunk Love 00:59

Silver Linings Playbook 01:06

Taxi Driver 01:11

Shutter Island 01:20

Children of Men 01:27

We Need to Talk About Kevin 01:33

Funny Games (2007) 01:41

Fight Club 01:47

12 Years a Slave 01:54

There Will be Blood 01:59

The Godfather Part II 02:05

Shame 02:10

Never Let Me Go 02:17

The Road 02:21

Hunger 02:27

Raging Bull 02:31

Cabaret 02:36

Before Sunrise 02:42

Nebraska 02:47

Frank 02:54

Cast Away 03:01

Somewhere 03:06

Melancholia 03:11

Morvern Callar 03:18

Take this Waltz 03:21

Buried 03:25

Lord of War 03:32

Cape Fear 03:38

12 Monkeys 03:45

The World According to Garp 03:50

Saving Private Ryan 03:57

Poetry 04:02

Solaris (1972) 04:05

Dr. Strangelove 04:11

The Astronaut Farmer 04:16

The Piano 04:21

Inception 04:26

Boyhood 04:31

Whiplash 04:37

Cloud Atlas 04:43

Under the Skin 04:47

2001: A Space Odyssey 04:51

Gravity 04:57

The Searchers 05:03

The Usual Suspects 05:23