The 50 Best Opening Lines in Movie History
“She shivers in the wind like the last leaf on a dying tree.”
Shortlist.com has compiled a list of what they feel are the best 50 opening lines in movie history.
My nerdity for film is unmeasurable. I love the experience of being at a theater and watching a movie. The smell of the popcorn is undeniable. And once you’re in your seat, you’re just watching the time trying to guess exactly when those lights are gonna dim and the previews are gonna begin. It’s so exciting. I could do without the uncomfortable coldness of the movie theater, but usually it goes away once the movie kicks off. And, for those really awesome movies…the ones you’ve been anticipating since you saw the trailer the year before, you get excited about how the movie is gonna start. Sometimes it starts with some sort of wide lens location shot to establish where the film begins, sometimes it starts off with a close up of the main character, sometimes you’re seeing how the movie ends and wondering “WTF? Did they put in the wrong reel?” And sometimes, it just starts off with a cool ass line of dialogue that sets the tone. I’m not sure if it’s possible to come up with the best opening movie lines, but Short List‘s list is one that I can co-sign.
Here’s a few of my favorites:
Goodfellas – “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.”
Terminator 2 – “3 billion human lives ended on August 29th, 1997. The survivor of the nuclear fire called the war Judgement Day.”
The Prestige – “Are you watching closely?”