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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Top 10 Movie Opening Credit Sequences

Top 10: Credit Sequences

Top 10 List

By Craig Mazin

Start With No.10

© Miramax Films

During the golden age of movies, the opening credits were strictly boilerplate -- a chance to relieve the obligation of announcing the major players involved in the movie to come. However, starting in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, trailblazing directors like Alfred Hitchcock (North By Northwest) and Stanley Kubrick (Dr. Strangelove) started to hire design editors to specifically craft artfully designed opening sequences. During the directors' renaissance of the ‘70s, ambitious auteurs continued to push the envelope; but it wasn't until the ‘90s -- which coincided with a steep increase in the availability and quality of graphic and/or film technology -- that the quest for a knockout opening credit sequence became truly widespread.

With that in mind, here is an attempt to cull together the top 10 opening credit sequences. This was a deep field, so there are many regretful omissions.

Start with No.10