Iconic Movie Openers Set to Become Timeless Classics, Here Are Some

June 05, 2024

We’ve got movies with some of the most gorgeous lines, movies with epic final lines, and movies with some seriously underrated lines. And because it all starts at the beginning, we wanted to take a look at some of the most memorable opening lines from a film. Here are *some* of the best ones

1. The Prestige: “Are you watching closely?”

“This one is great. It captures both the subject material and the audience’s attention.”

ItsOK_ImHereNow, suggested in r/Movies

Scene from "The Prestige" with black top hats scattered on a forest floor. Text reads "Are you watching closely?"

2. Spider-Man: “Who am I? You sure you want to know?”

—Suggested in r/Movies

3. The Virgin Suicides: “Cecilia was the first to go.”

—Suggested by theformermrsbutterworth

"Cecelia was the first to go." Scene of a girl with wet hair in a bathtub from the film "The Virgin Suicides."

4. Trainspotting: “Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career.”

“Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television. Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suit on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life… But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin’ else.”

—Suggested in r/Movies

5. Stand by Me: “I was 12 going on 13 when I first saw a dead human being.”

—Suggested in r/Movies

Man in a casual shirt and jacket looks out a window with the quote, "I was 12 going on 13 the first time I saw a dead human being."

6. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: “We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.”

—Suggested in r/Movies

7. Do the Right Thing: “Wake up! Wake up, wake up, wake up, up you wake, up you wake, up you wake, up you wake!”

—Anonymous, BuzzFeed Contributor

Samuel L. Jackson is wearing a colorful shirt and a patterned hat, speaking into a microphone in a radio studio. Text on image: "Wake up! Wake up, wake up, wake up, up you wake, up you wake, up you wake, up you wake!"

8. The Social Network: “Did you know there are more people in China with genius IQs than there are people in the United States?”

—Suggested in r/Movies

9. Citizen Kane: “Rosebud.”

“Greatest opening line of all time from the greatest movie of all time.”


In the top image, a hand holds a snow globe. The middle image shows an older man's lips whispering "Rosebud." The bottom image depicts the snow globe falling to the ground

10. Jennifer’s Body: “Hell is a teenage girl.”

—Suggested in r/AskReddit

11. The Sound of Music: “The hills are alive with the sound of music.”

“Don’t tell me you all didn’t read that to the tune!”

12. In Bruges: “After I killed him, I dropped the gun in the Thames, washed the residue off my hands in the bathroom of a Burger King, and walked home to await instructions. Shortly thereafter, the instructions came through — ‘Get the fuck out of London, you dumb fucks. Get to Bruges.’ I didn’t even know where Bruges fucking was.”

Source: BuzzFeed

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