Are these the five best film intro’s ever?

The introduction of a movie can instantly capture the viewer’s interest with carefully crafted storytelling, sucking you into the story within a couple of minutes.

With this in mind, 888 Casino have created a list of their favorite top five openings in film history.

The Lion King

Disney’s 32nd animated feature and its release in 1994 set the bar high for all films thereafter. The opening of this film is not only visually stunning, it also features the timeless classic “Circle of Life”, one of five original songs written by Elton John and Tim Rice.

An introduction that brought on the intense experience of emotion in some form. This is an animation of an epic scale where the audience instantly empathises with the characters on screen…even if they are lions.

The Shining

Directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1980, The Shining doesn’t rely on cheap scares. The opening scene alone is enough to put the creeps into the most steeliest of cynics.

The Matrix

The Matrix, directed by the Wachowskis in 1999 blew us away with this epic opening fight scene. he opening scene leaves us wanting more when Trinity vanishes leaving nothing but a vacant phone receiver behind.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark, directed by Stephen Spielberg in 1981, soon became the staple film of an entire generation’s childhood. The opening of this film is in itself is an adventure where we are introduced to one of the most iconic heroes in cinematic history, Indiana Jones.


Disney Pixar’s Up. Directed Pete Docter in 2009 gives us a rollercoaster of emotion in the opening sequence. We fall in love, we feel pain, we feel sadness all within 4 minutes! A truly stunning beginning which instantly grips you, making you want to see what happens next in this emotional story.

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