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Poll: The Best Abrupt Movie Openings

This is a list of films that start abruptly with little warning, or context of what is happening. However, it intriguingly informs the audience of the tone, severity, style and themes of what will follow.


  • Must be an abrupt opening.
  • No revealing prompts in opening credits scenes.
  • No text descriptions (i.e.: Blade Runner, 12 Monkeys)
  • Cannot be overly long (i.e.: Inglourious Basterds).
  • No dialogue revealing contextual details.

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    Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

    Max is captured and tries to escape.
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    Gone Girl (2014)

    "What have we done to each other?"
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    Looper (2012)

    Learning French and Killing The Mark.
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    Melancholia (2011)

    The World Ends
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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

    Henrik Vanger receives his yearly gift.
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    Inception (2010)

    "Are you here to kill me" in this "half-remembered dream?"
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    Black Swan (2010)

    Nina Dances
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    A Single Man (2009)

    George Falconer finds his dead lover.
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    Bronson (2008)

    "My name is Charles Bronson."
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    The Dark Knight (2008)

    The Joker's Bank Robbery
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    Michael Clayton (2007)

    "The Time is Now!"
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    La Vie En Rose (2007)

    "Heaven Have Mercy," Edith Piaf passes out.
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    No Country for Old Men (2007)

    "Yeah, I'll be part of this world."
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    There Will Be Blood (2007)

    Daniel Plainview breaks his leg.
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    Casino Royale (2006)

    "Your file shows two kills" and the "third" is you.
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    16 Blocks (2006)

    "I was trying to do a good thing."
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    Children of Men (2006)

    Explosion at a Coffee Shop.
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    The Machinist (2004)

    Trevor disposes of a body. Who is it?
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    Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

    "Do you find me sadistic?"
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    Minority Report (2002)

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    Memento (2000)

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    The Matrix (1999)

    "Your Men Are Already Dead"
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    The Ninth Gate (1999)

    Suicide by Hanging
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    Fight Club (1999)

    "With a gun barrel between your teeth, you only speak in vowels."
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    Wild Wild West (1999)

    "I thought you scientists were supposed to be smart."
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    Dark City (1998)

    Mr. Murdoch discovers his victim.
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    Lost Highway (1997)

    "Dick Laurent is Dead"
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    The Usual Suspects (1995)

    "I can't feel my legs... Keyser."
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    Casino (1995)

    The Car Bomb
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    Pulp Fiction (1994)

    "I'll execute every last one of you!"
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    Léon: The Professional (1994)

    "Are you free Tuesday?"
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    Jurassic Park (1993)

    "SHOOT HER!!!"
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    Goodfellas (1990)

    "I Always Wanted to Be A Gangster"
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    Blue Velvet (1986)

    What Lies Underneath
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    Blood Simple (1984)

    "What I know about is Texas... and down here... you're own your own."

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