12 Most Underrated Actors and Actresses

The film industry has grown considerably since the 20th century and watching feature films has never been more accessible. Hundreds of films are released a year from streaming services, studios, and independent filmmakers. The abundance of films today makes it difficult for audiences to appreciate every great actor and actress. Oftentimes, talented actors appear in the biggest movies of the year only to disappear from the tabloids a few months later. Actors and actresses may work for years without receiving the credit or acclaim their stellar performances deserve, but once they do get their moment in the sun, it’s truly well-deserved. Here is our list of some of the most underrated actors and actresses of all time.

 

6 Most Underrated Actors Working Today

From actors working in TV to beloved film actors that star in successful features, all of these actors have yet to receive the awards, recognition, or roles that they deserve.

 

6. Jeffrey Wright

Jeffrey Wright has made appearances in many different films and television since 1990, but it wasn’t until 2013 that his career finally started to take off. In 2013, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was released, and Wright played Beetie, a highly intelligent tribute from District 3. That same year, Wright became a regular cast member on Boardwalk Empire. Now, Wright is a regular star on HBO’s Westworld and played Commissioner Gordon in Matt Reeves’ The Batman.

 

Freddie Highmore in Bates Motel

5. Freddie Highmore

Freddie Highmore has been acting since he was nine years old and has consistently proven himself to be one of the most underrated actors of all time. His first huge role was in Finding Neverland in 2004. In 2007, he went on to star in a film as the lead with August Rush at the age of 15. After a few years of smaller roles, he took on the title role in Bates Motel where he proved that he could lead a television series and had the acting chops to play a young Norman Bates. Highmore continues to impress on TV as the lead in The Good Doctor but has yet to receive the credit he deserves in the feature film world.

 

Benicio Del Toro in Sicario

4. Benicio Del Toro

Benicio Del Toro began acting on TV in the 1980s in small roles. It wasn’t until 1995 that Del Toro would have a breakout role as Fenster in The Usual Suspects. In 2000, Steven Soderbergh released the film Traffic and cast Del Toro as Javier Rodriguez, a Mexican police officer during the war on drugs. He won an Academy Award for the role which gave his career a major boost. Since then, he’s starred in big-budget features like Guardians of the Galaxy along with smaller arthouse films. However, Del Toro has yet to receive the leading roles he deserves and is often relegated to playing supporting characters in crime films.

 

Dev Patel in The Green Knight

3. Dev Patel

Dev Patel’s first role was in the British TV series Skins in 2007. A year later, Patel luckily got his first big break when he was cast by Danny Boyle as the lead character in Slumdog Millionaire. The film had universal critical acclaim and would go on to win 8 Academy Awards. Patel’s performance was highly praised especially as an acting debut. Despite being a newly acclaimed actor, Patel struggled to find roles after Slumdog Millionaire. It wasn’t until recently with Hollywood’s push for diversity that Patel has found work in new projects like The Green Knight and Hotel Mumbai.

 

John Goodman in The Big Lebowski

2. John Goodman

John Goodman has had a long career and throughout it has shown an incredible amount of range. He can go from being hilarious in a sitcom to being an emotionally complex individual in a feature film. His most popular roles include Dan Conner from Roseanne, Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski, and the enigmatic Howard from 10 Cloverfield Lane. Goodman has been nominated for several Golden Globes and Primetime Emmy Awards but has rarely won any of them.

 

Sam Rockwell in Moon

1. Sam Rockwell

As an actor who has won an Oscar and been nominated for multiple Emmys, with more than 100 film and television credits to his name, Sam Rockwell may seem like an odd choice for an underrated actor. Although despite Rockwell’s accomplishments, he is still constantly overlooked. Rockwell has starred in some of the most popular films of all time including Charlie’s Angels, Galaxy Quest, and Iron Man 2. However, Rockwell is still largely unrecognized as a leading man and is often only given supporting roles. Rockwell has a tendency to choose independent and off-beat projects which don’t fit into the traditional Hollywood leading man mold. Even though he may not be a typical leading man, Rockwell has the talent and range to take on any role.

 

 

6 Most Underrated Actresses Working Today

Actresses have had a notoriously difficult time in Hollywood. They often have to overcome stereotypes, are usually paid less than their male counterparts, and historically have fewer opportunities to showcase their talent. However, as cultures change and more dynamic talents emerge, women are becoming more prevalent in the industry in front of or behind the camera. Here are six of the most underrated actresses working today.

 

Elisabeth Moss in Mad Men

6. Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss began acting as an eight year old girl, appearing in various roles on TV and film in minor roles. Moss landed her first recurring role on a major TV series with The West Wing as she played the president’s daughter, Zoey Bartlet. After The West Wing, Moss made a huge splash in the TV world with her role as Peggy Olson in Mad Men. Moss was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series 5 times while she was in Mad Men but never won. Moss went on to make more waves in TV by starring in miniseries, independent films, and The Handmaid’s Tale. Now, because of The Invisible Man, Moss has proven she is just as much of a talented actress for feature films as she is for television.

 

Michelle Monaghan in Source Code

5. Michelle Monaghan

Michelle Monaghan has constantly been cast in minor or supporting roles and has yet to lead a major film on her own. She has co-starred in popular films such as the Mission Impossible franchise, Gone Baby Gone, and Source Code. Monaghan has also had recurring roles on TV series like Boston Public and True Detective. Even though Monaghan has shown she can carry a film or TV show, she is still largely unrecognized for her talent.

 

Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano

4. Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson has more than 100 film and television credits to her name. She has appeared as supporting characters and minor characters in popular films and TV like Daredevil, Rent, and Unstoppable. Despite her impressive resume, Dawson rarely gets the opportunity to showcase her talent as an actress. Recently, Dawson has been cast as Ahsoka Tano in the Star Wars live-action series and has had more opportunities to show her range as an actress. She will reprise the role of Ahsoka Tano and headline a limited series about the character on Disney Plus.

 

Lupita Nyong'o in Black Panther

3. Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o took Hollywood by storm with her performance in 12 Years a Slave. Critics and audiences alike praised her emotionally devastating portrayal of Patsey and she won an Oscar for the film. Nyong’o went to the Yale School of Drama and immediately after graduation, landed the role in 12 Years a Slave. The media was fixated on Nyong’o for a while but despite the extreme amount of attention, Nyong’o did not have a large selection of roles waiting for her. Over time, Nyong’o has landed roles in high-profile films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Black Panther, and Us. Nyong’o is one of the most talented actresses working today and has proved her range with the different types of characters she has played.

 

Michelle Yeoh in Everything Everywhere All at Once

2. Michelle Yeoh

Ms. Yeoh began her career in Chinese action and martial arts films, where she performed most of her own stunts. By her third action film, she was given the main role. She began her acting career in Hollywood when she appeared in Tomorrow Never Dies in 1997. Because of her performance, Yeoh was cast by Ang Lee in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000. Yeoh starred in many minor and lesser-known roles for a good amount of time, typically in action films, and she even dipped her toes into producing. However, it wasn’t until Crazy Rich Asians in 2018 that audiences and critics started to pay Yeoh a little more attention. Now, Ms. Yeoh has astounded critics and audiences again with her performance in Everything Everywhere All at Once.

 

Viola Davis as Rose in Fences

 

1. Viola Davis

Viola Davis is one of the best actresses of all time. She has won an Oscar, Emmy, and several Tonys for her performances, making her the first African American to achieve a Triple Crown of Acting. Despite all of her accomplishments, the recognition Davis receives doesn’t match the raw talent that she has consistently put on display. Davis has been in many popular films and TV shows like How to Get Away with Murder, The Help, and The Suicide Squad but she is often left with roles that are supporting or secondary in nature. Davis has spoken at length in interviews about racism still being a problem in Hollywood, making it hard for African American actresses to get equal opportunities to Caucasian. Even though Davis has achieved a great deal of success, she is still one of the most underrated actresses of all time.

 

Bad Bunny Will Be Joining Marvel’s Cinematic Universe as ‘El Muerto’

Sony has announced that Bad Bunny will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe to portray Juan Carlos, an antihero that goes by the name of El Muerto. The film is another addition to Sony’s lineup of feature films centering around Spider-Man villains. The announcement was made at CinemaCon over the weekend during Sony’s segment.

Bad Bunny is a chart-topping Puerto Rican rapper, singer, producer, and professional wrestler. Born in 1994, Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio otherwise known as Bad Bunny rose in popularity on SoundCloud where he created his own music and released it to the public. Eventually, a record label discovered him and promptly signed him on.

Bad Bunny’s career skyrocketed from there as he collaborated with some of the biggest names in the music industry like Cardi B, Daddy Yankee, and Farruko. Today, he is a Grammy-nominated artist and his music has become a worldwide sensation.

With Bad Bunny’s music career reaching its peak, it was only a matter of time before he ventured into the film world. Bad Bunny’s role as El Muerto marks the first Latino lead in a Marvel film. So, who is El Muerto?

 

In the Marvel Comics, El Muerto is not a person but a mask worn by wrestlers that is imbued with magic and that grants the wearer power. The mask has been passed down for generations in the

El Muerto is not a person in the Marvel Comics, but rather a wrestling mask imbued with magic that grants the wearer powers. The mask has been passed down from generation to generation in a family of wrestlers and Juan Carlos was next in line to receive it.

However, to get the mask, Juan Carlos had to fight El Dorado, a supernaturally powerful wrestler but instead, he cowered in fear. The price for this cowardice was death and Juan’s father sacrificed himself to keep Juan alive.

El Dorado gave Juan 10 years to become brave and to unmask a wrestler to either receive his birthright or die. This paves the way for El Muerto to challenge Spider-Man in a wrestling match ten years later.

Despite Sony pushing for many films about Spider-Man villains, it was actually Bad Bunny’s idea for him to play El Muerto in a film about the character. Bad Bunny had been looking to make a huge entry into the film industry and he looked through the Spider-Man comics for Latin characters that he could portray, which led him to El Muerto. Sony then fast-tracked the development for the project and has a current release date of January 12, 2024.

 

10 Disney Movies That Make You Cry

Between Coco, Up, and the Toy Story franchise, Disney animations are known to pull at the heartstrings. The majority of Disney’s major animated characters have lost at least one parent or gone through some type of tragedy that propels them on the path we see in the film. Although animations are seen as light-hearted and meant for children, Disney movies have definitely mastered the art of creating emotional roller coasters that make audiences laugh, cry, and smile from beginning to end. In this blog post, we go through the 10 Disney animated movies that make you cry. Even adults will find themselves getting emotional with some movies on this list, so get your tissues ready. This list of Disney movies will include animated movies from both Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar.

 

Top 10 Saddest Disney Movies (Animated)

Treasure Planet

10. Treasure Planet

Treasure Planet came out in 2002 and immediately became an underrated gem. The animation is a loose film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island from 1993. Starring Joseph Gordon Levitt, Treasure Planet is about a rebellious teen seen by the world as an aimless slacker as he receives a map from a dying pirate and embarks on an odyssey across the universe to find the legendary Treasure Planet. This animation is full of heart and has a soundtrack that will pull at your heartstrings.

 

Where To Watch Treasure Planet

Disney Plus

 

Frozen

9. Frozen

Frozen quickly became a Disney classic when it was released in 2013. It played on the classic fairy tale tropes and used them to instead tell a story of unconditional love between two sisters. The movie is about newly crowned Queen Elsa who accidentally uses her power of turning things into ice to curse her home to an infinite winter, and her sister Anna who teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to lift the curse. Frozen has a warm, emotional core that revolves around the love shared between two family members despite all odds.

 

Where To Watch Frozen

Disney Plus

 

Big Hero 6

8. Big Hero 6

In classic Pixar fashion, Big Hero 6 begins with an emotional tragedy that will be felt deeply by those who can relate to it. Loosely based on the Marvel Comics, Big Hero 6 is about a special bond that develops between a plus-sized inflatable robot and a 14-year-old prodigy who together teams up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. Big Hero 6 may not be a standout in Disney’s library but the relationship between Baymax and Hiro is definitely one for the books.

 

Where To Watch Big Hero 6

Disney Plus

 

Inside Out

7. Inside Out

It’s not surprising that Pixar’s movie about emotions would be an emotional roller coaster in itself. Inside Out has many emotional moments that can make an adult shed tears. The Pixar animation is about the emotions of young Riley – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness – who fight about how to best navigate a new city, house, and school when Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco. Inside Out is a beautiful movie about the power of emotions and how they shape our lives.

 

Where To Watch Inside Out

Disney Plus

 

Dumbo

6. Dumbo

From the bullying that Dumbo undergoes to the incredibly sad moment between Dumbo and his mother, Dumbo is a movie with a lot of devastating moments. Released in 1941, Dumbo is about a young circus elephant who is ridiculed for his huge ears and assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential. Dumbo is a film that has definitely stood the test of time and its message of believing in yourself is just as relevant today as it was back then.

 

Where To Watch Dumbo

Disney Plus

 

5. Fox and the Hound

Fox and the Hound is one of Disney’s most underrated films. The animated movie has a lot of dark and mature themes for a kid’s film which is likely why it isn’t as popular as some of Disney’s other classics. Fox and the Hound is about a little fox named Tod, and Copper, a hound puppy, who vow to be best buddies forever. But as Copper grows into a hunting dog, their unlikely friendship faces the ultimate test. This animation tops our list of most sad movies because the ending is bittersweet and will definitely leave you feeling emotional.

 

Where To Watch The Fox and the Hound

Disney Plus

 

Up is One of The Best Opening Scenes in Movies

4. Up

For many, Up is Pixar’s saddest film they’ve ever made. Most of that notion comes from the first 15 minutes that show the lifelong relationship between Carl and Ellie. It’s a beautiful montage of their relationship from meeting as children all the way through their marriage. Up is about 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen who travels to Paradise Falls in his house equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. The Disney movie uniquely focuses on a part of our lives that is typically overlooked in films, the twilight years.

 

Where To Watch Up

Disney Plus

Read More: 30 Best Opening Scenes in Movies

The Lion King

3. The Lion King

The Lion King is a well-renowned animation that tells a tragic story that is full of compelling characters. Like all great films, The Lion King takes viewers on a rollercoaster of emotions. The Disney movie classic is about lion prince Simba and his father who is being targeted by his bitter uncle and wants to ascend the throne himself. The Lion King tells the story from the point of view of Simba and through his periods of despair, hope, and eventual triumph which makes for a powerful film-watching experience.

 

Where To Watch The Lion King

Disney Plus

 

TOY STORY 3

2. Toy Story 3

If you grew up watching the Toy Story movies, then Toy Story 3 is likely to hit you right in the feels. The third installment of the franchise is about Andy’s toys which are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center right before Andy leaves for college, leaving it up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren’t abandoned and to return home. Toy Story 3 is not only an excellent conclusion to the story of Andy’s toys but it is also a heartwarming story about growing up and letting go.

 

Where To Watch Toy Story 3

Disney Plus

 

Bambi

1. Bambi

Disney has a knack for telling stories from an animal’s perspective which can be emotional when highlighting realities that we tend not to think about. Bambi became popular because of the tragic death at the beginning of the film but there are many emotional scenes all throughout. The film is about a young deer named Bambi who sets off with his friends to explore the wonders of the woods and fulfill his destiny as prince of the forest. Bambi is practically a modern-day cultural touchstone that introduces children to dark truths that they need to ponder, which is why it tops our list of saddest Disney movies.

 

Where To Watch Bambi

Disney Plus

 

‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Teaser Trailer Reveals The End of Thor As a Hero

 

“These hands were once used for battle, now they’re used as tools for peace.” – Thor from the Teaser Trailer

Marvel has released a teaser trailer for their fourth Thor movie, Thor: Love and Thunder. The film has been highly anticipated ever since Thor was shown teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy at the end of Endgame.

The teaser albeit brief gave us a sneak peek at what the movie has in store – including Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, wielding Mjolnir.

From the teaser, it looks like the film will examine Thor’s internal struggle as he tries to find himself post-Endgame. Thor no longer sees himself as a hero and instead wants to find peace, leading to him going on an 80s hippie-type journey.

The entire trailer has an 80s feel with “Sweet Child O’ Mine” playing in the background and titles that emulate an 80s aesthetic. Not to mention Thor’s outfit and hair which make him look like he’d be more at home in an 80s metal band.

The Guardians of the Galaxy are featured in the teaser, without Gamora, and they eventually leave Thor to take this journey of self-discovery alone. The teaser also gives us a brief glimpse at Russell Crowe’s Zeus and a return of Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie.

Thor: Love and Thunder will follow Thor as he enlists the help of Valkyrie, Korg, and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster to fight Gorr the God Butcher, who intends to make the gods extinct.

Thor: Love and Thunder was supposed to open in theaters on November 5, 2021, but due to the COVID-19 epidemic the film’s release was delayed and is now set for release on July 8, 2022.

 

Walter White & Jesse Pinkman Are Returning To The Small Screen

It’s official. Walter White and Jesse Pinkman will be returning to the small screen.

Peter Gould has confirmed that Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul will reprise their roles as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in the final season of Better Call Saul. Gould made the announcement on a Better Call Saul panel in PaleyFestLA.

“I don’t want to spoil things for the audience, but I will say the first question we had when we started the show was, ‘Are we gonna see Walt and Jesse on the show?’ Instead of evading, I’ll just say yeah. How or the circumstances or anything, you’ll just have to discover that for yourself, but I have to say that’s one of many things that I think you’ll discover this season.” – Peter Gould

Since the start of the series in 2015, co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould have been open to a reprisal of roles from Breaking Bad. Giancarlo Esposito reprised his role as Gustavo Fring, Jonathan Banks reprised his role as Mike Ehrmantraut, and lastly, Mark Margolis reprised his role as Hector Salamanca.

In addition to Breaking Bad characters appearing in Better Call Saul, Vince Gilligan also released El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie in 2019. The film put an end to Jesse Pinkman’s character arc and featured many familiar faces from the beloved TV series.

The series creators are clearly open to working with the Breaking Bad cast in future projects and it’s no surprise that they brought back Walter and Jesse for Better Call Saul’s final season. Although, it’s unclear when they’ll appear in the season.

Better Call Saul’s sixth and final season will be split into two parts similar to Breaking Bad’s fifth season. The first part of the final season will premiere on AMC at 9 p.m. on April 18th, 2022. The second part of the season will air on AMC on July 11, 2022.

 

30 Best Opening Scenes in Movies

Opening scenes play an integral role in a film. They set the tone for the movie and establish the foundation that pulls you into the story. In the world of streaming, opening scenes are even more important. There are a plethora of choices on streaming platforms, and if a film’s opening scene doesn’t hook you, you’re likely to move on to the next title. The best opening scenes in movies introduce important characters, set up the narrative for the film, or provide information about the world in compelling ways. Need some examples? In this blog post, we have compiled the 30 best opening scenes in movies. This list defines the opening scene as the first major sequence in the film’s first five minutes. Each opening scene is ranked by how they stand the test of time.

 

30 Best Opening Scenes In Movie History

30. 28 Weeks Later

28 Weeks Later opens by quickly introducing viewers to the violent and depraved world of a zombie apocalypse. In this world, no one is safe and survival is the top priority. The horror film is a sequel to 28 Days Later and it’s about a small area of London that the US Army helps to secure for survivors of the Rage Virus to repopulate and start again. However, not everything goes according to plan.

 

29. Dawn of the Dead

Zombie apocalypse films generally overlook showing the beginning of the apocalypse, concentrating instead on how people have adapted to survive in a zombified world. From the opening sequence, Dawn of the Dead focuses on the start of the apocalypse and the shift from mundane life to the survival of the fittest. Zack Snyder directs Dawn of the Dead and uses his visual style to grab attention early on. The film follows a nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague who take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.

 

28. Halloween (1978)

Halloween’s opening scene is a chilling look into Michael Myers’s home life before he becomes the infamous killer we know him as. The sequence allows us to experience the POV of our antagonist and has an unsettling reveal that cements him as the villain. The 1978 slasher film takes place in the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night as Michael Myers returns fifteen years after murdering his sister to kill again.

 

27. Evil Dead (2013)

Evil Dead grabs our attention early by playing on the expectations that audiences have about horror films. The opening scene is a strong introduction to the narrative and gives us a taste of the horror to come. Evil Dead was originally written and directed by Sam Raimi but the 2013 remake is directed by Fede Alvarez. Evil Dead is about five friends who head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods.

 

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26. When a Stranger Calls

The opening scene in When a Stranger Calls could be a short film in and of itself. It has an incredible amount of suspense, a protagonist, an antagonist, and a clear conflict. The scene is so well done that it was parodied in Scream. When a Stranger Calls is a horror film about a psychopathic killer who terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.

 

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25. Watchmen

Watchmen takes place in an alternate reality and spends its first few minutes showing how famous real-life historical events are altered in this world. Set to Bob Dylan’s “Times are a Changin”, the opening sequence introduces us to the superheroes that we will follow for the remainder of the film. Watchmen takes place in 1985 where former superheroes exist and the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own investigation where he uncovers something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.

 

24. Star Trek

A great opening scene establishes an emotional connection and hooks the audience into the main narrative. Star Trek (2009), directed by JJ Abrams, opens by showing the tragic death of Captain George Kirk which coincides with the birth of the main character James T. Kirk. The sci-fi film is about James T. Kirk, a brash Starfleet officer as he tries to live up to his father’s legacy, while a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.

 

23. Shrek

When Shrek was released in 2001, it revolutionized how animations were seen and challenged the tone that animations typically have. The animation also made “All-Star” by Smash Mouth an iconic song that will forever be associated with the movie. The opening scene is a great example of the movie’s humor as it pokes fun at other popular fairy tales and instead introduces us to a character that isn’t depicted fondly in classic fairy tales – an ogre. Shrek is about a mean lord who exiles fairytale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre, who must go on a quest and rescue a princess for the lord to get his land back.

 

22. Blade

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the most popular movie franchise currently in modern-day cinema. However, there was a time before the MCU when Marvel superhero movies were released and were not as popular as they are now. Blade was released in 1998 and told the story of a fresh new superhero. The opening scene for Blade is hair-raising and gives an action-packed introduction to our hero. Blade is about a half-vampire, half-mortal man who becomes a protector of the mortal race while slaying evil vampires.

 

21. Drive

The opening scene in Drive reveals a lot about the protagonist while also providing a thrilling car chase sequence. The director, Nicolas Winding Refn, uses the opening sequence to showcase the main character’s driving abilities, gaining a sense of admiration for the character. Drive is about a mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic who moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.

 

20. Mission Impossible 3

The opening scene of Mission Impossible 3 is only 3 minutes long and yet it establishes the high stakes that is felt throughout the entire film. Tom Cruise gives an incredible performance as he goes from calm and collected to desperate. Mission Impossible 3 is about IMF agent Ethan Hunt who comes into conflict with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer that threatens the life of his fiancée in response.

 

19. Mad Max: Fury Road

When introducing a post-apocalyptic world, usually there needs to be exposition to give background to how the world got to this point. Mad Max: Fury Road manages to do this in three minutes while at the same time introducing us to the predicament our main character is in. The action movie is about a woman in a Post-apocalyptic world who rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search of her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

 

18. Lord of War

Lord of War’s opening sequence is one of the most unique openings in film history. The opening introduces viewers to the world of weapons manufacturing and takes us through the life of a bullet. Starring Nicolas Cage and Ethan Hawke, the film is about an arms dealer who confronts the morality of his work as he is being chased by an INTERPOL Agent.

 

17. Children of Men

The dystopian world of Children of Men is bleak and also grounded in reality. Audiences are immediately immersed in this world through the opening scene which only lasts three minutes. The end of the scene also has a shocking turn of events that leaves viewers on the edge of their seats. Children of Men takes place in a chaotic world in 2027 where women have somehow become infertile and a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

 

16. Baby Driver

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver has a distinct style and is heavily inspired by the soundtrack. The opening scene is a perfect example of this as it is set to the song “Bellbottoms” by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. The scene sets the tone for the rest of the film and establishes the impeccable driving skills of the main character. Baby Driver is about a young getaway driver who finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail after being coerced into working for a crime boss.

 

15. Skyfall

James Bond movies are known to start with a bang but Skyfall may have one of the most gripping openings of the franchise. The title sequence that follows is just as captivating, depicting gorgeous artwork with Adele’s “Skyfall” playing underneath. Skyfall is about James Bond as his loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. With MI6 under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

 

14. Prince of Egypt

The music from Prince of Egypt is seen as some of the best music in film history. Viewers get to see that in the first scene as the narrative for the film is set up perfectly. The music from Prince of Egypt is regarded as some of the greatest in film history. The first scene, which serves as the film’s introduction, is a perfect demonstration of this fact. The film starts on a high note with an opening music number of “Deliver Us”, and it maintains this level of excellence throughout. Prince of Egypt is about Egyptian Prince Moses who learns of his identity as a Hebrew and his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people.

 

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13. Inception

The majority of heist movies begin by showing a job that was wildly successful or a failure. Inception begins with a heist that is already in progress, except there is a twist that will keep you speculating about what’s real for the remainder of the film. Inception is about a thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology and is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O., but his tragic past may doom the project and his team to disaster.

 

12. Up

Pixar has a reputation for pulling at the heartstrings of viewers, sometimes to the point of tears. In Up, Pixar succeeded in creating an emotional connection with the audience within the first five minutes with a montage over the course of a couple’s relationship, leading to a tragedy that people could deeply resonate with. The animated film is about 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen who travels to Paradise Falls in his house equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.

 

11. La La Land

La La Land’s opening musical number perfectly captures the mood for the film as well as establishes a high bar for future numbers. The wide-scale production of “Another Day of Sun” is also an impressive feat, as the number takes place on a highway and is beautifully executed. La La Land is about a pianist and an actress who fall in love while navigating their careers in Los Angeles and attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

 

10. X2: X-Men United

Even though the X-Men movies are about human beings born with mutant powers, they still managed to stay grounded in our reality. The opening sequence, which features the mutant Nightcrawler leaping past Secret Security and nearly killing the president of the United States, makes clever use of that effect. The action is excellent, and it immediately piques your interest as to how the film will top this. X2 is about the X-Men as they ally with their archenemy to stop anti-mutant Colonel William Stryker when he kidnaps Professor X and attacks his school.

 

9. No Country for Old Men

Javier Bardem’s Anton Chigurh is known as one of the best villains in cinema history. It only makes sense that the first scene in No Country For Old Men introduces us to the villain Chigurh before the hero. The opening scene was made by the Coen brothers to set the mood for the film and demonstrate what the protagonists will be up against. No Country For Old Men centers around the violence and mayhem that ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

Read More: The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time

 

8. The Social Network

Aaron Sorkin is known to be a master when it comes to dialogue. Many opening scenes start big with an action scene but The Social Network starts with a simple conversation between a guy and girl at a bar. The dialogue between them reveals a lot about their characters and perfectly sets up the rest of the narrative thematically. The film centers around Mark Zuckerberg as he creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook.

 

7. Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark has the perfect opening scene for many. It manages to introduce us to Indiana Jones, his world, and provides a compelling conflict to overcome. Not to mention it’s also the first instance where the iconic Indiana Jones theme plays for the viewers. The film is about archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones who is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler’s Nazis can obtain its awesome powers in 1963.

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6. The Lion King (1994)

A good song in a musical will capture the tone and feel of a movie while also introducing the characters and setting up the story. “The Circle of Life” does all of that while also being a beautiful song on its own. The Lion King’s opening scene is incredibly moving and has a wonderful message that goes beyond a simple moral. The 1994 Disney animation is about both Lion prince Simba and his father who are targeted by his bitter uncle, who wants to ascend the throne himself.

 

5. Scream (1996)

Wes Craven, the director of Nightmare on Elm Street, created a unique horror movie in 1996. Scream was a slasher film that also parodied the slasher genre. It functioned both as terrifying and as a comedy. The film was subversive to the horror genre and the opening scene took everyone by surprise on its initial release. Scream centers around a teenage girl who is terrorized by a killer that uses horror films as part of a deadly game.

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4. Jaws

The influence of Jaws can’t be understated. The film is largely responsible for the cultural phobia of sharks that people have today. Steven Spielberg creates an opening scene that is haunting and horrific as we watch a young lady get killed by an unknown creature. The scene is simple, mysterious, and extremely effective. Jaws is about a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer who team up to hunt down a killer shark that unleashes chaos on a beach community off Long Island.

 

3. Inglorious Basterds

As introductions to villains go, the introduction to Hans Landa is one of the best of all time. The opening scene is full of suspense and features some of the best dialogue in the film. Inglorious Basterds is a Quentin Tarantino movie about a group of Jewish American soldiers and a theater owner whose plans to assassinate Nazi leaders unwittingly happen at the same time.

 

2. The Dark Knight

The opening to The Dark Knight does something incredible. In less than 10 minutes, we are introduced to who the Joker is, what he’s about, and why he will be so memorable. The scene is also full of mystery as we see The Joker’s sinister plan play out. The Dark Knight follows Batman who must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice when the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham.

 

1. The Matrix

The ultimate goal of an opening scene is to entice the viewer to keep watching. When The Matrix was released, audiences had no idea what to expect. After watching the opening scene, viewers were amazed and completely captivated by what the film had in store. The opening scene still holds up today and is largely considered one of the best opening scenes in movies. The Matrix is about a beautiful stranger that leads computer hacker Neo to a forbidding underworld where he discovers the shocking truth — that the life he knows is the elaborate deception of an evil cyber-intelligence.