The movie opening-credit sequence has become a lost art; so many movies today, especially action blockbusters, are content to plunge directly into the action and wait until the end to show you who made the film. Now, Screengrab has compiled a list, complete with YouTube clips, of the 12 best opening-credit sequences ever. It’s a good selection of these mini-movies that expertly sets the tone for the feature that follows. A lot of credit buffs’ favorites are here, including the ones for Scorsese’s Raging Bull, Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, and David Fincher’s Seven and Panic Room. Of course, you can’t talk about film credits without mentioning the genre’s master, Saul Bass, who revolutionized the opening credit sequence in the 1950s with his jazzy, fragmented-animation segments for such movies as The Man With the Golden Arm and Anatomy of a Murder. (Which gives me an excuse to embed this clip, which has been making the rounds this week, of what the Star Wars credits would have looked like had Bass designed them.)
Your turn, PopWatchers: What’s your favorite opening-credit sequence in a movie? Bonus points for providing clip URLs where your fellow readers can watch.