Your candidates for films having the BEST TITLE SEQUENCE, not counting James Bond...

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  1. Dick

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    The otherwise abysmal ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU (1996) has a kinetic and powerful title sequence which builds in intensity to a knock-out climax. If only the rest of the movie was a fraction as good as this.

    TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD - ostensibly simple, but actually a very delicate, stirring and complex series of images set to immeasurably poignant music by Elmer Bernstein. Childhood personified.

    7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD has a wonderful pan across a panoramic mural featuring scenes and creatures from the film, set to an incomparable title theme by Bernard Herrmann.

    PSYCHO has Saul Bass's dynamic animated white lines against black background, against underscored by Herrmann.

    There are so many others, but I'll defer to other members...
     
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    Since I'm sure most posts will highlight recent films, here are a few oldies:

    "Exodus" -- a small flame that grows ever larger until it consumes the frame, while Ernest Gold's great theme plays

    "Two for the Road" -- against Henry Mancini's title theme, a 70ish design sequence using auto and road sign themes

    "Charade" -- similarly uses abstract designs that twist and turn and a Mancini theme

    "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" -- the bouncing globe and another Ernest Gold theme

    "The Pink Panther" -- amusing animation and another Mancini theme
     
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    Seven
    Contact (because it just says, "Contact" and then goes into the movie.
    Fight Club
    Apocalypse Now: Redux (I don't even think the title was given, if my memory serves me correctly)
    2001: A Space Oddyssey (a grandiose entrance complete with overture)
    Star Trek: The Motion Picture
    The Transformers: The Movie
     
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    Se7en
    and sadly enough
    Mortal Kombat[​IMG]
     
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    I've always liked Total Recall.
     
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    Vertigo and Charade
     
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    For me, it's gotta be VERTIGO! [​IMG]
    (As for recent movies, I really dug the Saul Bass-like titles for The Talented Mr. Ripley.)
     
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    Alien3: The way the credits are interwoven with the introduction is IMO brilliant.
    And of course FIght Club and Se7en are great too (David Fincher is the man)! [​IMG]
    Wes Craven's New Nightmare - because it doesn't have any!
     
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    For me the number one spot is SUPERMAN. The whoosing main titles flying in space accompanied by John Williams majestic theme is as good as the main action sequences in other movies! I'd add VERTIGO as well; another Hitch favorite title for me is the opening sequence of the 1956 THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH. Seeing the orchestra playing that magnificient piece of Bernard Hermann music gives me chills every time I see it. And the main titles of BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN-the first few notes of Franz Waxman's incomparable score heard over a mist with the words "Carl Laemmle presents KARLOFF" is a magical moment for me.
     
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    - Terminator 2

    - Stargate

    Two that I like
     
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    Fight Club

    Ben Hur

    T2

    Leon

    Magnolia

    I am surprised none mentioned...

    Toy Story 2

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    Yes, Vertigo, as well as other Hitchcocks. Charade was great too. All the Bonds are great.
    Also...
    101 Dalmatiens (yes, animated)
    Monty Python's Life of Brian (well, any Python movie really)
    Killing Zoe (killer combo of soundtrack and visuals)
    The Devil Rides Out (Vertigo-esque, with an emphasis on satanic icons... yay!)
    Re-animator (an obvious homage to Vertigo)
    Cry Uncle (Very elegant. Too bad the Troma disc zooms to pan&scam after the credits... grrr! [​IMG] )
    Rocky Horror Picture Show (heh heh)
    Dr. Strangelove
    The Good The Bad and The Ugly (well, all of Leone's movies [​IMG] )
     
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    I would have to say Seven.
     
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    In my mind, there is a clear winner for best title sequence.
    Saul Bass has been mentioned for Psycho. I nominate him for his great work on Scorsese's remake of Cape Fear! Definitely the best title sequence I have ever seen! The imagery fits the movie PERFECTLY!
     
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    The Big Lebowski. You can't beat bowling and Bob Dylan.

    Also Almost Famous, for its handwritten credits, though it is an homage to To Kill A Mockingbird.
     
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    I always liked Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. The music just stirs up something inside of me. I even own the garbage letterbox flipper dvd which happens to be a bad transfer, but is still better than the VHS copy.
     
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    Casino - fantastic!
    but I also like Die Hard With A Vengeance - especially the LFE!
     
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    I'm shocked at you people! No one has mentioned the main title sequence from the Star Wars films![​IMG]
    When the words STAR WARS, and John Williams score slam onto the screen, you get pumped, at least I do.
    Some other favs...
    The opening title sequence from Dead Again. I love Patrick Doyle's music in that film, intercut with the news headlines of the murder in the opening reels, great stuff!
    The opening title from Titanic. James Horner's dramatic score intercut with aged shots of the ship in South Hampton in her prime, juxtaposed with the subercibles descending to the wreck, set the film up perfectly.
    The title sequence from Sleepy Hollow. Danny Elfman is a genius! I also loved the way the letter's in the opening credits fade away and fall like ghosts. Favorite chord of music from that scene, is when Danny Elfman's name appears on screen, the music commands your attention at that point!
    I second that vote for the titles of Superman! Especially the new 5.1 rendition on the dvd, it rocks!
    Of course the opening titles for Terminator 2, can't leave that masterpiece out.
    John Carpenter's opening title's for Halloween set the mood perfectly for the rest of the film. Simple, but elegant.
    The opening for Wes Craven's masterpiece A Nightmare on Elm Street. Talk about a nightmare! It end's with one of screendom's best GOTCHA!! scares!
    That's all that I can think of right now, but i'm sure their are other's.
     
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    Star Wars!
     

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