Some films have us gripped right from their opening lines. Here are some of our favourite and most memorable big-screen beginnings!


1. Trainspotting (1996)


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Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family, choose a f*cking big television. Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin openers.

2. Stand by Me (1986)

Stand By Me

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I was twelve going on thirteen first time I saw a dead human being.

3. Goodfellas (1990)


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As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.

4. Dirty Dancing (1987)

Dirty Dancing

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It was the summer of 1963, when everybody called me Baby and it didn’t occur to me to mind.

5. Great Expectations (1946)

Great Expectations

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My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name, Phillip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than ‘Pip’.

6. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Fear and loathing in Las Vegas

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We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold.

7. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

Bridget Jones

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It all began on New Year’s Day in my thirty-second year of being single.

8. Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump

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Hello. My name’s Forrest. Forrest Gump. You want a chocolate?

9. Moulin Rouge (2001)

Moulin Rouge

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There was a boy. A very strange, enchanted boy.

10. Field of Dreams (1989)

Field of Dreams

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I’m 36 years old, I love my family, I love baseball, and I’m about to become a farmer.

11. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Little Miss Sunshine

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There’s two kinds of people in the world – winners… and losers.

12. The Piano (1993)

The Piano

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The voice you hear is not my speaking voice, but my mind’s voice. I have not spoken since I was six years old.

13. The Social Network (2010)

The Social Network

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Did you know that there are more people with genius IQ’s living in China than there are people of any kind living in the United States?

14. Four Weddings and a Funeral

Four Weddings and a Funeral

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Late! Late! Oh f*ck. F*CK! F*ck.