Movies by Opening Scene

Name these movies based on a description of their opening scene.
Quiz by Quizmaster
Last updated: September 21, 2018
First submittedMay 28, 2013
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Opening Scene
Treasure hunters explore a deep sea wreck, looking for a valuable necklace
A naked, musclebound man materializes in a back alley
The Terminator
Clown-faced bank robbers kill each other until only one remains
The Dark Knight
A woman is home alone and answers the phone. The callers says
"Do you like scary movies?"
Early hominids find a black monolith and figure out how to use weapons
2001: A Space
Two cartoon characters fall in love, grow old, and the wife dies
A gigantic spaceship flies over the camera, lasers firing
Star Wars
A girl decides to go skinny dipping in the ocean
Eight men sit at a diner while one interprets the lyrics of Madonna's "Like a Virgin"
Reservoir Dogs
Two American fighter planes encounter MiGs in the Indian Ocean
Top Gun
Two finger-snapping street gangs engage in dance combat
West Side Story
Teenage boy gets across town on his skateboard by grabbing onto moving vehicles
Back to the Future
A feather floats over town and lands on the shoe of a clean-cut man sitting on a bench
Forrest Gump
A man runs an experiment into psychic learning where he electrically shocks
one of his subjects and flirts with the other
A man asks a local big-shot to kill the men who beat his daughter
The Godfather
A man awakens from a coma and stumbles out of the hospital into eerily empty streets
28 Days Later
Two fish have lots of eggs until a barracuda kills the mother and all the eggs except one
Finding Nemo
A polaroid picture of a dead man becomes undeveloped and then
goes back inside the camera
Level 81
Jun 9, 2013
missed Jaws and Godfather.. saw both but just didn't click. Reservoir Dogs took me a while because I couldn't think of the title but that's obviously the beginning of a Tarantino movie.
Level 63
Aug 19, 2013
I thought the exact same thing about the Reservoir Dogs clue. I couldn't think of the answer but also expected it to be a Tarantino move. It reminded me of the mindless dialog at the beginning of pulp fiction, about the royale with cheese.
Level 36
May 30, 2014
"You know what they put on French fries in Holland instead of ketchup?"




Level 25
May 12, 2020
That's why Tarantino is a masterful director. He uses real dialogue and makes it interesting.
Level 78
May 14, 2020
I thought the same about Jaws and Godfather
Level 75
Jun 9, 2013
Very good quiz! Some answers I knew by the first words, others were hard. Only missed Ghostbusters.
Level 81
Jun 10, 2013
Wasn't the opening scene in Ghostbusters in the library? Then the title song... then the scene with Venkman torturing/flirting with his two students...
Level 71
Mar 8, 2014
Level 67
Jun 10, 2013
Good quiz.. can't believe I missed Forrest Gump!
Level 50
Dec 12, 2013
memento, reservoir dogs, and 28 days later. awesome opening scenes, awesome movies.
Level 71
Jan 15, 2016
Got everything except Ghostbusters. Even now I can't remember how it began.

It would be cool to see more of these quizzes, perhaps with the difficulty ramped up a bit.

Level 52
Mar 15, 2017
Because this isnt the opening scene to Ghostbusters. The opener is the librarian putting books away while getting harassed by the ghost. Then it cuts to Venkman showing the cards to students for his experiment.
Level 81
Jan 15, 2016
4 of those has gotten a Best Picture Oscar. I am taking that quiz too much lately. Also.. isn't that the plot of West Side Story, not just the opening scene?
Level 55
Jan 15, 2016
Of the nine films I got, I've only seen three^^
Level 53
Jan 15, 2016
For the Top Gun question, it should be over the Indian Ocean, not in it.
Level 75
Oct 25, 2016
I thought the implication in Godfather was that the daughter had been raped?
Level 72
Aug 6, 2017
The scene described for 28 Days Later is actually the second scene in the film. The first scene - 28 days earlier - starts with anti-vivisectionists breaking into a laboratory for animal tests to free chimpanzees, which turn out to be highly aggressive due to a virus...
Level 47
Feb 8, 2019
Ghostbusters and Back to the Future are incorrect also.

How this made it to a featured quiz is beyond me, its not even fact-checked.

Level 70
Feb 2, 2018
I've only seen 5 of these movies but the one that intrigues me is the thought of MiG aircraft in the Indian Ocean, flying submarines?
Level 40
Feb 7, 2019
haha no, just russians or chinese i think. but top gun is a great movie, you should watch it
Level 78
Feb 7, 2019
I've seen all except Reservoir Dogs, Memento, and 28 Days Later. The first two appear on this site frequently so I should have gotten them even though I haven't seen them, but I think this is the first time I've seen 28 Days in a quiz here.
Level 81
Feb 7, 2019
You should watch Memento, ander. I think you would like it.
Level 47
Feb 8, 2019
Several of these are wrong

The opening scene of Back to the Future features all Doc Brown's clocks, a pile of unopened dog food and Marty comes in, turns the amp up full and blows the speaker.

In the opening scene of Ghostbusters an elderly librarian encounters a ghost in the basement of the New York Public Library.

Its a good premise but its not right.

Level 73
Jul 10, 2019
Muscle bound pretty much always equals Arnold on Jetpunk! After that, randomly guessing some of his movies should give a freebie. :)
Level 37
Jul 21, 2019
Got the six I've seen. Kept thinking that Reservoir Dogs was Pulp Fiction.