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 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 12:40 AM   
 By:   Turntable   (Member)

Catch Me If You Can -- fantastic animation, perfect Williams theme

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 12:54 AM   
 By:   robertmro   (Member)

"To Kill A Mockingbird" has to be the greatest main title sequence ever.

The work of Steve Frankfurt and Elmer Bernstein.

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 12:58 AM   
 By:   films1   (Member)

Vertigo

Star wars

Psycho

Cant decide!!!

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 1:10 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Spartacus.

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 2:00 AM   
 By:   David Ferstat   (Member)

North By Northwest

C'mon ... it's got Bernard Herrmann and Saul Bass. Damn hard to beat that combo. smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 2:40 AM   
 By:   jacky   (Member)

Superman (of course!wink)

And second:
Choose between Captain EO and the Martian Chronicles

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 3:04 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

Star Trek III

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 3:07 AM   
 By:   Trent B.   (Member)

Gah hard choice! If had to chose only one.. I'd say Star Trek II The Wrath Of Khan.

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 3:13 AM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

I'd have to categorize a little bit...its hard to compare apples and oranges.

For a main title that is created from scratch, animated or specially photographed, I would agree SPARTACUS wins hands down.

For one that is largely credits over a part of the film and is built on that film's action (with some animation/artwork): THE WILD BUNCH. That build up of the Jerry Fielding score to "If they move, kill 'em"...then the title: Directed by Sam Peckinpah and that last chord...Perfection.

For straight titles over a static background: HOW THE WEST WAS WON...probably the most rousing curtain opener music ever, IMHO.

And maybe another category for best main title with a song... EL DORADO with those great Western paintings and wonderful Riddle/Gabriel song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdtrGhQ6dwk

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 3:51 AM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

I've gotta go with "STAR WARS: EPISODE IV - A NEW HOPE" as well.

It works perfectly.

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 3:52 AM   
 By:   galipolis   (Member)

For me one of the best main title sequences where music
and image perfectly melt together is for Peter Yates' BULLITT.

Lalo Schifrin's famous Main title music builds a perfect architecure
for the scenic and titles design - it's genius when you hear the music
and see the titles first moving to the foreground and then split and
move to the top and bottom of the screen, and this paired with
horizontal movement carefully adjustd to the film scenes.

This is one of my favourite main title designs I can watch over and over ...

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 3:53 AM   
 By:   galipolis   (Member)

dp

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 3:53 AM   
 By:   Rick15   (Member)

For one that is largely credits over a part of the film and is built on that film's action (with some animation/artwork): THE WILD BUNCH. That build up of the Jerry Fielding score to "If they move, kill 'em"...then the title: Directed by Sam Peckinpah and that last chord...Perfection.

What? This main title?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCpN9-b04x4

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 3:53 AM   
 By:   Rick15   (Member)

D'oh!!

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 4:13 AM   
 By:   ethan_the_searcher   (Member)

The Big Country

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 5:37 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

The Ninth Gate. Perfect setup for what was to come.

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 5:41 AM   
 By:   KonstantinosZ   (Member)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Indiana Jones and Temple of Doom

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 6:08 AM   
 By:   pp312   (Member)

Spartacus.

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 6:44 AM   
 By:   Browny   (Member)

THE TOWERING INFERNO - one of the best opening sequences ever. John Williams' main title music is the perfect blend of music and image. The anticipation in the music alerts the viewer that the stage is being set for something really big.

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 7:17 AM   
 By:   barryfan1   (Member)

Barry's The Black Hole. Even today, the simple green wire frame graphics with red titles and Barry's swirling main title theme against that star field still does it for me. In second place would be one of the early Bonds, probably Goldfinger or You Only Live Twice.

 
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