The Best 10 Opening Scenes In Action Movies

An Analysis of How The Best 10 Opening Scenes In Action Movies Drive the Success of a Story

By Michael Barmish


You have an idea to write an exciting action script. In order to make your screenplay stand out to the reader, you need a strong opening scene to grab their attention and entice them to read the rest of your script. The scene must not only be exciting, but must kick off the story and introduce key elements that drive the narrative and action.

In this guide, we’ll take a look at the ten best opening scenes in cinematic action films and discuss the key elements that make them so successful.

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of this guide you will be able to:

  • Analyze how the opening scene contributes to the success of a film
  • Discover the keys to a great opening scene
  • See how the opening scene can make or break an action movie
  • Learn the key elements to writing a great opening action scene

GUIDE-AT-A-GLANCE

Ten Opening Scene Analysed

  • 10. RESERVOIR DOGS
  • 9. ENTER THE DRAGON
  • 8. JAWS
  • 7. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION
  • 6. KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE
  • 5. MAD MAX
  • 4. THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
  • 3. APOCALYPSE NOW
  • 2. THE DARK KNIGHT
  • 1. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

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