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The 20 Best Movie Entrances of All Time

09 April 2013 | Features, Other Lists | by David Zou

Great movie characters have iconic entrance scenes, that’s one of the golden rules of Hollywood cinema. Some entrances are surprising, some are frightening and some are cool, but they have one thing in common: plain awesomeness. Here’s the countdown of the greatest movie entrances of all time.


20. Hannibal Lecter – The Silence Of The Lambs

Hannibal Lecter

Rather than entering the scene, Hannibal Lecter is more like being introduced to us during his first meeting with Clarice Starling. Unlike those filthy prisoners in other cells, professor Lecter looks neat and clean in first impression. Then there is the close-up of his face, we see the eyes of a cannibal. He shows his high intelligence right away by telling Clarice that her license expires in a week and she is just a fake FBI.


19. Trinity – The Matrix


It’s through Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) that we’re introduced to the flippy, gravity-defying world of The Matrix. Taking on armed police, she leaps into the air like a black widow spider and proves she knows how to kick serious ass. The noir stylings. That leather outfit. The shades. Everything is so awesome.


18. Alex DeLarge – A Clockwork Orange

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With the unsettling “Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary – March”, this notorious movie opens with a close-up of  Alex DeLarge’s face, it’s a stare that could melt your eyeballs. In one swift move, the master has told us this is a guy to fear for the rest of the movie. It doesn’t take long for us to find out why.


17. Bane – The Dark Knight Rises

bane The Dark Knight Rises

Bane (Tom Hardy) enters in a cowl as a supposed prisoner aboard a plane before spectacularly turning the tables in a sky-high set-piece that really gets the pulses pumping. This entrance shoves Bane right up there from the very beginning. Unlike the more insidious opening of The Dark Knight, this is a muscular, chewy intro befitting of the villain in question.

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  • Razvigor

    I hate to be ”that guy who only comments on what’s missing from the list”, but I really expected for Captain Jack Sparrow to be one the list.
    His entrence is both funny and epic:

    • Dalinkwent

      I think Sparrow is certainly worthy of a mention. Not only is the scene great, but the Jack Sparrow character is iconic..

  • Tyger Uppercut

    Yeah, I have to agree with Razvigor, Jack Sparrow not being on the list is unacceptable. This movie is on TV all the time & his intro never gets old. I thought Michael Keaton in Batman had a great entrance not to mention Jack Nicholson as the Joker’s entrance. Ooh one more, how about Robert Downy Jr flying down the sky as Iron Man & started blasting cats all over? Great scene!

  • Mark Harding

    Great list and I can think of several others worth mentioning like Jake Lamotta in Raging Bull. First you see him as fat, middle-aged and balding, then with a jolt, shifts over to him in the ring getting clobbered in 1940′s. And all done by the same actor!

    Scorcese was alway good at intros, like in Goodfellas when you see 3 men comitting a brutal act involving a man in the trunk of a car, then zooms in on the main character with the famous voiceover, “For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.” Then breaks into Tony Bennett’s classic Rags to Riches. Absolutely iconic!

  • grimjob

    Gotta disagree with #2. A cool as it is, Tuco’s entrance was far more entertaining. And if there was a moment which displayed Eastwood’s quick-draw cool, it was in A Fistfull of Dollars, after his hilarious “mule” speech.

  • ciar

    Surprised the predator isn’t on this somewhere

  • Ana

    So few women on this list, and I’m not talking about women making an entrance simply based on sex appeal (like Diaz and Andress, on this list). Why is that…?