There have been many great opening scenes over the last century or so, but if you’re asking which is the greatest opening shot, I would have to go with two films released in ’79 — Woody Allen‘s Manhattan and Francis Coppola‘s Apocalypse Now.

One of the greatest opening sequences is the Union Station opening of Strangers on a Train (‘51), as the camera follows two men whose faces are unseen and whose shoes are their primary identifying trait…arriving by taxi, strolling into the station, etc.