If first impressions are everything then you can never underestimate the importance of a great opening credit sequence. It's one of the first things an audience sees in a film -- it introduces us to the movie, tells us who's in it, and maybe even gives us a hint about what we can expect during the course of the next ninety minutes or so. Opening credit sequences have come a long way over the years -- from the days of title cards with lists of names to more recent fare that's lavishly animated, computer generated, or tells us a story in and of itself. Maybe the most iconic of all sequences are the openings to the 20+ James Bond films, but picking just one is hard (I'm a huge Bond geek), and it seemed a little too obvious anyway.

Instead, I came up with five titles with openings that were cool, but not quite as universally recognized as something like Bond. I hope that once you've read through my list you'll stop by the comments section to share some of your favorites. Picking five was difficult -- and doesn't even begin to scratch the surface, but ...