A great opening shot will stay with you, regardless of whether the rest of the movie is good or bad. It’s the instant your inner child sinks into the seat, ready to disappear from the surrounding reality. It sets your expectations, it introduces you to a new world or character, it practically shocks you in awe. But that’s only when it’s great.

Because a movie’s beginning has that kind of power, CineFix decided to rank (and thankfully, break down) what their team considered the best opening shots in film history.

They are…

10. The Searchers (1956)
9. Raging Bull (1980)
8. Apocalypse Now (1979)
7. Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
6. Contact (1997)
5. Fight Club (1999)
4. Day for Night (1973)
3. Flowers for Shanghai (1998)
2. The Player (1992)
1. Touch of Evil (1958)

If there’s even a little bit of film geek lurking inside you, the video is going to make your day.