The Most Iconic Film Titles of All Time
Motion designers use title sequences to set the atmosphere and tone of a video, and over the years there have been some incredibly powerful film title sequences hit the big screen. An impressive title sequence will grab the audience’s attention and give them a glimpse of what is yet to come, leaving them wanting more. The most iconic title sequences are so much more than just words on a screen designed to kill some time; they set the tone or the entire film and make the audience ready for the story they are about to watch. Title sequences are an art in themselves and when done properly can become an iconic and well-known clip in world famous films. Here we share what we think are the most iconic film titles of all time:
Ridley Scott’s Alien is a terrifying yet minimalistic and iconic movie all by itself, but the opening title sequence adds an eerie beginning that introduces the upcoming film perfectly. Panning across quiet space as the title is revealed in line strokes, this iconic film title uses typography effectively to build pace and tension. This combines perfectly with the background music to create a chilling mood for the thriller film you are about to watch.
Directed by David Fincher, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo offers an iconic title sequence with a Bond-esque vibe. Taking inspirations from Chris Cunningham, this title sequence blends CGI silhouettes of the stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara with monotone imagery that is the stuff nightmares of made of. The daring mix of fire, beatings, tentacle-like USB cables and phoenixes, combined with Karen O’s version of ‘Immigrant Score’ is unforgettable and certainly sets the scene.
Monty Python has been twinned with Terry Gilliam’s illustrations from the very beginning, but the absolute masterpiece has to be the iconic title sequence of the Life Of Brian. Gilliam’s distinctive style is paired with the titles for Biblical epics such as ‘The Ten Commandments’. Add in the hilarious and instantly recognisable theme song and you have the perfect beginning of Monty Python’s religious satire.
Possibly the most iconic title sequence of all time, The Pink Panther lead to an entire sub-franchise based solely of its title. The clever animations of the pink cartoon character slinking around to the ever iconic theme by Henry Mancini is instantly known by viewers of any age group. This excellent film was followed by TV spin offs, merchandising and further films, all encapsulating this perfect title sequence.
It wouldn’t be a list of iconic film titles without a Bond sequence finding its way in, and the modernist simplicity of Dr. No has got to take the cake as being the best of the bunch. Whilst they have got grander over the years, this timeless classic introduced the gunsight-iris and classic theme tune for the first time.
The famous crawl of the Star Wars title sequence is now an unmistakeable part of the franchise, and even many years later it still hasn’t lost its impact when paired with the impressive background music. This iconic title has been parodied many times but makes it very clear that you are about to watch an epic movie.
A recent favourite, super-anti-hero Deadpool replaces the standard credits with an impressive and memorable sequence of all the cliched casting decisions that Marvel fans have come to expect. The main title sequence is a leisurely 3D pan through a frozen moment in time, that gradually reveals an epic car crash scene. But this scene is paired with hilarious nods to the cast and team, such as ‘An overpaid tool’, ‘A hot chick’ and ‘A British villain’.
The comedic film itself might not have aged so well in recent years, following far too many Vote for Pedro t-shirts and cartoon spin-offs, but the title sequence remains as iconic as ever. With a 70s vibe and glowing pastel colour scheme the cast are introduced on school canteen plates creating a nostalgic high school feeling.