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50 best opening lines in movies



We've already told you how movies should end, so in a Memento-style narrative gimmick, we're going back and telling you how they should begin.

Keeping us all gripped from the very first line of dialogue, here are the 50 greatest cinematic openers ever.

We're not perfect, despite rumours to the contrary, so let us know which quotes we've forgotten about at the bottom.

(Images: All Star, Rex Features)

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