The first line can make or break a movie.
And some of the best films also boast superb opening gambits that suck you in, make you think, have you laughing or just tease you.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourites – let us know yours in the comments…
The Film: Annie Hall (1977)
The Line: “There's an old joke - um... two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of 'em says, "Boy, the food at this place is really terrible." The other one says, "Yeah, I know; and such small portions."
"Well, that's essentially how I feel about life - full of loneliness, and misery, and suffering, and unhappiness, and it's all over much too quickly.
"The... the other important joke, for me, is one that's usually attributed to Groucho Marx; but, I think it appears originally in Freud's "Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious," and it goes like this - I'm paraphrasing - um, "I would never want to belong to any club that would have someone like me for a member."
"That's the key joke of my adult life, in terms of my relationships with women."
The Film: Goodfellas (1990)
The Line: “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.”
The Film: A Matter Of Life And Death (1946)
The Line: "This is the universe. Big, isn't it?"