7. The First Firefight ('A New Hope')
As soon as the first Star Wars opens, we go right from that amazing shot of the Imperial Destroyer to the first battle between rebel soldiers and Imperial stormtroopers. The fighting is fierce and the blasters are blazing in the best B-movie tradition, and we also meet C-3P0, R2-D2, Princess Leia and an ominous bad guy named Darth Vader in quick succession. A terrific 10 minutes that sets up so much of the story to come.