5. The Never-Ending Imperial Destroyer ('A New Hope')
Is there anyone who does not know this very first Star Wars shot, easily one of the greatest intros in modern film history? Following the opening crawl, the camera pans down from the stars to the surface of a planet, over which a rebel blockade runner flies into view. Then we see what is pursuing it — an Imperial Destroyer that soars overhead and just keeps coming and coming and coming, filling the screen with its massive bulk. That shot still has the ability to make one's jaw drop. It all starts here.