Greatest Movie
Entrances of All-Time


The Greatest Movie Entrances of All-Time
Movie Title/Year and Film Character with Scene Description

Carrie (1976)

Chris Hargensen

The opening credits featured a high school girls' locker room scene after physical education class, in which one of the main characters, popular 'bad' girl Chris Hargensen (Nancy Allen), was introduced as she strode completely naked from the shower.

She flicked her towel at friends, and then led the taunting of ridiculing of humiliated menstruating teen Carrie White (Sissy Spacek).

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Tony Monero

Under the opening credits appeared the iconic image of Brooklyn disco king Tony Monero (John Travolta). He was a young stud dressed for the evening with a leather jacket, wide collared bright red shirt and gold chain around his neck (with a close-up of his shiny brownish-red shoes).

He strutted cockily and confidently down the sidewalk, seen in closeup, to the Bee Gee's Staying Alive while swinging a paint can in his right hand:

Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk, I'm a woman's man, no time to talk...

Star Wars (1977)

Darth Vader

A fierce laser-gun battle was fought in the hallway of a crippled Rebel ship with fleeing Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), quickly lost by the Rebel defenders as more and more white, ceramic-like, space-armored stormtroopers of the Emperor's advance guard charged into the smoking corridor.

When control was secured, the leader of the cruel and villainous forces strode in - black-garbed with a cape swirling around him, and helmeted.

He was the towering, faceless Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader (David Prowse, with a deep, breathy voice supplied by James Earl Jones) - a vision of evil, signaled by the soundtrack.

Alien (1979)

The Chestburster

Nostromo crew member Kane (John Hurt) sat eating at the mess table with his crew mates, contemplating his return home, when he suddenly experienced a seizure - coughing and choking on green, spaghetti-like strands of food.

As he rose and struggled, Kane was turned around and laid on the table. Held down by the crew, they forced a spoon into his mouth to prevent him from choking on his tongue. And then, in a terrifying moment, blood graphically exploded out of the front of his white T-shirt.

As he moaned, jerked violently, quivered, and ultimately died, the Alien burst from the bloody spot on his chest. The hissing, razor sharp-toothed monster/lizard was literally "born" from the guts of the first infected crewman.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Lieutenant Ilia

Sexy Deltan and USS Enterprise navigator Lieut. Ilia (Persis Khambatta) made her entrance in this first film in the series (with the original crew). Her initial appearance was very memorable.

The bridge door to the newly-redesigned USS Enterprise opened and there stood the bald-headed, unsmiling crew member, who walked a few steps, and then announced to Admiral James Kirk (William Shatner): "Lieutenant Ilia, reporting for duty, sir."

She was immediately recognized and greeted by former love interest Commander Willard Decker (Stephen Collins), bringing a smile to her face. She dutifully reported to Kirk that she had maintained her "oath of celibacy."

Greatest Movie Entrances of All-Time
(chronological, by film title)
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