The late Omar Sharif emerging as a dot on a camel on the desert horizon in Lawrence of Arabia. The animated torch singer Jessica Rabbit sashaying onto a nightclub stage in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and rendering Bob Hoskins’s detective dumbstruck.
Julie Andrews spinning around on the top of a verdant Austrian mountain at the beginning of The Sound of Music before bursting into song. It takes a certain combination of star quality, surprise and anticipation to make a great movie entrance.
To anticipate the publication of the latest edition of The Radio Times Guide to Films, we’ve also affected a show-starting sashay, but through a century of classic movies to shortlist a mere 20 unforgettable first appearances, each of which had us at hello.
From the shark in Jaws to the T Rex in Jurassic Park, via Orson Welles, Marilyn Monroe and Ursula Andress, we want you to vote for your favourite entrance – or suggest your own. Doing so will guarantee a warm hand on your exit!
Check out the shortlist and cast your vote in the poll below. Voting closes on Sunday 6th of September 2015 at 11.59pm.
Alien (1979) The alien: John Hurt has tummy troubles; an embryonic xenomorph explodes from his chest and ruins dinner.
Apocalypse Now (1979) Col Walter E Kurtz: Marlon Brando appears, shaved noggin first, spouting philosophy in the dark.
The Aristocats (1970) Thomas O’Malley: the ginger alley-cat saunters into earshot singing his own theme tune by a river.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935) The Bride: Elsa Lanchester’s exhumed intended is unveiled in the lab, with bouffant backlit.
The Dark Knight (2008) The Joker: Heath Ledger’s bank heist ends with a mask-off big reveal and a quotable quote.
Dr No (1962) James Bond: hands turn over some cards, a cigarette is lit; pan up to Sean Connery: “Bond, James Bond”.
Dr No (1962) Honey Ryder: Connery’s 007 spies Ursula Andress coming out of the sea at Crab Key in a white bikini.
Jaws (1975) The shark: Roy Scheider moans about throwing bait into the water to attract the Great White… it’s behind you!
Jurassic Park (1993) The T Rex: before the carnage, in the Jeep there’s a ripple in a glass of water. Keep very still…
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Sherif Ali: Omar Sharif starts out as a dot on the horizon, ever so gradually getting larger.
The Magnificent Seven (1960) Britt: James Coburn is forced from cool repose into a knife-versus-gun draw.
Mary Poppins (1964) Mary Poppins: Julie Andrews floats down from the London sky, back straight, holding her umbrella.
The Mask (1994) Tina Carlyle: the camera pans up the legs of Cameron Diaz; she shakes her hair out in slo-mo, to sax music.
Saturday Night Fever (1977) Tony Manero: John Travolta pimp-rolls through Brooklyn to Stayin’ Alive, swinging a paint can.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Hannibal Lecter: Anthony Hopkins stands to attention in his cell, waiting for Jodie Foster.
Some Like It Hot (1959) Sugar Kane: Marilyn Monroe totters down a train platform, like “Jello on springs” says Jack Lemmon.
The Sound of Music (1965) Maria: Julie Andrews twirls atop an Austrian mountain and bursts into song: “The hills are alive…”
Star Wars Episode IV (1977) The star cruiser: after the words scroll past, a ship glides over — we’ve never seen anything like it.
Sunset Blvd (1950) Joe Gillis: William Holden’s screenwriter narrates as his body, seen from below, floats in a swimming pool.
The Third Man (1949) Harry Lime: a kitten in a doorway; a zither; Orson Welles emerges from the shadows.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) Jessica Rabbit: she steps out from behind the curtains at a club… and she’s not a rabbit.
The Woman in Red (1984) Charlotte: Kelly LeBrock walks over a vent, revealing herself to Gene Wilder.
Can’t spot your favourite on the list? Then let us know which was the most memorable movie entrance in the “other” box below!