Saul Bass is the father of the opening title sequence, my medium. Today would have been his 95th birthday.
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    Alfred Hitchcock, 1958. The mother of all title sequences for the mother of all thrillers. The super saturated colors, the crazy spirographs. It's a masterpiece, and totally hypnotic.
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    Anatomy of a Murder
    Otto Preminger, 1958. If I had to choose one image that most inhabits the "Saul Bass signature style" it would be the title treatment for Anatomy of a Murder. Updated in 1995 by Art Sims for the poster to Spike Lee's Clockers.
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    Alfred Hitchcock, 1960. Bonus points because Bass also storyboarded (and some say directed) the shower scene.
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    The Age of Innocence
    Martin Scorcese, 1993. Scorcese brought Bass out of title design retirement for a stretch in the 90s. This might be his most beautiful sequence.
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    West Side Story
    Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins, 1961. Bass uses the language of the streets, scrawling on brick walls and traffic signs.
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    Grand Prix
    John Frankenheimer, 1966. An editing tour-de-force with more split screens than The Brady Bunch. It's a racing movie, and the main title is superimposed over an exhaust pipe. Awesome.
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    North by Northwest
    Hitchcock, 1959. Bass was not afraid to fuck with the studio logo.
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    Bonjour Tristesse
    Otto Preminger, 1958. A sleeper, but I love the child-like cut-outs. It's a little lesser-known, so I ripped it off entirely for a movie called The Last of Robin Hood by the directors of Still Alice a couple years ago.
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    The Seven Year Itch
    Billy Wilder, 1955. Light and simple and perfect. Color panels peel back to reveal the eccentrically handwritten titles.
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    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
    Stanley Kramer, 1963. I'm not as much of a fan of his fully animated sequences — the ones with cartoony characters — but this one earns a spot because it's endlessly inventive with one simple visual question: How many things can you do with a drawing of a globe?
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    Something wild (1961)
    Suggested by   @BEKaplan