Saul Bass is the father of the opening title sequence, my medium. Today would have been his 95th birthday.
  1. Vertigo
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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.
  2. Anatomy of a Murder
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    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.
  3. Psycho
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    Alfred Hitchcock, 1960. Bonus points because Bass also storyboarded (and some say directed) the shower scene.
  4. The Age of Innocence
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    Martin Scorcese, 1993. Scorcese brought Bass out of title design retirement for a stretch in the 90s. This might be his most beautiful sequence.
  5. West Side Story
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    Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins, 1961. Bass uses the language of the streets, scrawling on brick walls and traffic signs.
  6. Grand Prix
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    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.
  7. North by Northwest
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    Hitchcock, 1959. Bass was not afraid to fuck with the studio logo.
  8. Bonjour Tristesse
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    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.
  9. The Seven Year Itch
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    Billy Wilder, 1955. Light and simple and perfect. Color panels peel back to reveal the eccentrically handwritten titles.
  10. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
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    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?
  11. Something wild (1961)
    Suggested by @BEKaplan