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- The movie Ĉon Flux opens with the title character's eye catching a fly.
- Apollo 13 does this with Marilyn Lovell after showing her nightmare of losing Jim in space.
- Used in the opening and closing of Avatar.
- The opening to Blade Runner centers on the Blade Runner Dave Holden's eye viewing the neon skyline of 2019 Los Angeles.
- The movie Cat's Eye opens with (what else?) a close-up on one of General's eyes. Serves also as a visual Title Drop.
- Heathers has a close-up on Veronica's wide eye as she wakes from a nightmare.
- Next does this with Nicholas Cage's eye twice, once before and once after his character's long vision of a possible future.
- In The President's Last Bang, Korean CIA director Kim Jae-kyu is introduced with a tight shot of his eye while he's at the doctor. Later that evening, he will assassinate President Park Chung-hee.
- One of the more disturbing in movie history has to be the closeup of Marion Crane's eye in Psycho after she flops over onto the bathroom floor.
- Star Trek: First Contact opens with a close-up on Picard's eye as things flash back to when he was the Borg's prisoner.
- Strike includes a title card announcing that the authorities are "searching for subversives", then cuts to a tight closeup of a spy's eye. The film is a Soviet propaganda piece set in Tsarist Russia, and the spy is hunting for subversive workers.
- Cube: The film opens with a tight close-up of a man's eye when he wakes up to find himself in the Cube.
- The Criminal Minds episode "The Big Wheel" starts with a shot of the killer's eye opening when he wakes up in the morning.
- House milks Hugh Laurie's very blue eyes for all they're worth.
- Lost. Quite a lot, in fact.
- The finale ends with Jack closing his eyes in a reversal of the pilot's first scene.
- The opening sequence of Merlin features a close-up of Merlin's eye as it changes from blue to gold.
- The opening credits to Robin Hood had an image of a bright green eye; causing some confusion among viewers considering no one in the cast had green eyes. (According to Word of God, it was meant to be Robin's eye).
- Another backwards one in Smallville. During Lex's first appearance in season 3, we zoom in on his eye.
- In the episode "Mystery Spot" of Supernatural, many times when the loop resets, the camera is focused on Sam's eyes as Heat of the Moment plays in the background.
- A first-season episode of the original The Twilight Zone does this.
- The pilot of V (2009) does a backwards one: instead of opening on Erica's eye and zooming out, we open on Erica and zoom in to her eye.
- Seen in the opening credits of The X-Files.
- The Doctor Who serial "The Deadly Assassin" does a Dream Within a Dream variant, where an extreme closeup of the Doctor's brilliant purple-blue eye flickering open is used to indicate that we've passed from the world outside while Those Two Guys talk over his sleeping body to inside his Cyberspace Nightmare Sequence. Only within the dream-world, he is waking up. With an anaesthetic mask on his face. As a surgeon prepares to perform Meat Grinder Surgery on him. Aaaagh.
- Half-Life 2 opens on the G-man's eye.
- The opening of Final Fantasy X focuses on Tidus' eye while he lies on his back just before some rock music kicks in and his hometown is doomed.
- At the end of the credits in Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, a dead Clockwerk is seen with one of his eyes lighting up again.
- Kingdom Hearts I: In the opening cutscene, and the next one after that.
- Several video games published by Virgin Interactive Entertainment throughout the 90's feature a logo animation of an eye opening with the company logo appearing in it. It usually scared the crap out of anyone unprepared for it.