Here is a list of the 10 Best 1 Minute Male Monologues. Film is regarded as a visual medium. Whenever a character talks too much, moviegoers are usually bored. However, there are many exceptions to the rule. One of these exceptions is when one of the characters has something very important to say. When this occurs, the dialogue is usually very powerful in its words. Add to that a stirring performance by the actor speaking these words, and you have some of the greatest scenes in the history of movies. Here is some of the best male monologues of all time.
- George C. Scott from "Patton" The image of George C. Scott standing before the American flag is one of the most iconic in the history of film. It is only elevated by the stirring delivery of a speech that is at once inspirational and searing.
- Alec Baldwin from "Glengarry Glen Ross" In a film that delivers a number of lyrical, and lyrically profane, passages of dialogue, the one which stands out the most is Alec Baldwin's rousing words to the salesmen at the start of the picture.
- Al Pacino from "Scent of a Woman" With his smoke-burnished voice and the eloquent forcefulness of his tone, Al Pacino delivers one of the greatest of all monologues, earning him his long overdue Oscar.
- Al Pacino from "And Justice for All" With his much tamer and youthful voice, but no less forceful, Mr. Pacino delivers one of the most quotable monologues in the infamous courtroom scene where he exclaims: "I'm out of order?! You're out of order!"
- Jack Nicholson from "A Few Good Men" Speaking of quotable monologues, the entire movie builds to the intense showdown of words between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson. Suffice it to say that, "You can't handle the truth!"
- Dustin Hoffman from "Tootsie" This is a movie unlike any other. In a tour de force of acting bravura, Dustin Hoffman blows the minds of moviegoers, not to mention the characters in the film, when he reveals his secret to the world in the final act of this classic.
- Samuel L. Jackson from "Pulp Fiction" It is unfair that Samuel L. Jackson did not win an Oscar for this performance. It was so good that they should have given him an honorary Oscar. He recites a certain bible passage twice in the movie, but it is his moving recital of it, and his following commentary about it, at the end of the picture that cements his spot on this list.
- Christopher Walken from "Pulp Fiction" Another great monologue from the revered "Pulp Fiction" is unusual in that it does not divulge any discernable morals or existentialism. It is delivered with deadpan brilliance by the wonderful Christopher Walken in a scene that could be a movie unto itself with its excellent build-up and riotous payoff. And I'm just talking about a scene where one man does nothing more than speak into the camera.
- Robert Shaw from "Jaws" One of the greatest scenes from one of the greatest movies of all time features the charismatic Robert Shaw discussing a horrifying account from his earlier days as a sailor. I will leave it at that to provide a moment of silence in testament to its power.
- Humphrey Bogart from "Casablanca" The inimitable Bogey in one of the greatest scenes of motion picture history opposite Ingrid Bergman delivers what can be described as the most heart-wrenching and honest of all declarations of love.
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