At your next cattle call, set yourself apart from the other actors by using one of our 10 best audition monologues to wow the casting director. Sure, a Hollywood A-Lister might be able to get the part by giving a dramatic reading of his utility bills. For everyone else, amazing material is the key to an amazing audition. Think of it as your chance to perform the role of a lifetime.
- "To Be or Not to Be." Prince Hamlet's existential question has defined the dramatic monlouge for over 500 years. Even people who have never read Shakespeare know this speech. For this reason, it tops our list of the best audition monologues.
- "You Can't Handle the Truth." In the unforgettable courtroom scene from 1992's "A Few Good Men," Jack Nicholson looses his cool under cross-examination and lectures Tom Cruise on the necessity of acting above the law for the good of the country. Nicholson's rant sent his character to prison, and audiences to the edge of their seats.
- "I Could Have Been a Contender." In 1954's "On the Waterfront," a melancholy Marlon Brando reflects on his life, including the dream of being a prize fighter that he threw away by fixing a fight. Certainly one of the best audition monolouges, and one of the greatest moments in American cinema.
- "They'll Never Take Our Freedom." Mel Gibson may have gone over the edge in his personal life, but his rousing performance as William Wallace in 1995's "Braveheart" is spot on. Master this amazing monologue and everyone at your audition will be ready to follow you to their deaths fighting for Scotland's independence.
- "Was It Over When the Germans Bombed Pearl Harbor?" One of the greatest comic moments of the 1970's, John Belushi's impassioned yet idiotic inspirational speech to his fraternity brothers in "Animal House" continues to make us laugh to this day.
- "What Did It Matter Where You Lay Once You Were Dead?" Audiences will long remember Humphrey Bogart's iconic performance as Philip Marlowe and his masterful delivery of this amazing monologue in 1946's "The Big Sleep" as one of the greatest moments in all of film history.
- "The Key to Faking Out Parents is the Clammy Hands." Matthew Broderick's fantastic opening monologue in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" is just plain fun. Perhaps one of the most memorable speeches by one of the most memorable characters of the 1980's.
- "I'm a School Teacher." Tom Hank's affecting performance as Capt. John Miller in "Saving Private Ryan" is summed up in this confessional moment when he reveals both the details of his civilian life and the awful losses he has suffered as a military leader.
- "Ezekiel 25:17." When paid killer Samuel L. Jackson reflects on the meaning of Ezekiel 25:17–a passage he usually quoted before shooting someone–and then let's the couple who tried to hold him up live, audiences were stunned by his character's change.
- "Salieri Has Been Touched By God at Last." Perhaps the least known of entries on our list of the best audition monologues, this speech by F. Murray Abraham, who's character has decided to kill Motzart as a way to punish God for his own lack of talent in 1984's "Amadeus," is a classic, chilling moment.
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