If you're looking to find the 10 best dramatic monologues in movies, then perhaps these ten memorable pieces of dialogue studies may come to suit your fancy. Monologues have always been an integral and creative aspect of filmmaking and story-telling, it helps see into our characters and their situations, it helps us understand their personal story and the story of the film altogether. From the great Al Pacino to the cunning Michael Douglas, these are the 10 best dramatic monologues in movies.
- Al Pacino in "The Devil's Advocate." Al Pacino has delivered many memorable dramatic monologues in movies over the past few decades and his monologue in finale of "The Devil's Advocate" is perhaps one of his best examples. In the role of Satan, Pacino delivers a stellar commentary about God himself.
- Liam Neeson in "Schindler's List." In the final moments of the Steven Spielberg-directed classic, "Schindler's List," the main character Oskar Schindler (played by Liam Neeson) ponders over his own guilt which overwhelms him while the holocaust survivors all stand around their hero.
- Mel Gibson in "Braveheart." This iconic scene from the medieval classic, "Braveheart," contains one of the greatest dramatic monologues of all time. Mel Gibson's heroic character makes a declaring speech to his fellow soldiers and countrymen about freedom before they go into battle.
- Michael Douglas in "Wall Street." In this dramatic monologue scene from the financial thriller "Wall Street," Michael Douglas' Gordon Gekko character defends his own corporation as well as a supporting argument as to why greed is just as important as his very own company.
- Emilio Estevez in "The Breakfast Club." This piece of dramatic monologue from "The Breakfast Club" showcases Emilio Estevez's jock character as he sits with the rest of the group, recalling the past events that led to him ending up in Saturday detention with the five other students.
- Charles S. Dutton in "Rudy." In this dramatic monologue from the classic football drama, "Rudy," Sean Astin's titular character benefits from the old school wisdom of his janitor friend played by Charles S. Dutton. In this scene, Dutton talks Rudy down, knocking some sense into him.
- Douglas Rain in "2001: A Space Odyssey." This is somewhat of a different type of dramatic monologue as it is coming from a character that is purely a machine, a computer with a personality. In this monologue from "2001: A Space Odyssey," HAL-9000 (voiced by Douglas Rain) begs Dave not to shut him off.
- Robert Shaw in "Jaws." This dramatic monologue from "Jaws" depicts the shark hunter character Quint, played by Robert Shaw, recalling his days aboard his former doomed ship that was the U.S.S. Indianapolis, making for one of the most startling scenes ever depicted on the big screen.
- Alec Baldwin in "Malice." Alec Baldwin's dramatic monologue from the medical thriller, "Malice," is a fine and classic example of how well this fantastic actor is able to take a screenplay's words and work wonders with them. In this scene, Baldwin's character responds to whether or not he has a God complex.
- Tom Cruise in "Jerry Maguire." Who could possibly forget this fantastic piece of dramatic monologue from the sports drama/romantic comedy, "Jerry Maguire." In this scene, Tom Cruise's Jerry Maguire confronts his wife (Rene Zellweger) before a room full of her mother's friends and begs for forgiveness.
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