When needing a great speech for a woman, look no farther than these 10 best female movie monologues. While traditionally, monologues come from plays, it is becoming more and more common that auditioners are allowing, even encouraging people, to audition with movie monologues. Here are some of the best.
- "Mommie Dearest" “No wire hangers!” Not only one of the best female movie monologues, also one of the most infamous, this monologue was performed by Faye Dunaway.
- "Requiem for a Dream" Performed by Ellen Burstyn in this critically acclaimed film, this monologue is one of the most beautifully written in the movie and one of the best female movie monologues. The monologue begins: “Soon, millions of people will see me and they’ll all like me.”
- "Gray Matters" A comedic monologue performed by the hilarious Molly Shannon, this monologue begins: “I quit Weight Watchers. Can you believe it? I quit!” The performance was stellar, but it’s the hilarious social commentary that makes it one of the best female movie monologues.
- "Chasing Amy" A tender monologue delivered by Joey Lauren Adams about her philosophy on relationships and how she fell for her boyfriend. “Well, I’ve given that a lot of thought, y’know.”
- "Million Dollar Baby" This monologue comes from a great Oscar nominated film and is certainly one of the best female movie monologues. A speech from the character of Maggie Fitzgerald and performed by Hilary Swank, it tells of the desperation she feels to make something of her life and to do what she loves to do. “I’m 32, Mr. Dunn…”
- "Network" Performed by Beatrice Straight in this acclaimed drama, this monologue is spoken by a man's wife after he confesses to her that he is in love with another woman. “Get out, go anywhere you want, go to a hotel, go live with her, and don’t come back!”
- "Playing By Heart" A sweet and tender film that gives us one of the best female movie monologues, "Playing By Heart" follows the lives of three sisters and their parents. This monologues performed by Angelina Jolie is the character of Joan going after a man she is falling for. “I have a friend, jazz musician…trumpet player, really terrific.”
- "Rachel Getting Married" A harrowing and touching film, this monologue performed by Anne Hathaway in the character of Kym, tells a story of a terrible event that happened many years ago when she was high. “When I was sixteen, I was babysitting my little brother.”
- "White Oleander" A tender and beautiful monologue about her mother performed by the character of Astrid, played by Alison Lohman, this is one of the best female movie monologues around. “Two years ago after Paul and I moved to New York, I got a letter from my mother.”
- "Nuts" The climax of a dramatic courtroom scene in which Barbara Streisand in the role of Claudia addresses her mother while she’s on the stand during her own competency hearing. “When I was a little girl, I used to say to her, ‘I love you to the moon and down again and around the world and back again.’”
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