The 10 best male monologues in movies feature an outstanding character and memorable quotes. It also doesn't hurt to have the monologue delivered by a group of the industry's best actors. A list of the ten best male monologues involve drama, tension and film turning points in movies that also make ten best lists. Quotes from the monologues have made it into the popular vernacular despite, sometimes, decades of time from the film's release.
- Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy. The aging boxer and dock worker laments his life in this monologue from director Elia Kazan. "On the Waterfront" presents the dilemma of living life as a bum or a hero. Brando confronts his brother, a corrupt union lawyer willing to make his brother a bum for his own advancement in this best male monologue.
- Alec Baldwin as Blake. David Mamet's monologue for Blake in "Glengarry Glen Ross" makes sales people cringe every time they drink the office coffee. Dying wives and an aging salesman are the stuff office manager Blake chews up and spits out without a blink of the eye. In the story, Shelley Levene's wife is dying and he needs to take time to see her, but he also needs to close deals to satisfy Baldwin's ruthless character who demands sales for coffee privileges.
- Jack Nicholson as Col. Nathan R. Jessep. "A Few Good Men" presents several life dilemmas in a monologue that makes the audience question the truth and the morals of war. He challenges the characters and the audience to defend why the philosophy of war isn't "win no matter what the costs."
- Robert DeNiro as Travis Blckle. "Taxi Driver's" main character is someone you don't want to meet up with, at least if you're the pimp he's decided to come after. Bickle's a Vietnam War veteran who mentally snaps and decides to take the law into his own hands. Before he heads out, he presents one of the best male monologues in movies incorporating the phrase, "Are you talking to me?"
- Henry Fonda as Tom Joad. "The Grapes of Wrath" brings the Dust Bowl transplants up close and personal. Fonda's monologue challenges people to step up to support the other unemployed and hungry Tom Joads in America during the Great Depression–and today.
- Paul Newman as Frank Galvin. Newman tells the jury in "The Verdict" that there is a natural justice in our hearts in a monologue that questions the tactics of prosecuting the law. Galvin gets a grip and takes charge of the case in this best male monologue, when he sobers up to meet his professional obligations.
- Humphrey Bogart as Rick. Rick's monologue in "Casablanca" challenges people to step up to the World War II challenge. He gives up his true love and the monologue puts sacrifice on the line for all Americans.
- James Stewart as Mr. Smith. In "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," Smith goes to the U.S. Congress as a naive chump who the political machine attempts to manipulate to do their bidding. But, he's having no part of the farce. He tells everyone on the floor of the Congress that he'll stay as long as it takes to do the right thing. Just where are all the modern Mr. (and Ms.) Smiths when we need them?
- Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. Peck's character defends a black man on trial for his life in "To Kill a Mockingbird" and gives these directions to a southern jury in the early 1960s certain to convict his client based purely on race.
- Rutger Hauer as a replicant. "Blade Runner" questions whether replicants designed as humanoid workers really have feelings and deserve the same freedom as humans. Hauer makes an excellent case for calling off the destruction of replicants who run away from their work assignments to be free.
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