The 10 best monologues in movies helped to create some of the most famous scenes in film. These monologues can be funny, inspiring or frantic. However, as they are portrayed, the best monologues in movies will always have a spot in movie history.
- "Patton" (1970). Some say that George C. Scott won his Academy Award in this movie exclusively for his opening monologue. While Scott's entire performance was Oscar-worthy, his opening speech is definitely one of the best monologues in movies.
- "Moby Dick" (1956). Orson Welles is known for many famous roles, but he never gets enough credit for his monologue as Father Mapple in the movie "Moby Dick" (1956). It was done in one take and never rehearsed, yet it lives on as one of the greatest movie speeches ever given.
- "Any Given Sunday" (1999). Al Pacino is not known for his monologues, but he delivers one of the best monologues in movies as the head coach in the football movie "Any Given Sunday" (1999). This is often referred to as one of the greatest sports monologues in movie history.
- "Hoosiers" (1986). What makes Gene Hackman's monologue in "Hoosiers" (1986) is the emotion with which he delivers it. Hackman plays a basketball coach that delivers the famous line "nobody comes into our house and pushes us around."
- "Animal House" (1978). John Belushi's monologue as John "Bluto" Blutarsky that helps rally his frat to revenge is one of the funniest monologues ever delivered. It reminded us that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Of course, it also tries to convince us that the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor, but he was on a roll.
- "Meatballs" (1979). As he has done his entire career, Bill Murray made this mediocre movie watchable with a very well-delivered comedy monologue. He uses it to inspire his campers to victory and winds up stealing the movie.
- "Blazing Saddles" (1974). Harvey Korman delivers a comedy monologue as the evil Hedly Lamarr in this comedy classic. It is full of cliches, but it is one of the funniest parts of the movie.
- "Independence Day" (1996). Bill Pullman jumps on the back of a flatbed truck and delivers one of the more inspiring monologues on the list of the 10 best monologues in movies. Of course, the monologue helped the Earthlings kick the aliens back to space.
- "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939). James Stewart delivers a passionate monologue as the junior senator Jefferson Smith who is completely disillusioned at our government after he sees the corruption involved. It didn't change Congress, but it did sell movie tickets.
- "Poltergeist" (1982). The monologue that Zelda Rubinstein delivers in this movie as the paranormal expert Tangina made her famous. It was one of the emotional highlights of the hit movie "Poltergeist" (1982).
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