The 10 best movie monologues for women feature the talents of the best actresses. While male actors usually get the attention and accolades, women hold their own in the presenting of a message and making it memorable.
- Zelda Rubinstein in "Poltergeist" The medium brought in find poor Carol Anne who had been taken by the dead somewhere behind the TV screen or in the upstairs bedroom closet, tells the family about spirits. Tangina, played by Zelda Rubinstein, tells the parents, "They're attracted to the one thing that's very different from themselves. Her life force…" This film, with one of the best movie monologues for women, make homebuyers think a bit before buying a new house, especially one with any hint of coming into contact with a former cemetery.
- Faye Dunaway in "Mommie Dearest" If you're a fan of creepy, scary monologues for women, Dunaway's shocking depiction of Joan Crawford is for you. It's the one that includes the closet scene with "no wire hangars!" It's hard to tell the impact a face full of makeup resembling makeup remover added to the impact, but it certainly caught the audience's attention. Ms. Dunaway presents this monologue while scrubbing and rooting in a closet. Impressive.
- Vivien Leigh in "Gone with the Wind" The famous "I'll never be hungry again!" is one of the ten best movie monologues for women made in 1939. With the United States Civil War in full bloom, Scarlett O'Hara, played by Vivien Leigh, stands against the red sunset in a black silhouette in this film scene to state, "They're not going to lick me!"
- Katharine Hepburn in "Stage Door" Known as "The Calla Lilies are in Bloom Again" monologue, Ms. Hepburn takes the lead here when her good friend has committed suicide. It ends with the haunting warning, "One should always listen closely when people say goodbye because sometimes they're really saying farewell." Sage advice from the late Ms. Hepburn.
- Margaret Hamilton in "The Wizard of Oz" This 1939 classic melted Ms. Hamilton with a bucket of water. Before she heads out, she screams and makes insults all around. Dorothy, who even now feels guilty she killed the evil witch, and the Scarecrow, who the witch ignited and needed a shot of water, both get the witchy insults. Dorothy is labeled a "brat" and even Toto gets the tart tongue as a "mangy" dog. The audience at this point is glad this witch has melted.
- Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" When Dorothy Gale wakes up after a major hit on the head, she gives what may be one of the best-known movie monologues for women to her Auntie Em and the farm hands surrounding her bed. We all know the last line: "There's no place like home!"
- Lauren Bacall in "To Have and Have Not" When Slim tells Steve, "You remember how to whistle, don't you?" the males in the audience are madly testing their whistlers. Steve gives her man the real treatment to interest him in her talents and to dissuade him from looking around. It's a class and may just top the best movie monologues for women list.
- Katharine Hepburn in "Adam's Rib" Ms. Hepburn had the choice scripts to chose from and she chose well, especially in her role as Amanda Bonner staring opposite her real-life squeeze Spencer Tracy. As the lawyer Bonner, Ms. Hepburn tells the jury about values. She ends the monologue with," I know what gold does to men's souls." Some things never change.
- Gloria Swanson in "Sunset Boulevard" Ms. Swanson, playing the forgotten silent screen actress Norma Desmond, has the ultimate female monologue that ends with "I'm ready for my close-up" as she heads out to the police car [spoiler alert] after killing her young lover in this classic film.
- Judy Holliday in "The Marrying Kind" Ms. Holliday, with her interesting baby girl voice, tells her mother about being in a rut and the fact that most people don't do any thinking. Wonder what Florence Keefer would make of today's society and thinking after more than 50 years since the film was released?
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