10 Best Movie Speeches

The 10 best movie speeches cover several genres, actors and decades, but they all have one thing in common: lines that stick with you long after the credits have rolled. Some speeches inspire, others cut an adversary down to size and still others make us think about life from a slightly new perspective. With lines like these, it should come as no surprise that many people watch these movies again and again. 

  1. "You can't handle the truth!" from "A Few Good Men"   Jack Nicholson's courtroom rant easily makes the ten best movie speeches of all time because of how memorable it is to such a wide range of movie-goers. The speech's intensity makes it just as memorable today as it was when the film was released in 1992. 
  2. "They may take our lives but they will never take our freedom!" from "Braveheart" In this movie, Mel Gibson, playing William Wallace, gives a touching speech about patriotism, loyalty and freedom. Gibson's emotional delivery helped to make it  the most remembered scene of the film. 
  3. "The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good." from "Wall Street" In this movie, Michael Douglas gives the famous speech about how greed is not the worst thing in the world after all. Douglas is so convincing in the role that he makes it easy to believe him. 
  4. "You dropped a hundred and fifty grand on an education you coulda got for a dollah fifty in late charges at the public library." from "Good Will Hunting" There are a several monologues in this film that could make the list of the ten best movie speeches. Many people's favorite is the scene where Damon sticks up for his buddy, played by Ben Affleck, in a bar and puts a snobby Harvard guy in his place. 
  5. "You have to ask yourself: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya punk?" from "Dirty Harry" This line is the culmination of a famous speech made by Clint Eastwood in one of his most popular roles. This classic scene is so well-known that even people who have not seen the movie are familiar with the line.
  6. "Choose life." from "Trainspotting" Ewan McGregor's opening speech in Trainspotting makes the ten best movie speeches for how it simply cuts to the core of the movie. It was a risk to start the movie with such a long and intense monologue, but it successfully pulls movie-goers into the scene thanks to McGregor's skillful deliver.
  7. "Out of order, I'll show you out of order. You don't know what out of order is." from "Scent of a Woman" Al Pacino has a lot of great scenes in "Scent of a Woman," but this one at the Baird School is by far the best and most inspirational. The impassioned speech makes us all hope that Al Pacino is on our side. 
  8. "In the name of GOD, do your duty. In the name of God, believe… Tom Robinson." from "To Kill a Mockingbird" It is an iconic scene from a classic movie adapted from one of the best novel's ever written. Of course it makes the list of ten best movie speeches.
  9. "We can climb outta hell… One inch at a time." from "Any Given Sunday" Al Pacino's speech from Any Given Sunday is one of the best motivational sports speeches there is. The great thing about this speech, however, is that it transcends the sports world and inspires others in their struggles.
  10. "My name is Andrew Shepherd, and I AM the President." from "The American President" Everyone loves a great political speech, and this one is no exception. In this scene Michael Douglas commands the screen as he addresses his critics with the perfect mixture of anger, passion and humility. 
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