Monologues should capture the attention of casting agents, producers and directors during an audition, and these 10 best short monologues are aimed at doing just that. A monologue should display your talents and make your performance memorable.
- "Clueless": Haitian Immigrants. Cher, played by Alicia Silverstone, explains to her high school class that Haitians need to immigrate to America and the United States shouldn't complain about it. The short monologue, which reminds the audience that "It doesn't say R.S.V.P on the Statue of Liberty," makes a bold, but humorous, statement.
- "Fast Times at Ridgemont High": Dating Rules. In this very funny short monologue, Mike Damone, played by Robert Romanus, gives his friend, Rat, some pointers on dating. Mike tells Rat how important it is to never tell a girl you like her, and make any location where they are at seem as though it is the place to be. But his most important piece of advice is, when making out with a girl "put on side one of Led Zepplin IV."
- "The Devil Wears Prada": Cerulean Sweater. Miranda Priestly, played by Meryl Streep, is choosing between two belts for an outfit when Andy Sachs snickers. Miranda questions Andy's humor, which produces a response in which Andy refers to fashion as "stuff." Miranda quickly corrects Andy and educates her on the fashion of her cerulean colored sweater that once topped a designer's list and produced jobs.
- "Ferris Bueller's Day Off": Faking Out the Parents. Ferris Bueller is a sly teenager who can pull of any stunt with ease. This short monologue, in true teen style, tells the audience how easy it is to make parents believe you're sick, and a "phony fever" isn't part of the equation.
- "Million Dollar Baby": Fight My Way Out. This short monologue highlights the strength that Hilary Swank's character, Maggie Fitzgerald, has within her. Maggie begs her mentor to help her continue the fight and not "let me lie here 'till I can't hear those people chanting anymore." Her plead makes for a great dramatic monologue.
- "Julius Caesar": Brutus Rose Against Caesar. This powerful Shakespearean monologue is spoken after Brutus slays Julius Caesar. Brutus explains to a crowd of Romans why he took Caesar's life, despite his love and honor for him. Brutus expresses in the monologue that "there is tears for his love; joy for his fortune; honor for his valor; and death for his ambition."
- "Gangs of New York": In the End. Amsterdam Vallon, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, is reflecting on what was left after the fight against the natives and his mentor turned enemy, Bill the Butcher. After losing so many lives between both gangs and giving the city back to the people, Amsterdam notes that "it would be like nobody even knew we was ever here."
- "Revolutionary Road": I Don't Need Everything. April Wheeler, played by Kate Winslet, is adamant about getting the truth from her husband in regards to the false lives they live. April expresses to Frank that "no one forgets the truth, Frank, they just get better at lying."
- "Goodfellas": Tommy Being Made. A very laid back Henry Hill, played by Ray Liotta, narrates over his friend Tommy's special moment of "being made." Henry explains to the audience why it was such an honor to have Tommy made, and how "now we would have one of our own as member" of the special gang of good fellas.
- "Schindler's List": I Am A Criminal. Oscar Schindler, played by Liam Neeson, gives a heartfelt goodbye to all of the Jewish holocaust survivors, whom he helped. He tells those that have made it through the tragedy that they have themselves to thank, and "I am a criminal. At midnight you'll be free and I'll be hunted" for his crimes.
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