10 Most Famous Male Monologues
The 10 most famous male monologues helped make the movies they were in classics. Some of these speeches were funny, and others were deadly serious. But whatever their intent, we will never forget the most famous male monologues of all time.
- "Patton" (1970). There were so many famous lines from George C. Scott's opening monologue to "Patton" (1970) that we sometimes forget where those sayings came from. Scott's perfect execution of the opening of the movie made it even more effective.
- "Animal House" (1978). When John Blutarski (John Belushi) stood up at the moment when his fraternity was at its lowest and announced that it wasn't over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor, we knew we had one of the most famous male monologues going on. This stands as one of the funniest speeches ever filmed.
- "Independence Day" (1996). Bill Pullman's inspirational speech as the President of the United States just before his troops went into battle makes the list of the most famous monologues of all time. It was a little cliche, but it was still effective.
- "Jaws" (1975). The moment that Quint the fisherman (Robert Shaw) scratched his fingernails down that chalkboard, it was obvious he was about to deliver one of the most famous male monologues of all time. Quint also delivers a monologue aboard the Orca where he explains his part in the mission to deliver the atomic bomb. It is said that Shaw improvised the Orca monologue.
- "Bruce Almighty" (2003). After Bruce (Jim Carrey) leaves his meeting with God in a warehouse, he has a long and rather interesting monologue on the drive home that includes his rear windshield getting shot out by an imaginary gun.
- "Network" (1976). Howard Beale (Peter Finch) was mad as hell when he gave his famous monologue in "Network" (1976). The scene of Beale rising from his chair and shouting his famous line has become part of American pop culture.
- "300" (2006). The scene where King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) addresses his Spartan troops before they go into battle was a testosterone fueled monologue that will never be forgotten. The movie introduced Gerard Butler to the movie-going public and made "300" (2006) one of the most popular movies of all time.
- "Airplane!" (1980). When the passengers ask Dr. Rumack (Leslie Neilsen) what is going on with the pilots of the plane, he delivers one of the most famous male monologues of all time. The speech wanders a bit at the end, but the visual of his nose growing because he is lying makes up for it.
- "Gladiator" (2000). As Maximus (Russell Crowe) walks to the center of the stadium and asks if the audience is entertained, he delivers one of the most famous male monologues ever. It is not the longest speech given, but it is definitely one of the most powerful.
- "Braveheart" (1995). Mel Gibson's rallying speech in "Braveheart" (1995) is often considered the very best of the most famous male monologues of all time. It is a rallying cry that is as relevant now as it was in the era where the movie takes place.
Posted on: Jan. 11, 2011