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Poll: My Favorite Monologue is ...

Inspired by Sharan Shetty's Video of Best Movie Monologues

When you think of your favorite monologue in a movie, in which of these 12 categories, does it fit?

Discuss here

Since these categories might overlap, please take the order into consideration, and pick the highest one.

For instance, "you can't handle the truth" is an angry tirade, a villainous monologue, a military AND a courtroom speech, yet it falls under the coutroom category because :

  • antagonists or villains are more likely to deliver angry tirades;
  • the villain is more of an obligatory antagonist in the trial
  • the speech plays a pivotal role for the outcome of the case
The context of the trial is the most significant parameter.

Make Your Choice

  1. Vote!

    Robert De Niro, Paul Sorvino, Joseph D'Onofrio, Frank DiLeo, Ronald Maccone, Christopher Serrone, Tony Sirico, and Philip Suriano in Goodfellas (1990)

    "As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster..."

    A Voice-Over Narration : Henry Hill's early interest in gangster's life in Goodfellas (1990), Red's optimistic conclusion in The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Lester Burnham's farewell in American Beauty (1999), the Narrator's meaninglessness of life in Fight Club (1999) or "what to choose" to give it a meaning in Trainspotting (1996)...

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    Renée Zellweger in Jerry Maguire (1996)

    "Hello. I'm looking for my wife ..."

    In the Name of Love : The confession of love of Jerry Maguire (1996), when Harry declares to Sally in When Harry Met Sally... (1989), Matt Drayton's blessing of interracial marriage in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), Ethel Thayer and her 'knight in shining armor' in On Golden Pond (1981) or Felicity Jones' poem in Like Crazy (2011)...

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    Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie (1982)

    "It makes it all the more difficult for me to say what I'm now going to say..."

    A Funny Monologue : The chaotic and barely comprehensible unmasking set-up in Tootsie (1982), Alvy Singer's opening joke in Annie Hall (1977), Dr. Strangelove predicting an apocalyptic future in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), Del Preston's 'Ozzy' story in Wayne's World 2 (1993) or Bill Murray's hilarious 'Dalai Lama' monologue in Caddyshack (1980)...

  4. Vote!

    Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream (2000)

    "What have I got, Harry? I'm lonely. I'm old!"

    A Sad Monologue : Sara Goldfarb sharing her fears and hopes with her son Harry in Requiem for a Dream (2000), Forrest at Jenny's grave in Forrest Gump (1994), Oskar Schindler's 'what if?' breakdown in Schindler's List (1993), Gary Cooper's farewell speech in The Pride of the Yankees (1942) or Marlon Brando confronting his brother in On the Waterfront (1954)...

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    "To Kill A Mockingbird" Gregory Peck, Brock Peters 1962 Universal

    "To begin with, this case should never have come to trial..."

    A Courtroom Speech : Atticus Finch' closing statement in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Frank Galvin's definition of 'Justice' in The Verdict (1982), Arthur Kirkland's opening statement in And Justice for All (1979), Juror #3 resisting the pressure in 12 Angry Men (1957) or "you can't handle the truth!" in A Few Good Men (1992)...

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    Michael Douglas in Wall Street (1987)

    "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good."

    A Villainous Monologue : Gordon Gekko's ode to greed in Wall Street (1987), The Joker explaining his scars in The Dark Knight (2008), Roy Batty's epitaph in Blade Runner (1982), Calvin Candie's skull story in Django Unchained (2012) or Al Pacino's blasphemous rant in The Devil's Advocate (1997)...

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    "Patton" Goerge C. Scott 1970 / 20th

    "When you put your hand into a bunch of goo that a moment before was your best friend’s face, you’ll know what to do."

    A Military Speech : The opening monologue of Patton (1970), the 'napalm' speech in Apocalypse Now (1979), Hartman's introduction in Full Metal Jacket (1987), William Wallace haranguing his men in Braveheart (1995) or "today, we celebrate our Independence Day (1996)"...

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    Peter Finch in Network (1976)

    "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!"

    An Angry Tirade : Howard Beale's volcanic rebellious speech in Network (1976), Travis Bickle's rant against social mediocrity in Taxi Driver (1976), Monty Brogan's F-word monologue in 25th Hour (2002), Mr. Smith's lesson of decency in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) or Bruno Ganz in almost every scene of Downfall (2004)...

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    Robin Williams and Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting (1997)

    "Something occurred to me... fell into a deep peaceful sleep, and haven't thought about you since. Do you know what occurred to me? "

    An Analytical Monologue : Dr. Sean Maguire's first immersion into Will's personality in Good Will Hunting (1997), Hercule Poirot summarizing the solution of the Murder on the Orient Express (1974), the psychiatrist's analysis of Norman Bates in Psycho (1960), Wadsworth's solution in Clue (1985) or the meeting with Mr. X in JFK (1991)...

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    Sylvester Stallone and Milo Ventimiglia in Rocky Balboa (2006)

    "It ain't about how hard you hit, it's about how har you can GET hit and keep moving forward"

    An Inspirational Monologue : Sylvester Stallone's father talk in Rocky Balboa (2006), Robin Williams encouraging his students to seize the day in Dead Poets Society (1989), "win one for the Gipper" in Knute Rockne All American (1940), Al Pacino's "inch by inch" speech Any Given Sunday (1999) or Charlie Chaplin's out of character speech and message to the world in The Great Dictator (1940)...

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    Robert Shaw in Jaws (1975)

    "You know the thing about a shark, he's got ... lifeless eyes..."

    A Story within the Story : Quint's USS Indianapolis story in Jaws (1975), the 'gold watch' story in Pulp Fiction (1994), Luca Brasi's story in The Godfather (1972), the 'dog' story in The Green Mile (1999) or Alma's erotic confession in Persona (1966)...

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    Morgan Freeman in Deep Impact (1998)

    "... So now, let us begin."

    A Political Speech : President Beck's concluding speech in Deep Impact (1998), Michael Douglas strikes back as The American President (1995), Willie Stark's populist tirade in All the King's Men (1949), Charles Foster Kane campaigning for governor in Citizen Kane (1941) or simply, The King's Speech (2010)...

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