10 Most Famous Monologues From Movies

Monday, March 14 by Shawn Lealos

The ten most famous monologues from movies include lines that remain instantly quotable. These lines of dialogue are given by actors that chew them up and spit them out in ways that makes mere mortals sit in awe. These are the greatest written lines, spoken by the greatest of actors, helping these movies rise above the rest.

  1. Robert Shaw in “Jaws." In this Stephen Spielberg thriller, Quint sits down and tells the story of the USS Indianapolis in one of the most famous monologues from movies. The tale explains how he was most afraid when over 800 of his men were killed by sharks before only 300 were rescued.
  2. Alec Baldwin in “Glengarry Glen Ross." What makes Alec Baldwin’s scene in this movie so spectacular is the quality of actors in the room with him. One of the most famous monologues from movies has a young Baldwin give a harsh tongue lashing to veteran actors like Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon and Alan Arkin.
  3. Samuel L. Jackson in “Pulp Fiction." This is one of the most quoted lines of dialogue from any movie. Samuel L. Jackson delivers a fictionalized version of a Bible verse to anyone he is about to kill in one of the most famous monologues from movies.
  4. Peter Finch in “Network.” This is one of the smartest written movies of all time and it is Peter Finch’s dialogue as a newscaster who decides he is fed up that rings most true. In one of the most famous monologues from movies, Howard Beale cries out he isn’t going to take it anymore.
  5. Jack Nicholson in “A Few Good Men." This movie presents an attorney defending Marines accused of murder, claiming they were under orders. When their Colonel takes the stand, it is one of the most famous movie monologues ever, ending with the line “you can’t handle the truth.”
  6. Robert De Niro “Taxi Driver." Robert De Niro stars as an unbalanced Vietnam vet who suddenly loses control and sets out to right the wrongs in his city. The scene is simple as he simply stands in front of his mirror and practices what he is going to say. His line “are you talking to me?" is one of cinema’s most famous.
  7. Michael Douglas in “Wall Street." Michael Douglas won an Oscar for his performance in this Oliver Stone movie and a lot of it has to do with this, one of the most famous monologues from movies. He stands in front of the stockholders of a large corporation and lets loose with his “greed is good” monologue.
  8. Dennis Hopper in "True Romance." Dennis Hopper co-stars in this movie, written by Quentin Tarantino. Hopper plays the father of a guy on the run from a drug cartel. He is tied up and told to give the whereabouts of his son and instead cuts into a racial diatribe against the Italians who are threatening him.
  9. Marlon Brando in “On the Waterfront.” Marlon Brando turned in one of the finest roles of his career in this movie, and one of the most famous movie monologues came at the end of the movie. Brando sits in the car with his brother and starts the speech that concludes with his classic “I coulda’ been a contender.”
  10. Rutger Hauer in “Blade Runner." This Ridley Scott sci-fi movie questions what it really means to be human and this is no more evident than the final confrontation between Deckard and Roy Batty. As Batty lies dying, he tells Deckard everything he has seen, proving he has all the emotions of any real human being.