10 Most Famous Movie Monologues

Monday, January 24 by Tom Gordon

The 10 most famous movie monologues come from war films, comedies and dramas, and some of them wound up helping actors and screenwriters win Oscars. This list of the ten most famous movie monologues also includes three baseball movies with three very different types of speeches. See how many of these film monologues you remember.

  1. "Patton." George C. Scott stands in front of a giant American flag at the opening of the film and delivers one of the great opening monologues in movie history. Sample: "I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country…"
  2. "Bull Durham." Kevin Costner shares what he believes in with Susan Sarandon in this monologue. Sample: "I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, the small of a woman's back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone…"
  3.  "Glengary Glen Ross." Alec Baldwin lays it all out for his fellow salesmen and takes no prisoners with a monologue written by David Mamet. Sample: "Put that coffee down!! Coffee's for closers only. Do you think I'm fucking with you I am not fucking with you. I'm here from downtown. I'm here from Mitch and Murray. And I'm here on a mission of mercy…"
  4.  "Pulp Fiction." Samuel L. Jackson, who had some of the best lines of Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning script, puts the fear of God into some punks halfway through the movie. Sample: "And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy M brothers. And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee…"
  5. "A League of Their Own." Tom Hanks delivers his less-than-sensitive admonishment of a female player on his team who breaks down in tears after being scolded for making a bad play. Sample: "Are you crying? There's no crying. There's no crying in baseball!"
  6. "One the Waterfront." Marlon Brando nailed the Oscar by letting his brother know that it was his fault Brando never became a boxing champ. Sample: "You was my brother, Charlie. You shoulda looked out for me a little bit so I wouldn't have to take them dives for the short-end money. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender…"
  7. "Field of Dreams." James Earl Jones reminds Kevin Costner what is so special about baseball. Sample: "America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. Its been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But, baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and could be again…"
  8. "Taxi Driver." Robert DeNiro practices his tough guy routine to his own reflection, a sign of his rapidly growing paranoia and mental illness. Sample: "You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Then who the hell else are you talking… you talking to me?"
  9. "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." Jimmy Stewart vows to continue his filibuster on the floor of the Senate. Sample: "There's no place out there for graft, or greed, or lies, or compromise with human liberties. And, uh, if that's what the grownups have done with this world that was given to them, then we'd better get those boys' camps started fast and see what the kids can do…"
  10. "Jaws." Robert Shaw describes a merciless shark attack in one of many great scenes in the film. Sample: "Sometimes that shark looks right at ya. Right into your eyes. And the thing about a shark is he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes…"