10 Most Famous Speeches From Movies

Friday, January 28 by Tony Dayton

Cinema junkies love movie speeches and they will likely enjoy these 10 most famous speeches from movies that include about every genre. From John Belushi to Jack Nicholson, the below movies have orations even the casual moviegoer should recognize.

  1. Animal House Who could forget Bluto’s speech that fired up the Delta house after Dean Wormer expelled the whole fraternity? And who knew it was actually the Germans who bombed Pearl Harbor?
  2. Dumb and Dumber America’s two favorite morons, Lloyd and Harry, bumble their way from Rhode Island to Colorado in search of the love of Lloyd’s life. After trading in Harry’s dog van for a moped, Lloyd was s taken that he exclaimed: “Just when I think you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you do something like this and totally redeem yourself!” Epic.
  3. Lord of the Rings While at the Black Gate awaiting Sauron’s arrival, Arogorn gave the memorial speech: “There will be a day when the courage of men fails, when w break our bonds of all fellowship. But it will not be on this day!” And it didn’t happen on that day. In the end Frodo tossed the ring into the lava, Aragon went on to become king, good ol’ Sam got the girl, and this speech made the movie list.
  4. Christmas Vacation What would a top ten movie speech be without Clark Griswald’s famous “lose it” speech in “Christmas Vacation?” It was the speech where they had the hap hap happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap danced with Danny f**king Kay.
  5. Gone with the wind Remember when Scarlett O’Hara exclaimed, “As God is my witness, they’re not going to lick me I am going to live through this and when it’s over, I’ll never be hungry again?” It is one of the most famous speeches on this movie list. While she may not have went hungry again, the poor lady who played Scarlett ended up crazier than a bed bug.
  6. Braveheart Mel Gibson starred in this 1990′s classic which offered up one of the most memorable movie speeches. While rallying his men, William Wallace tells them that if they fight they may die, and run they will live, at least for a while. “And dying in their beds many years from now, would they be willing to trade all the days, from this day to that, for one chance, to tell their enemies that they may take their lives but they’ll never take their freedom!” Years later, Gibson would got on to exercise his “freedom of speech” by insulted gays, lesbians, blacks, Latinos, and Jews.
  7. “Miracle” This 2004 movie about the American hockey team that defeated the Russians during the 1980 Olympics had one of the most memorable movie quotes of all-time. Coach Herb Brooks told his team that he was sick of hearing how good the Russians were and to screw them, it was the United States’ time. The speech would have had even more effect if they had have thrown back some vodka shots afterward.
  8. “Remember the Titans” After running through the woods, Coach Boone had his football team come to a rest while he gave a very moving speech about how the Battle of Gettysburg was fought on that spot, and that fifty thousand men die fighting the same battle that they were still fighting that day. Great movie. Great quote and a great addition to the famous speeches from movies list.
  9. “We Were Soldiers” Mel Gibson again makes the famous movie quote list, this time playing Army Colonel, Hal Moore. Right before he and his men ship off to Vietnam, Moore gave a speech where he promised his men that he would be the first person to step onto the battlefield and the last to leave—even more powerful since it’s a true story.
  10. “A Few Good Men” Jack Nicholson starred as Colonel Jessep in the 1992 blockbuster, “A Few Good Men.” Colonel Jessep had a very memorable speech that proved to be his undoing when he admitted to ordering the code red. He started the speech off by saying “You can’t handle the truth.” In the end, the truth got the colonel thrown in the brig.