5 Memorable Monologues From Movies

Thursday, November 3 by Bobby Ivie

Truly great movie monologues are hard to come by, but you can count on the best actors to pull them off. You probably remember all five of these fascinating movie scenes, so take a moment to see if you agree with us.

Robert Di Niro in "Taxi Driver"

One of the most repeated and memorable movie monologues is the "Are you talking about me?" scene in "Taxi Driver." You can only imagine it didn't take Di Niro long to memorize the script because that's pretty much all he says The thing that makes this quote so effective is the different ways he says it and his actions: The way he talks to the mirror, looks around him and looks behind him.

George C. Scott in "Patton"

"Patton" starts with a monologue from the general, a motivational speech to the troops who are preparing to go to battle. Certainly, everyone who has seen the movie remembers the patriotic backdrop—a huge American flag. The speech has its moments of humor, but it drives home the point that they should be prepared to die and that going to war is better than shoveling manure back in the states.

Alec Baldwin in "Glengarry Glen Ross"

Baldwin is only present seven minutes in this movie, but his monologue steals the whole show. He is, on one hand, trying to motivate an office full of pathetic salesmen and, on the other, telling them how replaceable they are. His motivation is hardly a "rah-rah-rhee" exercise, but one that assures these "losers" that they will sell and do it tonight or be fired.

Gary Cooper in "Pride of the Yankees"

This is a sad but inspirational movie monologue that will bring tears to your eyes and make you thankful for your life. Cooper portrays Lou Gehrig who is giving a speech to a sold-out crowd at Yankee Stadium shortly before his death from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Movie lovers are sure to remember his famous words, "Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth."

Al Pacino in "Scent of a Woman"

There is no way we could do a great movie monologues list without including Al Pacino. In "Scent of a Woman," Pacino plays a blind, arrogant and cantankerous retired officer. He has a young assistant who has to go before a preparatory school board for a formal inquiry. Pacino's character doesn't like the way things are going, so he goes all, well, Pacino on the board and tells them how the cow eats the cabbage.