Best Film Speeches
and Monologues

Introduction

Best Film Speeches and Monologues
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Greatest Film Quotes Index

Best Film Speeches and Monologues: Greatest Films has provided this extensive listing of almost 700 Best Film Speeches and Monologues, in multiple parts (organized chronologically), of deserving best film monologues and speeches. Film speeches are normally delivered orally and directed at an audience of three or more people, although there can be exceptions, such as voice-over narrations. They are usually persuasive-type speeches, either designed to promote or to dissuade. Each one is quoted as accurately as possible (and in its entirety), with accompanying screenshots from the scene.

Examples of types of speeches and monologues included here:

Types of Speeches and Monologues
  • voice-over narrated film introductions and closings
  • Presidential speeches
  • election-related political speeches
  • campaigns and debates
  • legends, fables, origin stories
  • life philosophies
  • vows of love
  • fantasies
  • confrontations
  • denunciations
  • inspirational thoughts
  • intimate confessions
  • outspoken diatribes
  • sad farewells
  • poignant eulogies
  • courtroom openings and summations
  • public addresses

Many of them are available for listening with .wav files - when you see this symbol:

Video store chain Blockbuster Video (in the UK) held a series of polls in late 2003 with its customers to determine the Top 20 Best Film Speeches and Monologues in cinematic history (their selections are all included here). Although there were some excellent choices in their poll, the results almost completely ignored early films, and entirely disregarded films with speeches made by female characters.

Note: The films that are marked with a yellow star are the films that "The Greatest Films" site has selected as the 100 Greatest Films.



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