Best Film Speeches and Monologues
|Film Title/Year and Description of Film Speech/Monologue
Mean Girls (2004)
Screenwriter(s): Tina Fey
the High School Cafeteria, "Beware of the Plastics"
Home-schooled Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan), a new
girl at North Shore High School, was instructed by tough-girl
Janis Ian (Lizzy Caplan) about the various cliques in the school
cafeteria. She was given a map of the lunchroom showing where
each stereotyped group sat. She was specifically warned about
not sitting with the A-list clique of Plastics, composed of
gossipy brunette Gretchen (Lacey Chabert), innocent ditzy blonde
follower Karen (Amanda Seyfried), and bitchy blonde Regina
Here, this map is gonna to be your guide
to North Shore. Now, where you sit in the cafeteria is
crucial because you got everybody there. You got your freshmen,
ROT-C guys, preps, J.V. jocks, Asian nerds, Cool Asians,
Varsity jocks, Unfriendly black hotties, Girls who eat
their feelings, Girls who don't eat anything, Desperate
wannabes, Burnouts, Sexually-active band geeks, the Greatest
people you will ever meet, and the Worst. Beware of the
Million Dollar Baby
Screenwriter(s): Paul Haggis
Want to Box - "This is the Only Thing I Ever Felt Good
Even with a life of hardship, scrappy white-trash
waitress Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) insisted to her reluctant
trainer Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood), on her 32nd birthday,
that she had the fortitude to box. Finally, Frankie agreed
to take her on and train her, beginning on her birthday:
I'm 32, Mr. Dunn. And I'm here celebratin'
the fact that I spent another year scrapin' dishes and
waitressin' which is what I've been doin' since 13. And
according to you, I'll be 37 'fore I can even throw a
decent punch, which I have to admit, after workin' on this
speed bag for a month and getting nowhere, may be the God's
simple truth. Other truth is, my brother's in prison, my
sister cheats on welfare by pretendin' one of her babies
is still alive, my daddy's dead, and my momma weighs 312
pounds. If I was thinkin' straight, I'd go back home, find
a used trailer, buy a deep fryer and some Oreos.
Problem is, this is the only thing I ever felt
good doin'. If I'm too old for this, then I got nothin'.
That enough truth to suit you?
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Screenwriter(s): Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess
on Rex Kwon Do
Local martial arts instructor Rex (Diedrich Bader),
dressed in a red-white-blue flag outfit - matching American
flag pants and bandana, spoke to his students:
My name is Rex. If you study with my eight-week
program, you will learn the system of self-defense that
I developed over two seasons fighting in the Octagon. It's
called Rex Kwon Do. I need a volunteer...
Now, in addition to what you just saw, if you
study with my eight-week program, you're gonna learn these
things. First off, at Rex Kwon Do, we use the buddy system.
No more flyin' solo. You need somebody watchin' your back
at all times. Second off, you're gonna learn to discipline
your image. You think I got where I am today because I dressed
like Peter Pan here? Take a look at what I'm wearin', people.
You think anybody wants a roundhouse kick to the face while
I'm wearing these bad boys? Forget about it. Last off, my
students will learn about self respect. Do you think anybody
thinks I'm a failure because I go home to Starla at night?
[He pointed at a photo of his wife, a blonde, tan, muscular
body-builder.] Forget about it! Now, for only $300 dollars,
you can sign up right now for my eight-week program.
The Notebook (2004)
Screenwriter(s): Jeremy Leven
You Take The Easy Way Out!" - "What Do You Want?!"
Facing a big life decision about their future
together in the 1940s, Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) claimed
that his sweetheart Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams) was bored
with her life, and shouldn't marry her fiancee Lon Hammond
(James Marsden) only for his money and for security. He believed
that there was "something missing" in her life with
Lon. He also asserted that fighting between them was very real,
because having a long-term relationship was "gonna be
Well, that's what we do. We fight. You tell
me when I am being an arrogant son of a bitch and I tell
you when you are being a pain in the ass - which you are,
99% of the time. I'm not afraid to hurt your feelings.
You have like a two second rebound rate, and you're back
doing the next pain-in-the-ass thing...So it's not gonna
be easy. It's gonna be really hard. We're gonna have to
work at this every day, but I want to do that because I
want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me, every
day. Will you do something for me, please? Just picture
your life for me? 30 years from now, 40 years from now?
What's it look like? If it's with that guy, go. Go! I lost
you once, I think I could do it again, if I thought it's
what you really wanted. But don't you take the easy way
When she responded: "What easy way? There
is no easy way, no matter what I do, somebody gets hurt," he
yelled back at her:
Would you stop thinking about what everyone
wants? Stop thinking about what I want, what he wants,
what your parents want. What do you want? What do you want?...What
do you want? Whaddaya want?
The Notebook (2004)
Screenwriter(s): Jeremy Leven
Goodbye Letter, Describing "The Best Love"
A thoroughly distraught and conflicted Allie
Hamilton (Rachel McAdams) drove away from the house of sweetheart
Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) after an argument between them.
She read a goodbye letter he had written to her where he described
his idea of "the best love" - heard in voice-over:
My Dearest Allie.
I couldn't sleep last night because I know that it's over
I'm not bitter anymore, because I know that what we had was
real. And if in some distant place in the future we see each
other in our new lives, I'll smile at you with joy and remember
how we spent the summer beneath the trees, learning from
each other and growing in love. The best love is the kind
that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants
a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds, and that's
what you've given me. That's what I hope to give to you forever.
I love you. I'll be seeing you. Noah
As the camera panned up as she finished the letter,
it was revealed to be in the present day, where elderly Noah
(James Garner) was reading the notebook account of their own
love affair years earler, to his dementia-suffering life partner
Allie Calhoun (Gena Rowlands).
The Phantom of the Opera
Screenwriter(s): Andrew Lloyd Webber, Joel Schumacher
the Point of No Return"
The masked Phantom (Gerard Butler), a disfigured
musical genius, sang to his beautiful young soprano protege
Christine Daae (Emmy Rossum) on stage during a performance
of Don Juan Triumphant:
You have come here, in pursuit of your deepest
urge. In pursuit of that wish which 'til now has been silent.
Silent! I have brought you, that our passions may fuse
and merge. In your mind you've already succumbed to me.
Dropped all defenses, completely succumbed to me. Now you
are here with me. No second thoughts. You've decided. Decided!
Past the point of no return. No backward glances.
Our games of make-believe are at an end! Past all thought
of if or when. No use resisting. Abandon thought and let
the dream descend! What raging fire shall flood the soul?
What rich desire unlocks its door? What sweet seduction lies
before us? Past the point of no return. The final threshold.
What warm unspoken secrets will we learn? Beyond the point
of no return!
Screenwriter(s): Alvin Sargent
Loves a Hero"
After Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) had suffered
a series of personal setbacks, including the loss of his girlfriend
Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) to another man, estrangement
from best friend Harry Osborn (James Franco), and the sudden
loss of his own superhero powers, he decided to live his own
life and give up being crime-fighting Spider-Man.
His Aunt May (Rosemary Harris) encouraged him
to reconsider, reminding him about the importance of heroes
in life, especially since young neighbor boy Henry Jackson
(Jason Fiore-Ortiz) had become sad about Spider-Man's disappearance:
He knows a hero when he sees one. Too few
characters out there, flying around like that, saving old
girls like me. And Lord knows, kids like Henry need a hero.
Courageous, self-sacrificing people setting examples for
all of us. Everybody loves a hero. People line
up for 'em. Cheer them. Scream their names. And years later,
they'll tell how they stood in the rain for hours just
to get a glimpse of the one who taught them to hold on
a second longer.
I believe there's a hero in all of us that
keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble, and finally
allows us to die with pride. Even though sometimes we have
to be steady and give up the thing we want the most. Even
our dreams. Spider-Man did that for Henry and he wonders
where he's gone. He needs him.