The Best Short Movie Monologues  

William Neckard
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List Rules Vote up the short monologues from movies that are the best to memorize for auditions and classes.

You’ve got less than a minute to impress a casting director or your acting coach. These short movie monologues may just do the trick. The best short monologues need to get right to the point and make an immediate but lasting impression.

There are certainly several dramatic monologues from movies on this roundup. Alabama’s “You’re so cool” monologue at the end of True Romance may actually be the coolest soliloquy in the history of cinema. However, there are also a few famous comedic short monologues listed if you’re looking to make them laugh. Perhaps no hilarious short speech gets more chuckles than Carl’s (Billy Murray) “Cinderella story” sports play by play from Caddyshack.

Which do you think are the best short monologues from films? Let us know by voting thumbs up on your favorite short movie speeches on the list below.

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Amid the chaos of that day, when all I could hear was the thunder of gunshots, and all I could smell was the violence in the air, I look back and am amazed that my thoughts were so clear and true, that three words went through my mind endlessly, repeating themselves like a broken record: you're so cool, you're so cool, you're so cool.

And sometimes Clarence asks me what I would have done if he had died, if that bullet had been two inches more to the left. To this, I always smile, as if I'm not going to satisfy him with a response. But I always do. I tell him of how I would want to die, but that the anguish and the want of death would fade like the stars at dawn, and that things would be much as they are now. Perhaps.

Except maybe I wouldn't have named our son Elvis.

Actors: Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, + more

Released: 1993

Directed by: Tony Scott

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Watching John with the machine, it was suddenly so clear. The Terminator would never stop, it would never leave him. And it would never hurt him, never shout at him or get drunk and hit him or say it was too busy to spend time with him. It would always be there and it would die to protect him. Of all the would-be fathers who came and went over the years, this thing, this machine was the only one who measured up. In an insane world, it was the sanest choice.

Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton, Nikki Cox, Danny Cooksey, + more

Released: 1991

Directed by: James Cameron

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The real world?…The real f*cking world. First of all, you write a screenplay without conflict or crisis, you’ll bore your audience to tears. Secondly, nothing happens in the world? Are you out of your f*cking mind? People are murdered every day. There’s genocide, war, corruption.

Every f*cking day, somewhere in the world, somebody sacrifices his life to save somebody else. Every f*cking day, someone, somewhere takes a conscious decision to destroy someone else. People find love, people lose it. For Christ’s sake, a child watches a mother beaten to death on the steps of a church.

Someone goes hungry. Somebody else betrays his best friend for a woman. If you can’t find that stuff in life, then you, my friend, don’t know crap about life. And why the f*ck are you wasting my two precious hours with your movie? I don’t have any use for it! I don’t have any bloody use for it.

Actors: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Maggie Gyllenhaal, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, + more

Released: 2002

Directed by: Spike Jonze

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I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are.

It’s like in the great stories Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened?

But in the end it’s only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it’ll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something even if you were too small to understand why.But I think Mr. Frodo, I do understand, I know now folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t.

They kept going because they were holding on to something.

Actors: Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, + more

Released: 2002

Directed by: Peter Jackson

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