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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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Well, ladies and gentlemen, we're not here to indulge in fantasy, but in political and economic reality. America, America has become a second-rate power. Its trade deficit and its fiscal deficit are at nightmare proportions. Now, in the days of the free market, when our country was a top industrial power, there was accountability to the stockholder. The Carnegies, the Mellons, the men that built this great industrial empire, made sure of it because it was their money at stake.

Today, management has no stake in the company! The point is, ladies and gentleman, is that greed - for lack of a better word - is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms - greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge - has marked the upward surge of mankind. And Greed - you mark my words - will not only save Teldar Paper but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA.

Actors: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Martin Sheen, Daryl Hannah, James Spader, + more

Released: 1987

Directed by: Oliver Stone

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How about this way? I love that you get cold when it's seventy-one degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're lookin' at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night.

And it's not because I'm lonely. And it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

Actors: Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher, Harley Jane Kozak, Bruno Kirby, + more

Released: 1989

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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