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The Best Short Movie Monologues

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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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  • A Bronx Tale - Lillo Brancato
    Video: YouTube

    Sonny and my father always said that when I get older I would understand. Well, I finally did. I learned something from these two men. I learned to give love and get love unconditionally. You just have to accept people for what they are, and I learned the greatest gift of all. The saddest thing in life is wasted talent, and the choices that you make will shape your life forever. But you can ask anybody from my neighborhood, and they’ll just tell you this is just another Bronx tale.

    • Actors: Robert De Niro, Chazz Palminteri, Lillo Brancato, Francis Capra, Taral Hicks
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Robert De Niro
    22 votes

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  • American History X - Danny Vinyard
    Video: YouTube

    So I guess this is where I tell you what I learned – my conclusion, right? Well, my conclusion is: Hate is baggage. Life’s too short to be pissed off all the time. It’s just not worth it. Derek says it’s always good to end a paper with a quote. He says someone else has already said it best. So if you can’t top it, steal from them and go out strong. So I picked a guy I thought you’d like.

    'We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.'

    • Actors: Ed Norton, Edward Furlong, Fairuza Balk, Beverly D'Angelo, Avery Brooks
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Tony Kaye
    10 votes

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  • Boyz n the Hood - Reva Styles
    Video: YouTube

    Now, It’s my turn to talk. Sure – you took your son - my son - our son - and you taught him how to be a man. I’ll give you that. Most men ain’t man enough to do what you did. But that gives you no right - do you hear me? - no right to tell me that I can’t be a mother to my son.

    What you did was no different than what mothers have been doing since the pasts of time. It’s just a shame too many brothers can’t do the same. So don’t think you’re special. You may be cute, but not special.

    • Actors: Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: John Singleton
    8 votes

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  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Sarah Connor
    Video: YouTube

    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, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Earl Boen
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: James Cameron
    19 votes

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Sam
    Video: YouTube

    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: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Peter Jackson
    23 votes

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  • Steel Magnolias - M'Lynn Eatenton
    Video: YouTube

    I'm fine, I'm fine, I'm fine, I'm FINE! I can jog all the way to Texas and back, but my daughter can't!! She never could!! Oh, God. I'm so mad, I don't know what to do!! I wanna know why! I wanna know WHY Shelby's life is over!! I wanna know HOW that baby will EVER know how wonderful his mother was. Will he EVER know what she went THROUGH for him?

    Oh, God, I wanna know whyyyy! Whhhyyyyy?! Lord, I wish I could understand. No! No! No! It's not supposed to happen this way. I'm supposed to go first. I've always been ready to go first. I-I don't think I can take this. I-I don't think I can take this. I just wanna hit somebody til they feel as bad as I do! I JUST WANNA HIT SOMETHING! I WANNA HIT IT HARD!

    • Actors: Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis
    • Released: 1989
    • Directed by: Herbert Ross
    13 votes

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