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The Best Short Movie Monologues

Updated May 8, 2019 97 votes 32 voters 4.5k views15 items

List RulesVote 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.

  • 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, Joe Pesci, Chazz Palminteri, Domenick Lombardozzi, Lillo Brancato
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Robert De Niro
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  • Wall Street - Gordon Gekko
    Video: YouTube

    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
    • Released: 1987
    • Directed by: Oliver Stone
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  • When Harry Met Sally... - Harry Burns
    Video: YouTube

    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
    • Released: 1989
    • Directed by: Rob Reiner
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  • Adaptation - Robert McKee
    Video: YouTube

    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
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Spike Jonze
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