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The Best Dramatic Movie Monologues

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Vote up the most moving and dramatic speeches that affect you. Don't vote down a speech just because you didn't like the overall film.

The best dramatic monologues in cinema can be found within every genre. However, all of these monologues from movies share several of the same characteristics: they are all well-acted, extremely moving, and totally make the movie. Imagine Glengarry Glen Ross without Alec Baldwin’s sales incentive monologue, “coffee’s for closers,” or Jack Nicholson’s stern warning monologue, “you can’t handle the truth” in A Few Good Men. Here are 22 of the best dramatic movie monologues ever.

Many of these speeches are great for acting auditions. Since you only get one shot to make a good impression, don’t waste your chance on a movie monologue that leaves your audience bored and unimpressed. If well-executed, any of these famous dramatic monologues are certain to grab a casting agent’s attention.

Be an inspiration like Fortune from Rudy, a greedy business mogul like Gordon Gekko from Wall Street, or a believer that people will come to a cornfield in the middle of Iowa in Field of Dreams. Which moving speeches do you love the most? Let us know by voting thumbs up or thumbs down in the list below.

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  • Taken - Bryan Mills
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    I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.

    If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.

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  • The Shawshank Redemption - Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding
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    Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’. That’s goddamn right. For the second time in my life, I’m guilty of committing a crime. Parole violation. Course, I doubt they’re going to throw up any road blocks for that. Not for an old crook like me.

    I find I’m so excited I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel. A free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.

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  • The Silence of the Lambs - Hannibal Lecter
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    You know what you look like to me, with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube. A well-scrubbed, hustling rube with a little taste. Good nutrition has given you some length of bone, but you’re not more than one generation from poor white trash, are you, Officer Starling…? That accent you’re trying so desperately to shed – pure West Virginia.

    What was your father, dear? Was he a coal miner? Did he stink of the lamp…? And oh, how quickly the boys found you! All those tedious, sticky fumblings, in the back seats of cars, while you could only dream of getting out. Getting anywhere. Getting all the way…to the F…B…I.

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  • Saving Private Ryan - Captain Miller
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    Mike? What’s the pool on me up to right now? What’s it up to? What is it, three hundred dollars — is that it? Three hundred? I’m a school teacher. I teach English Composition in this little town called Adley, Pennsylvania. The last eleven years, I’ve been at Thomas Alva Edison High School.

    I was coach of the baseball team in the spring time. Back home when I tell people what I do for a living, they think, well, that, that figures. But over here it’s a big, a big mystery. So I guess I’ve changed some. Sometimes I wonder if I’ve changed so much my wife is even gonna recognize me whenever it is I get back to her — and how I’ll ever be able to tell her about days like today.

    Ryan — I don’t know anything about Ryan. I don’t care. Man means nothin’ to me. It’s just a name. But if — you know — if going to Remeal and finding him so he can go home, if that earns me the right to get back to my wife — well, then, then that’s my mission.

    You wanna leave? You wanna go off and fight the war? Alright. Alright, I won’t stop you. I’ll even put in the paperwork. I just know that every man I kill, the farther away from home I feel.

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