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The Best Movie Speeches For Women

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List RulesVote up the speeches from movies that are the best monologues spoken by women to memorize for auditions and classes.

It’s not easy to craft a successful cinematic monologue. These famous female monologues are memorable because they not only hold the audience’s attention, but they also make the movie. If you’re an actress looking to impress a casting agent or director, memorizing any of these 20 female monologues for an audition is the perfect place to start.

Steel Magnolias is a weepie, designed to make its audience cry. But there is no scene, perhaps in the history of cinema, that is more tear-inducing than one that takes place in the cemetery after M’Lynn (Sally Field) buries her daughter Shelby (Julia Roberts). With compact in hand, her best friends around her, M’Lynn finally gives up trying to remain strong. She breaks down, wanting to know, “whyyyyyy,” God took her young daughter away from her.

If weepie drama isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other emotional monologues from movies, and even a few comical ones on this list as well. Speak as a prosecuting lawyer prosecuting, a fed up middle-aged woman, or even a serial killer who wants to be beautiful and famous. There are lots of great female characters out there to choose from.

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    Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Paulson has told you that the testimony of Sarah Tobias is nothing. Sarah Tobias was raped, but that is nothing. She was cut and bruised and terrorized but that is nothing.

    All of it happened in front of a howling crowd and that is nothing. Well, it may be nothing to Mr. Paulson but it is not nothing to Sarah Tobias and I don't believe it is nothing to you. Next Mr.Paulson tried to convince you that Kenneth Joyce was the only person in that room who knew that Sarah Tobias was being raped. The only one...

    Now you watched Kenneth Joyce. How did he strike you? Did he seem especially sensitive, especially observant? Did he seem so remarkable that you immediately said to yourselves, 'Of Course! This man would notice things other people wouldn't!' Do you believe that Kenneth Joyce saw something those three men didn't see?

    In all the time that Sarah Tobias was being held down on that pinball machine the others didn't know? Kenneth Joyce confessed to you that he watched a rape and did nothing! He told you that everyone in that bar behaved badly...he was right.

    But no matter how immoral it may be it is not the crime of criminal solicitation to walk away from a rape, it is not the crime of criminal solicitation to silently watch a rape ...but it is the crime of criminal solicitation to induce or entreat or encourage or persuade another person to commit a rape - 'Hold her down! Stick it to her! Make her moan...'  These three men did worse than nothing. They cheered and they clapped and they rooted the others on, made sure that Sarah Tobias was raped and raped and raped... Now tell me... Is that nothing?

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      This is really fascinating, what's going on at this table. Let's take you and Erica. You've been around the block a few times. What are you, around 60? 63. Fantastic! Never married, which as we know, if you were a woman, would be a curse. You'd be an old maid, a spinster. Blah, blah, blah. So instead of pitying you, they write an article about you. Celebrate your never marrying. You’re elusive and ungetable, a real catch.

      Then, there’s my gorgeous sister here. Look at her. She is so accomplished. Most successful female playwright since who? Lillian Hellmann? She’s over 50, divorced, and she sits in night after night after night because available guys her age want something—forgive me, they want somebody that looks like Marin. The over-50 dating scene is geared towards men leaving older women out. And as a result, the women become more and more productive and therefore, more and more interesting. Which, in turn, makes them even less desirable because as we all know, men— especially older men— are threatened and afraid of productive, interesting women.

      It is just so clear! Single older women as a demographic are about as f*cked a group as can ever exist.

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        So, OK, like right now, for example, the Haitians need to come to America. But some people are all 'What about the strain on our resources?' But it's like when I had this garden party for my father's birthday, right? I said R.S.V.P. because it was a sit-down dinner.

        But people came that, like, did not R.S.V.P. So I was, like, totally buggin'. I had to haul *ss to the kitchen, redistribute the food, squish in extra place settings. But by the end of the day it was, like, the more the merrier!

        And so if the government could just get to the kitchen, rearrange some things, we could certainly party with the Haitians. And in conclusion may I please remind you it does not say R.S.V.P. on the Statue of Liberty.

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          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!

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