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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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!
Screenplay by: Robert Harling
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.
Screenplay by: Nancy Meyers
This stuff’? Oh, ok. I see, you think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don’t know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back.
But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean. You’re also blindly unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St Laurent, wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets?
And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic “casual corner” where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of “stuff.”
Screenplay by: Aline Brosh McKenna
I had a man and I have a child. And I had to take care of both of them. Okay? Did I want Carl to touch my baby? … Because I would lay my baby, I would lay her on the side of me on this pillow. And it was pink and it had this little white writing on it and it had her name, ‘cause she was Precious. And I would lay my baby on that pillow. And Carl would be laying on the other side and then we would, we would, uh start doing it and he reached over and he touched my baby and I asked him, I said, Carl what are you doing? And he told me to shut, to shut my fat *ss up and it was good for her. … I shut my fat *ss up.
And I don’t want you to sit there and judge me Ms. Weiss … I did not want him to abuse my daughter. I did not want him to hurt her. I did not want him to do nothing to her. I wanted him to make love to me. That was my man. That was my f*ckin’ man. That was my man and he wanted my daughter.
And that’s why I hated her because it was my man who was supposed to be loving me, who was supposed to be making love to me, he was f*cking my baby and she made him leave, she made him go away. … It was Precious’ fault because she let my man have her and she didn’t say nothin’ , she didn’t scream, she didn’t do nothin’, she told you what I did to her, who else was going to love me? Hm?
Since you got your degree and you know every f*ckin’ thing, who was gonna love me? Who was gonna make me feel good? Who was gonna touch me and make me feel good? And she made him go away. So, when you sit there and you write them f*ckin’ notes on your pad about who you think I am and why I did it and all of that … Because I’m in hell.