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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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  • 'Hidden Figures' - Katherine G. Johnson
    Video: YouTube

    There's no bathroom for me here. There is no bathroom. There are no colored bathrooms in this building. Or any building outside the West Campus, which is half a mile away. Did you know that? I have to walk to Timbuktu just to relieve myself. And I can't use one of the handy bikes. Picture that, Mr. Harrison. My uniform. Skirt below my knees, my heels, and a simple string of pearls. Well, I don't own pearls. Lord knows you don't pay coloreds enough to afford pearls! And I work like a dog, day and night, living off of coffee from a pot none of you wanna touch. So, excuse me if I have to go to the restroom a few times a day.

    • Released: 2016
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  • 'The Devil Wears Prada' - Miranda Priestly
    Video: YouTube

    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.”

    • Released: 2006
    • Screenplay by: Aline Brosh McKenna
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  • '10 Things I Hate About You' - Katarina Stratford
    Video: YouTube

    I hate the way you talk to me
    And the way you cut your hair
    I hate the way you drive my car
    I hate it when you stare


    I hate your big dumb combat boots
    And the way you read my mind
    I hate you so much that it makes me sick
    It even makes me ryhme

    I hate the way you're always right
    I hate it when you lie
    I hate it when you make me laugh
    Even worse when you make me cry

    I hate the way you're not around
    And the fact that you didn't call
    But mostly I hate the way I don't hate you
    Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.

    • Released: 1999
    • Screenplay by: Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith
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    'Monster' - Aileen Wuornos 

    'Monster' - Aileen Wuornos 
    Video: YouTube

    I always wanted to be in the movies. When I was little, I thought for sure, one day, I could be a big big star. Or maybe just beautiful. Beautiful and rich like the women on TV. Yeah, I had a lot of dreams. And I guess you could call me a real romantic because I truly believed that one day, they'd come true. So I dreamed about it for hours.

    As the years went by, I learned to stop sharin' this with people. They said I was dreaming, but back then, I believed it wholeheartedly. So whenever I was down, I would just escape into my mind, to my other life, where I was someone else. It made me happy to think that all these people just didn't know yet who I was gonna be. But one day, they'd all see.

    I heard that Marilyn Monroe was discovered in a soda shop and I thought for sure it could be like that. So I started goin' out real young and I was always secretly lookin' for who was gonna discover me. Was it this guy? Or maybe this one? I never knew.

    But even if they couldn't take me all the way, like Marilyn, they would somehow believe in me just enough. They would see me for what I could be and think I was beautiful. Like a diamond in the rough. They would take me away to my new life and my new world, where everything would be different. Yeah. I lived that way for a long, long time. In my head, dreaming like that. It was nice. And one day, it just stopped.

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