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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.

Which female monologue do you think packs the biggest punch? Let us know by voting thumbs up or thumbs down.  

  • 'Hidden Figures' - Katherine G is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movie Speeches For Women
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    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' - Mira is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Speeches For Women
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    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' - is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Speeches For Women
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    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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  • 'The Accused' - Kathryn Murphy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Speeches For Women
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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?

    • Released: 1988
    • Screenplay by: Tom Topor
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