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The Best Tough Guy Speeches in Movies

There's nothing quite like that awesome tough guy speech moment in a movie. The music swells, tension is pumped up to 11, and we usually learn something about the character, the plot, or both - all while cheering on this badass moment. Tough guy movie monologues are hard to do, though. You need the right actor, you need the right dialogue (that can walk that line between cheesy and awe-inspiring), and you need the right situation. 

Maybe it's a man leading his men to battle. Or a final farewell to life before he dives into battle with his arch-nemesis. Or a long diatribe rationalizing the heinous things he's done. Or an exposition-loaded macho monologue to bring the audience up to speed. Whatever the case, the tough guy speech is a thing of beauty.

We rounded up some of our favorite tough guy speeches and movie quotes, complete with video! Enjoy these moments of cinematic badassery and vote up your favorite movies!
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    Jules Winnfield - Pulp Fiction

    Video: YouTube
    What does Marcellus Wallace look like!?! Jules is a Royale with cheese-loving, Bible verse-spitting tough dude. He has an innate ability to be hilarious and terrifying at the same time, and his speeches are all the more memorable for it.
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    Quint - Jaws

    Video: YouTube
    This speech does a fantastic thing where it not only teaches us about Quint, but it makes both Quint and the shark (who we grow to fear more and more) even more intimidating.
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    General Maximus - Gladiator

    Video: YouTube
    The beauty of this speech is that it's effectively a reveal and a threat in one sweeping monologue. Maximus goes on a tear about who he is and what wrongs have been done to him, promising Commudus will pay "in this life or the next."
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    Col. Nathan R. Jessup - A Few Good Men

    Video: YouTube
    This speech. Oh man, this speech. There's so much more to love than just the "you can't handle the truth" portion. He delivers it violently and abrasively, all while sitting. He's a villain, doing awful things, but you almost, almost see where he's coming from.
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