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The Best Tough Guy Speeches in Movies

Updated June 23, 2019 576 votes 115 voters 6.2k views17 items

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

    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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    William Wallace - Braveheart

    William Wallace - Braveheart
    Video: YouTube
    The whole movie lead to this. Sadly people only remember the last word (which, to be fair, is uttered a few dozen times throughout the film). This speech - and it's delivery - is one of the best battle-rousing ones in cinema history.
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    Col. Nathan R. Jessup - A Few Good Men

    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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    President Whitmore - Independence Day

    President Whitmore - Independence Day
    Video: YouTube
    No list of speeches is complete without this impossibly awesome one. Even a list about kittens, because THIS IS OUR INDEPENDENCE DAY! Seriously though, has their ever been such an eloquent and rousing speech that began with a transistor radio and "good morning?"
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