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Top 10 Great Movie Speeches

Filmmakers are often accused of writing movies that give quick snippets and no real substance, but from time to time a truly great scene comes out that includes brilliant speech writing. This is a list of the ten greatest movie speeches. Obviously many of you will disagree with my selection, so feel free to add your own to the comments. Include a youtube link if you can so we can all enjoy the goods!

10. Matt Damon’s Speech Good Will hunting

Pride comes before a fall and in this scene – we see a perfect example of it. This is a wonderful scene that anyone who has ever made mocked will appreciate. I especially like the way he wraps things up with the offer to “step outside” – he may be a walking library, but he is also a badass!

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9. Captain Koons Speech Pulp Fiction

This has to be on the list simply because Christopher Walken is so amazing. You can easily see Tarantino’s writing in this speech, but Walken manages to take it to another dimension.

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8. Monty Brogan’s Speech 25th Hour

A large number of items on this list have good messages in them – this one, unfortunately, is bound to offend virtually everyone. Nevertheless, the acting is good and Edward Norton is brilliant, so here it is.

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7. A Few Good Men A Few Good Men

My apologies for including a scene with Tom “Xenu’s Bitch” Cruise, but I had to include this scene because Jack Nicholson is so great.

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6. Courtroom Scene To Kill a Mockingbird

A brilliant story and an almost equally brilliant film. This is the famous court scene from the movie in which Gregory Peck defends black man Tom in a small town.

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5. Drill Instructor Speech Full Metal Jacket

I would say 99% of people reading this list expected to see this item on it. It definitely deserves a place in the top 5.

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4. Freedom Speech Braveheart

This is William Wallace’s speech to the army about patriotism and freedom.

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3. St Crispin’s Day Speech Henry V

“We band of brothers” – this speech never fails to send chills down my spine. An outstanding performance of one of the most beautifully written pieces of English.

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2. Patton Speech Patton

The famous speech by General Patton in the movie of the same name.

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1. Chaplin’s Speech the Great Dictator

This amazing speech may surprise people who are used to Chaplin’s comedic films. Not only was this a powerful and amazing speech in its time, it is still relevant today.

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  • I'd put Michael Douglas' "greed is good" in there somewhere and come on, how could any list of great movie speeches not have Al Pacino's speech in Scent of a Woman at number 1!

  • Movie : "HELTER SKELTER ; Actor : STEVE RAILSBACK as CHARLES MANSON ; Speech : WHEN MANSON TAKES THE WITNESS STAND AND INTERPRETS HIS VIEW ON SOCIETY AND WHAT ITS DONE TO HIM. No actor could have been better then Railsback as Manson in this 1976 made-for-TV movie right down to the appearance, voice and mannerisms of Charles Manson.

  • Come on guys THE independence day speech?!?! "Good morning. Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world, and you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. Mankind, that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences any more. We will be united in our common interest. Perhaps it's fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom. Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution, but from annihilation. We're fighting for our right to live, to exist?and should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice, 'We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on, we're going to survive.' Today we celebrate our independence day!" CLASSIC

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  • Missing one amazing speech. One of the last scenes in Meet Joe Black, were Joe is telling off the women whom he loves, ex bOyfriend. One of the best speaches of all time!

  • MOVIE : "Helter Skelter" (1976)....ACTOR : Steve Railsback as Charles Manson....SCENE : Manson's monologue as he takes the witness stand at his trial. Looks like him, sounds like him, swazstika tattoed between the eyes, same hair, same scraggly beard and last but not least, same attitude. My question is, WHERE THE HELL IS STEVE RAILSBACK. His performance as Manson was flawless !!

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