14 Of The Greatest Movie Speeches Ever

A good speech can make a movie jump from mediocre to inspirational, in one epic speech.

Remember the Titans – Coach Boone speech

Football coach Boone reminds his players of the Battle of Gettysburg and that they need to come together as a team.

"Tonight we got Hayfield. Like all the other schools in this conference, they're all white. They don't have to worry about race.
We do. But we're better for it, men. Let me tell you something -- you don't let anything, nothing come between us. Nothing tears us apart."


The Shawshank Redemption – Get Busy Living

Convict Andy would not allow grim circumstances keep him from hoping and following his dreams. Great speech, perfectly delivered by Morgan Freeman.

"Rehabilitated? It's just a bullshit word. So you go on and stamp your form, sonny, and stop wasting my time. Because to tell you the truth, I don't give a shit."


Any Given Sunday – Inch By inch

An ageing football coach takes a good look at himself and asks his team do the same. Al Pachino is famous for this speech and it is recounted at many a sporting event or party ever since.

"The inches we need are everywhere around us."


Rocky – It Ain’t How Hard You Hit

Rocky gives his grown up son a heart to heart on stop blaming others and taking charge of his own life. Top father and son speech, emotional stuff.

"Let me tell you something you already know.The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it."


Braveheart – William Wallace

Leader of the rebel Scots, William Wallace exhorts his people to fight for their freedom and not live one further day in slavery. This is based on the real speech that William Wallace gave before the Battle of Stirling. Makes you want to buy a kilt and paint your face blue.

"Fight and you may die. Run and you will live at least awhile. And dying in your bed many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young men and tell our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take our freedom!"


Independence Day – President Whitmore Speech

Bill Pullman gives an impressive speech complete with crashing drums in an inspirational score. G'wan the humans.

"We can't be consumed by our petty differences any more. We will be united in our common interest."


Dead Poets Society – Seize The Day

Robin Williams stars as an English professor in a male prep school.

"Just when you think you know something, you have to look at it in a different way"


Team America – Dicks Fuck Assholes

"The only thing that can fuck an asshole is a dick.... with some balls...." There's really not a lot to say. Great speech though. So many metaphors.


Gladiator- My Name is Maximus

Great little speech delivered by the man himself, Russell Crowe. Amazing how a few lines in the right setting, engulfed in epic music can have such an effect on your goose bumps.

"My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next."


300 – Final Speech

Lots of strong men in ridiculous outfits. This film is a an all round winner for anyone who watches it and the speeches are epic.

"And so my king died, and my brothers died, barely a year ago. Long I pondered my King's cryptic talk of victory. Time has proven him wise. For from free Greek to free Greek, the word was spread that bold Leonidas and his 300, so far from home, laid down their lives. Not just for Sparta, but for all Greece and the promise this country holds."


Armageddon – 14 Brave Souls Speech

Ok so it's a boarder line chick flick but it has the new Batman in it! The Presidents speech is well done, and if you're an American who believes that realistically ONLY Americans are capable of saving the planet, then you might even have tears. 'MURICA!

"The human thirst for excellence, knowledge, every step up the ladder of science, every adventurous reach in to space, all of our combined modern technologies and imaginations, even the wars we have thought have provided us with the tools to wage this terrible battle."

Good Will Hunting - Bar Speech

This is just an awesome display of the underdog kicking ass. We've all encountered versions of the blonde dickhead, now if only we could all have a photographic memory to shut those Trinity students assholes up!
"That might be... But at least I won't be unoriginal"

A Few Good Men

Parts of this speech have been quoted ever since this films release neary 20 YEARS AGO! Jack Nicholson gives a passionate performance in this classic court room film.

"I want the truth! YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!"

A Time to Kill - Closing Argument

One of the best films/books ever regarding racial discrimination in the modern world. This film brings up some harrowing realisations and has sparked many a debate about right and wrong. Matthew Mcconaughey greatest preformance to date, the final argument making quite the point.

"What is it in us that seeks the truth? Is it our minds or is it our hearts?"

Kevin Maguire

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