There is nothing quite like a rousing speech to get us all motivated. This article isn’t looking at the real-life speech’s although obviously, you have to tip your hat to Martin Luther King’s phenomenal “I have a dream” speech. This is about those movie moments that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.
“It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit”. There are some amazing Rocky films and some less amazing ones. Rocky Balboa actually comes into the latter category. Acting more as a nostalgia piece rather than a quality stand-alone movie. However, the performance of former Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia was a real positive. The scene where Rocky gives his son a lecture has taken on a life of its own now. Certainly ranks among the best movie speeches.
Any Given Sunday
Take acting legends Al Pacino and Jamie Foxx and you are always going to have a decent movie. Throw in American Football and Cameron Diaz and you have a great movie. The “Inches” speech made this into a classic movie. In the tradition of sports movies it all comes down to the last game and the team are losing and need a motivational speech from their coach, and oh how Tony D’amato (Pacino) delivers.
The Great Dictator
The speech in this movie may be almost eighty years old but it still resonates today. This is Chaplin’s first “talking picture” and boy did he ever take advantage of having a voice. Impersonating an evil dictator Chaplin gives an impassioned speech extolling the virtues of liberty and humanity. Not to be too political but it can be seen as a rallying call for democracy.
Bill Pullman is at his very best in this hammy, but brilliant disaster movie with an all-star cast featuring Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum. Pullman plays the beleaguered president who, as a former war hero, addresses the last bastion of the human resistance and gives an impassioned speech culminating in the iconic “Today we celebrate our independence day”.
There are so many fabulous monologues in this cult-classic. From Dante and Randal’s death star debate to Randal’s lecture on morality. These, however, pale in comparison to Silent Bob’s epic monologue. Within it, he extols the virtues of a good woman peaking with his epic “You know, there’s a million fine looking women in the world, dude. But they don’t all bring you lasagne at work. Most of ’em just cheat on you.”
Having your daughter kidnapped must be harrowing. That is what happens to Liam Neeson’s character in the film Taken. Rather than being super emotional while on the phone to the abductors, Neeson’s character is ice cold and emotionless as he declares “I will find you and I will kill you”. spoiler alert: he does both.
Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows
Harry takes all the plaudits after all the films are named after him. However, in many ways, Neville is one of the real heroes of the battle of Hogwarts. When things look at their very lowest and facing certain death Neville steps up. Of course, he is derided for his bravery by his evil peers but he is undeterred. His rallying cry is emotional and inspiring. What a man!
Okay so you have to put up with a bunch of dudes exposing their tallywhackers not long after this rousing speech, but it is still an iconic moment. This scene, from Randall Wallace’s horrendously inaccurate historical retelling, has been parodied many times. It builds fantastically to a crescendo and when Mel Gibson delivers his “freedom” line you can’t help but feel moved. Shame about that accent though, eh Mel?