The greatest movie speeches are vitally important, and difficult to achieve. They are important because – when used at just the right moment – they draw the audience in, galvanism their emotional connection to the plot, and thrust the narrative forward. They are difficult to achieve because it is not just about the writing – though that is crucial. The greatest movie speeches are the result of many elements combining in the perfect way to create an iconic moment. They are about the writing, the performance, the direction, the score, and the editing. When you watch a great movie speech, you are glimpsing each and every production department working in concert to deliver a powerful moment within the story.
What is in your Backpack?
Ryan gives a speech in which he explains how all the things that we collect in our lives eventually weigh us down.
Gladiator – Maximum Decimus Meridius
When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor’s corrupt son, Maximus comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.
William Wallace – Freedom
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, a commoner begins a revolt and leads Scottish warriors against the cruel English tyrant who rules Scotland with an iron fist.
Armaggedon – President’s Speech
After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, N.A.S.A. recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the planet.
Secondhand lion Speech
A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.
The Matrix – Morpheus Speech
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Miracle – You were born for this
Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Russell), the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.