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Top 10 Great Movie Speeches

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All of my regular readers know that I am a huge movie buff and one part of the moviews that I love are epic movie speeches.  From Braveheart to Rocky Balboa here are my top 10 movie speeches.  Many of these speeches I know by heart.

If I miss something off of the list, let me know below and we can compare notes.

10           Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King – Vitto Mortensen as the reluctant king, Aragorn marshalling the troops at the gates of Mordor.

9             Tombstone – Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp throwing down the challenge to the Cowboys.

8             Armageddon – Charlton Heston’s introduction explaining what happened to the dinosaurs in this Bruce Willis starring action role.

8a          Armageddon – The President tells the world that troubles a coming

7             Rocky Balboa – Sylvester Stallone to his son about winning and taking responsibility.

6             Braveheart – Mel Gibson marshalling the troops in Medieval Scotland as the Scottish hero, William Wallace.

5             Independence Day – Bull Pullman as the President, firing up his amateur airforce pilots taking on alien invaders led by Will Smith.

4             Scent of a WomanAl Pacino’s passionate speech to the school board so Chris O’Donnell can return to school.

3             The Dark Knight – Gary Oldman telling his son why they need to chase Batman.

2             Any Given Sunday – Al Pacino prepping his football team in the classic Peace By Inches speech.

1             A Few Good MenJack Nicholson going head to head with Tom Cruise in the best court room speech ever.

1a           A Few Good Men – Jack McClane doing his version a few years ago.  I apologise in advance.  Excuse the moustache – it was Movember.

So what do you think?  Agree with my list?  What would you add to it?  What would you take out?


  1. Doug Dorow says:

    My son would vote for the Herb Brooks speech from Miracle on Ice.

    • jackmcclane says:

      Thanks Doug, I’ve seen the movie and enjoyed it but when I was thinking of the greatest movie speeches this didn’t even bring up a memory. Thanks for suggesting it as it is a good speech, not a great one!

      Kurt Russell does get a mention though in Tombstone which is one of my all time favourite movies.


  2. Now now, I thought the moustache looked wonderful! Now as fun and moving as all of those speeches are — my favorite is still Howard Beale’s Mad As Hell speech from the movie Network; it’s almost more meaningful today than it was in 1975:

    Thanks for the list!


  3. dave burness says:

    ‘Greed is Good’ speech by Michael Douglas (as Gordon Gecko) in Wall Street. The man did get a best actor Oscar for the role and this was the pivotal moment. Although the premise ‘Greed is Good’ seems ludicrous, when you hear Gordon Gecko’s rationale it actually makes a lot of sense… he destroys the board of Endacott Steel at the AGM with the speech.

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