That ending monologue. Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is a lot of great things, but this final showdown-turned-speech might be one of the best parts.
Essentially one long, drawn-out monologue broken up throughout the events of this seminal 80s comedy, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off sees the titular star speaking some really witty dialogue directly to the camera at various points. Maybe the most memorable comes right at the beginning.
One of a few movies on this list to come from a book, David Fincher’s Fight Club gives its leading actors plenty of room to show off their monologue abilities. Brad Pitt and Edward Norton are incredibly skilled, but Helena Bonham Carter doesn’t get enough love for her role here.
A gripping drama with an all-star cast, Glengarry Glen Ross is a monologue showcase for the ages. No wonder so many aspiring actors take a page from this David Mamet script.
A monster movie of a different breed, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws also features some really great performances from its non-shark stars. One prime example is the unforgettable monologue from which many of the film’s most-quoted lines come from.
Samuel L. Jackson still appears in plenty of films well into the 2010s, but he was just getting started back in the early 90s. His iconic monologue in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction helped solidify his status as a true movie star.
Perhaps it was because he was most well-known for his silent comedies, but Charlie Chaplin’s direct address to the camera at the end of The Great Dictator remains incredibly moving to this day. It’s a condemnation of fascism, first and foremost, which is why it also feels relevant even after nearly 80 years.
Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster are legends. Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs knows this, just like it knows that we’d all be willing to watch the two leads go back and forth in a battle of the wits for hours, delivering monologues to each other endlessly.
Unlike Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood has its most iconic monologue arrive right at the end. Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano’s bowling alley face-off is truly unforgettable.
Considering it’s a courtroom drama like Glengarry Glen Ross, Robert Mulligan’s To Kill a Mockingbird also owes its terrific monologues to the fact that it comes from a beloved piece of literature. Atticus Finch is so well-spoken, isn’t he?