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The 20 Most Inspirational Speeches On Film


There are plenty of good movies made every year.  But some movies stand out from the rest for various reasons.  In this case, we're talking about inspirational speeches, the kinds of speeches given by important characters to a group of people of any size, small or large, prodding them to look inside themselves and find the ability to achieve something great.  In some cases its as fun as a sports victory, in other cases it's as important as saving the world.  But in every case, it's about finding courage and not being afraid of doing the right thing.

 

20.)  Hoosiers (1986)

Why It's Inspirational:

No one thought such a small school could possibly beat large schools in competitive, basketball-hungry Indiana, but that's just what these guys did.

Best Line:

"Forget about the crowds, the size of the school, their fancy uniforms, and remember what got you here...don't get caught up thinking about winning or losing this game, if you put your effort and concentration into being the best that you can be, in my book, we're gonna be winners."

 

19.)  Knute Rockne, All American (1940)

Why It's Inspirational:

George Gipp, the famous football player from Notre Dame lay dying from a throat infection, and asked Knute Rockne to "win just one."  Who can deny a dying man's last request?

Best Line:

"Win just one for the Gipper."

 

18.)  Lean On Me (1989)

Why It's Inspiring:

In this movie based on a true story, Morgan Freeman plays the principal of a very tough high school in New Jersey.  His practice of "tough love" prompts some state officials to believe that the high school is nothing but loser students.  He inspires them to prove that they are not.

Best Line:

"We rise, we fall, we meet our fate together."

 

17.)  Team America: World Police (2004)

Why It's Inspiring:

Even though it's clearly a comedic speech, the idea that "dicks" are important to keep the entire world balanced is hilarious and true. 

Best Line:

"Dicks fuck pussies.  But dicks also fuck assholes."

 

16.)  Wall Street (1987)

Why It's Inspiring:

People are always afraid of being "greedy," but Gordon Gekko is showing that greed makes the world turn.

Best Line:

"Greed is good."

 

15.)  Friday Night Lights (2004)

Why It's Inspiring:

For the people who played high school sports, you understand the idea of playing a final game; after high school, your organized sports career is over.  Billy Bob Thornton plays on this concept, uses it to inspire his seniors into playing their best--one last time.

Best Line:

"Put each other in your hearts forever, because forever is about to happen here in a few moments."

 

14.)  City Hall (1996)

Why It's Inspiring:

Al Pacino is the mayor of New York, and after the death of an innocent boy, gives a moving speech about rising above gang violence and preventing further unnecessary deaths.

Best Line:

"I will not go down that way.  I will fight back.  I choose to rise, not fall.  I choose to live, not die."

 

13.)  Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

Why It's Inspiring:

This speech stands out in that it's not a positive speech...Baldwin is just shitting on the guys in the office, but he's still technically inspiring them to sell real estate. 

Best Line:

Impossible to pick one.  The entire speech is amazing.

 

12.)  300 (2007)

Why It's Inspiring:

Leading an army to face a gigantic enemy army is the exact situation that requires a dramatic speech

Best Line:

"This day, we rescue a world from mysticism and tyranny, and usher in a future brighter than anything we can imagine."

 

11.) Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Why It's Inspiring:

On paper, the decision to send men to save just one life seems like a bad call.  Why risk these men when they could be useful to the war in other places?  But George Marshall uses the great Abraham Lincoln as a model for what he believes; sometimes the right thing can't be put on paper.

Best Line:

"That boy's alive.  And we're going to get him the hell outta there."

 

10.)  Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Why It's Inspiring:

How can you not be inspired when R. Lee Ermy is screaming rapid fire insults into your face?

Best Line:

The entire scene is too amazing to pick just one line.

 

9.)  Any Given Sunday (1999)

Why It's Inspiring:

Al Pacino should start a business giving inspiring speeches for money.  He could just use the speeches from his films and adapt the words to whatever situation you need.  Anyway, Tony D'Amato is a man who accepts the fact that he's made mistakes, and relates his life experiences to football, inspiring his team to be the best they can.

Best Line:

"In either game, life or football, the margin of error is so small, I mean, one half a step too late or too early, and you don't quite make it, one half second too slow or too fast, you don't quite catch it, the inches we need are everywhere, they're all around us."

 

8.)  Band Of Brothers (2001)

Why It's Inspiring:

A lot of people might find this to be an interesting choice for an "inspiring speeches" list, but notice that the German General delivering the speech is from the regular German army, not associated with SS of the Nazi party.  Despite defeat, his words ring true for any man in combat.

Best Line:

"We have found in one another a bond that exists only in combat."

 

7.)  Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003)

Why It's Inspiring:

Fighting the forces of evil already takes some brass balls, but even the brassiest of balls requires a little shove.  Aragorn's quick speech incites strength into his men, which they then used to fuck up some orcs.

Best Line:

"There will be a day when the courage of men fail.  But it will not be this day."

 

6.)  Network (1976)

Why It's Inspirational:

Peter Finch's impeccably delivered diatribe against the direction in which society had been moving incited a yelling riot of countless people screaming "I'M AS MAD AS HELL AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"  Truly a perfectly crafted speech.

Best Line:

Another one of those "This whole speech is too amazing to pick one line."  Although, we all know which the most famous line is.

 

5.)  Miracle (2004)

Why It's Inspiring:

The Cold War between the US and Soviet Union dominated world news and culture.  The "Miracle On Ice" was supposed to be a Soviet domination of the United States, but in the end, the US win stood for much more than just a hockey game--it inspired patriotism.

Best Line:

"If we played them 10 times they might win 9.  But not tonight.  Not this game."

 

4.)  Gettysburg (1993)

Why It's Inspiring:

Imagine how different America would be if the North hadn't won the Civil War.  Who knows what our country would be like today?  Chamberlain knows the score, and makes a great case for what he believes would save the United States, and more importantly, freedom.

Best Line:

"What we're fighting for, in the end, is for each other."

 

3.)  Independence Day (1996)

Why It's Inspiring:

The entire world is facing extinction at the hands of an alien race, and the leader of the free world speaks to mankind, hoping to instill a sense of desperation in order to save the world.

Best Line:

"And should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared, 'We will not go quielty into the night, we will not vanish without a fight.'"

 

2.)  King Henry V (1989)

Why It's Inspiring:

In one of Shakespeare's most famous speeches, King Henry strengthens the resolve of his soldiers in the face of an uncertain destiny against the powerful French army.  An English loss at this battle could lead to French domination over much of the world, and King Henry was just the man to prevent that.

Best Line:

"And from this day to the ending of the world, we in it shall be remember'd, we few, we happy few, we band of brothers.  For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother."

 

1.)  Braveheart (1995)

Why It's Inspiring:

Think about how you'd be feeling looking across a field at what was the strongest army in the world.  When you finished shitting your kilt, you'd need some serious inspiration, and William Wallace delivers. 

Best Line:

"And dying in your beds, 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 and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom?"



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April 1. 2009 08:18

mcourt916

What about Remember The Titans? I think that speech is just as inspirational, if not more, that some of these...

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April 3. 2009 02:29

Kairo

May I humbly suggest this addition:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaZI2799SJc

"Spears shall be shaken!! Shields shall be splintered!! A sword day!! A red day!! Ere the Sun rises!!! Ride now!! Ride now!! Ride!! Ride To ruin, As the world ends!! Death!!! Death!!! Death!! Forth Erolingas!"

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August 25. 2009 13:35

bluenigma42

americans americans americans!.... spouting the same repetitive shit, over and over... get a grip, you ignorant, arrogant, egotistical dafties!

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December 2. 2009 18:33

MikeStatic1

Where the hell is Al Pacino's speech from "Scent of a Woman"?!?!?!
Or Christopher Walken's awesome "Pool hall junkies" speech!!!

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