Best Movie Speeches of All Time: Top 15 Inspirational Movie Speeches Ever

If you are looking for the collection of the best movie speeches ever then you have come to the right place because in this post I have compiled a list of the top 15 inspirational movie speeches ever. If you know anything about me then you will know that I love the art of communication. I love reading and I absolutely love speeches. I will enjoy movies not because of their action and adventure but because of their speeches. Speeches have the power to move you emotionally and to even change the way you think of life.

There have been many great speeches in movies throughout movie history, some a lot better than others. I have compiled a list of what I believe to be the best movie speeches ever. All of these inspirational speeches from movies have some things in common. They are extremely moving, they are uplifting and they inspire the viewer to live life to their full potential (even if they do it indirectly). These speeches come out of their character’s moment of strength and out of the wisdom they have gained from their lives (although fictional). By watching these you will be moved and changed forever.

I have listed them in ascending order. With the greatest movie speeches of all time being placed furthest down the page. These are all great movie speeches and I believe that everyone will agree. Watch them and enjoy.

15. The Replacements – Pain Heals, Chicks Dig Scars and Glory Lasts Forever

The replacements is a great movie about a team of misfits who are hired to play while the regular football starts go on strike for more money. The speech is short and sweet and informal, which is exactly fitting for this movie. Great speech and a movie well worth watching.

14. Remember The Titans – A Lesson From The Dead

We all remember the remember the titans movie. It is awe inspiring, yet it contains humor and devastating drama. The story takes place at the time of integration of blacks and whites and this football team will have to deal with their colour issues if they ever want to win a game.

13. Dead Poets Society – Seize The Day

 

I have not seen this movie in a long time, but I was inspired by the fact that they could make a movie about poetry and it could still be interesting. Seize that day before it is too late.

12. Team America – Dicks F#@K Assholes – WARNING, LOTS OF SWEARING

 

Team America was a pretty controversial movie, and this speech is incredibly rude and strange. But yet it holds a great element of truth that we can all take home

11. Gladiator- My Name is Maximus

 

“My name is Maximus” – Damn I was I was as much of a man as this Gladiator was. The way he says it with such conviction is great to watch. Incredible movie.

10. Rocky Balboa – How Hard You Can Get Hit

 

Although Rocky does look like he has had a fair bit of plastic surgery he has a great story and gives a great speech all the same. It is amazing that the actor, Sylvestor Stallone, actually has a Rocky type story. He got hit, and he got hit hard, but he kept coming back for more. He wanted to be an actor, and no one would have ever hired someone that looks like he does and that talks out of the side of their mouth like he does. But he got hit and came back, true inspiration.

9. Lord of The Rings – It is Not This Day

 

Lord of the Rings is the ultimate trilogy. This speech is given by Aragon, the king, at the black gates of Mordor. He was willing to give his life so that Frodo could have precious time to destroy the ring.

8. 300 – Final Speech

 

Man I wish I had bodies like these guys do, and spirits like they do. They know what they want, they know what they have to do and they go for it. If you are a guy you will love the movie for the raw masculinity, and if you are a woman you will love this movie for the raw masculinity also. 😉

7. The Miracle – Pre Game Speech

If it is based on a true story then it is all the more inspiring. This is the story of the Americans first victory over the Russians in Ice Hockey at the Olympics. They would not have achieved this without the genius of one coach, and they did achieve this and made history.

6. Independence Day – World Independence Day Speech

 

I watched independence day when I was a kid, but our TV was so blurry I couldn’t see what was happening. But I remembered it had a great speech. I watched it a second time JUST to see the speech. It is a good speech.

5. Armageddon – 14 Brave Souls Speech

Probably my favourite movie of all time, because it has everything in it – Action, Romance, Humour, Drama, Space. It is about the quest to destroy an asteroid heading towards earth (before it destroys the earth). It is extremely funny and emotional also. This speech is from the president of the united states as the astronauts are preparing to launch into space towards the asteroid.

4. Coach Carter – Our Deepest Fear Speech

 

Coach Carter is an incredible movie about a man who takes on coaching a basketball team in the trouble filled area of Richmond. This speach is from one of his students Timo Cruz who was almost killed working as a drug dealer. Inspiring speech and an incredibly inspiring movie.

3. Any Given Sunday – Al Pacino’s Speech

If I am completely honest with you I have never seen this movie. But I have watched this speech and I love it. An incredible speech and a great movie. Whoever wrote this is a genius.

2. Braveheart – Freedom

 

Obviously I was questioning putting this speech as number 1. It is based on a true story, it has an Australian in it (like me), it is based in Scotland (where my dad is from) and it is just an incredible speech of sacrifice for something higher than ourselves. But in the end I couldn’t justify putting it as the number 1 speech. Thus is comes in a close second for me in the running for the best movie speech of all time.

1. Lord of The Rings – The Tales That Mattered

 

It is expected that brave people like William Wallace make brave speeches to inspire those they lead. It is not expected that someone if relative insignificant, who is no great leader nor brave warrior, can make a speech so powerful that it brings you to tears and gives you goose bumps all over. This is definately the best inspirational movie speech of all time. Good work to the writers and the actors.

These are 15 great speeches, and I would say these are the 15 best inspirational speeches of all time. Over time more speeches will need to be added to this list, but these 15 speeches will remain great speeches that have touches the lives of thousands.

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  1. July 7, 2009, 3:01 pm

    Okay, you got my favorite speech sitting up there at #6, from Independence Day. But my second favorite speech is from the movie you have at #5, but it’s the speech at the end, the short one, where Bruce Willis is telling his daughter that he won’t be coming back. From a male perspective, that gave me chills, and almost made me cry. It certainly made a lot of my guy friends cry. 🙂

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    1. July 9, 2009, 12:10 pm

      the speech at the end of armageddon made me cry the first time I saw it, and it still makes me teary every single time I watched it. That is saying something seeing as I rarely cry in movies and I have seen this movie over 20 times.
      The speech for independence day is great the first time you watch it, but it doesn’t have the same effect when you watch it a second or third time. There is no global scale to it, that is why I don’t like it. He is talking about world independence day to 100 americans. But yes still a great speech

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      1. July 9, 2009, 12:31 pm

        Well, the reason the Independence Day speech means so much to me is because, after almost 3 days of no sleep after what happened on September 11th, 2001, I knew I had to pull away from the computer, but I needed a reason to pull away. So I went into my bedroom and put in Independence Day, and jumped right to that scene. And I listened to that speech maybe 5 or 6 times in a row. It made me feel good, and it was something I needed to help me regain some perspective.

        And yes, every time I watch Armageddon, I have to prep myself for what I know is coming also.

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  2. August 4, 2009, 10:57 pm

    hey man wat happened to smarterwealth did you sell that

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  3. Jim
    August 14, 2009, 12:54 am

    How can you leave out Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting when he talks to Matt Damon about reading vs experiencing? That’s tops for me.

    And I realize this is only a list of inspirational speeches, but I have to just put it out there that the best all around movie speech ever is Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross.

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  4. August 14, 2009, 9:53 pm

    I like this post but none of the movie that I like to watch lol.

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  5. September 7, 2009, 9:08 pm

    All these movie are really very good. And your collection of the speech is really very good. Its very hard to chose one from these.

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  6. October 10, 2009, 2:35 pm

    These are really an awesome movies at the part last.

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  7. November 3, 2009, 9:14 pm

    So I went into my bedroom and put in Independence Day, and jumped right to that scene. And I listened to that speech maybe 5 or 6 times in a row. It made me feel good, and it was something I needed to help me regain some perspective.

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    1. November 4, 2009, 8:08 am

      That is why I love these movie speeches. They help you feel confident and regain some perspective on life and your problems. They make me feel like I could overcome the world. That is why I love them

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  8. JC
    February 11, 2010, 9:31 am

    “Meatballs”
    It Just Doesn’t Matter speech
    Bill Murray

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  9. Jones
    March 29, 2010, 1:45 am

    How about the ending of Boondock Saints in the courtroom? The speech about the corrupt.

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  11. August 11, 2010, 12:03 pm

    Terrific post with some fantastic movie speeches….one missing from the list is ‘the scent of a woman’ al pacino….awesome speech.

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  12. Suck Itt
    September 26, 2010, 4:27 am

    these are really great movies but i didnt find what i was looking for..

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  13. Kevin
    October 19, 2010, 5:53 am

    The speech these are the bastard offspring of Henty V’ famous St. crispin’s day speech. Olivier did a cerebral take on it in the 40’s, and the Britain of the war found it Inspirational. But to American ears, I am hard pressed to find anything that tops Kenneth Branagh’s version in Henry V. The idea that any simple soldier could be a BROTHER to a King was beyond belief at that time. If Shakespeare had made a movie, he would have cut the scene at the 3:13 mark. So just watch it to there. See if I am right, and let me know.

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

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  14. November 23, 2010, 3:11 pm

    They are some good speeches, but a couple I like, that come to mind are ferris bueller day off and the jerry maguire speech

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  15. Bong
    September 21, 2011, 1:10 am

    i have searched in the internet for this one but i am disappointed coz one of my favorite speech is not in the list… so i will just remind you guys if you forgot or havent watched it yet…
    It has fallen to us, to defend Jerusalem, and we have made our preparations as well as they can be made. None of us took this city from Muslims. No Muslim of the great army now coming against us was born when this city was lost. We fight over an offence we did not give, against those who were not alive to be offended. What is Jerusalem? Your holy places lie over the Jewish temple that the Romans pulled down. The Muslim places of worship lie over yours. Which is more holy?
    The wall?
    The Mosque?
    The Sepulchre?
    Who has claim?
    No one has claim.
    All have claim!
    We defend this city, not to protect these stones, but the people living within these walls. ~balian from the movie kingdom of heaven 🙂

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  16. debbie wilson
    January 7, 2012, 12:14 pm

    Still gotta love Nicholson in A Few Good Men

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