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    27 Movie Monologues That Are So Expertly Acted, They May Just Be The Best Of All Time

    "Denzel Washington giving the 'Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow' monologue in Macbeth (2021) somehow made 500-year-old material feel fresh."

    We recently asked members of our BuzzFeed Community, "If there was an Academy Award category for Best Monologue Delivered by an Actor in a Motion Picture, what scene(s) do you think definitely would've taken home the gold?" and movie lovers came through with some absolutely wonderful nominations for this fake award!

    So, with that in mind, here are just a few of the monologues who'd like to thank the Academy:

    1. Jaws (1975)

    Two men sit on a boat, talking

    "Quint's speech about the U.S.S. Indianapolis sinking and the survivors being surrounded by sharks. One of the great scenes in cinema, in my opinion."

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    2. Manchester by the Sea (2016)

    A man and a woman talk

    "Michelle Williams is barely in the film, and she runs away with the entire thing in a single scene. The pent-up grief is palpable and the way she conveys what she’s lost and her need to make sense of it without descending into histrionics is an acting masterclass."

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    3. Us (2019)

    A woman sits beside a child in a mask

    "It's just so creepy and well done!"

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    4. Call Me By Your Name (2017)

    A father talks to his son on the couch

    "The speech the dad gave at the end to Elio. It's beautiful and heartbreaking, and some of the best advice about love I’ve ever heard."

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    5. Steel Magnolias (1989)

    A woman cries at a funeral

    "Sally Field's speech at the funeral. It makes me cry every time."

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    6. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

    A woman cries in the front of a classroom

    "When Julia Stiles reads the poem. The acting just puts that scene over the top."

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    7. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

    A man stands in front of a casket giving a eulogy

    "When John Hannah reads the eulogy, it's heartbreaking and beautiful."

    allisonlang75

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    8. Little Women (2019)

    a woman sitting in a large room in a 1800s dress

    "When Florence Pugh explains to Timothée Chalamet that for women, marriage is indeed an economic matter because as a woman she has no rights to property, money, or even her own children."

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    9. Rambo: First Blood (1982)

    A man points at another man off-screen

    "When Sylvester Stallone is talking to his handler in the police station. I don't understand how he didn't win a Golden Globe for that."

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    10. Malcolm & Marie (2021)

    A woman looks off camera

    "Zendaya's ending monologue was amazing, and it hits you so hard."

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    11. Independence Day (1996)

    A man speaks into a megaphone

    "Definitely the president's speech. He fired everyone up to go fight the aliens so much that one of the soldier's arms looked like it was gonna fly off he saluted so hard! My 13-year-old ass was ready to hop in a plane and join them because it was so great!"

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    12. Gone Girl (2014)

    A woman cuts her hair in a dirty bathroom

    "The 'Cool Girl' monologue has to be on this list. It's iconic and so well done, and it accomplishes a complete tone shift in the movie. Rosamund Pike absolutely killed it."

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    13. Hidden Figures (2016)

    A woman yells at a man

    "Taraji P. Henson’s monologue about the bathrooms is incredible."

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    14. The Sixth Sense (1999)

    A child talks to his mother in the car

    "Even though it's kind of cheating, I've got to go with the scene when Haley Joel Osment tells Toni Collette about what her late mother told him. It's mostly Haley's monologue, but Toni's reactions are really what sells the scene. It makes me cry every time."

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    15. Macbeth (2021)

    A man walks down steps

    "Denzel Washington giving the 'Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow' monologue somehow made 500-year-old material feel fresh."

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    16. Erin Brockovich (2000)

    A woman sits at a desk looking at a stack of papers

    "When she lists off the names, phone numbers, and diseases of the clients for the lawyer who said the files were incomplete. And the scene ends perfectly when the lawyer says they got off on the wrong foot, and she responds with: 'That's all you got, lady. Two wrong feet in fucking ugly shoes.'"

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    17. A Marriage Story (2019)

    A lawyer gives a speech in her office

    "Laura Dern’s monologue about mothers to Scarlett Johansson. It's short, but it packs a wallop."

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    18. Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

    A man in a suit and glasses turns to say something to the woman behind him

    "The most astonishing thing about that scene is that it is Ke Huy Quan's first role after 30 years, and he is absolutely remarkable in that movie. I hope he gets an Oscar nomination."

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    19. Inglorious Basterds (2009)

    Two men sit at a table drinking milk

    "As a character introduction, Christoph Waltz’s monologue is incredible. The whole scene ramps up the tension amazingly with all his politeness — asking if he can have a drink of milk and a smoke — but toying with the farmer by hinting with increasing strength that he knows his secret. By the time he finally hits the guy with his 'you’re sheltering enemies of the state, are you not?' line the audience is almost relieved that he’s finally gotten to the point. It’s a great introduction for a particularly cruel villain."

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    20. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

    A hobbit stands by a wall

    "Sean Astin’s monologue at the very end, specifically the line: 'There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.'"

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    21. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

    A man speaks to his father

    "Going back a ways, but Sidney Poitier's speech after his father condemns him for planning to marry a white woman this movie is so well done."

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    22. Snowpiercer (2013)

    A man smokes a cigarette while crying

    "Chris Evans has an absolutely horrifying monologue. Y'all know the one. I've only ever seen it once, and I never want to see it again because it sticks with me to this day. It made me see Chris Evans as more than just a pretty superhero. That man has serious acting chops."

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    23. Molly’s Game (2017)

    A man sits at a table, speaking to the FBI

    "Idris Elba’s monologue is just brilliant. Written by the genius that is Aaron Sorkin, and then Idris just smashes the delivery — it’s so captivating, I couldn’t look away."

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    24. A Little Princess (1995)

    A little girl speaks to an adult

    "That scene has lived rent free in my head for 20 years!"

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    25. The Color Purple (1985)

    A woman sits at a table talking to a man

    "Celie's 'Everything you done to me is already done to you' speech where she finally stands up for herself."

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    26. Gladiator (2000)

    A man speaks to an emperor

    "The scene where Russell Crowe reveals his identity is so good!"

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    And finally:

    27. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

    A woman holds up two belts while another woman speaks

    "Definitely Meryl Streep's iconic 'Cerulean' monologue!"

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    All right, you've read their nominations, but now it's YOUR turn! Do you agree with them? What movie monologue do you believe is the best of all time? Share your pick in the comments below!

    Some responses were edited for length and/or clarity.