5 Best Movie Speeches

Movie audio consists of both words and music, so it’s only fitting that a day after The Savvy Screener offered “Classical Music’s Five All-Time Great Film Scores,” Toastmasters International has selected its “Five Most Memorable Movie Speeches.”

Here, in order of release date, are the films and speeches chosen by Toastmasters, whose mission is to “empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders”:

Hoosiers (1986)

Coach Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) “appeals to his basketball team’s emotions with his inspiring pregame speech, urging them not to get caught up in the outcome of the game.”

“If you put your effort and concentration into playing to your potential, to be the best that you can be, I don’t care what the scoreboard says at the end of the game. In my book we’re gonna be winners.”  

Amazon Prime and Hulu subscribers can stream the full movie. Hoosiers is also available from $2.99 at iTunes, Google Play, and other sites.

Wall Street (1987)

Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas in an Oscar-winning role) “confidently delivers his discourse on the value of greed.”

“The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works.”

Stream the full Wall Street movie from $2.99 at Vudu, FandangoNow and other sites.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

“Convicts Andy and Red have opposing views of what life outside of prison would hold. Red (Morgan Freeman) is resigned to living the rest of his life behind bars, while Andy (Tim Robbins) keeps it simple as he explains his hopefulness despite the grim circumstances.”

“I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.”

Stream the full Shawshank Redemption movie from $2.99 at iTunes, Google Play and other sites.

Braveheart (1995)

William Wallace (Mel Gibson) “connects with his audience as he challenges the Scottish army to stop running and fight for their independence from England.”

“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!”

Netflix subscribers can stream the full movie. Braveheart is also available from $2.99 at Amazon, Vudu and other sites.

Independence Day (1996)

President Whitmore (Bill Pullman) “speaks with passion while motivating US fighter pilots to join other forces from around the world to battle against aliens attempting to destroy the human race.”

“We’re fighting for our right to live, to exist and should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice, ‘We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on, we’re going to survive.’ Today we celebrate our Independence Day!”

HBO Now subscribers can stream the full movie. Independence Day is also available from numerous sites, starting at $1.99 from FandangoNow.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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