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Poll: The 20 Most Inspirational Speeches On Film



July 10, 2009 – Comments (20) | RELATED TICKERS: GS

Taking a break today from market discussion, to try and reach some common ground in Fooldom.

I found a good web site with The 20 Most Inspirational Speeches On Film here:

I cannot agree with the ranking...Independence Day are you kidding me!

I had to add Milton Friedman lecture on Greed


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#1) On July 10, 2009 at 7:22 AM, abitare (30.15) wrote:

Also for those that think real estate only goes are some great abandon properties here:

I forgot one of my favorites here, NeoCon News attacks Dr Paul here: Censored by Fox 1-10-08:

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#2) On July 10, 2009 at 7:32 AM, portefeuille (98.81) wrote:

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#3) On July 10, 2009 at 7:40 AM, rd80 (95.68) wrote:

The opening speech in Patton.

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#4) On July 10, 2009 at 8:12 AM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:


Don't know if you've ever since this Freidman compilation, which includes the Donahue smack down, but there is a great ending speech starting at 6:20 - pretty awesome.  Milton Friedman was an inspiration.

But my vote is for Any Given Sunday. 

David in Qatar

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#5) On July 10, 2009 at 8:18 AM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:

"I take my marching orders from the Constitution!" - Ron Paul

David in Qatar

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#6) On July 10, 2009 at 8:22 AM, devoish (71.86) wrote:

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#7) On July 10, 2009 at 8:38 AM, Mary953 (84.42) wrote:

Can I cast a vote for the opening speech of Patton also?

And I just cannot resist adding this one in----

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#8) On July 10, 2009 at 10:15 AM, nottheSEC (79.22) wrote:

Voted for the Network one but these are my 2 faves

Mr Smith goes to Washigton(1939 ) Jimmy Stewart as Jefferson Smith

Jefferson Smith: [His voice very hoarse]Get up there with that lady that's up on top of this Capitol dome, that lady that stands for liberty. Take a look at this country through her eyes if you really want to see something. And you won't just see scenery; you'll see the whole parade of what Man's carved out for himself, after centuries of fighting. Fighting for something better than just jungle law, fighting so's he can stand on his own two feet, free and decent, like he was created, no matter what his race, color, or creed. That's what you'd see. There's no place out there for graft, or greed, or lies, or compromise with human liberties. And, uh, if that's what the grownups have done with this world that was given to them, then we'd better get those boys' camps started fast and see what the kids can do. And it's not too late, because this country is bigger than the Taylors, or you, or me, or anything else. Great principles don't get lost once they come to light. They're right here; you just have to see them again! 

From the Shawshank Redemption(1994) Morgan Freeman as Red

Red: [narrating] I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up DOES rejoice. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend.

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#9) On July 10, 2009 at 10:17 AM, nottheSEC (79.22) wrote:

Darn I think both my selections where on the 40 speeches in 2 minutes film.

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#10) On July 10, 2009 at 10:22 AM, Bamafan68 (97.70) wrote:

Personally, I vote for the "It just doesn't matter!" speech from Bill Murray in Meatballs.

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#11) On July 10, 2009 at 10:41 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:


An excellent suggestion! To heck with those rich kids from the other side of the lake! LOL.


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#12) On July 10, 2009 at 10:49 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

I wish I could find the following clip by itself. Youtube has it but it is tied together with a bunch of other clips. This is the text from Demolition Man, Edgar Friendly's rant:

"[A]ccording to Cocteau's plan, I'm the enemy, 'cause I like to think, I like to read. I'm into freedom of speech, and freedom of choice. I'm the kinda guy that likes to sit in a greasy spoon and wonder, "Gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the jumbo rack of barbecue ribs with the side-order of gravy fries?" I want high cholesterol! I wanna eat bacon, and butter, and buckets of cheese, okay?! I wanna smoke a Cuban cigar the size of Cincinnati in the non-smoking section! I wanna run naked through the street, with green Jell-O all over my body, reading Playboy magazine. Why? Because I suddenly may feel the need to, okay, pal?"

Being a Libertarian this warms my heart and makes me laugh.

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#13) On July 10, 2009 at 11:19 AM, 100ozRound (28.69) wrote:

You forgot the best one ever!

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#14) On July 10, 2009 at 11:51 AM, jstegma (28.60) wrote:

I vote for Trainspotting and Full Metal Jacket.

I'd say Trainspotting probably has at least 3 inpirational speeches with the opening "Choose life" speech, "Sickboy's unifying theory of life" (has a beautiful quote that I've used in CAPS blogs before), and of course "it's shite being Scottish".  Choose life is about as inspirational as you can get.  Simply awesome.

Can't top Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket though.  He simply stole the show.  He wasn't even supposed to be in the movie.  One of the greatest performances of all time.  If you turn on the movie, you won't even think about turning it off until he's done.

Another inspirational speech on film that deserves some credit is Tom Cruise in Magnolia with "Respect the c*ck!".  I'm too lazy and technologically unsophisticated to try to link to it, but it's worth a nomination at the very least.  Tom Cruise does his best acting in these over-the-top sorts of roles.  He's actually a much better character actor than he is a leading man or action star.

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#15) On July 10, 2009 at 11:58 AM, portefeuille (98.81) wrote:


"Sickboy's unifying theory of life"

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#16) On July 10, 2009 at 12:43 PM, VintageCat (< 20) wrote:

Another vote for Mr. Smith goes to Washington and though chilling rather than inspiring the Jack Nicholson speech as Colonel Jessep in A Few Good Men for telling it like the grim reality is in places like Gitmo and the unpleasant truths that we brush under the carpet.

Jessep: You can't handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives! You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall! You need me on that wall! We use words like Honor, Code, Loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline! I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it! I would rather you just said "Thank you" and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to!

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#17) On July 10, 2009 at 12:47 PM, biotechmgr (< 20) wrote:

Henry V, but Braveheart is darn good as well.

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#18) On July 10, 2009 at 1:01 PM, MattH42004 (28.32) wrote:

I'll go with a "too close to call" finish between Braveheart and Any Given Sunday.


Here you go

For those who don't know, this definitely qualifies for most as NSFW...


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#19) On July 10, 2009 at 3:32 PM, cthomas1017 (98.75) wrote:

Wow!  You guys rock!  Excellent recommendations all around.  Certainly Patton has to be up there along with Mr. Smith. 

This isn't a top pick, but I remember the two speeches in the factory in "Other People's Money" - the first by Gregory Peck and then followed by Danny DiVito.  If you haven't seen it, it's worht the youtube if you can't rent the whole thing.  Very appropriate movie for these times!

The quote below isn't from the speech referenced above, but it's one of the scenes that struck me funnier than most,   "You know what happens when the commies take over, the first thing they do is shoot all the lawyers!  And if they miss any of you,  I'll do it myself!"

Have a great weekend everybody.  Something down deep in me bones says the next two weeks might get very interesting. :)

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#20) On July 10, 2009 at 6:15 PM, angusthermopylae (37.86) wrote:

My favorite is Clint Eastwood, from Outlaw Josey Wales.

Wales is riding out on his own to rescue the two friends captured by the local Indian tribe. Wales, bada$$ that he is, rides straight up to the chief alone and makes the following speech:

I came here to die with you. Or live with you. Dyin ain't so hard for men like you and me, it's livin' that's hard. When all you ever cared about's been butchered and raped. Governments don't live together, people live together. With governments you don't always get a fair word or a fair fight. Well, I've come here to give you either one. Or get either one from ya. I came here like this so you'll know my word of death is true. And that my word of life is then true. The bear lives here. The wolf. The antelope. The Comanche. And so will we. Now, we'll only hunt what we need to live on, same as the Comanche does. And every spring when the grass turns green and the Comanche moves North, you can rest here in peace, butcher some of the cattle and jerk beef for the journey.The sign of the Comanche, that will be on our lodge. That's my word of life.


(The link should start you right when he approaches the chief.  Otherwise, it's at 3:30 into the clip.)

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