The Late Movies: Great Movie Monologues

Ransom Riggs

Long chunks of unbroken monologue are what great film actors seem to love most, and what we remember many of our best actors for. Tonight I wanted to revisit some of my favorite monologues from movie history. Warning: some NSFW language will certainly crop up in the following scenery-chewing performances!

It's hard to go wrong with De Niro or Taxi Driver -- or the scene he's best remembered by to this day -- you talkin' to me?

He may be a computer, but he's still one of the most memorable characters in cinema -- HAL from 2001. Here's his death monologue, delivered as Dave disassembles his computer brain.

Liam Neeson's heartbreaking monologue from the end of Schindler's List.

The Howard Beale "mad as hell" speech from Network. Still powerful.

Brando's "I coulda been a contender" speech in On the Waterfront.

How about De Niro's performance of that same monologue in Raging Bull?

Sterling Hayden's creepy, insane rant about "precious bodily fluids" in Dr. Strangelove.

Anthony Hopkins' razor-sharp dissection of Jodie Foster's character in The Silence of the Lambs. I love the way he gets under her skin in this scene ... no pun intended.

Daniel Day Lewis has delivered many a great monologue in his storied career, but this one was the best part of Gangs of New York. Wrapped in the flag, for crying out loud.

There are a million more, of course -- what are some of your favorites?