The Top 10 Greatest Motivational Speeches in the Movies
Whether you need to settle an argument or start one, rally the masses or inspire an individual, you can turn to the movies for some advice. We’ve rounded up best pep talks on the screen—get ready to get the job done.
1. Hoosiers: When Everyone’s a Winner
“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 score board says at the end of the game, in my book we’re gonna be winners!” —Norman Dale (Gene Hackman)
Proving it really is all about how you play the game, when you focus on what matters, everyone scores.
2. Braveheart: When You Need Guts and Glory
“You’ve come to fight as free men. Free men you are. What will you do without freedom?” —William Wallace (Mel Gibson)
William Wallace pours it on thick in order to motivate his countrymen into standing with him against the English army. Sometimes it does take a village.
3. Stripes: When You Need to Inspire People to Get Together
“We’re all different people. We’re all not Watusi, we’re all not Spartans. We’re Americans with a capital A. You know what that means? Do ya? It means our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world.” —John Winger (Bill Murray)
It’s easy to focus on our differences, but Bill Murray has a few words about that: There’s no “I” in team.
4.The Warriors: When You Need to Keep the Peace
“Can you dig it? Can you dig it? CAN YOU DIG IT?” —Cyrus (Roger Hill)
Let’s forget the part where Cyrus is trying to rally the gangs together to take over the city and look at how his speech compelled all the New York factions present to stop killing each other and stand side by side. That’s no simple feat.
5. 300: When You’re Fighting Against the Forces of Evil
“No retreat. No surrender. That is Spartan law. And by Spartan law we will stand and fight. And die. A new age has begun. An age of freedom, and all will know that 300 Spartans gave their last breath to defend it!” —King Leonidas (Gerard Butler), 300
A strong call to arms motivates 300 Spartans about to be overrun by evil undead warriors. When it comes down to it, you can’t back down.
6. Network: When You’ve Had Enough
“I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now, and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell, ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore.’” —Howard Beale (Peter Finch)
People have limits. When you’ve hit yours, this is how you let everyone know.
7. Animal House : When You’re Considering Retaliation
“Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no. And it ain’t over now.” —John Blutarsky (John Belushi)
Leave it to Bluto to motivate the beaten-down Deltas into one last senseless battle. When the going gets tough, the tough look to the craziest of the bunch for inspiration.
8. Any Given Sunday: When You Need to Get Out of Hell
“Either we heal as a team, or we’re going to crumble. Inch by inch, play by play, till we’re finished. We’re in hell right now gentleman, believe me. —Tony D’Amato (Al Pacino)
When the coach can fesses up about the mistakes he’s made in life, the team knows they can come back from the brink of destruction.
9. Real Genius: When You Need to Remember that Life Isn’t Just About Working
“It’s a moral imperative.” —Chris Knight (Val Kilmer)
One-on-one motivation is just as important as inspiring teams and warriors. With these words brilliant Pacific Tech senior Chris Knight convinces the too-serious freshman Mitch Taylor to stay in school, have fun and get even.
10. Back to School: When Your Responsibilities Are Getting You Down
“I have only one thing to say to you today. It’s a jungle out there. You gotta look out for number one…” —Thornton Melon (Rodney Dangerfield)
The man who just couldn’t get enough respect has some key words of wisdom for the next generation of Americans entering the workforce. Occasionally it’s better staying right where you are.