We’ve all heard’em. War cries, and just plain inspirational speeches. For every situation possible, Hollywood has been able to come up with useful retoric. Situational speeches give you the best arsenal for doing many things. Here are some of the best.
10.Gabriel Shear (John Travolta) - Swordfish
Why:Because the guy who says the speech doesn’t remember his disco dancin’ and T-bird ways… but what he says is true. Hollywood DOES make a lot of shit.
9.Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) - Pulp Fiction
Why:This isn’t so much inspirational as bad-ass. But if you ever need inspiration when you’re about to off somebody this is it.
8. President Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas)- The American President
WhyThis was Aaron Sorkin at his best. It gave us a glimpse of what The West Wing would be.
7.Tony Montana (Al Pacino) - Scarface
Why:Cuz when you reach that level in your criminal life when you don’t give a shit anymore, you start blabbin’ out shit like this. And Pacino did it with STYLE.
6. Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) - Wall Street
Why:This inspired many through Business School
5. Spartans - 300
Why:For when your standing around with your buddies in your speedos and choose to attack somebody. You should say some shit like this.
4. Gen. George Patton (George C. Scott) - Patton
Why:It’s just Bad Ass Man! This guy was born and fed with ass-kicking juice.
3. Coach Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) - Hoosiers
Why:Because when you’re WHITE guys playing basketball going up against a bunch of BLACK guys, you need all the inspiration you can get your hands on.
2. Coach Tony D’Amato (Al Pacino) - Any Given Sunday
Why:Because using metaphores that make no sense will make all the sense in the world to testosterone-fueled football players. It doesn’t really matter what you say as long as there’s a soundtrack to it.
1. William Wallace (Mel Gibson) - Braveheart
Why:Because when you paint your face and you stand in front of thousands of angry, sweaty soldiers with death on their minds, it doesn’t really matter what you say as long as you end it with a huge scream and you charge forward (and for a second you glimpse back to make sure that you didn’t go by yourself).