– Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson’s War.
I’ll kick start my list with this epic confrontation from Charlie Wilson’s War in memory of the departed Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died recently. The film also featured Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. Gust; the great American Spy:
– Hugo Weaving, V for Vendetta.
You probably know about the 5th of November revolutionary speech but I find the following scene much more interesting, in which V introduces himself to poor Natalie in flawlessly amazing rhetoric.
– Jack Nicholson, A Few Good Men.
The trial scene in which Nicholson is pushed to the edge embodies the eternal argument/conflict between duty, morals and responsibility when it comes to war and human lives.
– Al Pacino, City Hall.
Pacino shows us what real politics are and turns the death of a young man into more and more votes. I always say there is nothing like an angry Al Pacino. A truly inspirational speech.
– Lee Ermey, Full Metal Jacket.
Another one of Stanley Kubrick’s works. If you think you’ve seen enough marine training speeches, wait till you see Serg Gunner’s speech. They say he made up half of his monologue in this scene.