Inspiring. Provocative. Engaging. These are just but few of the many things a powerful line or two can bring whenever it's genuinely delivered. They make the scene so pronounced it will move you.
Few are great movies. Yet fewer are great movies with great scripts crafted to perfection! Movie lines make the actor who delivered it famous, and often, the entire movie itself.
Movie lines and speeches are a great opportunity for actors to see how much impact they can have in a little but remarkable amount of scene needed by the story.
Who wouldn't know “You're nothing but a second rate..” and “Ding, ang bato!” among many other famous Pinoy taglines? These lines were to be remembered by many generations. But as for this article though, I'm not touching any of these short lines. Instead, I'll take you on a bump to 10 of the most touching, inspiring and remarkable movie lines and speeches from Hollywood to Eastwood.
These lines and speeches were so great that the scene and the movie might not have been as powerful as it should originally be when omitted. Here you go:
#10. Espiridion Acosta Cache
as Tribe Elder, Apocalypto (2006)
On our 10th spot is the story told by one of the tribe elders in this Mel Gibson's epic film. He talks about man's growing discontentment in life that drives his greed, fear and material love:
#9. Randall Duk Kim
as (Voice of) Master Oogway, Kung Fu Panda (2008)
9th on our list is a short and memorable response that Po got from Master Oogway when he was in the verge of giving up:
#8. Reese Witherspoon
as Elle Woods, Legally Blonde 2 (2003)
At no. 8 comes from the only woman included on our list, Elle Woods, in her “Speak-up” speech about the importance of being heard and having the courage to voice out what you need to say:
But you know, today is supposed to be about education so instead, I want to tell you about the education you all have given me over the past three months.
See one day I came to Washington to help my dog Bruiser and somewhere along the way, I learned a really... unexpected lesson.
I know what you’re thinking, who is this girl? And what could this simple small town girl from Bel Air have to say to all of us?
Well I’ll tell you, it’s about something that’s bigger than me or any single act of legislation. This is about a matter that should be at the highest importance to every American: my hair.
You see there’s this salon in Beverly Hills. It’s really fancy and beautiful but it’s impossible to get an appointment. I mean unless you’re Julia Roberts or one of the girls from 'Friends' you can just forget it.
But one day, they called me. They had an opening. So I was finally going to get the chance to sit in one of those sacred beauty chairs. I was so excited!
Then the colorist gave me 'Brassy Briggite' instead of 'Harlow Honey'. The shampoo girl washed my hair with spiral perm solution instead of color intensive moisturizing conditioning shampoo. Finally, the stylist...gave me a bob, with bangs. Suffice to say it was just wrong, all wrong, for me! You know?
First I was angry and then I realized my anger was completely misdirected. I mean this wasn’t the salon’s fault. I had sat there and witnessed this injustice and I had just let it happen.
I didn’t get involved in the process.
I forgot to use my voice.
#7. Stanley Anderson
as the President, Armageddon (1998)
Stanley Anderson played the role of the President in this sci-fi movie that will surely go in history books as one of the best Hollywood movie ever filmed. The speech, on our 7th, was delivered while the astronauts are about to depart on a mission next to impossible to save mankind -- drill and drop a nuclear bomb on an asteroid that is fast approaching Earth:
#6. John Lloyd Cruz
as Popoy, One More Chance(2007)
There were so many memorable lines from this movie but I just took the one from the heart-breaking scene when one of Popoy's friend is rushed to the hospital because of a suicide attempt. Feeling hurt, his friend asked for Popoy's presence since he knew exactly what it felt when he was dumped by Basha, his ex:
#5. Viggo Mortensen
as Aragorn, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Here, Aragorn persuades the Men of the West to make a last stand against Sauron, the Dark Lord of Mordor. With him were the men of Gondor and Rohan (including Gandalf) who are gathered on the field in front of the Black Gate of Mordor to fight Sauron's forces:
#4. Piolo Pascual
as Marco, Starting Over Again (2014)
Coming at no. 4 is Marco's outburst with the former love of his life when she reluctantly demanded an explanation on why he kept rejecting her proposed designs for their agreed project for no apparent reason. Marco took the rationality of giving back the favor to her in the most painful way he knew: experience first-hand what it feels like to be denied without getting an acceptable reason:
Bakit wala na s'ya?
Bakit mag-isa ka na lang?
Kailangan mo ng dahilan 'di ba?
Kailangan mo ng mapanghahawakan
Hindi mo alam kung kailan..
Hindi mo alam kung ano nangyare..
#3. Bill Pullman
as President Tomas Whitmore, Independence Day (1996)
The aliens have basically conquered Earth. And the US President has put up a rag tag fleet of pilots from every parts of the planet to go against them. None of them sure if they will be able to return or if it they would even be successful. So in the context of the 4th of July, President Whitmore (Pullman) delivered a rousing speech that goes in at no. 3:
#2. Liam Neeson
as Brian Mills, Taken(2008)
At no. 2 is Liam Neeson's phone call dialogue over an alleged kidnapper who took his daughter. You can feel the character's power and definite will to get his daughter back by the intensity and the unnerving tone he had while talking to the person on the other line:
I don't know what you want.
If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money.
Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.
But if you don't, I will look for you.
#1. Dante Rivero
as Luis Montenegro, It Takes a Man and a Woman (2013)
Topping our list was the recorded speech of Miggy's (played by John Lloyd) father, which was played during the contract signing between their company and an international magazine company. The way Dante Rivero delivered this speech was a real music to anyone's ears and will certainly move you:
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