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Greatest Modern Drama Speeches: 4 Memorable Monologues

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In today's modern society, the word "drama" typically comes with a negative connotation. However, in the realms of literature and theater, drama is like oxygen to characters, bringing life into each of them from the shocked gasps of audience members everywhere.

You may feel the desire to keep your personal life drama free, but you have to admit that the drama seen in movies, the kind that leaves you speechless, stupefied and second guessing for days, is in a word: addictive.

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Here is a look at four memorable monologues from modern drama movies that we can’t get enough of.:

1. Maximus Decimus in "Gladiator."

In this 2000 blockbuster hit, Russell Crowe played Maximus Decimus, a betrayed Roman general whose family is murdered by an emperor’s corrupt son, Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) as summarized by IMDb.com

Decimus goes to Rome as a gladiator to seek his revenge and when Commodus confronts him demanding that he reveals his identity, Decimus responds by saying this famous quote captured by Movie Mistakes:

"My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, Commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next."

2 Erin Brockovich in "Erin Brockovich"


Released in the year 2000, Erin Brockovich is the incredibly inspiring true story of Erin Brockovich, played by Julia Roberts. Brockovich, a single mother out of work and desperate for income, finds employment at a law firm run by Ed Masry (Albert Finney). Her risky wardrobe and loud mouth cause colleagues to undermine her until she becomes a key player in winning one of the biggest class action lawsuits in American history against a multi-billion dollar corporation, according to IMDb.com

Before Brockovich and Masry win their case Masry tells Brockovich not to take her work personal to which she responds with the following: "Not personal? That is my work, my sweat and my time away from my kids. If that’s not personal I don’t know what is!"

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3. Thomas J. Whitmore in "Independence Day"


In this 1996 action film, aliens have invaded earth and are seeking to annihilate the human species. Before launching an attack on the aliens, American President Thomas J. Whitmore (Bill Pullman) gives this riveting speech to a crowd, derived from IMDb.com.

"Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. 'Mankind.' That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests," Whitmore says. "Perhaps its fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom ... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution ... but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night!" We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!"

4. John Keating in "Dead Poets Society"


The 1989 Drama film “Dead Poets Society” featured English teacher, John Keating (Robin Williams) who inspired his students and viewers everywhere to discover a love for poetry and live each day with passion, according to IMDb.com.

When his lessons were met by some resistance from his students, Keating delivered this famous speech to them: "We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits, and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman: 'O me, o life of the questions of these recurring, of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities filled with the foolish. What good amid these, o me, o life?' Answer: that you are here. That life exists, and identity. That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?"

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