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Top Ten Inspirational Speeches In Movies

Updated on May 26, 2017
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Anan is an online blogger and private consultant since 2009 in the areas of relationships and interfaith spirituality.

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Be the Miracle

10. Bruce Almighty

Released in 2003, Bruce Almighty gives us an array of comedic and sometimes painful look at ourselves when it comes to seeing God as a miracle machine.

Jim Carry delivers an amazing performance as Bruce Nolan,the ungrateful news anchor that thinks that God owes him something. It's not until " God " comes personally to offer him 'his' job.

It is then that Bruce realizes that human beings don't know what they want. And a true miracle can be seen everyday in the little things,everywhere.

It is powerfully delivered in this conversation between the two main characters. It reminds us how by doing the right thing, making strides, and loving those around us true miracles can be witnessed.

Sometimes we want the easy way out, the path of least resistance to be happy. When in reality, it is in our hands to become the miracle.


"It's Not your fault"

9. Good Will Hunting

With two Academy Awards and the gifted performance from the late Robin Williams, this movie had a lot to teach us about resilience and learning to trust again.

Matt Damon forgoes this intense catharsis as his character allows himself to feel everything at once by just hearing the most poignant message he has ever heard, "it's not your fault".

Child abuse is one of those tragedies that scar the individual deeply, sometimes permanently. It's needless to say that violence can damage our self esteem to the point of paralyzing us and moving forward.

Most victims of abuse never get to internalize the concept of forgiving themselves, even if they say they have forgiven their aggressor. This is key to move forward. It's not to forgive and forget, it's to accept what happened and know that what happened wasn't because of you, but that this horrible thing happened to you.

A child rarely comprehends that patterns of abuse are more complicated than the child just spilled the milk and daddy got angry. It's not your fault. It's not your fault.

Like pieces of glass in my head

8. The Green Mile

This movie has a special place in my heart. Michael Clarke Duncan delivers an amazing performance as a massive convict named John Coffey. That may or may not be innocent, who possess a strange gift. This is accompanied by the incredible Tom Hanks as the prison guard that struggles with his own perception of life and justice.

We all have looked at the news and our daily interaction with others and thought ;" Why people are so mean to each other?"

For those of us,(Of course) that know how how fragile and beautiful life could be, we wish , some day to change the world around us. Even then we miss to notice the collateral beauty of suffering. Some people actually cant understand how people can and do hurt each just because.

For those beautiful souls, this movie is an homage. We are tired of seeing the ugly in the world. We are tired to see people making each other suffer. Even thought this movie is clearly a portrait of the human condition at it's worst, it shows human in it's purest too.

I cried like little girl with this movie. I just wanted to jump into the screen and hug this man. Just saying...

One Random Act of Kindness at a time

7. Evan Almighty

Oh Evan Baxter (Steve Carell)...What are you doing?! In 2007 this funny as hell comedy, gave us a run for our money. Following suit to the Bruce Almighty movie, this movie is a little different. Evan is given a crash course in faith, family and how one person can make a difference.

I like the fact that it's not overly preachy but it actually focus on the human capability to change the world by just using critical judgement. Huh?! Yeah , again it doesn't just tell us to believe that things will magically change for the better, but it subtlety teaches us that sometimes doing the right thing is harder than going with the flow.

The main theme here is proactive participation in being the change that you want to see in the world. By just doing ONE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS is that we can change the world.


6. Click

Even if you don't like Adam Sandler, is hard to deny that this scene touched us somehow. Like many of us, Michael has a time management problem. He has a supernatural "lesson" delivered by the timeless Christopher Walken, the angel of Death.

Yeah it's funny all the way, but this particular scene sure make us appreciate and cherish our family. It it's almost at the end of the movie that Michel gets caught up in this dream like state , that he has an epiphany .

The best thing he ever did as a father , to plea his children not to make the same mistake he did. "Family comes first"

Our Deepest Fear

5. Coach Carter

In 1999 this movie brought to us the classic story of the underdog. When Samuel L. Jackson ( Ken Carter) returns to his old high school in Richmond, California, to get the basketball team into shape.

With tough rules and academic discipline, he succeeds in setting the players on a winning streak. But when their grades start to suffer, Carter locks them out of the gym and shuts down their championship season.

When he is criticized by the players and their parents, he sticks to his guns, determined that they excel in class as well as on the court.

The overall value of the movie is apparent in this scene.

" What is your deepest fear?"

4. John Q.

Every parent's nightmare, a sick child in the brink of death. And this is exactly what this movie starring Denzel Washington exposes. The agony of watching your kid die because of the healthcare system red tape and bureaucracy.

When this father is pushed to the extremes, and said system denies His son a new heart because of payment, he decides to kill himself so his heart could be used instead.

Heartbreaking from every angle, this father does what any of us would do. His last conversation with his son is a reminder that we all want the best for our children. And only a father can deliver such a simple but powerful message.

3. Rocky Balboa

Oh our beloved Rocky. As always teaching us about heart ,courage and resilience. This conversation between him and his grown up son is a reminder of what is really important.

Needless to say it strikes a chord with many parents out there that have estranged relationships with their child. It hit me hard...ouch!

2. The Pursue of Happiness

I love this movie for two reasons. One, Will Smith is in it. And two, it taught me the value of perseverance and following your dreams.

In this scene is sharp and to the point when it comes to those things that we parents sometimes do unconsciously. Lower the expectations of our children. Not on purpose , but out of frustration.

I love the way is presented and executed. It's the kind of message that should be analyzed and discussed with our kids for the sake of their self esteem and future.

1. Patch Adams

This one hit me like a ton of bricks. As a formal nurse, this hits home. As a caregiver, this hits home. As a human being it gives me hope.

Our beloved Robin Williams delivers a phenomenal performance. Patch Adams was inspired by a true story. The very definition of it is a doctor gets a spotlight in this movie.

Pointing out that the worst disease in this world is indifference. That dignity and caring served by the hands of caring doctors and staff can and do make a difference.


The power of visual media

Needless to say, we all have watched a movie that has taught us something. And if you're lucky you can internalized the core message and applied it to your life . What do you think? Which is your favorite inspirational scene in a movie?

Did I miss anyone that deserves to be in the top ten? Tell us which one is your favorite.

Love and light beloved.

My personal Favorite

© 2017 Anan Celeste

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      Anan Celeste 3 weeks ago from California

      True, Jay C OBrien. This world is filled with tragic situations. People react differently to the same situation. People find inspiration in the weirdest places. People find faith in different situations. It would be very presumptuous of me to assume how others would react to any given problem. But this article is about specific scenes in movies, not the movie as a whole. You are right, this is a moral issue. Specially in a country so rich that is hard to believe that thousands of people die every year because they don't have the resources to get proper medical care. Its obscene. With millions of Americans in this situation is easy to relate to this character. Like I mentioned before, time and time again, it's about the conversation between father and son. I invite you to watch the movie. If you're not interested, then is safe to say that the message is never going to reach you. I did the homework, thanks to you I found more amaizing details that I was oblivious about the true story behind it. For that, thank you. And now my readers will be more inclined to watch it in it's entirely, to form their own opinion. Either way it's a good thing. Blessings Jay, keep smiling!

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      Jay C OBrien 3 weeks ago from Houston, TX USA

      Did the protagonist ever inquire as to health care in Europe or Central America?

      Taking innocent people hostage is wrong... Agreed?

      Trying to kill yourself is wrong... Agreed?

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      Jay C OBrien 3 weeks ago from Houston, TX USA

      So he takes hostages makes demands on innocent people and is willing to (and attempts to) kill himself.

      That is Not inspirational.

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      Anan Celeste 3 weeks ago from California

      My bad Jay. Here it is sweetie.

      Plot:

      A woman is driving dangerously down a winding road, recklessly passing cars until she comes upon a slow moving Mack truck. As she goes to pass, her car is clipped by a truck going in the opposite direction, then slammed full-force by the Mack, killing her.

      Meanwhile, John Quincy Archibald and his wife Denise witness their young son Michael collapse at his baseball game and take Michael to the hospital. After a series of tests at the hospital, John is informed by Dr. Raymond Turner and Rebecca Payne, the hospital administrator, that his son has an enlarged heart and that he will die without a heart transplant. The procedure is very expensive: $250,000 (at a minimum), with a down payment of $75,000 (30%) required to get Michael's name on the organ recipient list. John tells them he is insured, but after looking through his policy, they tell him that because the company he works for dropped John from full-time to part-time, his health insurance has been changed, and the new policy does not cover the surgery, which leaves John and Denise to raise $75,000 on their own. The family tries to raise the money but are only able to come up with a third of the necessary payment. The hospital eventually tires of waiting and decides to release Michael, and an outraged Denise urges John to do something. Unwilling to let his child die, John walks into the hospital ER with a handgun, gathers eleven hostages, and sets demands: his son's name on the recipient list as soon as possible or the hostages die. The hostage negotiator, Lt. Frank Grimes, stands down to let John cool off.

      Meanwhile, John and the eleven hostages learn more about each other. They begin to understand John's situation and support him a little as he ensures each of them receive the treatment they came to the emergency room for. One of them, Miriam, is pregnant, and her husband Steve is hoping that their first child is healthy. A young hostage, Julie, has a broken arm, and she and her boyfriend Mitch claim that a car crash caused it. Due to holes in their story, John and another hostage, Lester, conclude the two are lying and that Mitch beat up Julie. After a while, John agrees to release some hostages to have his son's name added to the list an hour afterward. He releases Steve, Miriam, and a hostage named Rosa with her baby.

      The Chicago Chief of Police, Gus Monroe, gives a SWAT unit permission to insert a sniper into the building via an air shaft. John is shot but ends up receiving only a minor wound, which is treated right away. After taking the shot, the sniper's leg falls through the ceiling tiles. Outraged, John pulls him out of the air shaft and beats him up. Using the bound SWAT policeman as a human shield, he steps outside to the sight of dozens of policemen pointing weapons at him and a large, supportive crowd. John demands that his son be brought to the emergency room. The police agree to his demand in exchange for the SWAT sniper.

      Once his son arrives, John reveals to the hostages his intention to commit suicide so his heart can be used to save his son. He persuades Dr. Turner to perform the operation, and two of his hostages bear witness to a will stating his last request. John says his last goodbyes to Michael and enters the operating room. He loads a single bullet into the gun; his gun was never loaded from and he never intended to kill any of the hostages. John pulls the trigger, but the safety is on. As he prepares to end his life a second time, his wife learns about an organ donor (the woman killed in the beginning of the film) who has been flown to the hospital for organ recovery. She runs to the emergency room and stops John from shooting himself, and John allows the hostages to go free. Michael is given the life-saving operation and, after watching the procedure with Denise, John is taken into police custody. Afterwards the entire ordeal becomes subject to a national debate about the quality and accessibility of insurance and healthcare. Three months later at his trial, all of the witnesses speak on his behalf. He is later acquitted of charges of attempted murder and armed criminal action but is found guilty of kidnapping. It is never revealed what his sentence for the crime will be, but his lawyer is overheard and saying that no judge will give him "more than three to five (years)" and that she will try to get it reduced to two.

      In Blu-ray DVD commentary on the Deleted Scenes with Cassavetes and writer James Kearns, the main theme of the movie was said to be "about a miracle and John's faith in God creating the miracle". They also mentioned how SWAT team advisors for the film related a similar true incident in Toronto where a man (Henry Masuka) took an ER hostage after it would not provide immediate service to his infant son on New Year's Eve 1999. When he exited the ER he was shot and killed and found to be carrying an unloaded pellet gun.[3][4][5] A character building scene at the beginning of the film was shot in Cambridge, ON at a manufacturing facility owned by Babcock & Wilcox. Washington is shown using a grinder as he stands over a tubesheet destined for a steam generator for a nuclear power generating facility.

      I hope this helps you dear.

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      Jay C OBrien 3 weeks ago from Houston, TX USA

      Do not presume to know what is in your readers mind. The article reads, "...he decides to kill himself so his heart could be used instead."

      For someone who has not seen the movie, this is all we know. That is why I asked for an explanation. Please rewrite this section to clarify. Does this man kill himself or not? Why?

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      Anan Celeste 3 weeks ago from California

      I am really sorry Jay if got lost in translation. I am sure you're familiar with the term "To protect and serve". I know that as an educated man you do know what I meant. But for the sake of fun, the main message of this movie is mainly to never give up. To not take no for an answer. Anyone that has half of a brain knows, breaking the law is out the question. And the clip chosen was how the father was relying to his son some basic pearls of wisdom. That's not complicated right? Be a good boy, be a better man is the core message. Many of us were robbed of a loving caring father figure. This conversation between father and son is one that rarely takes place before the paternal figure is no more. I guess it takes more than a visual to convey such a message to some people. Other's, apparently it's a concept that needs to be explored. :)

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      Jay C OBrien 3 weeks ago from Houston, TX USA

      Not sure I understood your answer. Please restate.

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      Anan Celeste 4 weeks ago from California

      Hi Paula! Thank you dear!

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      Anan Celeste 4 weeks ago from California

      Well... Jay C OBrien, either you didn't watch the movie, don't have any kids or both. Since this is not an article about politics, self serving interests or people that pity themselves when ever life trows a curve ball at them, I will answer yes. Only those that have gone trough a similar situation could actually relate. Ask anyone, who is more of a martyr...A man that does something irrational like taking his life to try to save his child,OR... a man that sits back all pious; does nothing welcoming something that is avoidable because he was too much of a coward to stand up for his sons right to receive medical care.

      This would be quintessentially the opposite of being a martyr. It's being a man.

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      Jay C OBrien 4 weeks ago from Houston, TX USA

      This is a good article, but is the following true?

      "4. John Q.

      Every parent's nightmare, a sick child in the brink of death. And this is exactly what this movie starring Denzel Washington exposes. The agony of watching your kid die because of the healthcare system red tape and bureaucracy.

      When this father is pushed to the extremes, and said system denies His son a new heart because of payment, he decides to kill himself so his heart could be used instead."

      We should not harm anyone, including ourselves. Avoid being a martyr.

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      Paula 4 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      This is wonderful! I enjoyed reading the speeches from movies that I've seen and appreciated.....I remember them well. It was also great to read speeches for the very first time from movies that I'm sorry to say I missed.

      The best movies are the ones from which we can learn something profound, often even life-changing.

      This is very well-written and I'm impressed with your research! Bravo!!

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      Anan Celeste 4 weeks ago from California

      Thank you Jodah!

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      John Hansen 4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Annan, some of these are among my favourite all time movies. Great messages of inspiration in each one. Good hub.

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