Fun Friday: Favorite Cheesy Movie Speech

What is your favorite over-the-top, cheese-ball, make-you-want-to-vomit speech from a movie?

Mine is Bill Pullman’s speech from Independence Day.

You know – the one where he is the President, everyone is getting ready to hop into a fighter jet, and he’s got to motivate them to go and shoot a giant alien spaceship out of the sky.

Leaders, this is the model for inspiring your people to action.

Such fire.

Such passion.

Such willingness to read a terribly written script with purpose and conviction.

“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!”

…That’s the good stuff right there.

Your turn.

Late Disclaimer: There was much sarcasm in this post.


  • Matthew Jackson

    Since you picked my favorite, which is also Bill Pullman's portrayal of the American President from Independence Day, I will go with my second favorite, which albeit a bit profane was wonderfully written, and that is the speech Al Pacino gives in the movie The Scent of a Woman. If you haven't watched it, here it is:

    • Kenny Silva

      Awesome! That's a classic.

  • Joey Strawn

    Until you added the "makes-you-want-to-vomit" line in there I was going to present Clark Griswald's Merry Christmas rant from "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation", but I actually love that speech to death. It's one of my favorites from any movie.

    Since they will be said by someone, let me go ahead and add the "Braveheart" speech and Kurt Russell's speech from "Miracle" to get them out of the way.

    • Kenny Silva

      You're calling the Braveheart speech cheesy??? That thing was epic! I'm also mildly offended that you uttered it in the same breath as "Miracle."

      • Matthew Jackson

        I would call Braveheart's speech cheesy. Mel Gibson didn't exactly pull off Scottish well. About the only thing I really remember from that movie was, "The Lord said he could get me out of this mess, but I'm pretty sure you're fu***d." That line was hillarious.

  • @faybiz

    the topper? Alec Baldwin's I am god speech from Malice:

    • Matthew Jackson

      Oh yeah, gotta give ya that one. Probably the ONLY movie he's ever done that I liked him in.

  • Matthew Jackson

    You know, one speech that I love for the delivery, and to this day it is the scene I think of when I think of Satan, is the ending scenes in "The Devil's Advocate" with Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves. When Al Pacino plays the devil and is giving his delivery on God being a puppet master. The writers who did that script were astounding because of all the wordplay in that scene and then that speech. Much of it you don't pick up on the first time you see it. I've watched the movie several times and pick up on the difference nuances of what is being said.

    It's funny, Al Pacino seems to get all the good movie speeches… Scarface, The Godfather, Any Given Sunday, Scent of a Woman, The Devil's Advocate, Heat, Donnie Brasco, Carlito's Way… he gets at least one in every movie, lol. And he's about to be playing King Lear in a movie. Can't wait to hear that performance.

    • @faybiz

      Pacino is a list unto himself… but devils advocate is up there…

  • cshell

    1. Clark Griswold – already mentioned
    2. The Coach – Facing the Giants
    3. Napolean Dynamite – "Just listen to your heart"

    • Kenny Silva

      Great choices, Chuck!

  • Kenny Silva

    Haha thank you for your courage in posting that.

  • Sondra

    This doesn't make me want to puke, in fact, I rather love it. But it probably makes someone want to puke, so I guess it counts.

    And it IS cheesy…. :)
    From one of my favorite 80s John Cusack flicks, "Say Anything"
    Lloyd Dobler: [leaving the last of a series of messages on Diane's answering machine] "Maybe I didn't really know you. Maybe you were just a mirage. Maybe the world is full of food and sex and spectacle and we're all just hurtling towards an apocalypse, in which case it's not your fault. I'm been thinking about all these things and… you're probably standing there monitoring. And one more thing – about the letter. Nuke it. Flame it. Destroy it. – It hurts me to know it's out there. Later."
    Oh, and here's a bonus, not really a speech, but… (from: Armageddon)
    Grace: "Baby, do you think its possible that anyone else in the world is doing this very same thing at this very same moment?"
    A.J.: "I hope so, otherwise, what the hell are we trying to save?"

    I'll take a plate of cheese with a side of cheese, please. :)

    • Kenny Silva

      You and Adam McCants need to be friends… :)

      • Sondra

        Hahaha… why? Our mutual admiration and respect for Lloyd Dobler/John Cusack? It's a good and highly quotable movie. Much like his 1997 offering, "Grosse Pointe Blank",

        "They all have husbands and wives and children and houses and dogs, and, you know, they've all made themselves a part of something and they can talk about what they do. What am I gonna say? "I killed the president of Paraguay with a fork….how have you been?"

        Anyway…. now I'm just being a fan girl.

  • Janine Libbey

    This scene from Jerry Maguire is #1 on my list:

    •Hello. I’m looking for my wife. Alright. If this is where it has to happen, then this is where it has to happen. I’m not letting you get rid of me. How about that? This used to be my specialty. I was good in a living room. Send me in there, I’ll do it alone. And now I just… I don’t know… but our little company had a good night tonight. A really big night. But it wasn’t wasn’t complete, it wasn’t nearly close to being in the same vicinity as complete, because I couldn’t share it with you. I couldn’t hear your voice, or laugh about it with you. I missed my wife. We live in a cynical world, and we work in a business of tough competitors, I love you. You complete me. And I just…
    •Shut up. Just shut up. You had me at hello.

    • Kenny Silva

      Oh wow… You went there…. Great choice! :)