It's summer blockbuster season, filled with massive explosions and eye-popping special effects. But never forget that nothing can get the heart pounding or blood pumping better than words—especially when they're in the form of memorable speeches given in some of sci-fi and fantasy's greatest movies.
We've found 18 memorable and often inspiring movie monologues that really hit a nerve with audiences. (We'll leave those TV shows speeches for a future list.)
Check them out below!
V for Vendetta—V's Televised Speech
The revolution will not be televised—or will it? Noted anarchist V (Hugo Weaving) went to the small screen to spread his word to the nation. He wanted the Average Joe to know that they didn't have to bow down to their corrupt government. They didn't have to roll over and die. They could fight back!
Achilles (Brad Pitt) was a cocky son of a gun who really wanted to take the Trojans down a peg or two. He hated their leader Hector (Eric Bana) and he couldn't stand their pretty boy Prince Paris (Orlando Bloom). But he didn't just want their blood. He wanted glory. He wanted to be in the history books. His motto was, "Immortality. Take it! It's yours!"
The 13th Warrior—Norse Prayer
Final battle scenes in war movies always pull at the heartstrings, especially when you already know the outcome. We're talking about going into battle with the chips stacked against you and nothing to hold on to but your faith. In The 13th Warrior, there's an emotional scene where a group of soldiers recite an old Viking prayer before wielding their swords one last time.
The Matrix Reloaded—Morpheus' Speech
"Zion! Hear Me!" That's how Morpheus opens his speech to the people of the underground city. The machines were coming for them. He knew it and they knew it, but he didn't want anyone to panic. Therefore, he threw an awesome party and shouted to the top of his lungs, "This is Zion and we are not afraid!"
Starship Troopers—Lieutenant Jean Rasczak's Welcome Speech
Michael Ironside has military-speak down to a science. So, it's no wonder his speech in Starship Troopers was no nonsense and straight to the point. How do you inspire a group of newbies who've just joined a squad called The Roughnecks? In the words of Lieutenant Jean Rasczak, "I only have one rule. Everyone fights, no one quits. You don't do your job; I'll shoot you. You get me? Welcome to the Roughnecks." That's how.
Star Trek (2009)—"I Dare You to Do Better"
This isn't so much a speech as it is a kick in the gut. The young James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) had a lot to learn before becoming the captain of the Enterprise. Lucky for him, Pike (Bruce Greenwood) was there to keep him in line. He didn't yell. He didn't throw things. He just stated the facts. The truth hurts but Kirk needed to hear it and so did we.
Avatar—Jake Speaks to the Na'vi
Even though this scene looks all too familiar (How many movies does it rip off?), it was still a beautiful sight to behold. After becoming one with the Na'vi, Jake decided to help them fight back against the human's attack. As far as he was concerned, Pandora was their land and no one was going to take it!
Blade Runner—Roy Batty's Last Words
Poor Roy Batty! The final monologue prior to his death was one of the saddest things we've ever heard. After everything he went through, you knew this moment was coming. He couldn't escape it. His speech is seared in our brains forever. Batty's famous last words: "Time ... to die."
In Watchmen, Rorschach was sick and tired of filth and corruption filling the city streets. Unlike most heroes or vigilantes, he didn't want to be anyone's savior. That was made evident in his October 12th journal entry. He revealed that the city's afraid of him because he's seen its true face. "The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout 'Save us!' ... and I'll whisper 'No.'" It was mean, but you have to respect his honesty.
The Dark Knight—Gordon's Monologue
The last scene in The Dark Knight is inspiring for two reasons. For one, you have a genuinely good guy taking the fall for the sins of another. And two, we see Gordon struggle to lead an anti-Batman movement, even though he knows the man's innocent. Both their actions and Gordon's words made for a chilling and memorable finale, that left us in shock and awe.
Braveheart—William Wallace's Battle Speech
Oh, Braveheart! During the good Mel Gibson days, that man could lead us into the valley of death and we wouldn't flinch. Who can forget him covered in blue paint, riding horseback, while rallying the troops against England? It doesn't matter how long it's been since you've watched Wallace's pre-battle speech, the message is still clear. "They may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!" Touché Mr. Wallace. Touché.
Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back—Yoda's Do or Do not Speech
Yoda is a creature of very few words, but when he talks, he drops serious knowledge. One of his best pieces of inspirational advice was given to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back. During a training session he told him, "Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try." That's something you can actually apply to your real life. You don't have to be a Jedi to know what he meant.
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King—Aragorn's Battle Speech
This battle had been a long time coming. King Aragon's speech before the fight at the Black Gate was moving because it was the beginning of the end. Before going into battle he told his soldiers there will be "an hour of woes and shattered shield when the age of men comes crashing down. But it is not this day. This day we fight!" After hearing that, can someone pass us a sword?
We know a lot of people have problems with Armageddon, but it has a special place in our hearts. The film's about a group of men risking their lives to stop an asteroid from destroying humanity. That's a pretty honorable feat. Before they're deployed, the president addresses the nation to let them know the type of sacrifice these guys are making. We still get teary-eyed just thinking about it.
Star Trek: First Contact—Captain Picard's Speech
Patrick Stewart can do no wrong in our book. Even though he's usually suave and calm under pressure, there's only so much he'll take before reaching his breaking point. His performance in First Contact, was a perfect example of that. He refused to be pushed. He stuck to his guns, broke some glass, and let the world know, "The line must be drawn here!" Not just here, but HERE!
Independence Day—President Whitmore's Speech
Independence Day really modernized the "us vs. them" genre of alien flicks. In the film, people from all walks of life joined forces to take care of each other and protect Earth. At the end of the day, it's our home and we're not going to let some insect-like creatures have it! Before the big battle, President Whitmore (Bill Pullman) gives a speech that redefines the meaning behind the 4th of July. It was a new war, a new colony, and they're fighting for independence all over again!
Serenity—"I aim to misbehave."
Malcolm Reynolds runs a ship like no other and that was evident in the big screen Firefly send-off Serenity. It was there that Mal delivered the famous "I aim to misbehave" speech that was way more rock star than space captain. If his words don't make you want to throw over a chair and kick some ass you seriously need to check your pulse. There will be "no more runnin.'"
Unfortunately, we couldn't find am embeddable clip of this memorable moment, but you can watch it here.
Star Trek II—The lead-up to "Khan!" (Bonus)
In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, people seem to only remember Captain Kirk screaming at the top of his lungs. Did he yell, "Khan?" Yes, but there was a reason for his break in sanity. Khan was taunting the man! He was an intergalactic jerk and he knew how to get under Kirk's skin. At this point, Kirk just couldn't take it anymore!