These 15 Unforgettable Monologues By Women In Movies Will Bring You To Tears

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Monologues are like jazz squares — everybody loves a good one. On screen, monologues tend to come in emotional dramas, especially if they're written for women, so they are not for the faint of heart. That said, the emotional ones are the most memorable, as proven by the 15 most unforgettable monologues by women in movies listed below. Spoiler alert: you will need tissues to make your way down the list, though some more humorous speeches have also been included to ensure you don't start sobbing at your desk.

What makes a monologue memorable? Well, in the case of some of the most famous ones by women in film, the secret ingredient could just be an Oscar (or at least an Oscar nomination). It's hard to believe anyone will ever forget the monologue that won Viola Davis her Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2016's Fences, for example. Other monologues become unforgettable because they earn a place in pop culture, like Carrie Fisher's speech in Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope. But, what really makes a monologue unforgettable is the actor delivering it. Let's face it: speeches are only as good as the actors performing them, and the most unforgettable monologues by women in film leave an impression because of the talent behind them. Watch and see for yourself.

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