Top Ten Best Motivational Scenes In Movies

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There are motivational, feel good movies, and then there are movies that have amazing moments that get you going. These aren't necessarily happy movies that renew your faith in life, but, rather, the single scenes in a movie that made you want to change your life for the better.

Specific dialogues, monologues, montages, or scenes can make or break a movie and set the tone as a whole. Add your favorite motivational scenes from a movie from any time period and go watch clips of the rest on the list.

The Top Ten

1 Rocky Balboa - Rocky's monologue to his son

He told her son don't care about people said but what you believe - belarbi

"You ain’t gonna believe this... But you use to fit right here. (Rocky holds up his right hand) I’d hold you up and say to your mother, this kid is gonna be the best kid in the world. This kid is gonna be better than anybody I ever knew... And you grew up good and wonderful it was great just watching you everyday it was like a privilege. Then the time come for you to be your own man and take on the world and you did... But somewhere along the line you changed... You stopped being you... You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you're no good... And when things got hard you started looking for somethin' to blame... Like a big shadow. Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows, it's a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, nobody is gonna hit as hard as life! But it ain't about how hard you can hit, it's about ...more - Finch

2 Fight Club - Tyler Durden's intro to the club

"Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy s*** we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off. " - Finch

3 Cool Hand Luke - Luke and Dragline's fight

After Luke refuses to submit to Dragline's "authority" in the chain gang he is challenged to a fight. Dragline, far the larger and stronger man, repeatedly knocks Luke down. After growing tired of knocking him down Dragline says' "Stay down. You're beat." Luke replies, "You're gonna hafta kill me..." - Finch

4 Rocky Balboa - Rocky's monologue to the boxing commission

"I mean you shouldn't be asking people to come down here and pay the freight on something they paid, it still ain't good enough, I mean you think that's right? I mean maybe you're doing your job but why you gotta stop me from doing mine? Cause if you're willing to go through all the battling you got to go through to get where you want to get, who's got the right to stop you? I mean maybe some of you guys got something you never finished, something you really want to do, something you never said to someone, something... and you're told no, even after you paid your dues? Who's got the right to tell you that, who? Nobody! It's your right to listen to your gut, it ain't nobody's right to say no after you earned the right to be where you want to be and do what you want to do!... You know, the older I get the more things I gotta leave behind, that's life. The only thing I'm asking you guys to leave on the table... is what's right." - Finch

5 Any Given Sunday - Tony D'Amato's locker room speech

"I don't know what to say, really. Three minutes 'til the biggest battle of our professional lives all comes down to today. Now either we heal as a team or we're gonna crumble, inch by inch, play by play, until we're finished. We're in hell right now, gentlemen, believe me. And, we can stay here, get the **** kicked out of us, or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb outta hell, one inch at a time.

Now, I can't do it for ya. I'm too old. I look around. I see these young faces, and I think, I mean, I made every wrong choice a middle-aged man can make. I, uh, I pissed away all my money, believe it or not. I chased off anyone who's ever loved me. And lately, I can't even stand the face I see in a mirror. You know, when you get old in life, things get taken from you. I mean that's, that's, that's part of life. But, you only learn that when you start losin' stuff. You find out life's this game of inches, so is football. Because in either game - life or football ...more - Finch

6 Rudy - Rudy and Fortune's dialogue

Rudy, tired of not being able to play in a game, decides to quit the team. Fortune, the groundskeeper and Rudy's employer, relates his own story. - Finch

7 Warrior - Final fight between brothers

The two main stars, after competing in an MMA tournament, end up fighting each other for the final. It's anybody's guess who will win but they both have something to fight for and you don't really care who gets the title. You root for the fight not the fighters. - Finch

8 Snatch - The last fight

Mickey is confronted with a hard decision regarding his future and loved ones. A tough fight ensues in the ring and Mickey has a decision to make... - Finch

9 Good Will Hunting - The reckoning at the lake between Will and Sean

Sean: Thought about what you said to me the other day, about my painting. Stayed up half the night thinking about it. Something occurred to me... fell into a deep peaceful sleep, and haven't thought about you since. Do you know what occurred to me?

Will: No.

Sean: You're just a kid, you don't have the faintest idea what you're talking' about.

Will: Why thank you.

Sean: It's all right. You've never been out of Boston.

Will: Nope.

Sean: So if I asked you about art, you'd probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life's work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientations, the whole works, right? But I'll bet you can't tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You've never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling; seen that. If I ask you about women, you'd probably give me a syllabus about your personal favorites. You may have even been laid a few ...more - Finch

10 Pool Hall Junkies - The Lion Speech

"You watch those nature documentaries on the cable? You see the one about lions? You got this lion. He's the king of the jungle, huge mane out to here. He's laying under a tree, in the middle of Africa. He's so big, it's so hot. He doesn't want to move. Now the little lions come, they start messing with him. Biting his tail, biting his ears. He doesn't do anything. The lioness, she starts messing with him. Coming over, making trouble. Still nothing. Now the other animals, they notice this. They start to move in. The jackals; hyenas. They're barking at him, laughing at him. They nip his toes, and eat the food that's in his domain. They do this, then they get closer and closer, bolder and bolder. Till one day, that lion gets up and tears the s*** out of everybody. Runs like the wind, eats everything in his path. Cause every once in a while, the lion has to show the jackals, who he is." - Finch

The Contenders

11 Animal House - Bluto's "When the going gets tough" speech
12 8 Mile - Last Rap Battle

Man it's the most motivational film ever...it's a masterpiece.Eminem was epic

13 Goonies - Goonies Never Say Die
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1. Rocky Balboa - Rocky's monologue to his son
2. Fight Club - Tyler Durden's intro to the club
3. Cool Hand Luke - Luke and Dragline's fight
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