Business is war. Have I got your attention now? Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 business movie speeches. the trouble is you don’t realize that you are talking to two people. I symphathyze with you. Charles Foster is a scoundrel. As Charles Foster Kane, Orson Welles undergoes a striking change from a hero of the workingman to a mogul pursuing power ruthlessly. People would think… …what I tell them to think. Knowing what we do about that transformation, his most important monologue comes near the beginning of the film. On the other hand, I’m th epublisher of the Enquirer. It’s also my pleaeure. You see, He explains his split interests are the reason he’s the only man who can fight for the little guy. His closing lines shut his opponent down completely.
You’re right, Mr. Thatcher, I did lose a milion dollars last year. I expect to lose a million dollars this year. I expect to lose a million dollars next year. You know, Mr. Thatcher, the rate of a milion dollars a year, I’ll have to close this place in 60 years. Are you enjoying this? It’s a film that showcases the rollercoaster ride that is the drug business, and the speech in question is a passing-of-the-torch between the old and new guard. This monkey business is in your blood. Outlining what he calls the facts of life, Eddie Temple points out how, while you start at the bottom, you will slowly-but-surely move to the top. Not only is this an effective speech, it also explains the title of the film. Frank Lucas is quickly proving his worth as a Harlem-based drug kingpin, keeping his extravagances to a minimum to stay off the cops’ radar. Along the way, he’s learned valuable lessons about business and he imparts that advice to his colleagues while sitting down for a quick bite in a diner. Then he goes and caps a guy in the broad daylight. Guess he’s somebody. For career-firer, career-loner and motivational speaker Ryan Bingham, life is a backpack – a motif which also serves as the theme of Bingham’s lectures. Explaining it so anyone can relate, Bingham reveals how freeing it is to rid yourself of worldly belongings. Later, the speech expands, and Bingham expounds the benefits of eliminating not only possessions but also people from your life. Cynical? Yes, but it’s a good speech nonetheless. Chris Gardner was going through the toughest times of his life, struggling to stay afloat and trying to become a stockbroker despite his meager existence. When his son reveals his dream of becoming a pro basketball player, Gardner tells him that’s an unlikely goal not worth pursuing. However, upon further thought, he decides no one can tell anyone what ambitions to follow, and that hard work always pays off. His son ended up one of the U.S.’ youngest and most prolific con artists, but that doesn’t mean he can’t spin a mean yarn about the importance of hard work. Frank Abagnale Sr., portrayed by the peerless Christopher Walken, is honored by his rotary club, so he uses the opportunity to tell a short allegory about the rewards of not giving up. Looks like Junior took those words to heart. The SoCal oil boom is the setting of this film, and of several notable Daniel Day-Lewis speeches. But the most unforgettable is when his character, successful oil tycoon Daniel Plainview, explains to his longtime nemesis that he’d outsmarted him by sucking a disputed oil well dry, without his knowledge. Using a simple and almost inappropriately cheerful metaphor, Plainview condescends to and humiliates his foe for one final time. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is: that’s the lesson Seth Davis learns after embarking on a career with a shady brokerage firm. As one of the company’s founders, Ben Affleck’s Jim inspires his recruits with the promise of wealth, happiness and, did we mention wealth? But it’s not all sports cars, big houses and women; Young makes clear that every call is hard work. This film details ’80s excess, both on and off Wall Street – and its most famous speech summarizes that message. Spoken by Gordon Gekko to inspire a group of shareholders, this monologue gets a bad rap, even though – as Gekko claims – it’s greed that built the U.S.: Dream big and grab every opportunity that comes your way, he says. And that’s something that applies to everyone, not only power brokers. Before we unveil our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions: Hired to motivate some lackluster salesmen, Alec Baldwin grabs attention immediately and proceeds with one of Hollywood’s most epic speeches. At seven-minutes-long, it’s the longest monologue on our list: it’s also the most intimidating, profane, and badass, as Baldwin’s Blake delivers the ABCs of sales and tells his prey to go big or go home. With help from some perfectly timed props, he inspires these deadbeats to close – or to quit. Do you agree with our list? Which business movie speech makes you want make all the money? My offer is this. Nothing. For more greedy top 10s published every day, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com. Subtitles by the Amara.org community