Top 10 Business Movie Speeches

Top 10 Business Movie Speeches


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

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  1. You completely fucked this up toward "business". You wish to sell, and yet… you don't even have a delivery!

  2. these are shit! watch….
    paul bettany in margin call driving scene.
    steve carell the big short.
    or even margot robbie in the bathtub, the big short

  3. "you have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale and I won't have it!" -ned beatty, "network" #1.

  4. I can't believe that you didn't include Ned Beatty's speech from Network. I think it is the shortest role to ever be nominated for an Academy Award.

  5. Greased with paper backed by "greed". Wall St knew that 1987 US was just "2nd rank" sinking in lustful dept. The unexpected fall of totalitarian evil communism, the following century brought air for some gameplay. quarter of a century later…now the world goes 'round again. same shit different day…. im for gay rights everybody !!:)))

  6. PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, such a STUPID MOVIE. HAVING A KID WHEN YOUR SOURCE OF INCOME IS BUY AND SELL SHIT OF ONE SHITTY PRODUCT! WHAT A MORON WILL SMITH'S CHARACTER WAS! YESSHHH

  7. That speech from Glengarry Glen Ross is too good. I often just open that movie and watch that speech time after time. Also, the ending.

  8. can you please switch back to this intro… i love watchmojo the new intro is just weird to me , i watched so much watch mojo my friend was watching a video i couldnt see the screen but i heard a bit of the sound i i told him the exact title, and date

  9. Hearing Daniel Day Lewis do a scene and then hearing Ben Affleck do a scene is like eating a $120 rare steak, bake potato stuffed with bacon and butter and stopping half way in the meal, leaving the restaurant and then shoving cat shit in your mouth. No way in this entire fucking world is Ben Affleck even 1/100th the actor Daniel Day Lewis is, or any of those guys from Glengary.

  10. What a scrap of blubber. "The world is a business, Mr. Beale". You missed Network. You present this shit list…and Network is …nowhere? You have meddled with the primal forces of nature and you. Shall. Atone.

  11. The Wolf of Wall Street should've been on this list. It'd been out for about two and a half or three weeks when this was released. There's no way that they couldn't have known about it.

  12. These videos would be great without the incessant babbling throughout. The commentary isn't necessary. Just play the clip.

  13. You have got to be fucking kidding me… Where is Ned Beattys speech for Network???? The WILL SMITH MOVIE??? This is garbage.

  14. One of the best business speeches I ever heard did not come from a movie but the television show "Dallas". I forget who said it but In one episode a character said "You take power, it is not given to you". One of the truest things I ever heard.

  15. I bet if there were a channel that took all of the WatchMojo videos and just showed the full clip without the commentary, that it'd be an instant hit.

  16. Great new one from The Founder with Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc when he starts to wrest control of the company away from the McDonald brothers.

    "I came up with the concept of winning. While you two boys were content to be a couple of also rans. I wanna take the future. I want to win. And you don't get there by being some 'ah shucks,' nice guy sap. There's no place in business for people like that. Business is war. Its dog eat dog, rat eat rat. If my competitor were drowning, I'd walk over and put a hose right in his mouth. Can you say the same?"

  17. Agree with Glen Garry, disappointed Danny DeVito, Other People's Money: Message to the stockholders did not make the list.

  18. We need an updated version. Big Short has a good one and Margin Call has at least three great speeches, the best with Jeremy Irons – "So we may survive!"

  19. lmao, reading the comments, and u are all just rabble..wolf of wall street, network, other peoples money..one person says it, and u all say it, like children, over and over again "what about network" "u missed network" pathetic..quit copying…and although not really a business speech, the al pacino game speech in any given sunday rules

  20. The Key to the Kane speech Cinematically speaking is that it's the first time he is at equal measure with his guardian and when they both stand up you find Charles actually above him physically. All of Orwell's shots had a double purpose.

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  22. William Holden in "Executive Suite" didn't make the list because, of course, no movies were made before 1980.

  23. There were much better speeches that weren't even on this list ( Patton, Godfather, Al Pacino) & the narrator should just shut up so we can hear the damn speeches?

  24. This List is BULLSHIT!!! Not a single speech from the mighty NETWORK ..
    And how DARE they forget the profound 'Dicks Pussies & Assholes speech from Team America!!!

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