Best dialogue scenes and/or films with great dialogue

Sentinel X

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Apr 30, 2005
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I was trying to find some great dialogue scenes on youtube but ironically only bollywood films showed up :huh: .....does anyone have any recommendations. Off the top of my head I can think of two great ones that stick like a sore thumb:

1. Opening scene in social network
2. The car scene in Pulp fiction

What are your favorite dialogue scenes? I've just been trying to get a better appreciation for dialogue recently and watching scenes/movies with good dialogue would certainly help.
The Shawshank Redemption instantly springs to mind as well.
No Country For Old Men, especially the scene in the gas station with Chigurh.
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Tarantino writes dialogue like nobody's business. Some don't like it, some feel it's too self-referential, but he doesn't shortchange it.
In Bruges; any scene in it when people are talking


The Magnificent Seven

The Company of Wolves

In the latter film, the least well known on my list, this scene really demonstrates how the dialogue between two individuals, both original and alluding to familiar tropes most of us already know of, can enhance the atmosphere and tension without taking over the entire scene:

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Al Pacino & Robert De Niro at the diner in Heat

The opening scene of Layer Cake

Daniel Craig & Eva Green talking over dinner on the train in Casino Royale

Patrick Stewart & Tom Hardy engaging in conversation in Star Trek: Nemesis

Donnie Walhberg & Tobin Bell getting to know each other better in SAW II

Tom Cruise cross-examining Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men

Everytime Anthony Hopkins talks to Jodie Foster the Julianne Moore in SOTL and Hannibal

Star Wars Vs. Lord Of The Rings debate in Clerks 2

Liam Neeson's warning over the phone in Taken

Robert Downey confronting Jared Harris in Sherlock Holmes 2


The Breakfast Club



Dog Day Afternoon

Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut)

The Last Days Of Disco

12 Angry Men (either version)

True Romance
Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty in Blade Runner.

"Tears in rain"
"I saw three of these dusters a short time ago, they were waiting for a train. Inside the dusters, there were three men."
"Inside the men, there were three bullets."
"That's a crazy story, Harmonica, for two reasons. One, nobody around these part's got the guts to wear those dusters except Cheyenne's men. Two, Cheyenne's men don't get killed."
"Well, you know music, and you can count - all the way up to two."
"All the way up to six if I have to..."

Love this flick, man. Beatty did a bang up job.
The second scene (first with dialogue) of The Good, The Bad & The Ugly when Angel Eyes shows up to interrogate Stevens. That one scene is the basis of much of Tarantino's work.

Also, the scene between Connery & Frobe where Bond is strapped to the table about to be cut in half by a laser is gold. Pun intended.

Best overall film in terms of dialogue is for me Casablanca. There is so much great stuff in that movie. Five of the best lines in movie history are in one scene at the airport. Possibly the best single scene in film history.

The five lines (in order they were delivered), for those wondering:

1) "If that plane leaves the ground and you're not with him, you'll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life."
2) "We'll always have Paris."
3) "Here's looking at you kid."
4) "Round up the usual suspects."
5) "Louis, I think is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
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I got chills when Bane gave his speech in front of Blackgate before the swelling score and the montage of the people retaking Gotham from the corrupt.

The bit between Hellboy and Liz in HBII about Meyers getting transferred to Antarctica.
I agree with all the QT comments...just go back to even the movies he didn't direct like True Romance and Natural Born Killers. But also Guy Ritchie with Snatch and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels come to mind.
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Bat-joker scenes in TDK
Rdj nd moriarty in SH2
Tarantino movies
Like everyone else said, Tarantino is the master of dialogue. Nobody in Hollywood can touch him. Pulp Fiction is my favorite film ever partly due to the dialogue.

12 Angry Men and The Sunset Limited are films that are driven on dialogue, especially the latter.
Inglorious Basterds Opening scene with Hans Landa

Pulp Fiction Diner scene

No one does dialogue like Tarantino. I also love Guy Ritchie's dialogue.
Actually, and I'm not just saying this because this is a comic-focused forum, but the Batman movies did have some genuinely good dialogue.

The part where Ra's Al Ghul is talking to Bruce about loss was really well done. All the training scenes, really.

Also, most scenes with the Joker (he didn't win an oscar for nothing).
Marlon Brando, Superman The Movie.

Peter Cullen/Optimus Prime Transformers.
44 Inch Chest.
The interrogation scene.

I've yet to find anything better.

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