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Movies with great dialogue

Postby Stewball » Sun May 30, 2010 5:19 pm

Agree, disagree, got your own list? (Of course if the subject is boring you probably didn't get this far.)

Looking for movies where dialogue was a big part of the movie, which doesn't eliminate action at all (even though it would for some). More dialogue than just one or a few, even outstanding, quotes such as The Dark Knight, Gladiator, 2001, Dirty Harry or Patton.
Listed by time period.

All About Eve
Inherit the Wind
To Kill A Mockingbird
Dr. Strangelove
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
A Lion in Winter
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Moonstruck
(I must be missing something here, this is the only movie in a 20 year gap. Some would say I also have a 30 gap with only All About Eve in it, but so much dialogue then was trite, had a forced pacing and/or was just boring. There's also a fair number I haven't seen like Key Largo.)
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
The Devil's Advocate
Fight Club
Magnolia
O Brother Where Art Thou
Undisputed
Stranger Than Fiction
V for Vendetta
The Brave One
Interview (2007)
Doubt
(500) Days of Summer

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Re: Movies with great dialogue

Postby prowler » Sun May 30, 2010 6:34 pm

my dinner with andre springs to mind - maybe not the best dialogue ever, but certainly the most dialogue-centric film.
also,
12 angry men
gertrud
billy wilder movies
the man from earth

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Re: Movies with great dialogue

Postby tef » Sun May 30, 2010 9:10 pm

My Dinner with Andre and 12 Angry Men, like prowler said. The Princess Bride. Color of Money? Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)? Annie Hall...

I can't think of more offhand, but I wonder if people like the old snappy/quick one liners of the noir ilk.

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Re: Movies with great dialogue

Postby ShogunRua » Mon May 31, 2010 12:10 am

Dialogue is the whole part of

American Pimp (1999), although that is hilarious more for how retarded and over-the-top it is than anything. Among great films, there is

Cool Hand Luke
12 Angry Men (both versions)
Ruggles of Red Gap (current MoM on here)
Citizen Kane
Les Bonnes Femmes

among many, many others. Dialogue-centric films used to be a lot more common than they have become in the last 30 years.

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Re: Movies with great dialogue

Postby SirStuckey » Mon May 31, 2010 1:09 am

His Girl Friday
In Bruges

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Re: Movies with great dialogue

Postby ShogunRua » Mon May 31, 2010 1:55 am

SirStuckey wrote:In Bruges


That reminds me of the other Michael McDonaugh film, also with phenomenal dialogue, Six Shooter. A few more that come to mind;

Find Me Guilty
Burn after Reading

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Re: Movies with great dialogue

Postby shalev » Mon May 31, 2010 11:29 am

Movies that take place in one location tend to rely almost entirely on dialogue, examples:
Sleuth
Rope
Dog Day Afternoon (monologue count too?)
12 Angry Men - probably the best example.
I'd also might add The Exterminating Angel but I don't think there was anything great about it. (Just a great waste of time, maybe)

Stewball wrote:(500) Days of Summer

I pretty much agree with everything on your list (that I've seen), but I don't really understand this choise.
It seems like this is one of your favorites, the way you rave about. But if this count as 'great dialogue', than every rom com from the last decade can count as well. I mean to me it's just a bit above average, but if anything about it might be considered great, it's certainly not the dialogue.

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Re: Movies with great dialogue

Postby Stewball » Tue Jun 01, 2010 5:47 am

shalev wrote:I pretty much agree with everything on your list (that I've seen), but I don't really understand this choise.
It seems like this is one of your favorites, the way you rave about. But if this count as 'great dialogue', than every rom com from the last decade can count as well. I mean to me it's just a bit above average, but if anything about it might be considered great, it's certainly not the dialogue.


I know I'm marching to a different drummer on this one. Either I hear something it's saying that most people don't, or I'm hearing things. In any case, what I'm hearing is music to my ears, while most people get stuck on monotonous echoing jungle rom coms in their ears--which it definitely is not. It is "anti-".

I won't be so bold as to suggest you watch it again, but you might take a look at the quotes, which I did not submit btw. The critical quote was missing, however, which is probably just as well. That one, the end, needs to be seen and heard in context.s

(OK, I'll go willingly, I won't cause any more trouble.) :oops:

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Re: Movies with great dialogue

Postby shalev » Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:29 am

Stewball wrote:while most people get stuck on monotonous echoing jungle rom coms in their ears--which it definitely is not. It is "anti-".

I think it has too many rom com features to be considered "anti-". The ending alone, refreshing as it may be, is not enough. Not being a fan of the genre at all, the only reason I watched it was I hoped it would be "anti-", or at least very different, and was pretty disappointed in that regard.

Now spefically the dialogue - the fact I don't remember any shred of it kinda says it all I think. didn't find the quotes so great either, amusing maybe, nothing spectacular. Perhaps I'm too much of cynic for this kind of movies (how come there isn't a 'cynic' emoticon?)


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