Best Movie Speeches: Spliced Movie Ranks Jerry Maguire Scenes Among The Best Movie Speech Dialogue of All Time

Tom Cruise’s Oscar-nominated performance in Jerry Maguire caught the eye of editors at the Spliced Movie Blog, who rank the speeches from the romantic dramedy among the best of all time! Take a look below at the first speech that marks this quotable masterpiece from writer-director Cameron Crowe – the infamous exit speech:

Call it guts. Call it intestinal fortitude. Call it crazy. It’s the kind of speech nearly everyone who’s ever been “let go” from a company dreams of making. Watching Jerry march out of the (momentarily) stunned office with a mousy Renée Zellweger, you can’t help but root for him to take down his former sports agency one client at a time. His plan of attack may be murky, but there’s no one in the audience doubting his sincerity. While we would have liked to see half the staff walk out with him, the implied long odds makes any triumph that much sweeter.

The editors at Spliced also rightly point out several quotes from the movie transforming it into a wider cultural icon. Favorites like “Show me the money!” have become part of the popular lexicon. Even casual movie fans who haven’t seen Jerry Maguire are familiar with the now oft-used catchphrase. The other infamous quote from the film comes from the following speech, seen in the video clip below:

The now famous quote, “You had me at hello,” was given the honor of making the vaunted American Film Institute’s List of Top 100 Movie Quotes. It also went a long way in making the tearfully unforgettable Zellweger a star and left millions of romance fans choked with emotion. The team at is filled with softies at heart, including one of our own who loved this movie so much she’s seen it over 100 times.

What are your favorite scenes or speeches from Jerry Maguire? Can you quote them from memory? Go ahead and take the podium in our comments section below.

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  • patirck ford

    I will go with you 2 :)

  • Anne (ka_anna11)

    “I Love U, You Complete Me”
    awwwww.. so sweet :)

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  • Vladimir Brodsky

    Mily Priteli Tome ted jsem prave dokoukal Mission Impossible 1 dlouho jsem ten film nevidel stahl jsem si Ho z Internetu. Taky Tam hodne premyslite az odhalite Tu zradu ve Vlastnich radach.Snazim se hodne pozorovat Lidi a Ucit se premyslet vsimat si Malickosti alespon cloveku nezakrni Mozek.Nejsem Vestec,ale snazim se vsechno vipozorovat vsimat si Detailu co Ostatni lidi ani nezaregistruji.Nerikam,ze tim padem vsechno Vim na 111 procent,ale nekdy staci jen nejake To procento.At se Vam dari pri nataceni a at vse slape podle planu a hlavne zadne zraneni.Vas Pritel Vladimir Brodsky.

  • Alexandra

    Dear Tom,
    My favourite scenes is in the end of the film, when Jerry and other agents are waiting for their sportsmen. And when they embraced each other, and the another sportsman said “Why we have not the same filling”…. It is the grate moment!
    Thank you very much

  • Kimberly

    Love, Love, Love this movie!!! It so deserves to be recognized! :) Quote: “Help me, help you. Help ME…. Help YOU!”

  • MCG

    “You had me at ‘hello’…” and “You… complete me.” would be the two best quotes in Jerry Maguire for me :”>.

  • Marcelo Caballero

    Show me the moneeeeyy !!!!

  • Anne Imaizumi (ka_anna11)

    “U Complete Me”

  • Alexandra

    Dear Tom,
    I am from Russia but I learn English to read, write and watch you film, blog etc. I like to watch film and write the review for it at Russian websites about films. Some time ago I wrote in my blog that your films made me. They had the best influence on me. So when I saw your tweet, I decided to write you
    Best regards

  • Rachel Seidman-Lockamy

    “What Movies Mean to Me”

    My fascination with the creative medium known as film germinated in my youth, incubating over the years as enjoyment turned to passion. Rather than simply appreciating the images on the screen, I marveled at the creative process behind the development of a movie. True, the camera and the actors are requisite for most cinematic endeavors, but beyond that there are hands and feet working through exhaustion, armed with unmatched dedication to creating something worthy of an audience’s undivided attention; to create something that might endure the ages. That is the heart of my adoration for movies; they are experiences.

    Akin to roller-coasters, sky-diving and bungee-jumping, the scope of a movie’s affect on an individual transcends the moments spent physically engaged in the activity. The truly touching, inspiring, frightening, enlightening and logic-defying effects of a movie-going experience bleed into every day life in the form of quotes, lively discussions and animated debate. The emotional highs and lows of the craft do not rest within the walls of a movie theater. As you exit that darkened room you carry the film with you, regardless of your impressions.

    That is part of the power of cinema. To me, the truly engaging movies are the ones that trick you into believing you’re not in a theater at all, but instead are dreaming an entirely new world filled with characters hatched from your own imagination. The movie transports you to the point that you forget your surroundings and the narrative and characters consume your reality. Whether obsessing over the romantic leads’ futures or commencing in celebratory fist-pumping over a truly tremendous bomb blast, your senses slip away into this new dimension where you rest for a while. It’s almost dizzying, the power of a 120 page screenplay masterfully interpreted and presented on the screen.

    These days, the finesse of post-production inks out most blemishes in the quest for cinematic perfection, but in no way negates the on-set efforts of experienced and dedicated crew members. Beyond the actor and the camera there may be hundreds of people working in an attempted harmony to deliver the finest experience possible. When the credits roll at the end of the film and everyone else meanders out to battle for the right to pull out of their parking spots first while attempting to avoid running over slow-moving pedestrians I remain cemented in my seat. Why? Well, the magic of film is nothing without the people behind it.

    In my youth I sat on many film sets marveling at the organized chaos exploding around me. While seated just over the shoulder of the director, I could see everything on the monitors just as the audience would while perched precariously on the edge of their favorite theater’s cushioned seats. On the flip-side, I could see everything the audience never would. Track was laid for the camera and a Director of Photography ensured the shot captured the scene perfectly. There was a make-up artist and hair artist constantly re-applying lipstick and resetting long locks after two actors embraced. A costumer ran back and forth between takes attempting to smooth out any wrinkles emerging from the day’s exposure to the elements. Beyond that lights and shades and dollys had to be perfectly in place. The extras worked their way through the shot with precision while the script supervisor attempted to keep track of the leads’ actions. Craft Service slipped through the amassed crowd with hot coffee and the gaffers and electricians sipped gratefully. Between shots the actors chatted to keep their energy high, smiles all around despite any outside factors, like the screaming fans down the street.

    It was like seeing the inside of a clock and finally comprehending how each gear affected the other. We spend so much time looking at the face to see the ticking of the hands and appreciate the finesse of its finish, but we rarely turn it over to remove the covering and glimpse inside to see all the elements that make it possible. Those experiences on-set changed my perspective, and as soon as I found understanding, I hungered for more. I dreamed of being a part of it. Rather than being passive in the experience, I wanted to aid in its development. When a writer sits down to outline a screenplay, he or she brings so much more than words onto the page. There are experiences and emotions, desires and dreams, heartache and hunger pouring into sentences and characters. When a Director sits down with a Director of Photography to develop the shots that will tell the story, the camera almost becomes another character in each scene, and it’s up to them to decide whether or not the lens is passive. Every decision will affect the viewing experience and shape the viewer’s perception.

    When make-up artists and costumers delve into the requirements of the piece, so much more than “pretty” comes into play. Time-periods and appropriate styles factor into the decision-making process that helps shape the look and feel of the world in which the characters live. Set dressers scour the world looking for the appropriate props to instantly give the audience insight into the mindset and attitude of the characters.

    Then there’s the actors, removing themselves from the picture to slip into the shoes of someone perhaps more heroic, more debonair, more compassionate. Personal cadence and diction might need to disappear to better inhabit another’s thought and speech patterns. Prosthetics and clever lighting can mask a familiar face, but if the character is left wanting, then so too is the audience. The best actors are chameleons, capable of shifting from one person to the next like a body snatcher in an old horror film. If the audience is capable of temporarily forgetting the name of the star in favor of the character’s monogram, then the illusion is complete.

    Movies are an experience. From the moment an idea springs to life inside someone’s mind the cycle begins. That one idea spreads and multiplies until hundreds engage in the molding and shaping of a film. Whether the story takes place on Mars or in New York City, each movie rests in its own unique world. Those hundreds of crew members, cast and promoters immerse themselves in the film in an attempt to manufacture the ideal adventure for the viewing public.

    Then it’s your turn to taste the experience.

    When you sit down in your favorite theater, armed with your customary treats and snacks, do you ever wonder if you’ll leave satisfied? Most of us have that fleeting feeling flipping through our stomachs as the lights dim and the film starts to wind through the projector. Truthfully, you may depart the theater after a few hours disappointed in how the film turned out. But take comfort, for just like in life, not all experiences are good. But, to me, they are worth the time and effort.

    Just like any other experience, a movie can change your life. It can challenge your beliefs and affirm your greatest hopes. Through a theater trip you can dig into your own soul and find the child within starving for a taste of blissful innocence captured in a moment of delight shared between you and the faces on the screen. You can conquer your greatest fears in a burst of cathartic relief as the hero or heroine overcomes the impossible. You can remember what it was like to be loved, and dare to open that bruised heart once more to the affections of a caring person. You can see yourself mirrored in another’s eyes, and take note of the rough edges requiring some sanding that might have remained in shadows had you never purchased your ticket.

    No matter which side of the screen you’re on, movies are more than rolling film or digital images. From slap-stick comedy to drama to horror and beyond, these are experiences that we carry with us long after the theater closes its doors for the night.

    At least, that’s my take on it.

  • David Kobylanski

    What do movies mean to me? They mean. They mean there is evil in the world. They mean there are heroes across the globe. They mean there is art. They mean there is bad art. They mean there is violence. They mean there is virtue. They mean well. They mean ill. But most all, they mean something. Some will say every plot and basic story has been explored, that all we do is repeat the same things in different ways. But oh, how different they can be. Love is the same, but different for all. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So is happiness, so is fear, so by all means, repeat by dears.

    I’ve written articles about Hollywood history out of pleasure and critical reviews out of being entertained or being made to yawn. I’ve watched movies since I can remember. I can’t name that date. I went from laughing at them, getting frightened to shivers the nights after, getting inspired to dawn a cape to being touched forever. I was touched by film in February of 1997. I can name that date. I was only 8 years old, approaching 9. I had been shown how to show respect long before, but I finally found out what respect felt like. Black-and-white films were rare by that decade, but not foreign to me. “Young Frankenstein” was always a delight. But NBC aired an evening movie on the twenty-third day of that second month of that year that made me look at it all differently and at such a young age. What a shame. Movie magic hit me then and hasn’t warn off since. I was splashed with celluloid just like some frames were dabbed with red in that film. Can you name it? I can: “Schindler’s List.” I was splashed with celluloid and haven’t gotten cleaned up yet. Maybe you don’t feel as passionate about that specific moment, but the point is, it meant something to someone. It means something to me.

  • Nick Savides

    What Movies Mean to Me:
    It’s not just about the spectacle of it all.  Not for me.  

    Sure, I enjoy watching an intense, carefully choreographed action sequence or exploring an exotic world, beautifully photographed.  The on-screen varieties of excellence I see beg me to honor them by producing the best quality work in my own endeavors.  

    Hundreds, if not thousands, of people who are very good at what they do, work hard to offer up a few memorable cinematic moments, and I’m grateful for their efforts. Most of the time.

    Occasionally, a movie will feel like it was assembled, personality-free, in a factory for the sole purpose of making money.  Those are the ones I try to avoid.  Instead I look for signs that the filmmakers poured their hearts into making something special, something sincere. I don’t know what those signs will be, they vary from one film to the next, but I know them when I see them.  

    In our world of pre-packaged phrases and mechanized interactions, it’s refreshing to encounter the movies that have a unique, handcrafted feel.  Just because most movies are made with expensive technology doesn’t mean they can’t also communicate a craftsman’s pride in getting the details right and in creating something with love.

    It’s a bittersweet acknowledgement for me to make, but sometimes the most honest interactions I see all day, or even all week, are at the movies.  I don’t think I’m the only one.   
    During the day, so many people hide the truth of themselves for all sorts of reasons.  On film, though, actors are paid to portray characters while being honest in the moment. Those characters might be crooks and liars, but the actors playing them are still responsible for revealing their truths.

    Seeing the truth of others reminds me of what it means to be human, and I do believe that the truth really is powerful enough to set us free. Besides, it’s hard to be transparent in the real world, and the great movies give us ideas about how that can be done in a graceful way.

    I don’t buy into the idea that movies are just about escaping dreadful reality.  Yeah, movies are larger than life, and they often do provide a pleasant, or not so pleasant distraction, from the troubles at hand.  But, they can also serve as beacons of light, warning of dangers or hinting at what the world might be like if enough people dared to dream and live with honesty, courage, and affection.  

    Movies aren’t my only guides in life, but like good friends they’ve amused, engaged, and challenged me along the way.  They’ve offered hope and shown what love could be.  I would be a very different person without them.

  • Tom Stratford

    Turner Classic Movies will have it’s 2nd annual film festival this April in Hollywood CA. My favorite movie moment is when the restoration of classics are premiered for all generations to enjoy. I went to last years TCM film festival & can’t wait for this years.

  • Rebecca Tsaros Dickson

    The best line in a movie full of them is from Jerry: “I’m not trying to make history here.”
    The irony is, when we aren’t trying to impress – when we do things because we feel genuine, raw passion for them – that’s actually when we leave a lasting impression.
    Great flick, on many levels.

  • Reneestafford

    I have to say if you were leaving my office you’d have a almost irritating amount of people following you out Rofl We just love you Mr Man

  • Manjul

    The quote I like is : Roll with punches….tommorow is another day!!
    The 2 funny quotes which I like are : “Show me the money!! ” and “Help me help u…Help me Help UUU!!

    Miss u Jerry!! =]

  • Klara Linke

    I like “Show me the money!” or as Ray said:”Did you know….?”

  • O Sica

    I Like ! Very Much .

  • Chris

    Hey, the man, David, the guy I met on the bus today, he had your eyebrows, most definitely and your hair color, a similar body build, et cetera.

  • Chris

    He had a beard and moustache. Not bad for such. The hair was longer than yours has been recently, but still sexy. I can’t remember exactly what he looked like though. But, as time passes, it is like I did see you on the bus today!

  • Thorsidy

    I LOVE

  • shimu

    I don’t believe in fate,but believe in luck

  • shimu

    Roll with punches….tommorow is another day!!