Top five movies to watch to improve your dialogue.
A few weeks ago, I made a post regarding dialogue, this week; I’m going to make a list of the top five movies with great dialogue that can help you improve your writing. As I said, dialogue can be tricky to write but with enough practice doesn’t have to. These movies, in my opinion, have great dialogue to help you achieve writing realistic dialogue that helps the reader discover something about the character. So, here we go:
It has been a while since I’ve watched this movie, but I still remember the dialogue between the characters. The story is based on two couples who have nothing in common, the man meets the woman of another and their relationships turn deceitful.
“ There’s a moment, there’s always a moment, “I can do this, I can give into this, or I can resist it”, and I don’t know when your moment was, but I bet you there was one. ” –
This movie is now considered a classic. If you haven’t watched this you’re missing out. It has quite a few funny moments. We have a man in his forties who becomes infatuated with his daughter’s best friend.
Carolyn Burnham: My husband, Lester.
Buddy Kane: It’s a pleasure.
Lester Burnham: Oh, we’ve met before, actually. This thing last year, Christmas at the Sheraton…
Buddy Kane: [pretends to remember] Oh yeah, yes…
Lester Burnham: It’s OK, I wouldn’t remember me either.
Carolyn Burnham: [laughs nervously] Honey, don’t be weird.
Lester Burnham: OK honey, I won’t be weird. I’ll be whatever what you want me to be.
[Lester kisses Carolyn wildly, then looks at the Real Estate King]
Lester Burnham: We have a very healthy relationship.
Buddy Kane: I see.
Lester Burnham: Well, don’t know about you guys, but I need a drink.
Another one of the top five movies to watch to improve your dialogue. This movie is somewhat unusual and dark. It’s about two hitmen going to Belgium to hide whilst waiting for further instructions from their Dublin crime lord. This movie’s dialogue is as hilarious as it is good.
Harry: [to Yuri] An Uzi? I’m not from South Central Los fucking Angeles. I didn’t come here to shoot twenty black ten-year-olds in a drive-by. I want a normal gun for a normal person.
I’ve mentioned this movie in the post about writing suspense. Quentin Tarantino never disappoints.
Also, Pulp Fiction is another excellent Tarantino movie to watch for dialogue. On the last post, I suggested that you should sit somewhere and listen to how people talk, well this movie has this example. The opening scene of this movie is a simple scene with two men in a room talking about common things (but in the meantime, you know that shit is about to hit the fan).
The opening scene from Inglorious Basterds is just fantastic, here’s a brief part of it:
Col. Hans Landa: “What a tremendously hostile world that a rat must endure. Yet not only does he survive, he thrives. Because our little foe has an instinct for survival and preservation second to none… And that, Monsieur, is what a Jew shares with a rat.
It was hard to pick number one but this is by far my top pick. Goes without saying that this film is definitely a classic and one of the greatest movies ever made. Not only does this movie have great dialogue but it also has great characters and overall plot line.
“A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.’
And the infamous.
“I ‘ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
Hope you enjoyed the top five movies to watch to improve your dialogue. got a movie with great dialogue in mind? Let me know in the comments below 🙂
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