Famous Monologues for Women

As a woman, finding a solid monologue is no walk in the park. You want to make sure you find one that plays to your strengths and puts you in the best position to succeed.

Whether you’re looking to nail that audition or just better your craft, we’ve compiled the best list of drama monologues suitable for males and females.

We constantly are updating this list, however, there might be others in our database that we’ve left out, so feel free to search at the top of this page by actor, film, or play. 

Quick tips for selecting a  monologue:

  • Find a monologue that plays to your strengths
  • Find a monologue that suits the role you want
  • Find a monologue that WOW’s you the first time you read it

SARA: Shhh! Please. I”m sorry, but we”ve got to be very quiet, or we”ll frighten the spirits away! Come, let”s everyone hold hands. You too, Becky. Let”s close our eyes and think. (Pause) What do you suppose Becky”s mother would want to say to her? I think she”d say a bit about where she is now, where there are fields and fields of flowers, and a soft wind is always blowing. And if spirits can float around where they like, and I believe it”s true, perhaps Becky”s mama is in this room with us right now. And what do you think she would say?More Monologues from “A Little Princess”

EM: That”s my stepmother. My mother died two years ago. My dad got remarried last year. (sneering at the photo) Her name is Francy. See that unholy abomination on her head? It”s a wig. She had some kind of nervous breakdown when her first husband divorced her. Her hair fell out. I”d feel sorry for her if she wasn”t such a pathetic, status-obsessed witch.More Monologues from “Adventureland”

NORA: I can”t believe it. You mean it”s alright for you to leave us but it wasn”t alright for me to leave you?It was my future. Why couldn”t I have something to say about it? I need to be independent.So I have to give up the one chance I may never get again, is that it? I”m the one who has to pay for what you couldn”t do with your own life. I”m not judging you. I can”t even talk to you. I don”t exist to you. I have tried so hard to get close to you, but there was never any room. Whatever you had to give went to Daddy, and when he died, whatever was left you gave to Laurie…….I have been jealous my whole life of Laurie because she was lucky enough to be born sick. I could never turn a light on in my room at night or read in bed because Laurie always needed her precious sleep. I could never have a friend over on the weekends because Laurie was always resting. I used to pray I”d get some terrible disease or get hit by a car so I”d have a leg all twisted and crippled and then once, maybe just once, I”d get to crawl into bed next to you on a cold rainy night and talk to you and hold you until I fell asleep in your arms…just once…

It was my future. Why couldn”t I have something to say about it? I need to be independent.So I have to give up the one chance I may never get again, is that it? I”m the one who has to pay for what you couldn”t do with your own life. I”m not judging you. I can”t even talk to you. I don”t exist to you. I have tried so hard to get close to you, but there was never any room. Whatever you had to give went to Daddy, and when he died, whatever was left you gave to Laurie…….I have been jealous my whole life of Laurie because she was lucky enough to be born sick. I could never turn a light on in my room at night or read in bed because Laurie always needed her precious sleep. I could never have a friend over on the weekends because Laurie was always resting. I used to pray I”d get some terrible disease or get hit by a car so I”d have a leg all twisted and crippled and then once, maybe just once, I”d get to crawl into bed next to you on a cold rainy night and talk to you and hold you until I fell asleep in your arms…just once…

So I have to give up the one chance I may never get again, is that it? I”m the one who has to pay for what you couldn”t do with your own life. I”m not judging you. I can”t even talk to you. I don”t exist to you. I have tried so hard to get close to you, but there was never any room. Whatever you had to give went to Daddy, and when he died, whatever was left you gave to Laurie…….I have been jealous my whole life of Laurie because she was lucky enough to be born sick. I could never turn a light on in my room at night or read in bed because Laurie always needed her precious sleep. I could never have a friend over on the weekends because Laurie was always resting. I used to pray I”d get some terrible disease or get hit by a car so I”d have a leg all twisted and crippled and then once, maybe just once, I”d get to crawl into bed next to you on a cold rainy night and talk to you and hold you until I fell asleep in your arms…just once…

….I have been jealous my whole life of Laurie because she was lucky enough to be born sick. I could never turn a light on in my room at night or read in bed because Laurie always needed her precious sleep. I could never have a friend over on the weekends because Laurie was always resting. I used to pray I”d get some terrible disease or get hit by a car so I”d have a leg all twisted and crippled and then once, maybe just once, I”d get to crawl into bed next to you on a cold rainy night and talk to you and hold you until I fell asleep in your arms…just once…

DENISE: Oh my God. Listen to you: “I ain”t no phony.” Hey, you know what? There”s a mirror up there. Take a look – you”re white. Anyway, why do you care what I think of you? You haven”t spoken to me since sixth grade. I know exactly who you are. You”re Kenny Fisher who used to play “Bionic Man” with me in my basement. You”re Kenny Fisher who used to sleep over my house and needed to leave the hall light on all night. You”re Kenny Fisher who used to buy me a card every Valentine”s Day and a bag of those chalky hearts with the little words on them. And you”re Kenny Fisher who suddenly became too cool to hang with me once we hit junior high. Because I had glasses, because I was smart, and because I didn”t look good in those skimpy little bodysuit tops all the popular girls were wearing. And anyone who can ditch their best friend like that, in my opinion, is a big phony.More Monologues from “Can”t Hardly Wait”

Just hear me out. That thing that you thought that I was – I”m not. I mean, I”m not really sure exactly what that thing is that you thought that I was – but I”m almost positive that I am not it. And please don”t try and tell me that I could be it. Because I can”t. Or, I can – but, I wont. Same difference. And don”t ask me to clarify what I”m talking about. Because… I don”t know.Which leads me to my next point – if I don”t know who I am – how can you possibly know who I am? I understand why you try – everybody does – we all try to figure each other out – we even make up ideas in our heads about who someone is and we stick to it like a bought and sold script. But, really – it”s just one big improv where the rules keep changing. It”s not your fault. I only gave you so much to work with.And, please don”t try and say anything to get me to stay – I know we”ve seen it in the movies – how people can stop someone in their tracks so easily. Two people could be having a huge fight and one of them begins to walk away – but, the other one says something…something trite, usually. Like, “you can”t run from the truth!” Or “you can”t hide away forever!” And that simple “you can”t” phrase, this “oh so poignant” observation makes the other person freeze stone cold. The camera pans in as we see the thoughtful expression on the frozen persons face. Ah ha! This person is thinking something. Something that is making them change their mind and not want to leave. This person will now stay – maybe even turn around – slowly so as not to upset the moment too much. But that”s just movie logic, you know? Annie Wood is a Hollywood native, lifelong actress and writer. She”s an award winning playwright with a hit web-series that she created, wrote and stars in, Karma”s a B*tch, which has over 1.7 million views and was Best of the Web on Virgin America. Season 2 was co-written with veteran TV writer, David Schladweiler. (Look for season 2 in 2015) Subscribe here: www.youtube.com/karmatheseries For information about Annie”s writer-for-hirer work, where she will write a unique scene specifically for you to use in your demo reel and in workshops, please visit

Which leads me to my next point – if I don”t know who I am – how can you possibly know who I am? I understand why you try – everybody does – we all try to figure each other out – we even make up ideas in our heads about who someone is and we stick to it like a bought and sold script. But, really – it”s just one big improv where the rules keep changing. It”s not your fault. I only gave you so much to work with.And, please don”t try and say anything to get me to stay – I know we”ve seen it in the movies – how people can stop someone in their tracks so easily. Two people could be having a huge fight and one of them begins to walk away – but, the other one says something…something trite, usually. Like, “you can”t run from the truth!” Or “you can”t hide away forever!” And that simple “you can”t” phrase, this “oh so poignant” observation makes the other person freeze stone cold. The camera pans in as we see the thoughtful expression on the frozen persons face. Ah ha! This person is thinking something. Something that is making them change their mind and not want to leave. This person will now stay – maybe even turn around – slowly so as not to upset the moment too much. But that”s just movie logic, you know? Annie Wood is a Hollywood native, lifelong actress and writer. She”s an award winning playwright with a hit web-series that she created, wrote and stars in, Karma”s a B*tch, which has over 1.7 million views and was Best of the Web on Virgin America. Season 2 was co-written with veteran TV writer, David Schladweiler. (Look for season 2 in 2015) Subscribe here: www.youtube.com/karmatheseries For information about Annie”s writer-for-hirer work, where she will write a unique scene specifically for you to use in your demo reel and in workshops, please visit

And, please don”t try and say anything to get me to stay – I know we”ve seen it in the movies – how people can stop someone in their tracks so easily. Two people could be having a huge fight and one of them begins to walk away – but, the other one says something…something trite, usually. Like, “you can”t run from the truth!” Or “you can”t hide away forever!” And that simple “you can”t” phrase, this “oh so poignant” observation makes the other person freeze stone cold. The camera pans in as we see the thoughtful expression on the frozen persons face. Ah ha! This person is thinking something. Something that is making them change their mind and not want to leave. This person will now stay – maybe even turn around – slowly so as not to upset the moment too much. But that”s just movie logic, you know? Annie Wood is a Hollywood native, lifelong actress and writer. She”s an award winning playwright with a hit web-series that she created, wrote and stars in, Karma”s a B*tch, which has over 1.7 million views and was Best of the Web on Virgin America. Season 2 was co-written with veteran TV writer, David Schladweiler. (Look for season 2 in 2015) Subscribe here: www.youtube.com/karmatheseries For information about Annie”s writer-for-hirer work, where she will write a unique scene specifically for you to use in your demo reel and in workshops, please visit

Annie Wood is a Hollywood native, lifelong actress and writer. She”s an award winning playwright with a hit web-series that she created, wrote and stars in, Karma”s a B*tch, which has over 1.7 million views and was Best of the Web on Virgin America. Season 2 was co-written with veteran TV writer, David Schladweiler. (Look for season 2 in 2015) Subscribe here: www.youtube.com/karmatheseries For information about Annie”s writer-for-hirer work, where she will write a unique scene specifically for you to use in your demo reel and in workshops, please visit

Annie Wood is a Hollywood native, lifelong actress and writer. She”s an award winning playwright with a hit web-series that she created, wrote and stars in, Karma”s a B*tch, which has over 1.7 million views and was Best of the Web on Virgin America. Season 2 was co-written with veteran TV writer, David Schladweiler. (Look for season 2 in 2015) Subscribe here: www.youtube.com/karmatheseries For information about Annie”s writer-for-hirer work, where she will write a unique scene specifically for you to use in your demo reel and in workshops, please visit

HAYLEY: How hard do you think they”ll look for me? (She lets it sink in. Then continues) The police find a pedophile killer all gift-wrapped for them, you really think they”re gonna care who did their work for them? You think they”re even gonna bring it up?They never try girls as adults. Sexist but true. Plus I”ll have the biggest legal defense fund you ever saw. If everyone who”s ever been molested sends in just five dollars, I”ll be able to afford any lawyer I want. The worst, absolute worst case scenario? I do two years community service with psych evaluations, and Jodie Foster directs the movie version of the whole thing. (a beat) Who do you want to play you?*culled

They never try girls as adults. Sexist but true. Plus I”ll have the biggest legal defense fund you ever saw. If everyone who”s ever been molested sends in just five dollars, I”ll be able to afford any lawyer I want. The worst, absolute worst case scenario? I do two years community service with psych evaluations, and Jodie Foster directs the movie version of the whole thing. (a beat) Who do you want to play you?*culled

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Rosie: If you knew me better, you”d see that this is exactly the kind of thing that”s likely to happen to me. Getting knocked up, I mean. The point is it was my first time, I was a virgin before that. Wouldn”t you know it, I”d get caught? Aside from everything else, I”m not lucky, either. You see, if I was lucky, Harold and I could”ve succumbed to our silly little passion and that would”ve been that, the end of it. And New Rochelle, of all places. At least if it”d been in some nice apartment in the Village, say, with the sound coming through the window of traffic and people, the breeze blowing the curtain over the bed, like in the movies. But no. I lost my virginity in the attic of an old house in New Rochelle. Harold”s grandmother”s house. On a rainy day in spring on the floor of the attic in his grandmothers house, listening to the rain on the roof, breathing the dust of old things…And what comes next but his grandmother who was supposed to be in the city for the day. But instead, she”s suddenly standing there, screaming: “Stop that! Stop that this instant!” Needless to say, it was out of the question. Stopping. At that particular moment. I mean, sex is like a flight over the sea, one reaches the point of no return…I guess it sounds funny now, but you know, at the time…it was pretty rotten. Sordid, I mean…it wasn”t at all the way it”s supposed to be. And Harold, of all people. A girl finds herself in this predicament, this condition, she”d at least like to think the cause of it was some clever, handsome guy with charm and experience, just returned from spending a year in Rome, say, on a Guggenheim fellowship. But Harold. Harold is six foot two, about a hundred and twenty five pounds, tops, and an Economics major at CCNY…That”s about the best I”ll ever be able to do, I know it. Ever since I found out I was pregnant I”ve been walking around with a face down to here and my mother kept saying, “What”s the matter with you, anyway? I just don”t know what”s gotten into you lately.” So, finally, I told her: a kid named Harold, as a matter of fact.

CLAIRE: Oh, be honest, Andy… if Brian came walking up to you in the hall on Monday, what would you do? I mean picture this, you”re there with all the sports. I know exactly what you”d do, you”d say hi to him and when he left you”d cut him all up so your friends wouldn”t think you really liked him! “Cause I”m telling the truth, that makes me a b -? (to Bender) Okay, what about you, you hypocrite! Why don”t you take Allison to one of your heavy metal vomit parties? Or take Brian out to the parking lot at lunch to get high? What about Andy? For that matter, what about me? What would your friends say if we were walking down the hall together. They”d laugh their a – off and you”d probably tell them you were doing it with me so they”d forgive you for being seen with me. I hate you!More Monologues from “The Breakfast Club”

HAZEL: I just wanna say… there will come a time when, you know, all of us are dead. It might be tomorrow. Might be a million years from now but… it”s gonna happen. And when it does, enough generations will come and go, there”ll be no one left to remember Cleopatra. Or Mozart. Or Muhammad Ali, let alone any of us. Oblivion”s inevitable, dude. And if that scares you, well, I suggest you ignore it. God knows it”s what everyone else does.More Monologues from “The Fault in Our Stars”

HAZEL: “Augustus Waters was the great starcrossed love of my life. Ours was an epic love story, and I won”t be able to get more than a sentence into it without disappearing into a puddle of tears. (beat) Like all real love stories – ours will die with us, as it should. I”d hoped that he”d be eulogizing me, because there”s no one I”d rather have…” (beat, composing herself) “I can”t talk about our love story so instead I will talk about math. I am not a mathematician, but I know this: there are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There”s .1 And .12 And .112 And an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. I want more numbers than I”m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and for that I am eternally grateful. I love you.”More Monologues from “The Fault in Our Stars”

JULIE: Hi. I”m Julie. 15. Hodgkin”s Lymphoma. It”s been an ok week I guess. I”ve been sleeping better. More energy. I don”t feel as sluggish as I used to. So far, everyone seems pleased with my results. But it”s hard, you know. My friends are at school, they have parties on weekends. I can”t help but feel I”m missing out. I should be grateful, I know that, I just… it”s hard, that”s all. It”s hard. More Monologues from “The Fault in Our Stars”

ALLIE: Do you remember sneaking over here the first time you told me about this place? I got home late that evening, and my parents were furious when I finally came in. I can still picture my daddy standing in the living room, my mother on the sofa, staring straight ahead. I swear, they looked as if a family member had died. That was the first time my parents knew I was serious about you, and my mother had a long talk with me later that night. She said to me, “Sometimes, our future is dictated by who we are, not what we want.” And I know it was wrong of her to keep your letters from me, but just try to understand. Once we left, she probably thought it would be easier for me to just let go. In her mind, she was trying to protect my feelings, and she probably thought the best way to do that was to hide the letters you sent. Not that any of it matters, now that I have Lon. He”s handsome, charming, successful. He”s kind to me, he makes me laugh, and I know he loves me in his own special way… but there”s always going to be something missing in our relationship – the kind of love we had that summer.More Monologues from “The Notebook”

ALLIE: I love to paint. Most of the time I have all these thoughts bouncing around my brain and no place to put them. But when I paint, I”m relaxed. I”m probably not even very good. But with a brush in my hand, I feel like myself, you know? Anyway, it”s a passion. You make me nervous, you know that? And don”t smile like the cat in the tree, because I don”t mean that kind of nervous, okay?More Monologues from “The Notebook”

ALLIE: (Allie puts two fingers together) We”re like this, remember? Right? This isn”t a summer thing. Not for me, anyway. Oh, hell. Why wait until summer ends? Why not do it right now? Go ahead. No, I”ll do it. It”s over between us. You hear me, Noah Calhoun? Over. Don”t touch me. I hate you, you know that? I hate you! Just leave. Get out. Go.Noah walks away from the house, disappearing into the moonlight. Allie calls out after him.Wait a minute, Noah. We”re not really breaking up forever, right? This is just a thing we”re having, a difference of opinion, and tomorrow it”ll be like it never happened, right? Because it still was kind of a special night for me…More Monologues from “The Notebook”

Noah walks away from the house, disappearing into the moonlight. Allie calls out after him.Wait a minute, Noah. We”re not really breaking up forever, right? This is just a thing we”re having, a difference of opinion, and tomorrow it”ll be like it never happened, right? Because it still was kind of a special night for me…More Monologues from “The Notebook”

Wait a minute, Noah. We”re not really breaking up forever, right? This is just a thing we”re having, a difference of opinion, and tomorrow it”ll be like it never happened, right? Because it still was kind of a special night for me…More Monologues from “The Notebook”

ALLIE: Do you remember sneaking over here the first time you told me about this place? I got home late that evening, and my parents were furious when I finally came in. I can still picture my daddy standing in the living room, my mother on the sofa, staring straight ahead. I swear, they looked as if a family member had died. That was the first time my parents knew I was serious about you, and my mother had a long talk with me later that night. She said to me, “Sometimes, our future is dictated by who we are, not what we want.” And I know it was wrong of her to keep your letters from me, but just try to understand. Once we left, she probably thought it would be easier for me to just let go. In her mind, she was trying to protect my feelings, and she probably thought the best way to do that was to hide the letters you sent. Not that any of it matters, now that I have Lon. He”s handsome, charming, successful. He”s kind to me, he makes me laugh, and I know he loves me in his own special way… but there”s always going to be something missing in our relationship – the kind of love we had that summer.More Monologues from “The Notebook”

ALLIE: Low class? Don”t you ever call him low class. He may not have any money, but he”s got more class than you and you and all of your stupid society friends put together! It”s not final for me. You can tell me how I have to dress, and what schools and social events I have to attend. (shouting, near tears) But you”re not going to tell me who I have to love! I know. He”s not what you want for me. He doesn”t fit. He doesn”t have any money or status, but I don”t care. Because he has a soul. And I love him from the tips of my toes with everything I have. He makes me prickle.More Monologues from “The Notebook”

JESSICA: Don”t you guys get into like, comparing notes and stuff? Well…OK…It”s just – This is getting a little weird now, because when I talked to Valerie, she asked me if anything happened with us last night, and for some reason, I guess I didn”t really tell her that anything did. So now she”s gonna talk to Dennis and I”m gonna look like a total liar to someone I”m just starting to be close friends with and who I really care about…!I just should have figured that you would like rush off to tell your friends that you f – me – whereas I might be more inclined to be a little more discreet about it till I found out where I stood with you. Ok, but you know what? It really doesn”t matter – So you just tell him anything he wants to know no matter what the consequences are for somebody else?!But honestly, Warren? I really don”t care who you told, or what you told them, because people are gonna think whatever they think and you know what? There”s nothing I can do about it. I should just really listen to my instincts, you know? Because your instincts are never wrong. And it was totally against my instinct to come over here last night, and it was definitely against my instinct to sleep with you, but I did and it”s too late. And now my Mom is totally furious at me, I probably ruined my friendship with Valerie, and now like Dennis Ziegler thinks I”m like, easy pickins, or something – ! And it”s not like I even care what he thinks, OK? Because I don”t actually know him. Or you. Or Valerie, for that matter! So it doesn”t really matter! I”ve made new friends before, I can make more new friends now if I have to. So let”s just forget the whole thing ever happened, you can chalk one up in your book or whatever – and I”ll just know better next time! Hopefully. OK?

I just should have figured that you would like rush off to tell your friends that you f – me – whereas I might be more inclined to be a little more discreet about it till I found out where I stood with you. Ok, but you know what? It really doesn”t matter – So you just tell him anything he wants to know no matter what the consequences are for somebody else?!But honestly, Warren? I really don”t care who you told, or what you told them, because people are gonna think whatever they think and you know what? There”s nothing I can do about it. I should just really listen to my instincts, you know? Because your instincts are never wrong. And it was totally against my instinct to come over here last night, and it was definitely against my instinct to sleep with you, but I did and it”s too late. And now my Mom is totally furious at me, I probably ruined my friendship with Valerie, and now like Dennis Ziegler thinks I”m like, easy pickins, or something – ! And it”s not like I even care what he thinks, OK? Because I don”t actually know him. Or you. Or Valerie, for that matter! So it doesn”t really matter! I”ve made new friends before, I can make more new friends now if I have to. So let”s just forget the whole thing ever happened, you can chalk one up in your book or whatever – and I”ll just know better next time! Hopefully. OK?

But honestly, Warren? I really don”t care who you told, or what you told them, because people are gonna think whatever they think and you know what? There”s nothing I can do about it. I should just really listen to my instincts, you know? Because your instincts are never wrong. And it was totally against my instinct to come over here last night, and it was definitely against my instinct to sleep with you, but I did and it”s too late. And now my Mom is totally furious at me, I probably ruined my friendship with Valerie, and now like Dennis Ziegler thinks I”m like, easy pickins, or something – ! And it”s not like I even care what he thinks, OK? Because I don”t actually know him. Or you. Or Valerie, for that matter! So it doesn”t really matter! I”ve made new friends before, I can make more new friends now if I have to. So let”s just forget the whole thing ever happened, you can chalk one up in your book or whatever – and I”ll just know better next time! Hopefully. OK?

JESSICA: Well…OK…It”s just – This is getting a little weird now, because when I talked to Valerie, she asked me if anything happened with us last night, and for some reason, I guess I didn”t really tell her that anything did. So now she”s gonna talk to Dennis and I”m gonna look like a total liar to someone I”m just starting to be close friends with and who I really care about!But honestly, Warren? I really don”t care who you told, or what you told them, because people are gonna think whatever they think and you know what? There”s nothing I can do about it. I should just really listen to my instincts, you know? Because your instincts are never wrong. And it was totally against my instinct to come over here last night, and it was definitely against my instinct to sleep with you, but I did and it”s too late. And now my Mom is totally furious at me, I probably ruined my friendship with Valerie, and now like Dennis thinks I”m like easy pickings or something! And it”s not like I even care what he thinks, OK? Because I don”t actually know him. Or you. Or Valerie for that matter! So it really doesn”t matter! I”ve made new friends before and I can make more new friends now if I have to. So let”s forget the whole thing ever happened, you can chalk one up in your book, or whatever – and I”ll just know better next time! Hopefully. OK?

But honestly, Warren? I really don”t care who you told, or what you told them, because people are gonna think whatever they think and you know what? There”s nothing I can do about it. I should just really listen to my instincts, you know? Because your instincts are never wrong. And it was totally against my instinct to come over here last night, and it was definitely against my instinct to sleep with you, but I did and it”s too late. And now my Mom is totally furious at me, I probably ruined my friendship with Valerie, and now like Dennis thinks I”m like easy pickings or something! And it”s not like I even care what he thinks, OK? Because I don”t actually know him. Or you. Or Valerie for that matter! So it really doesn”t matter! I”ve made new friends before and I can make more new friends now if I have to. So let”s forget the whole thing ever happened, you can chalk one up in your book, or whatever – and I”ll just know better next time! Hopefully. OK?