Any Given Sunday, 1999
The man: Tony D'Amato [Al Pacino]
The motive: D'Amato pushes his inconsistent team to refocus before their first playoff game.
The best words: "The inches we need are everywhere around us. They're in every break in the game, every minute, every second. On this team, we fight for that inch . . . we tear ourselves and everyone around us to pieces for that inch. We claw with our fingernails for that inch, because all those inches make the difference between winning and losing, between living and dying."
The man: Herb Brooks [Kurt Russell]
The motive: Brooks explains that even the most overmatched opponent can be defeated with the right mindset and hard work.
The best words: "Great moments . . . are born from great opportunity. And that's what you have here, tonight, boys. That's what you've earned here tonight. One game. If we played 'em ten times, they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight, we stay with them. And we shut them downbecause we can."
Friday Night Lights, 2004
The man: Gary Gaines [Billy Bob Thornton]
The motive: During his halftime speech, Gaines reminds his team of a football value that doesn't make the record books.
The best words: "To me, being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there. It's not about winning. It's about you and your relationship to yourself and your family and your friends. Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didn't let them down, because you told them the truth."
The man: General George S. Patton, Jr [George C. Scott]
The motive: Patton explains to his soldiers why America will not lose World War II.
The best words: "Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. Now, I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war. Because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans."
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