25 iconic speeches you’ll want to watch on repeat

From Martin Luther King to Margaret Thatcher, prepare to be moved by the most iconic speeches of all time...

We’ve compiled a list of the most moving, inspirational and unforgettable public addresses. Be prepared to laugh, cry and gasp. Here are the most iconic speeches of all time.

1. Martin Luther King, I Have A Dream, 1963
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs
2. Margaret Thatcher, The Lady’s Not For Turning, 1980
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQ-M0KEFm9I
3. Angelina Jolie, World Refugee Day, 2009
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtt1Vs9Lcp0
4. Winston Churchill, We Shall Fight On The Beaches, 1940
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkTw3_PmKtc
5. Barack Obama, The Audacity Of Hope, 2004
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmfZbUOlJPE
6. President Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, 1961
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLmiOEk59n8
7. Cuba Gooding Jr, Oscars Acceptance, 1997
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnCMqr1QRQw
8. Ronald Reagan, Brandenburg Gate, 1987
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MDFX-dNtsM
9. Elizabeth Gilbert, Your Creative Genius, 2009
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86x-u-tz0MA
10. Michelle Obama at Oxford University, 2011

The First Lady gave an inspirational speech telling a group of London schoolgirls they can achieve anything and when they do, to use that power to help others. *Melts*
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQDjYyKGRNU
11. Earl Spencer, Princess Diana’s Funeral, 1997
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VUy-wBwBvw
12. Nelson Mandela, Release From Prison, 1990
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6U_QeIgepI
13. Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Address, 2005
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc
14. J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2011

J. K. Rowling gave a speech entitled The Fringe Benefits Of Failure And The Importance Of Imagination
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHGqp8lz36c
15. Hillary Clinton, Women In The World, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24TQWybpU9g
16. Maya Angelou, On the Pulse of Morning, 1993
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXkPpEmfYOc

17. Malala Yousafzai, Worldwide Access To Education, 2013

Her bravery stunned the world, and this speech marked her 16th birthday. Malala urged all assembled to ‘fund new teachers, schools, books and recommit to getting every girl and boy in school by December 2015’.

18. Sir Ken Robinson, Do Schools Kill Creativity?, 2006

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtY

19. Stephen Hawking, Questioning The Universe, 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjBIsp8mS-c
20. Oprah Winfrey, Stanford Address, 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bpd3raj8xww
21. The Queen’s Speech, 1957

Although the footage seems quaint now, at the time, it was groundbreaking. She said: ‘I very much hope that this new medium will make my Christmas message more personal and direct’. Her speech included the historic quote: ‘I cannot lead you into battle, I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else, I can give you my heart and my devotion to these old islands.’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBRP-o6Q85s
22. Sheryl Sandberg, Why We have Too Many Female Leaders, 2010

COO of Facebook Sheryl looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions and advises women on how to get to the top.

23. Baz Luhrmann, Everybody’s Free, 1999

Baz’s speech is our only speech that’s spoken over a score music. Narrated by the actor Lee Perry, the song reached number one in the UK and features witty advice like ‘Be kind to your knees – you’ll miss them when they’re gone.’ So true.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTJ7AzBIJoI
24. Scarlett Johansson, DNC Speech, 2012 

25. Sally Field, Oscars Acceptance, 1985

Famously gushing, and also misinterpreted, Sally Field’s emotional speech saw her utter the lines ‘I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!’. She was parodying a line from her role in Norma Rae for which she had one the Oscar, but it went over many people’s heads and the line has been satirised in many speeches since.

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