The best science fiction stories capture our imaginations with clever worldbuilding, cool visuals, and interesting ideas. But sometimes the most powerful thing of all can be just a person speaking eloquently.

Nothing else can get the heart pounding or blood pumping more than words. No more so than when they are uttered in the form of memorable speeches given in some of the greatest movies in science fiction.

Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost in Pacific Rim

The main leader of the band of Jaegers pilot heroes is Stacker Pentecost, whose epic name is only superseded by his ability to give an epic speech to help turn the tide when morale was suffering.

Here, he rallies the final group of Jaegers to protect the human race from destruction. And then in true heroic fashion, sacrifices himself by dropping a bomb in a portal to block the kaijus from ever invading Earth again.

At the edge of our hope, at the end of our time, we have chosen not only to believe in ourselves, but in each other. Today there is not a man nor woman in here that shall stand alone. Not today. Today we face the monsters that are at our door and bring the fight to them! Today, we are canceling the apocalypse!