I was in a brief conversation on Facebook with my friend Ted who was saying that Jiuliana Margulies’ breakdown monologue in a recent episode of The Good Wife was one of the greatest of the genre.  So I asked if it was above or below Meryl Streep’s sliding down the front of the oven in The Hours, and above and below Sally Field in Steel Magnolias.  Ted said Above Meryl and Below Sally.  This made me want to spend hours and hours making a long exhaustive list of breakdown monologues, ranked by most greatest to still great.  I didn’t do this, but some intern somewhere can have the idea.  You’ll be the hit of the Internet for four minutes.

We all know that Gena Rowlands in A Woman Under the Influence would be number one, there is no way anything else can touch it.  Julianne Moore in Safe follows closely behind that.  Follows closely behind Julianne Moore in the drugstore in Magnolia.  Somewhere in there is Elizabeth Taylor in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.  Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine.  Annette Bening in the closet in American Beauty.

Still in love with The Prancing Elites.


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