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Great Narrators

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Average listal rating (1954 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating
1. Morgan Freeman
"Andy Dufresne - who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side."

"Sometimes it makes me sad, though... Andy being gone. I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up DOES rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend. "


- Red
(The Shawshank Redemption)


"There is a mysterious ritual that dates back thousands of years. No living creature has survived it except the penguin. They have wings but cannot fly. They're birds that think they're fish. And every year, they embark on a nearly impossible journey to find a mate. For twenty days and twenty nights the emperor penguin will march to a place so extreme it supports no other life. In the harshest place on Earth loves finds a way. This is the incredible true story of a family's journey to bring life into the world: March of the Penguins."

- *Narrator
(March of the Penguins)



Average listal rating (11 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating
2. Barry Humphries
"Max knew nothing about love. It was as foreign to him as scuba diving."

"Max hoped Mary would write again. He'd always wanted a friend. A friend that wasn't invisible, a pet or rubber figurine."


- *Narrator
(Mary and Max)

Average listal rating (112 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating
3. Daniel Stern
"Maybe that's not exactly the way it happened, but that's the way it should've happened and that's the way I like to remember it and if dreams and memories sometimes get confused, well that's as it should be. Because every kid deserves to be a hero. Every kid already is."

"Growing up is never easy. You hold onto things that were; you wonder what's to come. But that night, I think we knew it was time to let go of what had been, and look ahead to what would be - other days, new days, days to come. The thing is, we didn't have to hate each other for getting older; we just had to forgive ourselves for growing up."

- Kevin Arnold / *Narrator
(The Wonder Years)
[TV Series]

Average listal rating (1188 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
4. Kevin Spacey
"That's my wife, Carolyn. See the way the handle on her pruning shears matches her gardening clogs? That's not an accident."

"Both my wife and daughter think I'm this gigantic loser and they're right, I have lost something. I'm not exactly sure what it is but I know I didn't always feel this... sedated. But you know what? It's never too late to get it back."


- Lester Burnham
(American Beauty)

Average listal rating (46 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating
5. Brenda Strong
"Everyone on Wisteria Lane thought of Bree as the perfect wife and mother. Everyone, that is, except her own family."

"Susan was furious with Edie for using a dog to ingratiate herself with its owner. She was also furious with Mike for not seeing through this blatant maneuver. But most of all, she was furious with herself for not having thought of it first."


- Mary Alice Young / *Narrator
(Desperate Housewives)

Average listal rating (26 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
6. Jim Dale
"The facts were these..."

"The Pie Maker had grown accustomed to the feeling his heart made when it looked out his eyes and saw her sleeping in the next bed."


- *Narrator
(Pushing Daisies)

Average listal rating (207 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating
7. Richard Dreyfuss
"I was 12 going on 13 the first time I saw a dead human being. It happened in the summer of 1959-a long time ago, but only if you measure in terms of years. I was living in a small town in Oregon called Castle Rock. There were only twelve hundred and eighty-one people. But to me, it was the whole world."

- The Writer
(Stand by Me)

Average listal rating (996 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
8. Ellen Page
"As far as boyfriends go, Paulie Bleeker is totally boss. He is the cheese to my macaroni. And, I know that people are supposed to fall in love before they reproduce, but... I guess normalcy isn't really our style."

"When I see them all running like that, with their things bouncing around in their shorts, I always picture them naked, even if I don't want to. All i see is pork swords."


- Juno MacGuff
(Juno)

Average listal rating (334 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating
9. Ray Liotta
"As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster."

"And then there was Jimmy Two Times, who got that nickname because he said everything twice.."

"One day some of the kids from the neighborhood carried my mother's groceries all the way home. You know why? It was outta respect."


- Henry Hill
(Goodfellas)

Average listal rating (679 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
10. James McAvoy
"Want to hear something sad? I use an ergonomic keyboard to keep my repetitive stress injury in check. Just the fact that I repeat something enough that it causes me stress is fucking sad."

"You know there are people, beautiful people, you just wish they could see you in a different setting, a different place. Instead of where you are, what you've become. But most of all, you wish you weren't such a pussy, for wishing for things that'll never change."


- Wesley
(Wanted)

Average listal rating (1683 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
11. Ewan McGregor
"Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suit on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life... But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin' else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?"

- Mark "Rent-boy" Renton
(Trainspotting)


"It occurred to me then, that perhaps the reason for my growth was I was intended for larger things. After all, a giant man can't have an ordinary-sized life."

- Young Ed Bloom
(Big Fish)

Average listal rating (1279 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating
12. Winona Ryder
"Have you ever confused a dream with life? Or stolen something when you have the cash? Have you ever been blue? Or thought your train moving while sitting still? Maybe I was just crazy. Maybe it was the 60's. Or maybe I was just a girl... interrupted."

"When you don't want to feel... death can seem like a dream. But, seeing death - really seeing it... makes dreaming about it fucking ridiculous."


- Susanna Kaysen
(Girl, Interrupted)

Average listal rating (1498 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating
13. Al Pacino
"Already I had a bad feeling about the boat trip night as soon as I saw Dave. He was all coked up so much that his nostrils were red and swollen. Bad start Jack."

"There is a line you cross, you don't never come back from. Point of no return. Dave crossed it. I'm here with him. That's means I am going along for the ride. The whole ride. All the way to the end of the line, wherever that is."


- Carlito 'Charlie' Brigante
(Carlito's Way)

Average listal rating (624 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating
14. Ron Howard
"Then, Tobias, mistaking a group of garishly-clad men for pirates, boarded a van filled with homosexuals."

"Oscar thought that Michael was referring to a particular brand of cannabis named afternoon delight, a strand famous for slowing behavior."

"The warden was intrigued, less about the stunt and more about the prison beatings that this brash magician was sure to receive."


- *Narrator
(Arrested Development)

Average listal rating (854 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating
15. Renée Zellweger
"Resolution number one: obviously, will lose twenty pounds. Number two: will find nice sensible boyfriend and not continue to form romantic attachments to alcoholics, workaholics, peeping-toms, megalomaniacs, emotional fuckwits or perverts."

- Bridget Jones
(Bridget Jones's Diary)

Average listal rating (764 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
16. Hugh Grant
"Having been Will the Good Guy, I didn't relish going back to my usual role of Will the Unreliable, Emotionally Stunted Asshole."

"And there I was killing them softly with my song. Or rather being killed. And not so softly either.. "


- Will
(About A Boy)

Average listal rating (2253 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
17. Tom Hanks
"Jenny taught me how to climb. And I taught her how to dangle."

- Forrest Gump
(Forrest Gump)

Average listal rating (62 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating
18. Matthew Modine
"Graduation is only a few days away, and the recruits of Platoon 3092 are salty. They are ready to eat their own guts and ask for seconds. The drill instructors are proud to see that we are growing beyond their control. The Marine Corps does not want robots. The Marine Corps wants killers. The Marine Corps wants to build indestructible men, men without fear."

- Private Joker
(Full Metal Jacket)

Average listal rating (1993 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
19. Leonardo DiCaprio
"You hope, and you dream. But you never believe that something's gonna happen for you. Not like it does in the movies. And when it actually does, you want it to feel different, more visceral, more real. I was waiting for it to hit me, but it just wouldn't happen. The police were pissed cuz he was traveling under a false passport. But they didn't ask me about the map, so - I didn't tell 'em."

- Richard
(The Beach)


"It's a funny feeling being taken under the wing of a dragon. It's warmer than you'd think."

"When you kill a king, you don't stab him in the dark. You kill him where the entire court can watch him die."


- Amsterdam Vallon
(Gangs of New York)

Average listal rating (390 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
20. Guy Pearce
"So where are you? You're in some motel room. You just - you just wake up and you're in - in a motel room. There's the key. It feels like maybe it's just the first time you've been there, but perhaps you've been there for a week, three months. It's - it's kind of hard to say. I don't - I don't know. It's just an anonymous room."

"I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can't remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world's still there. Do I believe the world's still there? Is it still out there?... Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different."


- Leonard Shelby
(Memento)

Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
21. Richard McGonagle
"This is a story of boy meets girl. The boy, Tom Hansen of Margate, New Jersey, grew up believing that he'd never truly be happy until the day he met the one. This belief stemmed from early exposure to sad British pop music and a total mis-reading of the movie 'The Graduate'. The girl, Summer Finn of Shinnecock, Michigan, did not share this belief. Since the disintegration of her parent's marriage she'd only love two things. The first was her long dark hair. The second was how easily she could cut it off and not feel a thing. Tom meets Summer on January 8th. He knows almost immediately she is who he has been searching for. This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story."

"Most days of the year are unremarkable. They begin, and they end, with no lasting memories made in between. Most days have no impact on the course of a life. May 23rd was a Wednesday."


- *Narrator
(500 Days of Summer)


Suggestions..

Average listal rating (1477 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
22. Edward Norton
"This is your life and it's ending one minute at a time."

- The Narrator
(Fight Club)

Average listal rating (573 ratings) 4.8  IMDB Rating
23. Sarah Jessica Parker
"And there, in the same city where they met as girls, four New York women entered the next phase of their lives dressed head to toe in love. And that's the one label that never goes out of style."

"In a city of infinite options, sometimes there's no better feeling than knowing you only have one."

"He was like the flesh and blood equivalent of a DKNY dress. You know it's not your style, but it's right there, so you try it on anyway."


- Carrie Bradshaw
(Sex and the City)

Average listal rating (559 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
24. James Earl Jones
Narrator of Michael's Past: Once again, Michael leaves Donna confused and unsatisfied.
Michael Newman: Shut up, James Earl Jones!
Narrator of Michael's Past: No! YOU shut up, big mouth!

- Narrator of Michael's Past
(Click)


 

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Favourite narrators/voiceover narration from movies & tv shows.

(Random quotes taken from imdb & wikiquote)

* In Progress * - I will add others when I remember them.

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Comments

Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Jul 2 23:56
Loved the list!
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Aug 21 9:11
Where is Edward Norton as Narrator? :P
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Aug 21 14:15
Are you talking about Fight Club? (I haven't seen that movie yet!)
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Nov 27 5:28
Cool list bearing most of the legends. I am great fan of Morgan Freeman, he got majestic voice. Currently I am watching his series on the Sci Channel, "Through the Wormhole"
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Nov 27 5:49
Seriously, David Attenborough did nothing for you? Where's your English pride? Lol. Orson Welles, Richard E Grant, Paul Merton, India Fisher weren't a shabby lot either.
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Nov 27 9:25
I would have had it just the same way !
It is great that you started with Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption !!
I believe that David Attenborough is a great narrator, but if you are thinking of narrators in movies, then you should not have him !
One more thing, Leonardo Do Caprio did a great job in Gangs of New York, I think you should reconsider having him in this great list !
regards,
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Nov 27 11:05
What about Sarah Jessica Parker!She is one cool Narrator!(SATC)
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Nov 27 14:12
Thanks for the comment @khan amir :)
@boludotanooki I didn't consider David Attenborough as I was mainly thinking of the storytelling aspect rather than narration in documentaries (but agreed that he's the best as what he does!).
@ZidaneRMD - Gangs of New York added ~ good suggestion!
@fairiedepp - I'm not a big SATC fan so I can't add her as a favourite.. but I may add a 'suggestions' side category to this list soon & put her in that!
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Nov 27 16:52
Original pretty good list
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Nov 27 18:08
interesting list.
I have loved Morgan Freeman's narration. He is just sublime... i haven't watched Shawshank though.
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Nov 27 23:30
Woo hoo! Jim Dale! Best. Ever!
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Nov 28 3:40
I agree Morgan Fereeman has a great voice.

Has James Earl Jones ever narrated a movie?
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Nov 28 6:15
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Nov 28 18:48
^ already discussed in previous comments Uber?!
@blankend - I looked up James Earl Jones, he has narrated a few films ('Click' being one) .. only it's one of those that I don't remember properly lol.
Generally I agree some voices are easier-on-the-ear than others (all the 'Morgan Freeman' comments) but this is about telling a good & memorable story along the way too.
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Nov 29 3:40
Oops, missed that.
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Nov 29 14:46
lol no problem.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Jan 2 19:49
Good list :)
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Jan 3 12:17
Liam Neeson? Has he done any narrating.

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