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List: Top 3 Aaron Sorkin Exchanges

List: Top 3 Aaron Sorkin Exchanges

This week on Episode 398 of the InSession Film Podcast, inspired by our review of The Trial of the Chicago 7, we discussed our Top 3 Aaron Sorkin exchanges in film. Sorkin holds a rare status in Hollywood in that his scripts often trump the director. It’s not always the case, but often his films are labeled as “Aaron Sorkin films” even if he didn’t direct them. His writing is so well crafted and historically resonate that it’s almost become legendary at this point. And much of it boils down to verbal exchanges between characters and the riveting drama that Sorkin brings to the page. That was the focus of our Top 3 this week and boy did it make for a challenging topic given the great dialogue he’s written over the last three decades. That said, here are our lists:

(Note: Please keep in mind that we each had different criteria for our selections)


1) Opening Scene with Erica and Mark – The Social Network
2) John Scully Confronts Steve Jobs – Steve Jobs
3) Bench Scene with Molly and Larry – My Girl


1) Opening Scene with Erica and Mark – The Social Network
2) Kafee and Jessep Lunch Scene – A Few Good Men
3) Congressman Wilson First Meets Gust Avrakotos – Charlie Wilson’s War


1) Opening Scene with Erica and Mark – The Social Network
2) Eduardo Confronts Mark at Facebook Offices – The Social Network
3) Kafee and Jessep “Crystal Clear” Moment – A Few Good Men

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

Steve and Daughter – Steve Jobs
Steve and Wozniak – Steve Jobs
Steve and Joanna Office Conversations – Steve Jobs
Opening Sequence – Steve Jobs
Pretty All of Philip Seymour Hoffman – Charlie Wilson’s War
Do I Have Your Full Attention – The Social Network
The Winklevii – The Social Network
Let Me Check Your Math – The Social Network
The Internet’s Not Written In Pencil – The Social Network
Winklevoss Twins and Larry Summers – The Social Network
Or, pretty much the whole script – The Social Network
Commander, Leave So We Can Talk Behind Your Back Moment – A Few Good Men
Don’t Ever Question My Orders – A Few Good Men
Good Call, Sam – A Few Good Men
This is What a Courtroom Looks Like – A Few Good Men
You Can’t Handle the Truth – A Few Good Men

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. A topic like this is cumbersome given the vast amount of great exchanges in Sorkin’s scripts and the lack of time to revisit all of them. However, the best will always stand out and we did our best to lay those out. However, that doesn’t mean your list will look like ours. So, what would be your Top 3? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at

For the entire podcast, click here or listen below.

For more lists done by the InSession Film crew and other guests, be sure see our Top 3 Movie Lists page.

InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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