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Love it or hate it, seeing an onscreen character raising their arms, looking up to the heavens, and screaming "NOOOOOO!" is almost as much of a staple in movies as the Wilhelm Scream and Morgan Freeman's narration. It can be a pivotal moment in the film, like when Darth Vader lets one go, or not so much, like the Scary Movie franchise has showed us a few times.

Here's a list of 15 of the most memorable times the scream was used, guaranteed to have you scrambling to your TV, wanting to watch each and every movie one more time!

And by "guaranteed," I mean most definitely possibly...maybe.

1. Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997)

Quite possibly one of the most mimicked "NOOOOOOOOO!" screams amongst drunken college students (or at least it was when I was that drunken college student), the poor security guard never saw it coming. His lack of reaction time will be the death of him, I swear. He probably should have gone out and bought a coffin that day, even though it's the last thing he'll need.


2. Se7en (1995)

Brad Pitt not only nails the multiple "NOOO!" screaming fit, he throws in a few "Oh God"s, a couple "What's in the box"es, and a few gunshots for good measure.

3. Lord Of The Rings

There's some Star Wars mixed in, but there's no harm in that, right?

Listen to them all, you fools!

...I mean, you awesome people.

4. Jungle Fever (1991)

I've never seen this movie, and, if I'm being honest, I probably never will. But I think this scene pretty much sums up Wesley Snipes' feelings when he realizes he'll have to claim that $2 on his taxes.

5. Van Helsing (2004)

This was more of a "AROOOOOOOOOO!" than a "NOOOOOOO!" but I bet you a silver stake that Wolfy Van Helsing was screaming it. The bad news is the movie kind of flopped, even though yours truly loved it. The good news? It's now a TV show on Syfy. The best news? Hugh Jackman got to practice his screaming for the next two entries on the list!

6. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

In The Last Stand, Hugh got to show off his Oscar-worthy scream at the end, right after he skewered Jean Gray. Which helped him a few years later in his standalone movie — er, just with the scream. Not with the movie itself, because

...yeah. Yeah.

7. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

They could have at least dubbed in the Wilhelm Scream once or twice. But who knows? Maybe it's cathartic for Hugh Jackman. Maybe even you. Try it!**

(**Okay but seriously, don't actually try it. He's had vocal training. You'd probably rip your vocal cords and then I'd get in trouble.)

8. A Christmas Story (1983)

Missing his once in a lifetime (or year) chance to tell Santa he wants that Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle when he inexplicably freezes up and blurts out that he wants a football instead, Ralphie lets out a well-deserved and very understandable "NOOOO!"

We've all been there, kid. We've all been there.

9. Star Wars: The "NOOOO!" Returns To Strike Back At The Phantom Menace Clone's Revenge

Gonna cheat a little bit with this and round up all the Star Wars clips under one entry because "No"ing runs in the family, apparently!

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Like father, like son! I wonder if having a strong set of pipes is also a Skywalker trademark. If the whole Jedi thing doesn't work out, maybe they could start a band.

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Even though the scream wasn't originally in RotJ, George Lucas said it's his movie and character and he'll change them if he wants to. And we've seen how well that works out, right?

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

And of course, the most-mocked "NOOOOO!" of 2005. Definitely not a fan of subtlety, that Darth Vader.

And now, let's move out of the Star Wars universe and onto another classic movie franchise.

10. Back to the Future (1985)

Michael J. Fox, doing his best Stan and Kyle from South Park impression!

11. Rocky IV (1985)

Spoiler alert: Apollo dies and someone screams "NOOOOOOOOOOO!" And if you somehow hadn't had that spoiled for you in the last three decades then, uh...sorry.

12. Pet Sematary (1989)




What is it with Stephen King and little kids dying? I'm looking at you, Thomas Jane.

Possibly one of the most heart-breaking, gut-wrenching, any other organ-mutilating scream in the history of film, when you finally get done yelling at the Creeds for not watching their kid, you find yourself sitting there listening to the the father scream "NOOOOOO!" not once, not twice, but three times. As if that's not bad enough, you get to relive poor little Gage's life those entire few seconds.

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