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Top 10 Movie NOOOOOOs

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Elliot Baker. No matter what language you speak, everyone can recognize a great “Noooo”. Join as we count down our picks for most passionate screams of negative emotion. For this list, we’re looking at the most devastating, distressing and downright hilarious elongated outcries of “nooooos” in cinema. Be warned that there’re bound to be a few spoilers ahead. Are you ready? “Noooooooo”? Well, too bad. Special thanks to our users JoeSkids32 and Theorist Lad for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Script written by Elliot Baker.

Top 10 Movie Nooooos

No matter what language you speak, everyone can recognize a great “Noooo.” Welcome to, and today we’re counting our picks for the top 10 movie nooooooooos.

For this list, we’re looking at the most devastating, distressing and downright hilarious screams of negative emotion in cinema. Be warned: there are bound to be a few spoilers ahead, so SPOILER ALERT. Are you ready? “Noooooooo.”

#10: Ron Burgundy
“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004)

The loss of one’s best friend is always tragic, especially if that friend is a dog that Jack Black kicks off the Coronado Bridge in a fierce fit of anger after he’s carelessly pelted by a burrito. What really drives home this scream though is the absurd build up from the ever so eloquent Ron Burgundy. His delicate speech transcends into a distraught scream that can be felt all across the city of San Diego. With pipes like that, we consider this the perfect ‘No’ to literally kick off our list.

#9: Simba
“The Lion King” (1994)

A slight shift in tone, we go from hilarious comedy to one of the most heartfelt deaths in cinema history. Upon seeing his father fall to his death at the hands of his Uncle Scar (though he didn’t know his uncle was the culprit at the time), our favorite lion cub lets out his most powerful scream of denial as the camera zooms out. What makes it that much worse is the way Mufasa’s own scream mixes in with Simba’s before the dust settles in complete silence. A tragic shriek fit for a royally heart-breaking scene.

#8: Security Guard #2
“Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” (1997)

Nothing beats a good, old-fashioned ‘accepting of fate’ scream… or two… or three. Not quite as smart as his friend, this particular security guard can foresee no path of escape from Austin Powers and his steamroller. His scream is passionately fearful of his (slowly) approaching death, and is delivered perfectly and comically three times in a row. While his vocalized struggles prove futile, Michael McDonald will always be remembered for one of the most entertaining “noooos” in any comedy.

#7: Virgil ‘Bud’ Brigman
“The Abyss” (1989)

Screaming underwater is clearly no easy task, but of course James Cameron is on hand to make it great. Amid the icy cold depths of the Cayman Trough, Lindsey convinces her husband Virgil to let her drown so he’ll have enough oxygen to return to their ship, where he’ll hopefully be able to resuscitate her later. With her body twitching and struggling, Virgil lets out a ravenous spike of emotion. The sound design abandons the muffled realism of the diving suit in favor of a crisp voice over to really drive home the power of the scream.

#6: Marty McFly
“Back to the Future” (1985)

Michael J. Fox takes a little bit of creative liberty with this entry. After witnessing his best friend being gunned down by the group of Libyan nationalists Doc Brown had previously screwed over, everyone’s favorite time traveler puts all of his weight and strength behind one high octave scream. Marty’s sweaty and wide-eyed expression punctuates the sheer pain of his yell. The panicked rush forward, alongside McFly’s further cursing, only helps to build the quick, comedic standoff against the Libyans. A perfect scream which we’d happily go back in time to watch again – and in fact, we do.

#5: Jean-Luc Picard
“Star Trek: First Contact” (1996)

The once calm and calculated captain finds himself overwhelmed with revenge here. Comparisons to Moby Dick aside, Patrick Stewart exclaims his greatest fury after the Enterprise is captured by the Borg. The dramatic build up, coupled with the thespian captain’s delayed reactions, are merely the cherry on top of this outburst. Passionate with revenge, Picard’s smashing of the glass display provides the nail in the coffin to the Enterprise and us a fantastic big screen scream.

#4: Det. David Mills
“Se7en” (1995)

Those of you familiar with this David Fincher classic already know exactly what is in ‘the box.’ Overwhelmed by his own denial, sweet young Brad Pitt refuses to acknowledge his wife’s death at the hands of the greatest serial killer as played by Kevin Spacey. The transition from panic to denial, to grief and ultimately rage are all portrayed in Pitt’s performance. Assisted by Spacey’s unmoved expression, this savage scream proves to be one of the silver screen’s most dramatic. New Line executives sought to change the ending but Pitt remained adamant about the proposal; we’re guessing he simply said “No.”

#3: Caesar
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (2011)

A slight change of pace from depressive performances as Andy Serkis brings us pure defiance. In the heat of battle against his captors, the intelligent ape Caesar utters his first word. Silence fills the screen as the shock engulfs our ears. What makes this particular ‘No’ interesting is the way Caesar’s voice was captured, mixing chimp sounds into Serkis’ voice over to create an authentic blend. This makes it the only “No” on the list to carry the rage of other animals alongside the actor’s itself.

#2: Frodo Baggins
“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001)

Taking the number two spot on our list is the one “no” to almost rule them all. After Gandalf defends the Fellowship from the wrath of the Balrog, he makes his departure from the living world and leaves poor Frodo to watch on. The slow motion of the scene helps bring out the tragedy and turmoil of Frodo’s scream. Meanwhile, Elijah Wood’s pained and agonized expression as he cries out tells us the whole story.

Before we reveal the top pick, here are some of our honorable mentions.
- Ralphie
“A Christmas Story” (1983)
- Lisa Jones
“Team America: World Police” (2004)
- Peter Pan / Peter Banning
“Hook” (1991)
- Derek Zoolander
“Zoolander” (2001)
- Michael Corleone
“The Godfather Part III” (1990)

#1: Darth Vader
“Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” (2005)

George Lucas’ sci-fi epic is no stranger to dramatic “nos.” While the reveal of Luke Skywalker’s father is probably the most recognizable of the series, it’s Darth Vader’s lamenting of his fallen wife that triumphs on this list. A blend of Frankenstein imagery with powerfully tragic choir sounds is the perfect buildup to represent Vader’s devastation. Whether or not you think it’s James Earl Jones’ thick, bellowing voice or not that’s being juxtaposed with the brooding torment of such an iconic villain doesn’t take away from the fact that this is the cheesiest – and therefore, most memorable – “no” in movie history.

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