Wilhelm Scream

A list of films that incorporate the Wilhelm Scream. I haven't seen all of these so if you can help me out to identify where the scream occurs then please comment below. Also comment if I've missed any films out. I have gathered this information from various sources online.

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  • Distant Drums

    Distant Drums

    This film contains the first known instance of "The Wilhelm Scream". During a scene in which the soldiers are wading through a swamp in the everglades, one of them is bitten and dragged underwater by an alligator. The scream for that character was recorded later. Six short pained screams were recorded in a single take, which was slated "man getting bit by an alligator, and he screams." The fifth scream was used for the soldier - but the 4th, 5th, and 6th screams recorded in the session were also used earlier in the film when three Indians are shot, one after another, during a raid on a fort. Although the "signature" or "classic" screams, takes 4 through 6 on the original recording, are the most recognizable, all of the screams are referred to as "Wilhelm" by those in the sound community. Ben Burtt, sound effects designer on Star Wars, named it "Wilhelm" after the character that let out the scream in The Charge at Feather River. He discovered a file at Warner Bros. for this movie, which contained paperwork that was left over from the picture editor when the film was completed. One of the papers was a short list…

  • Kim


    The Wilhelm scream is heard twice when Mahbub Ali and Kim roll a large rock down a hillside causing a landslide and supposedly crushing the attacking warriors.

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  • The Charge at Feather River

    The Charge at Feather River

    A scream used for the character Pvt. Wilhelm (recorded originally for Distant Drums) has since been reused in many films, including the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films.

  • The Command

    The Command

    As an Indian is shot off of his horse during the wagon convoy attack.

  • Them!


    Can be heard four times in the film. When the giant ants attack the crew of the ship at sea, when James Whitmore's character Police Sgt. Ben Peterson is throttled to death by a giant ant, when a soldier is struck by the falling debris in the sewer and when James Arness gets separated from the rest of the Army and ants try to attack him. The ceiling falls in and while he reloading his weapon, an ant tries to attack him. There's also a scream off-screen from Peterson's partner, Ed Blackburn when he investigates the sounds made by the ants.

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    During the song "Somewhere There's a Someone". In the projection room while playing the western.

  • The Sea Chase
  • Land of the Pharaohs

    Land of the Pharaohs

    Emanating from within a crocodile.

  • Helen of Troy
  • Sergeant Rutledge

    Sergeant Rutledge

    An Indian rides alongside a soldier and stabs him with a spear.

  • PT 109

    PT 109

    When the 109 is cut in half, one of the men screams the Wilhelm scream.

  • Hercules Against the Moon Men
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  • The Green Berets

    The Green Berets

    As enemy soldiers are thrown into the air by an exploding grenade.

  • Where Eagles Dare

    Where Eagles Dare

    Just over 1 hour in when the car carrying Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood and the German captors crashes into the snow following an attempt to kill the captors. Wilhelm Scream heard as German flies through the car window.

  • Assignment to Kill

    Assignment to Kill

    When the hitman falls over the balcony at the end of a fight with the detective.

  • Impasse
  • The Wild Bunch

    The Wild Bunch

    During the post office escape in the beginning, when one of the horsemen is shot in the face.

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  • Mrs. Pollifax: Spy

    Mrs. Pollifax: Spy

    When the soldier falls off the cliff after seeing Mrs. Pollifax and Farrell hiding.

  • The Four Musketeers

    The Four Musketeers

    Heard during the scenes at the nunnery, as a man falls from the burning building.

  • The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

    The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

    During the big fight scene at the village (at 1hr 12mns) when Van Helsing shoves a zombie into the fire pit.

  • Shout at the Devil
  • Hollywood Boulevard
  • The Spy Who Loved Me

    The Spy Who Loved Me


    As a soldier is drowning in the burning water during the fight between the escaped sub crews and the evil henchmen.

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  • Star Wars

    Star Wars


    The film revived and re-popularized the "Wilhelm Scream" sound effect, first used in Distant Drums.

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  • The Star Wars Holiday Special
  • More American Graffiti

    More American Graffiti

    When Lance is thrown on the bar during bar brawl.

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture


    In Engineering when Enterprise is attacked by the V'GER blast ("Special Edition" only), and in the transporter chamber, when Commanders Sonak and Ciani lose their patterns from its malfunction.

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  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back


    Heard twice in the film. Once during the battle on Hoth as a rebel soldier and his laser gun dish explodes. And right before Han is going to frozen in the carbonite. As Chewie, in a fit if rage, throws a stormtrooper of the ledge (barely audible).

  • The Ninth Configuration
  • The Big Brawl

    The Big Brawl

    Uttered by guy falling off railing after Jerry frightens him.

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  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark


    As one of the German soldiers falls out the back of the truck Indiana Jones is driving.

  • Swamp Thing

    Swamp Thing

    Can be heard as Swamp Thing throws a thug out of his speed boat.

  • Poltergeist



    When the TV plays Go for Broke!, one of the soldiers screams.

  • Return of the Jedi

    Return of the Jedi


    As Luke slashes an enemy with his lightsaber and he falls into the Sarlacc pit. It can also be heard again a second time as Luke slashes another enemy into the pit soon after, but it is barely audible. Additionally, in the Special Edition, a Wilhelm can be heard during one of the huge celebration scenes, on Coruscant, after the Death Star is destroyed (an Imperial Stormtrooper is crowd surfing and the Wilhelm is heard as he passes to the right of the film frame; since this is a celebration scene rather than a fight scene, the Wilhelm was presumably included as a joke).

    The Wilhelm can also be heard as an Ewok is killed while taking cover from the Imperial Walker turret fire.

    The Imperial officer (played by Ben Burtt) in the bunker who says "Freeze!" and gets knocked into the generator room by a thrown satchel. When he falls over the edge, he attempts to emulate the Wilhelm scream, which he made famous.

  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom


    When a food cart in Club Obi Wan crashes into the orchestra stand.

    When the tommy-gun man is shot by Indy during the car chase at Shanghai.

    When Mola Ram is eaten by the alligators at the movie's finale.

  • Under Fire

    Under Fire

    When a man is thrown off an elephant in the beginning of the film.

  • The Legend of Billie Jean
  • Explorers


    Heard during an explosion in the Drive-In movie "Starkiller".

  • Howard the Duck

    Howard the Duck


    When Howard knocks the duck hunter out of his boat and shouts "Banzai!"

    Heard when Dr. Walter Jenning (while being the Dark Lord) sends the man through the window with his energy and the guy lands on a car.

  • Spaceballs



    When Barf holds up the curved tubes, deflecting the shots of four of the bad guys back at them, the fourth one screams a Wilhelm as he is shot in the rear.

  • Willow



    During the chase scene after the escape from the tavern as the soldier's chariot crashes and he is sent flying.

    At Tir Asleen, when the Brownies trigger the large spear shooter that hits several soldiers.

    In front of Nockmaar Castle as a horseman is cut down by the Army of Galladoorn, three seconds after the Brownies emerge from under a helmet.

  • Three Fugitives

    Three Fugitives

    When Lucas drives the truck into the King Salmon Bar and Charlie gets thrown through the wall into the bathroom.

  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade


    After the first grenade has been thrown in the desert gunfight scene.

  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

    Star Trek V: The Final Frontier


    One of the insurgents when he gets knocked off his horse in the brief battle.

  • Always
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    As a victim is covered in gremlins and he falls off of a ledge.

  • Legion of Iron
  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast


    During the raid on the castle, when a villager is thrown through the front doors.

  • The Doors

    The Doors

    As the stage collapses in the Miami concert.

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  • Reservoir Dogs

    Reservoir Dogs


    The famous scream is heard when Mr. Pink pushes a pedestrian on the sidewalk while being pursued by cops during his escape from the failed jewel heist.

  • Batman Returns

    Batman Returns


    Before Batman straps the dynamite to the strongman, he hurls a goon over a bridge. As the goon flies through the air, he screams the famous Wilhelm scream.

  • Mom and Dad Save the World

    Mom and Dad Save the World

    When the Spengo guard is accidentally shot in the fortress docking bay, just before Dick escapes in the large pod.

  • Aladdin



    As the villagers flee in terror when the Genie (under Jafar's control) lifts the palace into the air.

  • Matinee


    Can be heard a couple of times in "Mant," the movie-within-the-movie.

  • Street Fighter

    Street Fighter

    First A.N. aid worker thrown into Bison's pit in the opening montage.

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  • Die Hard: With a Vengeance

    Die Hard: With a Vengeance

    As they are driving through the park Zeus asks McClane if he is aiming for the people, to which McClane replies, "No... maybe that mime." An abbreviated Wilhelm Scream can be heard immediately following the "No."

  • Tank Girl

    Tank Girl

    When Tank Girl is taking the semi, the officer she pulls off of the side of the truck gives the famous scream.

  • A Goofy Movie

    A Goofy Movie

    During the "On the Open Road" song, Goofy's car crashes into a construction scaffolding and the famous scream can be heard.

  • Runaway Brain

    Runaway Brain

    Mickey Mouse is playing a video game when his game character dies.

  • The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Attack of the Hawkmen

    The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Attack of the Hawkmen

    Heard twice during the fight on the Jeep. First when a German is thrown into the waiter, then a second one is catapulted into a haystack.

  • Toy Story

    Toy Story


    When Buzz Lightyear is knocked out of the window.

  • Star Trek: First Contact
  • Dante's Peak

    Dante's Peak

    When Paul Dreyfus falls into the white lava (mud flow) when the bridge tips over.

  • Face/Off



    When Dubov pushes the gurney into the guards on the elevator.

  • L.A. Confidential

    L.A. Confidential

    During the final shoot-out in the motel.

  • The Second Civil War
  • The Fifth Element

    The Fifth Element


    Heard when Zorg blows up Right Arm at the airport and when Leeloo tosses two Mangalores out of the Diva's room.

  • Alien: Resurrection

    Alien: Resurrection

    A soldier in the last escape pod when the alien enters it, right before Perez asks for the grenade.

  • Hercules


    When the cyclops titan first starts crushing buildings looking for Hercules, a Wilhelm scream can be heard.

  • Men in Black

    Men in Black


    When Edgar is pulled into the hole by the bug.

  • Titanic



    After the Titanic hits the iceberg, water splashes inside the ship, hitting the crew members.

  • Lethal Weapon 4

    Lethal Weapon 4


    At the beginning of the film when Riggs shoots the man with the flamethrower, sending him flying into the gas station, a muffled Wilhelm scream can be heard.

  • A Bug's Life

    A Bug's Life


    When Rhino is switching channels while watching TV.

  • Small Soldiers

    Small Soldiers

    When Brick Bazooka is fired at Alan's bike to attack Archer and ends up getting chewed up by the tire spokes and chain, Brick screams this as he's flying away. Also, at 1hour, 37mins, 16secs when the Commando Elite soldier is breaking apart from the EMP on Stuart Abernathy's chest.

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace


    During the shooting in the hangar when a guard is shot.

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  • The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: The Phantom Train of Doom

    The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: The Phantom Train of Doom

    First when a German soldier is shot and falls of the train, later another solder running along side is also shot.

  • Mission: Impossible II

    Mission: Impossible II


    When a guy falls off a car during a gun fight.

  • The Kid

    The Kid

    While Russ is talking to Amy, someone screams on TV in a movie that Rusty is watching.

  • The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

    The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

    A crew member jumps from his ship and screams just before part of an iceberg falls on it.

  • The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas

    The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas

    When Flinstone jumps in the pool in Viva Rock Vegas.

  • Thirteen Days
  • Wet Hot American Summer
  • Saving Silverman
  • Tomcats


    When Michael collides with a cello player near the end of the film.

  • Just Visiting
  • Planet of the Apes

    Planet of the Apes


    A human soldier screams during the war near the end of the film.

  • Osmosis Jones
  • The Legend of Suriyothai
  • The Majestic

    The Majestic

    When part of the theater's neon sign explodes.

  • Ice Planet

    Ice Planet

    When the blue alien shoots 3 of the enemy aliens at once.

  • Salton Sea

    Salton Sea

    When Kujo is hit by a bus.

  • Life or Something Like It
  • The Singles Ward

    The Singles Ward

    Heard over the phone by Jonathan when he is talking to the fire chief.

  • Spider-Man



    As Peter enters the wrestling arena, the wrestler slams his opponent to the deck. The Wilhelm Scream is barely audible, but definitely there.

  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones


    Not the "classic" Wilhelm, but what is known as the "third scream" can be heard at the beginning of the film as Amidala's ship explodes.

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