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The 25 Most Paused Movie Moments Of All Time

Have you ever watched a movie and spotted something on-screen and just had to pause it. We have all had the moment where we scrambled to find the remote to rewind it back to a specific spot. If you have then you’ll understand how certain scenes in movies become the most paused scenes of all time.

From steamy on camera moments that we replay over and over to scenes where extras mess up big time, there are so many pause-worthy moments.  Some movies even give us clues as to what will happen later on in the film. Let’s face it, we love being detectives when it comes to our favorite movies. 

Topping almost every list of paused movie moments, you have Fast Times. Linda Barrett and Stacy Hamilton are going for an afternoon swim as Stacy’s older brother Brad is watching over them. When Phoebe Cates exits the pool in her skimpy red bikini, then removing it completely, every single tape stopped.

A movie basically plucked from a teenagers head, Wild Things takes the pool scene from Fast Times and turned it up. The moment Neve Campbell and Denise Richards kiss is one of the only reasons this movie was successful.

Sharon Stone proved it wasn’t only topless scenes that got paused throughout movie history. When her character crosses her legs during an interrogation and revealed more than just an underwear line, the movie made history.

David Cronenberg started off his success with this mystery horror film surrounding psychic powers. At one popular moment, Michael Ironside makes a man’s head explode with his powers. It happens so quickly and gruesomely that people had to watch again and again.

While the scientists are strategically predicting the outcome of the protagonists, a white board behind them is filled a list of monsters and bad guys. Viewers paused here time and again to read what other weird creatures were presented.

The background of one scene has caused controversy over the years. It appears as if one of the munchkins has hung himself, but the official story is that it’s just a bird.

A frame featuring a background actor with his pants pulled down made it into the family-friendly movie. Right before the credits start to roll was the most paused scene in the movie. In the scene, a group of spectators were standing up and cheering. In the background you can make out a gentleman with his zipper down.

The Little Mermaid, 1989 is one of Disney’s classics – what some might not notice is the priest’s reaction to Ariel and Prince getting married, let’s just say he was a little overly excited.

It’s not just the spliced in pornographic material that made views stop the David Fincher film, it’s also the brief appearances of Brad Pitt in places he shouldn’t be, before we’ve even met him.

Arnold Schwarzeneggar creates several themes of violence and destruction over the years, but this three-breasted woman caused astonishment among viewers.

In the classic horror film, Alfred Hitchcock gives us plenty of pause-able moments. The one that sticks out is when Norman Bates is eventually arrested, he looks directly into the camera and a human skull is superimposed over his face for just a moment.

This popular film is filled with sexual content, extreme profanity and hard drug use and based on a true story in the 1990s. Margot Robbie stars as “Naomi” as the ultimate sexual icon of a generation in the Martin Scorsese film. 

There were a few frames in the Disney classic that were questionable. There is one that fans will swear spells “SEX” in the dust. Some say it’s actually “SFX” but everyone has their doubts.

When Mark Wahlberg drops his drawers for the camera in the adult-film, audiences gasped at the size of his equipment and quickly stopped the tape to have a look. Yes, it was a prosthetic.

A movie filled with Easter eggs for the arcade culture of the 80’s is Tron. If you pause it at a certain point you can even see Pac-Man in the computer with Jeff Bridges.

The 2006 comedy flick starred Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum who plays Viola Johnson and Duke Orsino respectively. Amanda pretends to be her twin brother Sebastian and attends his boarding school where she is roommates with Channing Tatum. There is one scene where she flashes everyone. This scene was definitely a paused moment by many.

George Lucas decided to throw a reference to his friend Steven Spielberg into the first of the prequels when he added E.T and his family into the Galactic Senate.

At one moment in the film, Rey hands Luke Skywalker his old lightsaber. There is a small stone to his right that looks like it may be a gravestone. Fans everywhere have come up with a million reasons why Luke was standing up there alone.

One of the most sexualized cartoons in history is Jessica Rabbit. She was thought to go commando in a certain scene. In the movie, there was a scene where Jessica Rabbit had to perform a variety of dance moves.

Who remembers Three Men and a Baby from 1987? This movie was given a lot of attention as it goes against the social norm of woman raising children and represents 3 men taking care of a baby. There is a scene that had people clicking pause over and over. That’s when it looks like a boy is standing behind the characters, watching from another dimension. Turns out it’s just a cardboard cutout of Ted Danson.

While the Pterodactyls attack and terrorize the park, one man is seen saving two giant margaritas. That’s none other than Jimmy Buffett himself, still searching for that lost shaker of salt.

Before Marvel filled up their movies with references to one another, they slipped in a few that went relatively unnoticed. In this scene, a prototype of Captain America’s shield sits unfinished. Chris Evans wouldn’t debut as the character for another three years.

A moment was slipped into their reboot of the Superman franchise that told fans to expect a Batman crossover in the future. The satellite that Supes grabs while fighting in outer space has a Wayne Enterprises logo on it.

Disney animators slipped in something a little naughty again, when in the window of a building the characters are flying by has a couple of frames of a naked woman.

The first Indy film had a ton of memorable moments, but none were stopped more than a shot of Belloq delivering a line while a fly crawls into his mouth.

This economic film is a 1977 American epic space-opera film directed by George Lucas including a hilarious scene where one Stormtrooper accidentally bangs his head, becoming the highest-grossing film of all time until E.T. releases.

The first glimpse at the aliens in M. Night Shyamalan’s sci-fi horror is as quick as it could be and made a lot of people rush for the rewind button.

Brad Pitt stars in this thriller comedy directed by the Coen Brothers with several abrupt violent and hilarious scenes including Brad Pitt being shot in the closet so fast it could be easily missed!

In the second edition to Guardians Of The Galaxy, after Ego is revealed to be the villain and activates his seedling pods on the planets he wants to terraform in his own image, the one he left in Missouri starts to take over the streets. In the process, the weird alien mass narrowly avoids crushing a car as Ego is killed by the Guardians and his powers are deactivated. If you look closely at the car that just survives – with the help of the pause button – you’ll see that the car is carrying Peter Quill’s grandfather, played by Gregg Henry once more.

Based on Stephen King’s novel, Bill Skarsgard plays Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the film which includes creative and shocking horror scenes and unexpected humor.  

Atomic Blonde was basically 2017’s John Wick (well, apart from John Wick 2, obviously), as Charlize Theron was given the same cool, hyper-violent make-over treatment that did so well for Keanu Reeves before her. Inevitably, one of the most talked about scenes of the entire movie saw a super-charged sex scene between her and Sofia Boutella. It’s easily one of the most intense sex scenes of the year, lit wonderfully and stylishly and it’s no surprise it generated a lot of attention.

While easy to enjoy superficially, this film failed to produce dark existential mysterious themes, and included approximately twenty-seven fight scenes between Wolverine and Sabretooth which were almost identical, failing to impress the audience.

Kong: Skull Island wasn’t as critically adored as the 2014 Godzilla reboot that it now ties to, although it made more money at the global box office. In other words, the sequel it sets up in the post-credits scene, and it’s obvious from that scene that we’re going to see more of the famous movie monsters from the Godzilla universe, here referred to as Kaiju. In the post-credits scene, if you pause you’ll see cave art for not only Godzilla, but also Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah.

The Batsuits is as iconic as Batman himself – the film shows how the Batcave was filled with Easter Eggs – when paused the scene shows some of the funny suits including The Batriot, Bat by Gaslight, Scu-Bat, The Electric Bat etc.

Though it will make its full big-screen debut in Avengers: Infinity War, it was Spider-Man: Homecoming that briefly revealed the next iteration of Spider-Man’s costume during its finale, as Tony Stark tried to recruit Peter Parker to the new-look of the Avengers team. At the time, it felt like this might be the only opportunity we would get to see the MCU’s version of the Iron Spider, and it hurt to see Peter turn his back on it, but now the scene offers a glimpse ahead of what’s to come. And that design is so beautiful that it really deserves to be poured over.

One of the most paused moments, is when a character is seen with his zipper down for an entire scene.

Director William Friedkin of Exorcist, had made several frightening frames of a pale-faced demon man into the Exorcist – Pazuzu, which may have caused some nightmares. 

Jurassic World was a classic movie which gave a lot of attention to dinosaurs, although what viewers may not notice is when a man is seen trying to save his margaritas. 

Quentin Tarantino got a lot of attention for his movies for his special visual effects and choice of dialogue. There were rumors that viewers could catch a glimpse of Bruce Willis’ man parts in the shower scene at the hotel in “The Gold Watch”.

Check out Catherine Zeta-Jones’ amazing flexibility and amazing butt! 

Netflix’s Dumplin was recognized as one of the best coming of age comedies in some time. It’s no surprise Jennifer Anniston killed it playing Dumplin’s controlling bitchy mother. Ginger Minj, a known drag queen that plays Dumplin’s mentor guest appears in the film, using her actual outrageous stage name in the credits.

Another Netflix original, Annihiliation was one of the most terrifying horror flicks of 2018. The bear scene especially, where character Cassie (Tuva Novotny) is mauled to death by a horrifying creature and we hear Cassie’s screams coming from the bear until Anya, played by Gina Rodriguez attacks creature and has her jaw ripped off. 

Game Night did a fantastic job of portraying a comedy and one of the unforgettable moments is when Lamorne Morris’ Kevin is haunted by his wife Michelle, played by Kylie Bunbury’s past sex with a celebrity to the point where he won’t let it go.

Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz’s sex scene is so hot and intimate it’s hard to believe it’s not real. These actresses did an amazing job in expressing their physical love and emotions for each other, but the pause worthy moment is when Weisz actually spits in McAdams’ mouth!

Another Netflix original, Cam may have not been an unforgettable movie, however it brought attention to the sex industry and debilitating fears over identity theft. As Alice Ackerman is trying to regain her identity, she loses it and smashes her face into the desk – causing her doppelganger to do the same, breaking her nose terribly. 


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