Whether it’s thanks to a missed detail, a moment we want to watch over and over again, or a frame that is just too iconic to watch just once, this fresh batch of pause-worthy scenes is about to spice up your next evening off.
The Godfather (1972)
Considered by many to be one of the best films of all time, Coppola’s "The Godfather" was a landmark moment for cinema when it came out in 1972. The film has many memorable scenes and lines, but one of the most shocking is the infamous dead horse’s head in the bed scene.
This scene became one of the most paused in movie history because, apart from its shocking nature, viewers couldn’t determine if it was actually a real-life horse’s head. The truth is they used props for the rehearsals, but they used a real horse’s head for the actual scene.
Disney's "Tron" is a groundbreaking blend of live-action and computer-generated imagery. Its innovative visual effects, captivating story, and immersive electronic world make it a beloved classic that paved the way for future sci-fi adventures. "Tron" was one of Disney’s most popular sci-fi films, and as you may know by now, Disney loves to hide Easter eggs in its movies, and often, these eggs are some sort of Mickey Mouse reference.
There’s a scene in Tron when the flying solar sailer is hijacked, and if you pay close attention, Mickey Mouse’s head silhouette appears in the background. This became one of the most paused scenes in history because people couldn’t quite make out the shape the first few times.
The Little Mermaid (1989)
Everyone remembers the scene in "The Little Mermaid" when Eric is about to marry a disguised Ursula, but not many remember the priest that was about to marry them. It turns out that Disney drew the priest character with knobby knees that were protruding from his robe, but due to the position of the knee, it looked like something else, something very inappropriate, was showing under his robe.
Disney was actually sued for this, and they had to fix the issue for later versions of the film. But millions of people had already paused the scene too many times.
Three Men and a Baby (1987)
The movie "Three Men a Baby" was a hit when it came out back in the 80s, and so was the urban legend that was created around one of its scenes. Many viewers caught the scene where there appears to be a young boy standing behind a curtain, and since they didn’t know what to make of it, people started saying it was a ghost that lived in the apartment where the movie was filmed.
After a while, the director came out and said it was a cardboard cutout prop they’d accidentally left in the scene. Don't you just love it when a mistake is kept and becomes part of the final cut?
Jurassic World (2015)
In "Jurassic World," the 2015 installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, a famous musician makes a very brief appearance in one of the scenes. You might remember the scene when a crazy pterodactyl flies down to attack a crowd, but one man stands up holding two margarita glasses with the utmost care.
The man that was so adamantly protecting his margaritas, wearing a white cap and orange shirt, is Jimmy Buffett! "Jurassic World" reignites the awe and excitement of the original "Jurassic Park" with thrilling action, stunning visuals, and the return of dinosaurs. It's a nostalgic and exciting adventure for fans of the franchise.
"Ghostbusters" is a timeless comedy classic that combines humor, supernatural elements, and a lovable cast of characters. Its iconic theme song and memorable one-liners make it an absolute joy to watch. The 1984 film became a cult favorite almost instantly. Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Harold Ramis exterminating ghosts — how much better can it get?
There’s one particular scene where viewers paused over and over again just to see if their eyes were not deceiving them. In the famous scene where the ghosts break out onto the street, and everybody is in panic, you catch a glimpse of a famous adult film star, Ron Jeremy, in the crowd.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
This one is for die-hard Marvel fans, which have probably already paused this scene more times than they can count, however even if you are not a groupie, some scenes are worth watching. In the 2014 film "Guardians of the Galaxy," director James Gunn makes sure to make a scene filled with little easter eggs for audiences to find.
In the scene where we see The Collector’s Museum, you see all types of items, including Howard the Duck, Cosmo the Spacedog, a dark elf, a frost giant, Infinity Stones, and more. Each of these things has a meaning and backstory in the Marvel Universe.
Steven Spielberg surely didn’t realize to what extent his 1975 movie "Jaws" was going to terrify audiences. For months, people were afraid to go into the water, and we don’t blame them. The opening scene of Jaws is one of the most frightening and certainly the one that made viewers pause the most.
We see a young woman floating in the water, ominous music playing, and something hunting her from beneath. Since people didn’t know what to expect, doubting if Spielberg would just let us see a woman attacked like that. He did. And we had to pause and rewatch it just to convince ourselves.
The Ring (2002)
When it came out in 2002, "The Ring" was some of the most horrifying movies anyone had ever seen. Many movies came out that year; however, not all left such an impression as this one did. The film left audiences in terror for weeks to come.
Plenty of scenes made people jump out of their seats, but one of the worst was the one where Samara is standing in front of the well, and for a second, it felt like she was coming out of the screen to get you. Horror buffs and masochists paused and repeated this several times so that they could enjoy the effect over and over.
Fatal Attraction (1987)
This disturbing thriller starring Glenn Close and Michael Douglas is filled with scenes that leave you breathless. But one of the most frightening is one of the last scenes. Close’s deranged character, Alex, is fighting Michael Douglas when suddenly it seems the horror is finally over after he drowns her in the bath.
A few seconds go by, and you feel like you can breathe for the first time in the whole movie. Alas, Close jumps out of the tub, and your heart jumps out of your body. This is one of the most paused scenes because audiences couldn’t believe she was still alive!
Pulp Fiction (1994)
"Pulp Fiction" became a cult film from the moment it was released back in 1994, considered by many to be Quentin Tarantino’s best work. It is a cinematic masterwork that expertly weaves together nonlinear storytelling, memorable characters, and Tarantino's signature style, making it a cult classic and genre-defining piece.
There are many notable and classic scenes throughout "Pulp Fiction," but the one where Bruce Willis is in the shower is the most paused one. Bearing no relevance whatsoever to the rest of the movie’s plot, Bruce’s moment in the shower without clothes on left audiences pausing over and over to check if their eyes had fooled them.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
"Spider-Man: Homecoming" is a refreshing and delightful addition to the Spider-Man franchise, capturing the essence of the beloved character with a perfect blend of humor, heart, and exhilarating superhero action, and besides, everybody loved seeing Tom Holland and Zendaya on screen.
For the 2017 film, "Spider-man: Homecoming," there’s a scene where Zendaya’s character is reading a novel while sitting on the gym bleachers, and audiences paused the scene several times to get a peek at what it was. It turns out she’s reading the famous novel "Of Human Bondage," which ironically enough is about an orphan that lives with his uncle and aunt.
Before we all thought of Brendan Fraser when someone says the word "Tarzan," there was a Disney version in 1999. This version swings into our hearts with its captivating animation, memorable soundtrack by Phil Collins, and heartfelt story of self-discovery, making it a beloved adventure that stands the test of time.
It is well-known that Disney loves to hide little clues and symbols throughout their movies, and in this one, they make a reference to "Beauty and the Beast." In the scene where Terk the gorilla is playing with the teapot set, you'll see the set is actually Mrs. Potts and Chip from "Beauty and the Beast!"
Suicide Squad (2016)
"Suicide Squad" is a thrilling and unconventional superhero film that embraces its antihero ensemble, offering a unique and edgy take on the genre with charismatic performances and stylish action sequences. Even though it wasn’t loved by critics, audiences enjoyed seeing Margot Robbie play the deranged Harley Quinn in 2016’s "Suicide Squad."
Particularly in one scene where she quickly lifts her top, leaving audiences in shock. Of course, this became one of the most paused scenes in movie history since viewers wanted to see just how much the gorgeous Harley was showing off. A lot of people missed it since it was a split second.
The Girl Next Door (2004)
Canadian actress Elisha Cuthbert became the blonde beauty of the early 2000s after starring in "The Girl Next Door." It’s a light, fun movie about a boy who falls in love with the girl next door, which has quite a fascinating history. The movie is a coming-of-age comedy that balances heartfelt moments with raunchy humor and is an entertaining and nostalgic slice of teen comedy.
There’s one scene in the movie that makes viewers pause, and it’s the one where Cuthbert appears on screen dripping wet after taking a dip in the neighbor’s pool. And, of course, viewers don’t want to miss a second of it.
Furious 7 (2015)
Ever since the first film of the "Fast & Furious" film series came out in 2001, it has been one of the highest-grossing films in Hollywood. It was an unexpected tragedy when Paul Walker, one of its stars, passed away in 2013. The directors decided to give the actor a nostalgic goodbye moment in the 7th installment, "Furious 7."
The scene with the “last ride,” showing Brian O’Conner for the last time, was extremely emotional, and it had viewers pausing it repeatedly to get one last look at Walker. Overall, the movie revs up the adrenaline with its high-octane action sequences, heartfelt tributes to its star, and a thrilling blend of fast cars and explosive stunts.
The Good Wife (Season 2, 2010)
CBS really hit the jackpot when it aired its hit series The Good Wife in 2009. The show, which ran for seven seasons, stars Julianna Margulies and Josh Charles. The legal drama series shows these two characters having a crazy attraction for each other since the first episode, but nothing happens.
For a long, long time. Finally, in the second season finale, they kiss, and you just can’t believe it’s happening. Audiences paused this scene several times just to rewatch the anticipated moment. The captivating legal drama balances intricate storytelling, compelling characters, and thought-provoking themes, making it a must-watch series for intelligent and gripping television fans.
Take This Waltz (2011)
"Take This Waltz" is a poignant and raw exploration of love, desire, and the complexities of relationships. It dives into emotional depths with authenticity, leaving a lasting impact on viewers. Even though it wasn’t a box-office hit, this 2011 drama has a lot going for it. "Take This Waltz," directed by Sarah Polley, is a relationship drama-comedy with a great cast, including the NY comedian Sarah Silverman.
One of the most paused scenes in the movie is when Silverman appears for the first time wearing a bathing suit and looking quite sexy. People had to pause due to sheer disbelief that they were seeing the raunchy comedienne in anything other than her regular jeans and t-shirt in a stand-up bar.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" delivers epic battles, nostalgic callbacks, and a satisfying conclusion to the saga, leaving fans exhilarated and emotionally fulfilled. Its breathtaking visuals and iconic moments make it a thrilling space opera. It may not have been the best Star Wars film, but it certainly had an all-star cast.
In fact, one of the most paused scenes in the movie is when Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda makes a cameo appearance right at the end. In the final scene, when everybody is celebrating the defeat of the Final Order, you can spot Miranda jumping around for joy as one of the pilots.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)
Undoubtedly, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" is a swashbuckling adventure with captivating characters, stunning visuals, and thrilling action sequences that reignite the franchise's magic. The movie is one of Hollywood’s most profitable and successful film sagas, and its cast is even more spectacular.
In the 2017 installment, the actor list includes Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, and dozens of other A-listers. One celebrity we weren’t expecting to see was the ex-Beatle Paul McCartney! Audiences were shocked and paused this scene over and over when Paul made an appearance as Uncle Jack in the film.
"Closer" captivated audiences with its raw and intense exploration of love, betrayal, and desire, featuring exceptional performances and thought-provoking dialogue that resonated long after the credits rolled. Natalie Portman plays a great character in the movie, where she sinks into the role of Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
We rarely see Portman almost in her birthday suit, and apparently, she wasn't very comfortable doing all of the scenes. The character of Alice, who Portman plays, is an exotic dancer seeking love and affection. You can imagine the paused scene of Portman being rewound over and over again.
She’s the Man (2006)
She's the Man fails to capture Shakespeare's wit, as its humor relies heavily on broad slapstick, predictable jokes, and an unconvincing plotline, diminishing the essence of the original playwright's cleverness. Saying that it does have its share of sparks and an unforgettable worth pausing-moment.
The film centers around two twins, Viola and Sebastian, in which Amanda Bynes' character Viola dresses up as her brother, hoping to make it onto an all-male soccer team. When things get out of hand, Viola is forced to reveal her true identity by flashing her chest - causing everyone to hit pause and see if they could catch a look.
2002 marked the first "Spider-Man" movie of many, and its unique story is what introduces us to Peter Parker and sets the stage for the world of superheroes. Nearly twenty years later, people are still calling it one of the best. One of the best movies, kisses, was also one of the most-paused moments in history.
It's hard to invest audiences in a story of a man gaining powers through a spider bite, but this film did it. Tobey Maguire playing Spider-Man set the bar high for those who would come after. Spidey kissing Mary-Jane Watson while dangling upside down is a scene paused so often, and it's easy to understand why that kiss was simply iconic.
Back in the 90s, Disney animators’ hidden Easter eggs were inside jokes between them. If viewers ever saw the secret tricks, they would spread the news of it through word of mouth. These days, thanks to streaming services and the ability to screenshot, animators are forced to step up their game to keep these moments better hidden.
In "Aladdin," when Aladdin asks Genie to turn him into a prince, animators planted a not-so-hidden surprise. Genie takes out a book, and while he flips through recipes on how to make a princely persona out of someone, he pulls out a crab - Sebastian from The Little Mermaid.
Back to the Future (1985)
"Back to the Future" has become a massive part of the subcultures that saw it. It was a rite of passage for the era in which it was released. Even today, almost 4 decades later, it manages to shine and bring something to the screen that not many other classics are able to do. Among many memorable moments, one scene, in particular, stood out, and one easily missed if the remote wasn't nearby.
Marty McFly runs over a tree that is the namesake for a local grocery - Twin Pines. When he visits the store in the future, we see that the store had to change its name to Lone Pine because he ran over one of the trees.
The Little Mermaid (1989)
Although we tend to think that Disney movies are as innocent as they get - the more we watch them, the more we realize adult innuendos are hiding in every corner. "The Little Mermaid" received overwhelmingly positive reviews, with critics praising its enchanting music, captivating animation, and rejuvenating spirit that breathed new life into the world of energy.
It had its fair share of references that were, and still are, considered inappropriate. The moments were so shocking that people had to pause them just to understand if they saw things right. For example, when Ariel is given human legs, the viewers see too much of her...for a children's movie.
Finding Dory (2016)
Years after fans begged and pleaded for a sequel to "Finding Nemo"; "Finding Dory" was released. In the animated sensation, we follow Dory as she navigates her way through life as a forgetful fish. While Dory is in the midst of trouble, you'll see an unexpected villain, that is, if you look closely enough. On the wall behind where Dory is encased, we see a photo of one of the main villains from "Finding Nemo" - Darla, the girl with the braces.
You may have to pause to catch it, though. "Finding Dory" is spectacular, and it highlights what Pixar is best at creating great characters and bringing animation to life. It sounds simple, but it's not easy to do, and it's what makes "Finding Dory" succeed as both a sequel and a movie.
Many scenes turn "Grease" into a cultural classic. The movie's catchy tunes are endless, and the high school drama is good entertainment for young and old viewers. But it’s the scene at the very end that makes the movie. Throughout the entire film, the new girl Sandra Dee is such a "good girl" that there is even a song dedicated to her innocence!
But in the final scene, we see her come out after a complete makeover - a moment with fans pausing in awe and multiplying our chills. The metamorphosis embodies the film's themes of self-discovery and challenging societal expectations, echoing deeply with fans as a powerful symbol of empowerment and freedom.
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
It seems as if there are Easter eggs in almost every Marvel Studios film. One of the most paused scenes in the franchise happens to be in one of the studio's least popular films, "Thor: The Dark World." The scene we're talking about is when Dr. Selvig scribbles all over a chalkboard in his mental health facility. The gibberish that's written is actually real astronomical and mathematical equations and theories.
They even contain the name of a place called Nidavellir, which plays a huge part in "Avengers: Infinity War." Thor: The Dark World doesn't fall into the realm of bad films, and it can be described as decidedly average, especially within a "cinematic universe" filled with delightful movies, making it stand out negatively by comparison.
Iron Man 2 (2010)c
Marvel, we can never get enough, and the more Marvel movies on the list, the better. Another paused movie scene, this time at the end of "Iron Man 2." Tony Stark and Nick Fury meet, and a screen shows a superhero motion map behind the characters. The areas reveal "hotspots" like Captain America's frozen body in Greenland, a spot in Africa that would be revealed as Wakanda years later, Thor's hammer in New Mexico, and many other hidden gems.
These hidden gems serve as Easter eggs, offering tantalizing glimpses into the expansive Marvel universe and fueling anticipation for future interconnected stories and characters.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
Disney may have been one of the first studios to drop Easter eggs into their films. One of the most hard-to-spot and subtle moments took place in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" when Quasimodo sings high above the city. If you look closely at the city streets, you'll see Belle from "Beauty and the Beast" reading a book, the Carpet from Aladdin, and Poomba from "The Lion King."
The movie had some controversial aspects; however, overall the breathtaking visuals of the last third of the film, combined with the excellent work of the voice cast and music team, create a uniquely uncompromising portrait of Paris in despair
The Back-up Plan (2010)
In "The Back-up Plan," Jennifer Lopez’s character undergoes artificial insemination. The film tells the story of her pregnancy and the new guy in her life. As you may already know, the world has become somewhat obsessed with J-Lo's behind. In the movie, there is a scene where movie-watchers can see Lopez's backside as she looks in the mirror.
Of course, the moment has been paused countless times in hopes of catching a glimpse. Well, we have some news for you; it's not actually Jennifer in the scene at all; it's her body double! We love Jennifer and every film she has starred in, so we prefer to ignore this last fact and continue with our lives.
There’s Something About Mary (1998)
"There's Something About Mary" is a comedic gem that tickles audiences with its hilarious mishaps, memorable characters, and offbeat romantic charm. This uproarious comedy captivates viewers with its irreverent humor and endearing characters, and more than 20 years after its release, it still manages to hold its place as a comedy classic.
The film has many memorable scenes but perhaps the most significant scene. Definitely, the most paused moment was when a teenage Ben Stiller had an unfortunate incident with his zipper. It looks like a painful moment, which raises why people would want to pause the video, but they still do!
American Pie (1999)
"American Pie" may be one of our most iconic teen comedies. The films were free, wild, and exciting. The cast rose to fame thanks to the movies; actors like Jason Bigg, Alyson Hannigan, and Tara Reid became huge after the films' release. Audiences attributed the movie's cast to portray the same character's evolving storyline, making the movie believable, relatable, and easier to connect with.
Though the films were full of controversy, there was one scene that was very memorable to viewers. Nadia, the international student, undresses in front of a webcam, under the impression that she was alone. Needless to say, the moment was paused and replayed by many fans.
Trading Places (1983)
As the daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, Jamie Lee Curtis was destined for fame. She made a name for herself as the "Scream Queen" after her role in the horror film, "Halloween." As she grew older, she managed to land herself roles in several movies, one of which was "Trading Places."
In one scene, in particular, Jamie was standing in front of a mirror and was soon deemed "the body," thanks to her perfect figure. This highly anticipated scene has been paused numerous times and will probably be paused for many years to come, no matter how old this movie gets.
Since its release in 1982, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial has enthralled audiences with its heartwarming story of friendship and adventure. One particular scene has captivated viewers' hearts and enticed them to hit the pause button. As E.T. uses his telekinetic abilities to lift Elliott and himself, their silhouettes gracefully grace the moon's backdrop, etching a mesmerizing and iconic image in the annals of cinematic history.
This moment, known as the "E.T. bike flying scene," stands as one of the most breathtaking, well-known, and frequently paused shots in film history. Its enduring impact has touched the lives of countless viewers, leaving an indelible mark on their memories and reminding us of the magic that can be found within the realms of cinema.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Renowned for his distinct directorial style, Stanley Kubrick's signature touch shines through in his meticulous framing and precise camera perspectives. One scene in "2001: A Space Odyssey" exemplifies his artistry, as the protagonist, Dave Bowman, finds himself positioned at the center of the frame, enveloped by an ethereal glow of white lights. Kubrick's deliberate choice immerses the viewer, placing them in a voyeuristic vantage point directly behind Bowman, seamlessly merging them with the narrative.
The profound impact of this visual composition has compelled numerous viewers to pause the film, captivated by the deep sense of involvement and intimacy it evokes. Kubrick's unparalleled ability to manipulate camera techniques to engross the audience, inviting them to become active participants in the cinematic experience, solidifies his status as a visionary filmmaker.
"Alien" is an undeniably thrilling cinematic experience. As the plot unveils the presence of a baby Xenomorph, anticipation builds among the audience for the imminent danger that awaits the unsuspecting crew. In this particular scene, the film truly showcases the devastating capabilities of these otherworldly creatures. The carefully crafted combination of gory effects and the sheer look of terror etched on the actors' faces creates an atmosphere that compels viewers to hit the pause button.
Each element within this moment adds to the intensity, from the visceral and graphic visuals to the palpable sense of impending doom. Pausing allows audiences to savor the horrific details and heighten their engagement with the film's terrifying narrative, solidifying "Alien" as a seminal work in the science fiction and horror genres.
The 1994 film "Speed" truly lives up to its high-octane title, propelling viewers through a relentless thrill ride. The narrative hurtles forward at such a breakneck pace that one risks overlooking crucial details without keen focus. A gripping "duel" unfolds in a pivotal scene between Howard Payne and Jack Traven. During this intense confrontation, Payne meets a grisly fate as an overhead light severs his head.
Rewinding the film and hitting pause at this precise moment reveals a clever filmmaking technique—actor Dennis Hopper seamlessly transforms into a lifeless dummy, flawlessly executed to maintain the shocking visual impact while ensuring the safety and well-being of the cast and crew.
V for Vendetta (2006)
Within the graphic novel are a few panels in which Evey appears in a state of nudity. While the film adaptation featuring Natalie Portman refrains from showcasing explicit nudity, it cleverly nods to the source material. During a pivotal scene orchestrated by V, Evey is sent on a mission to assist in the assassination of an evil clergyman.
When Evey attempts to flee, a fleeting glimpse is granted, revealing the revealing attire she had been concealed in. This tantalizing moment, blending the delicate balance between homage and artistic interpretation has enticed countless viewers to hit the pause button repeatedly. The scene's allure lies not only in its aesthetic appeal but also in the symbolic representation of Evey's transformation and her journey toward empowerment.
The Rescuers (1977)
At first glance, “The Rescuers” seems like an innocent family film. When the film was released, attentive audiences noticed something a little bit risqué about this G-rated flick. While hitching a ride on Orville, Bernard, and Bianca fly past the image of a topless woman in the New York City background.
Unless you're paying very close attention, you'll miss it. And though we're not sure who's responsible for the mishap, we do know that Disney had to recall more than 3 million videos due to controversy. So, what started off as trying to spice up the child-friendly movie, turned into a very expensive bill Disney had to pay.
Men In Black (1997)
You can't go wrong when it comes to Will Smith. "Men in Black" follows Jay (Smith) in his journey to join the super-secret Men in Black organization. As he arrives, he initially receives a facility tour, which is exactly when our most paused moment happens. Jay takes a facility tour, eventually arriving at a holographic computer that displays several alien locations.
Audiences were forced to pause the screen to understand precisely what images were being displayed. If you're quick enough to pause the scene, you'll notice each image is a celebrity or rather an alien disguised as a celebrity. This brilliant shot was both clever and a dig at quite a few of our favorite celebs, including Danny DeVito and Sylvester Stallone.
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
In this thriller, director Stanley Kubrick gives us a look into a world full of secrets, lies, and deception. "Eyes Wide Shut" feels like the culmination of a career spent telling stories of every stripe; it's at once horrifying, intimate, and thrilling, and it explores a world that is unlike anything that could exist outside the mind of Kubrick. One of the most pause-worthy moments in the history of cinema takes place in this unique film.
When our protagonist, Bill Hartford, portrayed by Tom Cruise, arrives at a mysterious event of an obscure cult, we encounter an intimate ceremony. This unforgettable moment has had viewers pressing pause for the past 20 years and will have fans pressing pause for years to come.
One of the most captivating films of the century, "Inception," caught the eyes of many viewers. A complicated and unique plot that follows the powers and possibilities of lucid dreaming, Christopher Nolan's "Inception" is the source of an incredible pause-worthy moment. This moment happens when Leonardo DiCaprio, playing Cobb, takes his student Ariadne into a common dream in Paris, France.
That's when Ariadne takes action and uses her imagination to create an impossible architectural wonder in what is already one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The moment, a beautiful one, is one of the most pause-worthy moments and one for our list!
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
"Reservoir Dogs," which is now known as Quentin Tarantino's first feature film, has become one of the most studied and respected crime films in cinema history. The film tells the story of a robbery and its consequences on all the characters involved. As Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) waits impatiently in the safe house, viewers witness what we consider a pause-worthy moment, not to mention a violent one.
Mr. Blonde holds a police officer prisoner and, while injuring him, turns on the radio and starts dancing to its tunes. Without a doubt, this a scene we urge you to pause and soak in!
The Matrix (1999)
Perhaps one of the biggest milestones in the action and science fiction genres was "The Matrix." The 1999 film was revolutionary in its plot and groundbreaking visual effects. If you've been living under a rock and haven't yet seen "The Matrix," let us summarize it for you (without any spoilers), the story takes place in a parallel reality, in which humanity is unknowingly living inside a simulated reality created by machines.
Though you had to pay close attention to the whole film to understand exactly what was going on, there was one moment that was particularly pause-worthy. Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, is in the middle of an intense duel when he discovers his amazing ability. The slow-motion moment is a pause-worthy one for sure!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
We're all familiar with the "Star Wars" franchise by this point, right? During the final scene of this film, Rey returns Luke Skywalker's old lightsaber to him. Since the film's release, fans have frequently questioned the movie's final frame, in which the rock Luke is standing next to seems to be a gravestone.
This lead many fans to believe that the stone was man-made and that Rey is Luke's daughter - is it possible that Luke's wife and Rey's mother are buried there? The theory has caused many to pause the frame in hopes of answering their open-ended questions!
Doctor Strange (2016)
Don't get us wrong, "Doctor Strange" has many pause-worthy moments, but the scene towards the end of the film, when Doctor Strange dies several times, has definitely become a fan favorite. Doctor Strange uses the Eye of Agamotto to manipulate time and save the world. Doctor Strange enthusiasts believe that the Eye of Agamotto will have an important role in future installments, which is why so many chose to pause on its effects. Honestly, we can't blame them!
Fact. The film achieves its greatest triumphs through its breathtaking special effects. Take, for instance, the mind-bending rotating corridor scene in Inception, the dynamic fight sequences in The Matrix, and the mesmerizing surrealism reminiscent of Salvador Dali's artwork. Although these elements may appear disparate at first glance, they harmoniously blend together to create a stunning visual tapestry that leaves a lasting impact on the audience.
Star Wars - Return of the Jedi (1983)
Yet another "Star Wars" film on our list. A major part of the fun of watching this 1983 film is pausing scenes to see how its visual and special effects have held up over the years. You may be surprised to discover that they've held up pretty well. Of all the pause-worthy scenes, the most paused moment in the film happens when Luke Skywalker backs away from killing his father, and the Emperor strikes Vader with a bolt of lightning.
Vader attacks, and as he stumbles back, the remaining bolts of lightning flow over him, and for a split second, audiences could see his skeleton illuminated under his armor.
Recalling the pause-worthy moment from the 2016 film might prove a bit challenging, but allow us to refresh your memory. Prepare for a journey into the realm of cheerleading. Does it ring a bell now? Ah, yes, the unforgettable scene where Sydney decides to moon the crowd cheekily. This audacious act instantly becomes one of the most captivating moments, prompting viewers to hit the pause button in awe.
The on-screen crowd erupts with wild enthusiasm, mirroring the excitement felt by those watching from the comfort of their homes. This scene stands as a testament to the film's ability to deliver unexpected and bold moments that leave an indelible impression on the audience. It exemplifies the power of a well-executed, pause-worthy moment that ignites laughter, shock, and an enduring sense of entertainment.
The Greasy Strangler (2016)
"The Greasy Strangler" pushes the boundaries of discomfort while delivering a series of memorable and pause-worthy moments. Amidst the unsettling landscape of the film, there emerges a scene that has become a beloved standout for fans. If you're familiar with the movie, it won't take long for your mind to wander to the eye-popping strangulation scene. This particular sequence leaves viewers amazed and perplexed, prompting them to reach for the remote control in disbelief.
The sheer audacity of the visuals and the sheer shock value it carries make it an unforgettable moment that lingers in the minds of those who dared to witness it. "The Greasy Strangler" thrives on its ability to shock and mesmerize, and this pause-worthy scene serves as a testament to its uncanny ability to captivate audiences with its unique and daring vision.
The Brothers Grimsby (2016)
In the uproarious comedy "The Brothers Grimsby," there exists a scene that induces a reflexive reach for the remote control as viewers witness a streaker sprinting across a football field. However, the excitement may be tempered by a surprising revelation. Contrary to appearances, Rebel Wilson was not herself engaging in the daring escapade. Sacha Baron Cohen, the film's star and writer, attempted to coax Wilson into participating, only to encounter her reluctance.
Thus, a clever solution was found in the form of a blonde body double—a talented dancer hailing from South Africa—who seamlessly stepped into the role and delivered a moment that both bewildered and delighted audiences. This anecdote exemplifies the film's comedic spirit, highlighting the creative lengths undertaken to bring laughter to the screen.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
The astute eyes of Reddit users never fail to uncover hidden gems, and in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," they struck gold once again. Pausing the film and sharing their observations, fans noticed an intriguing Easter egg tucked within one of the movie's opening scenes. As Captain America awakens to a new era, he meticulously compiles a list of activities to catch up on.
What makes this moment even more captivating is that the list itself varies depending on the country in which the film is viewed, offering unique cultural perspectives tailored to different audiences worldwide. This delightful detail showcases the filmmakers' attention to detail and their commitment to creating an immersive and inclusive experience that leaves no stone unturned, sparking conversations and igniting the imaginations of fans everywhere.
Disney has a knack for sprinkling delightful Easter eggs that evoke knowing smiles from parents watching alongside their children, and the phenomenon of "Frozen" is no different. A clever homage unfolds within the charming scene featuring Anna and Hans engaged in a lighthearted discussion about sandwiches. Sharp viewers familiar with the critically acclaimed (and decidedly adult-oriented) television show "Arrested Development" would recognize the parallels.
It becomes apparent that the "Frozen" scene mirrors a memorable moment from the show, unfolding as a playful nod to fans of both worlds. This unexpected crossover offers a delightful surprise for those in the know, adding an extra layer of enjoyment to the viewing experience. Moments worth pausing.
The Crying Game (1992)
"The Crying Game" emerged as a monumental triumph, captivating both audiences and critics alike with its gripping narrative set in the backdrop of Northern Ireland. Amongst the exceptional performances that graced the film, one, in particular, left an indelible mark. Jaye Davidson's portrayal of Dil, a mesmerizing nightclub singer, unfurled a scene that left jaws agape and prompted viewers to hit the pause button in astonishment.
In a key moment, Dil courageously discloses her identity. This revelation shattered prejudices, challenged societal norms, and sparked conversations surrounding gender identity. Davidson's portrayal and the film's superb storytelling highlight the power of cinema and all its wonders.
For avid Stanley Kubrick enthusiasts, the film "Passengers" holds delightful surprises with clever Easter eggs paying homage to the legendary director. Director Morten Tyldum, a devoted Kubrick admirer, aimed to honor the late filmmaker through carefully picked design choices. Sharp-eyed viewers would notice remarkable resemblances that harken back to Kubrick's iconic work, "The Shining."
First, the robot bartender bears an uncanny likeness to the haunting bartender from "The Shining," evoking a sense of mysterious familiarity. Additionally, the complex pattern of the ship's carpet mirrors the distinctive design of the carpet adorning the floors of the infamous Overlook Hotel. Go back to the movie and pause the moment. It is worth it.
Black Panther (2018)
"Black Panther" is a groundbreaking film that celebrates African culture, empowers minority communities, and delivers a captivating story with compelling characters, stunning sceneries, and a robust questioning of identity and legacy. The Academy Award-winning film that took audiences by storm was bound to have at least one pause-worthy moment.
The scene in which T'Challa has to battle Killmonger to keep control of Wakanda is intense, to say the least. One worth pausing for. What makes the scene even more incredible is the moment when Killmonger wins and throws T'Challa over the waterfall, overtaking the Wakanda throne. No one, and we mean no one, saw that coming.
The Favourite (2018)
"The Favourite" is a cinematic masterpiece that astounds with its impeccable performances, exquisite period detail, and brilliantly crafted narrative that delves into the complex dynamics of power, ambition, and human relationships. The movie tells the story of Queen Anne and her two most loyal supporters, Lady Sarah and her cousin Abigail. Interestingly enough, the film has made our list with one scene in particular.
The scene that caused viewers to pause involved Queen Anne explaining to Sarah why she favors Abigail so much. Olivia Colman, who plays Queen Anne, delivers her reasoning in such a deadpan manner that it gives the scene all the more reason to pause and soak in what just happened.
Free Solo (2018)
"Free Solo" is an awe-inspiring documentary that showcases the fearless pursuit of human achievement, capturing the gripping journey of climber Alex Honnold as he fearlessly scales El Capitan without ropes, leaving viewers breathless and inspired. So, who said a documentary couldn't have pause-worthy scenes?
"Free Solo" includes many adrenaline-pumping locations that are worth pausing and taking in. When free solo climber Alex Honnold commences climbing Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan, making him the first person to do so in a free solo manner. The infamous scene, in which he climbs to the top, is one that's worth pausing, taking in, and fully appreciating.
Hereditary is one of the most intense films that has been released in recent years. It is a haunting and chilling masterpiece that redefines the horror genre. With exceptional performances, an unsettling atmosphere, and a profound exploration of grief, it grasps long after the credits roll. For the majority of the film, viewers are left unsure of the film's destiny.
One moment stuck out among the rest. When Peter's sister, Charlie, unknowingly ingests nuts (which she is severely allergic to), he immediately rushes her to the hospital. Though it may seem like you're average thriller scene, this scene, in particular, is so stunning many audiences felt that they had to pause before they could go on.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
When "The Wolf of Wall Street" was released to cinemas in 2013, moviegoers worldwide couldn't stop talking about it. It was a huge hit and featured the era's most talked-about stars. There was one scene, in particular, that moviegoer felt inclined to pause - and no, it wasn't the slo-mo scene in which Jordan Belfort decided to abuse quaaludes.
The scene involved the leading lady, played by the talented Margot Robbie, attempting to seduce Leonardo DiCaprio's character. There you have it, one of the most-paused movie scenes in recent memory! Yes, we know many movies have the same kind of scenes, however, the one in "The Wolf of Wall Street" is better of them all.
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Along with Rami Malek's outstanding portrayal of rock legend Freddie Mercury - the movie was worth watching for many reasons. And no, we are not talking about the magnificant soundtrack we can never get enough of. There is a cameo moment that is difficult to notice without a quick pause, which is why the award-winning film "Bohemian Rhapsody" has made its way onto this list.
The moment may happen too quickly for one to notice, but Adam Lambert, the singer, portrays the trucker with whom Mercury becomes besotted. Go back to the film, not only for the paused momnet, but maily because it is infact one of the best based-on-true-envents movie we have seen in a long time.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
While it may not be the most excellent movie of all time, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" is home to one of the most-paused moments in cinema. The movie is based on the 1981 book titled Fast Times at Ridgemont High: A True Story and starres Sean penn, Jenifer Jason Leigh and many other big names.
Phoebe Cates's character, Linda Barrett, is going for a swim in her friend's pool in a red bikini. The most paused moment in this movie, and perhaps in movie history, comes when Linda finally climbs up the steps and gets out of the pool...dropping viewers' jaws on the floor.
Basic Instinct (1992)
In the cheerful 1990s, Sharon Stone was the biggest name in the industry and Hollywood and every movie that came out back then, was better then the other. One of them was "Basic Insttincy." "Basic Instinct" was a groundbreaking film for many reasons. First of all, we are blessed with a criminal mastermind who can keep her murder a secret.
In what might have been one of her most significant moments as an actress, Sharon Stone has made it on this list with a pause-worthy moment. In this scene, Stone's character decided to cross her legs in a dress in an attempt to confuse the detective, portrayed by Michael Douglas. Surprise, surprise! It works!
Sleeping With Other People (2015)
Anytime you see Alison Brie on screen, there’s a good chance she’ll do something quirky or out of this world. This film was no different; in "Sleeping With Other People," Brie gave viewers a dance scene that they probably didn’t expect. In the film, Brie plays the role of Lainey, a woman who reunites with Jake, an old college friend played by Jason Sudeikis.
The scene had Jake starring at his former college fling - though the closest viewers got was pausing the scene in hopes of making it last longer. Overall the movie was a success and recieved positive reviews from critics.
In the film "Zootopia," we're given a sneak peek into the lives of animals as they live their lives like humans in the big city. For the most part, the story revolves around a few animals as they try to uncover a conspiracy. In the middle of the mess, we're treated to a scene that is worth pausing.
One of the movie's characters glances at their iPod to reveal a list of musicians that have been renamed to fit the animal theme. Trust us, and this is a creative moment that is worth pausing and if the film were to be made today, we are sure the producers would have created the exact smae scene.
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
This scene has been paused so many times; the image has become iconic in its own right. In fact, we've seen it so many times, and it's hard to imagine this scene was part of a film, to begin with. In "The Seven Year Itch," Marilyn Monroe's character tempts the married male protagonist, Richard Sherman.
In one outstanding scene, Monroe gives us this moment when she walks over a vent from the ground that begins to blow her dress up. She holds it down, but the scene is one that has been paused countless times since the movie's release in 1955.
The Exorcist (1973)
Many refer to "The Exorcist" as one of the greatest horror movies of all time. Linda Blair's character's transition from a sweet innocent girl into a fully possessed demon really is a work of art. It is based on a novel which carries the same name and is thought to be a significent piece fo art of that era. The film contains some tricks that make watchers want to pause.
One of the more obvious of these scenes is when the demon Pazuzu shows his face. In a brief moment, we are shown the face of the possessor, and of course - people paused to take a better look.
Iron Man (2008)
The next one might take a bit of concentration. "Iron Man" was one of the first in a series that we now know to be a modern-day superhero franchise. Since then, it has become a leading figure in all hero like movies and alongside superman and the incredible hulk, the man of steel is here to stay.
Aside from this, it is also known as being one of the most-paused movie moments in cinematic history. So, which scene exactly did Marvel fans pause on? We get shown a little piece of Captain America's shield. While Tony Stark was being disassembled by his robot - we spot the guard hiding in the background...
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988):
When "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" came out, the rules of the movie world chaged foreve. For the first time relaity and animation were colided on screen prociding a unique and never seen before experiance. Everyone knows that Jessica Rabbit is one of the most bodacious animated characters of all time.
In the 1988 film, the red-haired woman often makes the people around her stop and stare at the screen. Off-screen, it had the same effect; only viewers had to pause the film physically. It is important to remind fans that she is not real, which in all honesty, can be easy to forget.
Total Recall (1990)
Before he was known as the Former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in some of the greatest movies. His role in perhaps one of his biggest flicks, "Total Recall," led many to hit the pause button. There is a scene in the science action film in which he is surveying the Martian planet and comes across a character that is different than many expect.
It is that same difference that caused fans to pause and ponder. In the late days of the 20th centiry, Arnold Schwarzenegger would become one of the most famouse actors in the industry, making it big in 'Twins", Terminator" and many others.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
"Anchorman" is one of those movies that crafts subtle jokes into every scene they could fit. For the audience that can read Spanish, this joke is enough to make anyone pause to read. In this scene is a Mexican restaurant with a pretty odd name.
The name translated into English is: “We spit in your food.” However, this joke speaks to a specific crowd, those who can read the language pause and giggle during this scene. We love it, and we think it's extra sophisticated when you plant a joke or a hidden message that doesn't apply to all of the viewers. Give us more!
Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
Nicole Kidman has been adorning on screens for a few decades now, and she is most loved for her extraordinary performance in "Eyes Wide Shut,," "Cold Mountain," and "The Others." In the psychological thriller "Before I Go to Sleep," Nicole Kidman plays Christine Lucas, an amnesiac whose memories fade each time she falls asleep.
The film itself didn’t win much praise from critics; one scene, in particular, captured the attention of plenty of viewers. One of the scenes that had the film's viewers pressing pause on repeat was the scene where Kidman appears to be standing bare, looking at a bunch of hanging photographs on the wall.
The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
When you think of Chris Hemsworth, the last thing you think of is a horror movie, right? In 2011, Hemsworth was cast in "The Cabin in the Woods," a modern horror movie that tried to make things a little different. The film has one of the most-paused scenes in recent history. The scene involved the controllers of the monsters showcasing which monsters and demons they do have control over, showing exactly how many.
The fine details make many want to pause and review the scene. "The Cabin in the Woods" is not the only film Hemsworth impressed us with. His role in "Star Trek," "Rush," and the "Avengers" series are only some of the names he is associated with.
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
We love movie series where the story never ends, and we keep returning for more. In the first of the three Star Wars prequels, director George Lucas, decided to place a small and hard-to-notice Easter egg in the film. This shocking moment has many grabbing their remotes and hitting pause.
In the scene in which senators and other politicians meet to talk, a glance at a specific platform will show a family of alien friends that may remind you of another movie...What movie, you may be asking? E.T! Keep your remote close next time you're binging Star Wars.
The Graduate (1967)
The Oscar-winning film "The Graduate" starring Dustin Hoffman in his breakthrough performance. It is based on a novel of the same name and is considered one of the most influential movies of the past century. It tells the story of a young man who moves back in with his parents after college.
Hoffman's character, Benjamin Braddock, struggles to find direction in life and is seduced by a woman twice his age, Mrs. Robinson. The film's progressive plot may have caused chaos with its release in 1967, but it also blessed us with one of the most paused scenes in history - the one in which Mrs. Robinson locks Ben in a room and strips naked.
Teen Wolf (1985)
"Teen Wolf" was targeted as a family-friendly flick, but millions of viewers may disagree, and believe it or not, the scene in question happens minutes before the credits roll. During the movie's opening, an extra is seen with his pants and underwear around his ankles - a pause-worthy, gasp-inducing moment.
The exact moment happens when Michael J. Fox's character, Scott Howard, wins the basketball match when the camera catches a glimpse of the crowd cheering from the bleachers. Oops! Wonder how they forgot to edit that out. The movie was released in perfect timing and embraced the 1980s with open arms. This was soon followed by a 2011 TV series adaptation that didn't bring the same hype to the audience.
The Matrix (1999)
The first "Matrix" movie is often regarded as one of the best films of all time. It is described as a science fiction action film and significantly impacted the viewers that one movie wasn't enough. There is one scene in the Academy-award-winning installment that is both a fan favorite and, well, you guessed it - pause-worthy.
In this scene, there is a shot reflected off a doorknob. Usually, a shot would show a reflection of a camera, but the director decided to do something worthy of a double-take. They dressed the camera up to look like Morpheus. Dedication level - 100!
American Beauty (1999)
Perhaps one of the most film-defining moments in modern history - if you've ever seen "American Beauty," this scene won't be hard to recall. The film's protagonist, Lester, is sitting in a crowded basketball gym - when he becomes obsessed with the lead cheerleader, his daughter's best friend, played by Mena Suvari.
As he becomes fixated on the young woman, the spotlight shines on her, and all else fades to black. This scene has been paused so many times; it is embedded in our minds for good. The movie presents a different angle of the American middle-class society, shedding light on ita value of happiness, honesty, and success.
One of the most epic love stories of our time has evolved from a blockbuster movie to a cultural phenomenon, capturing the hearts of many. It's hard not to fall in love with Rose and Jack's love story. Rose admires Jack's images of naked women in Paris. She asks him to draw her in what is the most-paused scene of the film.
The drawing later plays a vital role in the movie after it's uncovered from the wreckage years later. The movie, which was released in 1997, has remained one f the most heartbreaking stories in film history, and since then, no other romantic picture has managed to influence as much as Titanic did.
The Lion King (1994)
This may surprise you, but even animated movies hide many messages between the scenes and have their share of paused-worthy moments. Over the years, there have been speculations over hidden messages in many Disney movies - "The Lion King" was not exempt from such allegations.
There is a scene in which something a little eerie happens, and no, we're not talking about Mufasa's horrific death. In the movie, there is a scene in which clouds of dust briefly spell out something in the sky. While the reasoning behind this decision is still a mystery - it's one that makes many viewers pause and wonder...
Fight Club (1999)
There are a few movies that have turned themselves into classics without even really knowing it. "Fight Club" is one of them. Full of raw, piercing moments, anyone who has seen this movie knows it's one to be admired. Before we are appropriately introduced to Tyler Durden, Brad Pitt's character - we get a quick shot of him early on in the movie. If you blink, you will most likely miss the subliminal effect in this film as Tyler appears for a literal frame.
The brilliance of "Fight Club" lies not only in its masterful direction and compelling performances but also in the layers of symbolism and social commentary woven throughout the narrative. With each viewing, new details and interpretations emerge, further solidifying its status as a modern classic that continues to resonate with audiences of all generations.
The enduring legacy of "Psycho" lies not only in its influence on subsequent horror films but also in its ability to conjure unease and intrigue with its masterful storytelling and iconic moments. "The movie may have been the first of many horror films of its kind, so in many ways, the 1960 film has become the standard for how these movies would be made.
There was one moment, though, when there is a particularly pause-worthy scene. In the photo here, which is a paused image from the film, we see the face of the character Norman Bates's mother superimposed over his face. The haunting scene is one that many wanted to see again and again to make sure their eyes aren't fooling them!
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" is a movie loved for many reasons. For starters, it was one of the films that helped us gain a new appreciation for Harrison Ford. It has a larger-than-life atmosphere throughout the movie, and although the special effects have aged and look dated, back then, they were innovative and from another dimension to the industry.
Another reason is that it had one of the most-paused moments in movie history. During filming, Belloq, played by Paul Freeman, is giving a speech. While speaking, a fly lands close to his mouth. Then the little critter makes its way into the actor's mouth. It's a moment worth pausing.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Quentin Tarantino had to make it on this list! Famous for his non-linear plotlines, it's no surprise that "Pulp Fiction" is known for its constant slip-ups. It's a cinematic masterpiece, praised for its nonlinear storytelling, memorable characters, witty dialogue, and Tarantino's distinct style.
In arguably one of the most infamous scenes, Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent (John Travolta) successfully dodge bullets that are shot at them by someone hiding in the bathroom. Some viewers took a closer look at the wall behind the two and noticed that the bullet holes were in the wall even before the shootout took place.
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
The Star Wars series has grasped the hearts of millions all over the world with its epic space opera, imaginative world-building, iconic characters, and the power of the Force, and even if you aren't the biggest fan - you know that the original movies were groundbreaking.
The films incorporate timeless themes into a cinematic experience that was hard to forget. One scene in A New Hope is deeply embedded in our minds. In this scene, a group of Stormtroopers comes off of a cargo ship. So what makes this scene so unique? It's probably far from what you're expecting! One of the Stormtroopers hits their head!
Deadpool 2 (2018)
Cameos can frequently be the thing that makes or breaks a film. As for "Deadpool 2", there was a cameo that made the action movie even more compelling. Once we figured out who this cameo was made by - many movie watchers felt the need to pause and contemplate. The character in question, Vanisher, accidentally guides himself into a set of electrical wires.
As a result, he is, unfortunately, electrocuted to death. In the process, we are shown that the invisible man is portrayed by none other than...wait for it, Brad Pitt! Yes, we know "Deadpool" is not one of the movies Pitt is most associated with, but trust us when we say he was there.
As well as being one of M. Night Shyamalan's better films, "Signs" was one of Mel Gibson's more prominent roles before he experienced a downpour of negative publicity. In one creepy moment of the film, we are exposed to footage showing the alien caught on tape. The eerie creature is delivered, lurking in an alley in Mexico.
The briefness of the sequence has caused many fans to stop and pause the scene. Shyamalan's deft direction and Gibson's compelling performance are amplified by this unforgettable glimpse into the unknown, adding another layer of intrigue to an already captivating cinematic experience
While it may not be the most recognizable as the other films on this list, "Scanners" has built a strong fanbase since being released in the early 1980s. Scanners mostly revolve around psychic powers and how hard dealing with those powers can be. We don't want to spoil it for you, but the following scene has been paused countless amounts of times due to its gory nature.
It entails the typical 1980s horror tactics, including the explosion of someone's head, complete with ketchup and ground beef. Even to this day, the opinions vary, and the only good thing about this movie (according to critics) is the special effects. We feel there is more.
Toy Story 3 (2010)
The Toy Story gang can't stay out of trouble - no matter how hard they try. In the third movie, they are donated to daycare. One scene in this animated wonder has caused many people (old and young) to stop the film immediately. In this scene, a villain from one of the past movies is now shown as the sanitation worker. You have to be pretty sharp to notice, but when you do, the pause button comes in handy!
Such meticulous attention to detail is a testament to the craftsmanship behind the Toy Story franchise, where even the most fleeting references contribute to the rich tapestry of its storytelling, enhancing the enjoyment for both devoted fans and newcomers alike.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Some movies add such a subtle form of foreshadowing we can't help but admire them for it. "Beauty and the Beast" is one of those films. This very tactic has also earned it a spot on our list of most-paused movie moments. In this climactic scene, Gaston tries to attack The Beast, and a moment of subtle brilliance unfolds.
As he approaches, little skulls are placed into his eyes moments before he’s thrown from the ledge. It immerses audiences in a world where symbolism and visual storytelling coalesce. Each frame becomes a canvas of hidden treasures awaiting discovery and admiration. This subtle artistry is worthy of pause.
Wizard of Oz (1939)
The power of the Oz story may not reside in a singular interpretation of its significance but rather in its capacity to function as a blank canvas upon which numerous forms of American fantasies can be painted. It's no secret that fans have been spotting many obscure references since the 1939 classic was released.
One of the strangest observations someone made was in the background while Dorothy and the gang were walking down the yellow brick road. Although the official story confirmed the figure in the scene was, in fact, a bird, many viewers have developed a theory that a munchkin is spotted taking his own life. It certainly puts a dark spin on this scene!
Dirty Dancing (1987)
One moment in "Dirty Dancing" is so iconic - it has been recreated countless times all over the wordl. It occurs in the film's climax just as "Time of My Life" blasts in the speakers, and Jennifer Grey soars up into the arms of Patrick Swayze.
It's the kind of moment that makes a film great, and in many ways, it seems like this scene was created specifically for people to pause it. Anyone who ever tried to recreate this pose knows that they had to tirelessly study Swayze and Grey at this moment, staring at the paused screen until they perfected it.
Burn After Reading (2008)
While "Burn After Reading" did not originate from a motivation to launch a scathing critique of the political landscape, its primary focus was to gather beloved actors and create a humorous film. The movie had a cast of characters that is anything but typical. Some are so bizarre and awkward that we can’t help but cringe anytime they enter a frame.
One of the movie's most pause-worthy moments - if you didn't need to pause the film and take breaks while watching it - is Brad Pitt lingering in a closet. While some might find this recreational activity odd, the sudden plot twist involving his character caused many pauses.
Boogie Nights (1997)
Each frame in this movie, every spoken word, and every edit is the creation of someone whose passion for cinema runs deep in their veins, and there is no denying that Paul Thomas Anderson’s "Boogie Nights" is a unique movie due to the focus of attention. The 1997 drama revolved around Mark Wahlberg's character, Dirk Diggler, an aspiring adult movie star. He slowly but surely becomes the talk of the town.
Viewers couldn't help but pause, not one but several moments throughout the movie. The most seemingly paused movie scene happened when Diggler bares all for the crew. As it turns out, whatever he was showing off was prosthetic.
Cruel Intentions (1999)
The 1999 film "Cruel Intentions" is easily a cult classic and delves into themes of revenge, deception, manipulation, and the significance of outward appearances. The characters are young, beautiful, and experiencing love for the first time. At the same time, they are also full of...you guessed it, cruel intentions.
Sarah Michelle Gellar, playing the role of Kathryn, dominated every scene she was in. This scene has been in fans' heads for over two decades. As Kathryn taught Cecile (Selma Blair) how to kiss, we were treated to one of the most entertaining and most-paused lessons of all time.
Wild Things (1998):
Within its duration, this film surpasses the element of surprise found in numerous Hollywood thrillers, presenting a multitude of unexpected twists, leaving viewers in constant anticipation of its unpredictable narrative direction. Now though it was critically slammed, "Wild Things" has a particularly steamy scene that will forever be synonymous with the film.
The film's main characters, portrayed by Denise Richards and Neve Campbell, kiss in the swimming pool. This scene is one that forced most folks to forget they didn't like the movie to begin with. Of course, that scene had people grabbing their remotes and hitting pause. Although the film was destined to be a flop, this scene is worth remembering.
Man of Steel (2013)
"Man of Steel" depicts the Krypton expatriate-turned-superhero played by none of there than Henry Cavill plays. In the scene in which Cavill's character is fighting the supervillain General Zod, we see a delightful little gem that has caused many to hit pause.
What kind of gem, you may be wondering? On the satellite the two crash into on their way out of Earth’s orbit, we get a glimpse of a Wayne Enterprises logo. This little bit of foreshadowing has caused many to imagine the increased frustration with Batman.