25 Most Paused Movie Scenes of All Time

When it comes to movies, most people have favorite films they’ll watch again and again. But what about favorite scenes? Sometimes, one particular minute of film is worth a re-watch over, and over, and over again. Other times, clever filmmakers hide blink-and-you’ll-miss-it details in their movies, meant for only the most observant of fans to find.

Whether it’s hidden easter eggs, an intentional editing error, or just a funny face caught on camera, these are the movie scenes people pause the most.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)

One of the most bodacious animated characters of all time, Jessica Rabbit is a femme fatale who often catches people’s eyes. With skin as pale as snow and lips as red as blood, it would be difficult for anyone to ignore her presence; but in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? she bares even more than viewers may have expected. It isn’t hard to remind oneself that this femme fatale isn’t real though- so don’t let those thoughts seep into reality!

Tron (1982)

Even though there was a sequel released in 1982, Tron will always have a special place in many people’s hearts because of its arcade feel. The perfect example of this comes from a scene in the movie where David Warner portrays Ed Dillinger, who is seen playing Pac-Man. If you need an image for that description – see below!

Jurassic World (2015)

While the most recent installment of Jurassic Park might not stand up against its predecessors, it still has some absolutely unforgettable moments. Take this scene in Jurassic World where Jimmy Buffet runs away from a Pterodactyl while carrying two drinks at once – complete madness!

Signs (2002)

Anyone who has seen the classic M. Night Shyamalan movie Signs knows well enough that the aliens are eventually revealed. However, we do get a very brief glimpse of them pretty early on in the movie – so brief that if you don’t pause it, you may miss them entirely (intentional). It’s not clear quality but this helps create some suspense while they’re waiting for something to happen (also intentional).

Jaws (1975)

The beginning of Steven Spielberg’s legendary film, Jaws, scared people away from swimming almost instantly when it premiered in 1975. The first scene depicts the death of Chrissie and things only go downhill from there. Viewers were shocked – asking themselves what had just happened in the opening seconds- so much so that they ejected the video tape right then and there!

Wild Things (1998)

While scenes from the famous movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High were often paused in 1982 due to the laws of pornography, it seems that an even more revealing sex scene surfaced decades later in Wild Things. While this ’90s movie was never given much acclaim on award night (or elsewhere), viewing audiences couldn’t help but stop and watch when actresses Denise Richards and Neve Campbell shared a passionate kiss – all while they enjoyed each other’s company in a pool.

Frozen (2013)

For example, when Anna and Hans discuss sandwiches in Frozen, there’s a feel of déjà vu. Yes, the scene replays the infamous sandwich conversation from Arrested Development. This popular line can also be found in episodes of The Simpsons– because those Disney writers certainly love their easter eggs!

Pulp Fiction (1994)

In the Tarantino film, Pulp Fiction, one of the most intriguing sequences takes place in the middle. When Bruce Willis’s character Butch is escaping Marcellus Wallace, there are blink-and-you-‘ll-miss-it shots like in most films where he reaches a place of refuge and takes a shower. Many people paused or rewound this part because they thought they saw him naked, but we can confirm that what they saw was indeed true!

Psycho (1960)

Horror cinema would never have been the same without Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic masterpiece Psycho. Anthony Perkins captured an eerie likeness with his portrayal of Norman Bates – if you haven’t watched it yet, we won’t spoil the ending for you. In one haunting scene from the 1960 film, while Bates is being arrested and led away to jail, he pauses mid-step and stares directly into the lens – viewers can faintly see a skull imprinted onto his face.

Back To The Future (1985)

In ‘Back to the Future’, Marty McFly and Doc Brown meet up at Twin Pines Mall to travel back in time to 1955. Later on, after McFly is being chased he accidentally hits one of the two pine trees (nearby). The future has been changed but when he arrives near the end of the movie, it appears that an effort was made to fix this mistake – changing the name from ‘Twin Pine’ Mall to ‘McFly’ Mall.

The Little Mermaid (1989)

It has been many years since Disney made such entertaining and enchanting movies. One of the most popular films of that era was The Little Mermaid, which unfortunately had its fair share of issues here and there – it seems even Disney isn’t perfect! For instance, when Ariel gets legs from Ursula there is a close-up shot of her private parts for too long – we bet you didn’t notice because it wasn’t in HD (4k)!

Teen Wolf (1985)

It is safe to say that Michael J. Fox had an incredible year in 1985. Not only did he star in two very popular movies (Back to the Future, and Teen Wolf), but there was also his memorable appearance of being with his friends at the random guy who appears near the end of it all standing in front of them with his pants undone; buck naked from head to toe.

Basic Instinct (1992)

It has to be undeniably one of the most iconic and provocative shots in all of movie history. This could arguably be said about Sharon Stone’s appearance in 1992’s Basic Instinct. While some are not fans of the scene, it really captured what was happening at that point in time with how much attention she attracted – and it makes sense why some were too distracted to see the rest of the film when they were so fixated on this specific moment.

The Crying Game (1992)

Neil Jordan’s adaptation of Troubles in Northern Ireland was hugely successful, not only did it get rave reviews from critics but it also turned out to be a big hit at the box office. It has many great actors and actresses but one who had an especially memorable performance would be Jane Davidson as Dil – an IRA member who falls for Chris Pratt’s character Fergus. She sings at this nightclub, but when she goes back home after her boyfriend gets killed by British troops, we learn that she is transgender and that makes us see life from a new perspective!

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

There is no denying that one of the most memorable moments from the original Raiders of the Lost Ark film has to be when Dr. Rene Belloq delivers some spine-chilling lines even while a fly crawls around in his mouth; this type of talent cannot go unnoticed.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

A Reddit user recently found an amazing Easter Egg hidden within the newest Marvel movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In one of the first scenes, Captain America makes a list of things to catch up on now he’s awake. As it turns out – this list changes slightly depending on which country you’re watching in! With screenshots provided by a Reddit user named DavinderB, we were able to see just how different cultures could perceive these lists differently.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Fast Times at Ridgemont High might not be the best film ever made, but it has definitely earned its place as an iconic film of ’80s coming-of-age cinema. To me, what makes this movie truly worth watching is every time we see Linda (played by Phoebe Cates) getting out of the pool to show off her lithe body – don’t you think?

Fight Club (1999)

Of course, David Fincher’s Fight Club is full of graphic and intense images. Yet, there are several shots during which if you don’t pause the movie – you’ll miss these images! Even before we’re formally introduced to Brad Pitt’s character Tyler Durden, we see him for one brief moment in the film- but it takes a frame before he moves on again.

The Lion King (1994)

In Disney’s The Lion King, there is a scene where Mufasa and Sarabi are sitting on the rock that their son Simba was previously presented from to the animal kingdom. They gaze up at the sky together and reminisce about when he was first brought into this world. It ends off with many speculations about why there might be dust and stars falling, but we won’t spoil it for you!

The Exorcist (1973)

One movie on this list that contains a lot of fast-paced, startling images is The Exorcist. There are many strange, frantic, and shocking scenes in the film which makes it worth rewatching more than once if you’re interested in horror films! Viewers soon learned that pausing the film at certain intervals revealed Pazuzu, the demon who possessed Regan.

Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)

One of the funniest moments in the Star Wars films that people love to replay over and over is halfway through A New Hope. Suddenly, a group of Stormtroopers walks in – only for one of them to hit their head on the door. It turns out this was just an accident that made it into the final cut!

Zootopia (2016)

Zootopia has become one of the most adorable and funny movies in recent memory, with many people pausing just to see this cute detail inserted into the movie. Viewers went crazy over all these animal-based puns that were made on well-known musical bands, such as ‘Fleetwook Yak’, ‘Fur Fighters’, and ‘Guns’n’Rodents’. And some are even better than their original counterparts, so kudos to Disney for thinking about others like me.

Iron Man (2008)

Movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe are famous for connections. Iron Man, one of its first films back in 2008, was no exception when Tony Stark is seen wearing his iconic suit. It’s even possible to spot an important object which will appear in many future films- Captain America’s shield!

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is layered with even more jokes than you can shake a stick at. The restaurant Escupimos en su Alimento, its name has been translated in order to make it fun for those who are bilingual or used Google Translate.

Tarzan (1999)

Just before the turn of the millennium, the animated movie Tarzan arrived in theaters and Phil Collins’s soundtrack stole our hearts. Interestingly though, the movie has a fascinating crossover with another Disney movie. It is no coincidence that the teapot and cup look extremely familiar. This is because they are supposed to be Mrs. Potts and her adorable son Chip from Beauty and the Beast. How they got into the jungle and are now used by gorillas, we will never know…

She’s the Man (2006)

If you are familiar with William Shakespeare’s work, then you may have realized that the 2006 movie adaptation She’s the Man was a modernized version of Twelfth Night. In it, Viola disguises herself as her twin brother Sebastian in order to pass off as a male. When she gets discovered, Viola says I swear to God I’m not before pulling up her shirt to expose herself as an anatomically female person. There were many gasps from those watching this scene unfold on screen.

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

Many fans of George Lucas found an Easter egg hidden in one scene of the Galactic Senate from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. In it, a group of creatures identical to E.T., which Steven Spielberg directed, can be seen cheering. This may have been Mr. Lucas’s way of returning the favor after he dressed up one child like Yoda for Halloween in his film E.T., which Mr. Spielberg had made earlier.

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Wait – did you see? One of the most captivating cameos in recent cinema history appears in Bohemian Rhapsody, where Adam Lambert portrays a truck driver who catches Freddie Mercury’s eye when he decides to question his sexuality. It doesn’t just stop there; Lambert has been impersonating him ever since becoming Queen’s lead singer back in 2011.

The Matrix (1999)

It might not be an Easter Egg, but this little trick from The Matrix is still worth pausing at. When Morpheus says I can only show you to the door, we see Neo reach for the doorknob before opening it.

Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

Like so many other films on this list, fans were just as desperate to capture one of the most stunning actresses in Hollywood when she was at her most vulnerable. In Before I Go To Sleep, for example, you can see a scene where she walks around looking nearly nude. As it turns out, the character is actually clothed – but that didn’t stop anyone from stopping and rewinding over and over again to check if they’re right…

Three Men and a Baby (1987)

It might be hard to believe that the director of Three Men and a Baby is none other than Spock himself! Yes, friends. Leonard Nimoy actually took charge of this very movie in the late 1980s. For some odd reason, Trekkie legend had Ted Danson stand behind him in one scene – all captured on film!

Passengers (2016)

Stanley Kubrick fans might notice that in Passengers there are many references to Kubrick’s most famous work: The Shining. One of them is the appearance of a cocktail waiting for robot who looks strikingly similar to the one from The Shining, complete with a bowed tie and waistcoat. There is also a carpet on board that resembles the corridor carpets seen in The Overlook Hotel.

Burn After Reading (2008)

In this particular scene from Burn After Reading, the protagonist George Clooney kills Brad Pitt’s character without thinking about it twice. His death is so sudden that we really needed to pause it to see how gruesome it actually was. It happened too fast for us to be completely certain whether or not he died right away.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

One particular, subtle yet thoughtful moment happened during the Spider-Man: Homecoming movie. In one of the shots where we see Michelle – beautifully portrayed by Zendaya – she can be seen sitting on a bench reading Of Human Bondage. Of Human Bondage is a 1915 novel written by W. Somerset Maugham and tells the story of an orphaned young man living with his aunt and uncle.

Total Recall (1990)

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movies may be engaging for one reason or another, but Total Recall has many strange and off-putting images. Take this particular scene for example; it features a woman with three of an unspecified type of organ. Some viewers may have been too quick to overlook the rest of the film while others would’ve definitely paused at this point. It might sound confusing, but if you are able to watch through this bewildering moment – the movie is actually pretty enjoyable!

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Fans have found various dark references in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, but perhaps one of the most strange ones is the figure people believed to be hanging behind Dorothy and her friends on their walk down the yellow brick road. They believe he was a Munchkin that committed suicide- surely adding an even darker tone to this already unsettling scene!

Boogie Nights (1997)

There is no denying that Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights is unlike other movies, which will always make it special. At the center of this 1997 drama is Mark Wahlberg’s character Dirk Diggler, an aspiring adult movie star who gradually becomes someone people are talking about- and for a good reason. There were many scenes viewers had to stop and think about during the film; one such moment when he strips down was surely one of them. What they found out underneath turned out to be just prosthetics

Beauty And The Beast (1991)

Another ‘moment you’ll never forget from Disney, this time during Beauty and the Beast. In one of the final scenes, after Gaston and the villagers attack the castle, Gaston climbs across to reach the beast when suddenly- he slips and falls out off-screen – foreshadowing his death which would come shortly afterward.

Toy Story 3 (2010)

In the first Toy Story (1995), Buzz and Woody end up on an adventure together that eventually sees them locked up by Sid, an evil kid who likes dismembering toys. Fans of the movie series were dismayed to see Sid reappear in Toy Story 3 as a garbage man. But they should know one thing about him: there’s nothing new under the sun!

Cabin in the Woods (2012)

This is one movie that had one of the most paused scenes ever. Cabin in the Woods received rave reviews because it took on an original approach to the horror genre. Viewers used to pause a scene where scientists were figuring out what would happen with our main characters – a whiteboard appeared listing off all sorts of creatures that were under their control. So many viewers paused this scene just so they could see all the different monsters themselves!

Man of Steel (2013)

Another blockbuster film that introduces a different world than the other films, Man of Steel (2013) has many hidden references or easter eggs for fans to find. One example is when Superman jumps over a satellite – it just so happens to be emblazoned with the emblem of Wayne Enterprises – while referring back to his future nemesis and fellow superhero, Batman.

Jurassic Park (1993)

Actor Wayne Knight’s iconic portrayal of Dennis Nedry in Jurassic Park includes some fantastic costume changes that pay homage to the classic movie The Goonies. Steve Spielberg who both directed and wrote the screenplay for Jurassic Park also directed The Goonies, so it is quite possible he had something to do with these references.

Deadpool 2 (2018)

In Deadpool 2, our favorite wayward wordsmith hired a motley crew of psychopaths called the ‘X-Force’ to aide him on his escapades. One of the least likely heroes was the Vanisher, who appeared from nowhere and reappeared at will. In an amusing but bleak scene, he and all the other would-be suiciders jumped off a plane with parachutes – only for most of them to perish midair. For a split second, though – Vanisher’s true form was revealed as none other than Brad Pitt!

Scanners (1981)

Though it may not be the most well-known film on this list, Scanners has become something of a cult classic with horror fans. It was also one of filmmaker David Cronenberg’s first films – he would go on to make many more films after its release in 1981. The plot follows psychic abilities and the grave consequences that come from using them. One scene has been paused for viewing purposes because of just how gruesome it is (we don’t want to spoil anything about it).

Suicide Squad (2016)

Here is an example of how a wild moment in film can cause even the most jaded viewer to pause. In Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, she appears for about five minutes until Batman tells her to go home. What follows next just might be the best five minutes you’ll ever see from an actress portraying this iconic character; A moment where she lifts up her shirt that caused audiences everywhere to hit pause– otherwise, it’s not-so-great material.

The Rescuers (1977)

For some unknown reason, Disney has a history of sneaking strange extras into many of its movies over the years. In the animated flick The Rescuers, there are some questionable shots (of certain individuals) getting changed in their room. No one knows how they managed to get away with such a strange thing – it just happened when the mice were gliding past a building in their empty sardine can. What an unusual thing to have in a Disney movie!

Titanic (1997)

There is no denying that the world fell in love with Titanic when it came out back in 1997. However, arguably the most memorable scene in the movie comes when Jack draws Rose. He is determined to draw her like one of his French girls – but this isn’t a cheap scene where she strips down naked for him. The drawing ends up playing an important role throughout the entire storyline – particularly when they find it years after it sank underwater at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

Finding Dory (2016)

13 years after finding Nemo came out, Finding Dory has been released for everyone to enjoy! One of the best parts about this movie is that we get see a little bit more about what happened to Nemo’s dad marlin and his friend dory when they were younger.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Although the plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens centered around finding Luke Skywalker, fans were left with a true mystery at the end. Many pauses right before she hands him his lightsaber when they believe he is standing next to what looks like a gravestone.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Say what you want about The Wolf of Wall Street, but there is no denying that this Martin Scorsese epic takes some huge risks. One of the movie’s most iconic scenes sees Margot Robbie’s character teasing Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort while he pretends to take phone calls – and it was enough to make viewers hold back an avalanche of laughter at how badly they wanted them to keep going. In the end, he fakes a call with his security guards, using it as an excuse for ending the moment early – before Naomi has had her fill of him.

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the site owner or any brands and companies mentioned here. Any content provided by our bloggers or authors are of their opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything. This article is purely for reference purposes and does not constitute professional advice and may not be reflective of the best choice for your unique situation. This site strives to provide as much accurate information as possible; however, sometimes products, prices, and other details are subject to change. Therefore, this site does not verify for the accuracy of the information presented in this article. This site does not assume any liability for any sort of damages arising from your use of this site and any third party content and services.