The Most Paused Scenes In Hollywood’s Hit Films

Some of the most noteworthy scenes in films happen in the blink of any eye, which means you have to pause the scene to get the full effect. Some of the best ones happen at a flash, and if you aren’t paying close attention, you could miss them altogether! These are the movie scenes that are paused the most.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Fast Times at Ridgemont High is one of the classic 80’s coming of age films. Many would argue that its most memorable scene involves Phoebe Cates’ character, named Linda, while she is enjoying a swim. The moment in question is when she is finally climbing out of the pool.
Fast Times At Ridgemont High

Fast Times At Ridgemont High

Wild Things (1998)

While this 90’s film did not make an appearance on the award season circuit, it did include a steamy scene that many found to be memorable. Denise Richards and Never Campbell characters share an intimate moment in the pool as they embrace in a kiss, a scene that would have many pausing to watch again.
Wild Things

Wild Things

Basic Instinct (1992)

This 1992 film included a scene that was so provocative, it became iconic. Basic Instinct featured actress Sharon Stone in a headline-stealing role. Stone’s leg crossover gave viewers much more than initially expected, leading the scene to become one of the most paused of all time.
Basic Instinct

Basic Instinct

Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Cabin in the Woods is a horror film that was done with a meta approach. While the scientists in the film are discussing what potential harm could come to the main characters, a whiteboard is shown with a detailed list of monsters that the scientists are controlling. Many chose to pause this scene to get a better look at which creatures are included.
Cabin In The Woods

Cabin In The Woods

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

1939’s classic The Wizard of Oz is often hailed as one of the greatest films of all time. Interestingly, many fans have observed some dark references in the movie, including this one. While Dorothy and the gang are strolling down the yellow brick road, some viewers believe that a munchkin that has hung himself can be seen in the trees ahead of them.
The Wizard Of Oz

The Wizard Of Oz

Teen Wolf (1985)

1985 was a big year for Michael J. Fox, who starred in Back to the Future and Teen Wolf that year. In his role as the title character, the teen wolf manages to help his team even without his wolf persona. People noticed that in the celebration scene, a random mans seems to be standing with his pants down in the background!
Teen Wolf

Teen Wolf

The Little Mermaid (1989)

The Little Mermaid is one of the classic animated films from the 80’s golden era of Disney. However, fans of the film were quick to point out several seemingly inappropriate shots throughout the film. One of these includes the scene in which Ariel’s fins turn into legs. People say that way too much of her body is being shown given that this is a children’s movie.
The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Fight Club (1999)

Fight Club is a mind-bending movie that includes many twists and turns. One of most interesting is the fact that before we are introduced to the character of Tyler Duren, he actually appears in one of the opening scenes of the film. Since this happens in just one frame, the subliminal effect can be missed at the blink of an eye.
Fight Club

Fight Club

Total Recall (1990)

Totall Recall is an Arnold Schwarzenegger film that features a lot of strange imagery, including this shot of a woman who happens to have three upper body anatomical parts as opposed to two. Many viewers tend to pause the movie at this moment in order to full process what they’re seeing.
Total Recall

Total Recall

Psycho (1960)

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic horror film Psycho is one of the defining films of its genre. In one of its scenes, Norman Bates’ character is taken to jail, which features a moment in which Bates looks straight into the camera, while an image of a skull is superimposed onto his face very briefly. If you pause at this exact moment, you’ll be able to see it.
Psycho

Psycho

The Lion King (1994)

1994’s The Lion King is one of the most classic Disney films of all time. Many viewers claim that in the scene in which Simba collapses onto the ground from exhaustion, eddies of dust fly up into the air, causing a cloud of dust to spell out a three letter word that is certainly not appropriate for children. You can pause the scene and evaluate for yourself.
The Lion King (1994)

The Lion King (1994)

Boogie Nights (1997)

Boogie Nights tells the story of an spiring adult film star, played by Mark Whalberg, who slowly becomes the talk of the town — for one big reason. The most paused moment of the film is certainly when his character bares it all. In reality, Whalberg was wearing a prosthetic, but it is still pause-worthy!
Boogie Nights

Boogie Nights

Tron (1982)

The 1982 film Tron is loved by many due to its arcade-like feel. In one scene, David Warner’s character Ed Dillinger is seen looking at the gameplay of classic arcade video game Pac-Man. This small easter egg has a lot of viewers pausing for the full nostalgic effect.
Tron

Tron

Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)

One of the funniest scenes in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope was not even meant to be in the film. In one of the scenes where the stormtroopers are heading through a doorway, one of them its his head on the top of the door. Although this was a blooper, it was left in the final cut of the scene.
Star Wars: A New Hope

Star Wars: A New Hope

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

This scene happens so quickly, if you don’t pause it, you might just miss it! In Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, a group of aliens seen on the Galactic Senate resemble the iconic character E.T. This can be interpreted as George Lucas’ homage to Steven Spielberg, as Spielberg included a child dressed as Yoda in the E.T. film.
Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the main storyline involves finding Luke Skywalker. Rey is finally able to find him hiding on an island in the middle of the sea. Many viewers pause the scene in which he is first revealed, since it would appear that he is standing next to what looks a lot like a gravestone.
Star Wars The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)

One of the most iconic animated characters of all time is Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. In one of the scenes of the 1988 film, the curvaceous Jessica apparently reveals a lot more than what viewers expected, leading them to pause this specific scene.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Three Men and a Baby (1987)

In the 1987 film Three Men and a Baby, there’s small added feature in a scene that many have overlooked. In a scene that featured Ted Danson, you can see a cardboard cutout of the actor peering our from the window in the background. How odd!
Three Men And A Baby

Three Men And A Baby

Jurassic World (2015)

In one of the newer installments of the Jurassic Park films, 2015’s Jurassic World incorporates many memorable scenes. One of these includes legendary singer and entertainer Jimmy Buffet himself running away from a pterodactyl, while hilariously carrying two drinks along with him. He takes the Margaritaville mentality seriously!
Jurassic World

Jurassic World

Iron Man (2008)

In a major scene in 2008’s Iron Man film, Tony Stark is putting on his superhero suit. As Marvel films are known for their easter eggs, this one is no exception. In the background of this scene, viewers catch a fleeting glimpse of Captain America’s half-completed shield.
Iron Man

Iron Man

Man of Steel (2013)

Superhero films tend to have easter egg references all over them. This can be seen in Man of Steel, which references another iconic superhero. While Superman is fighting in outer space, he flies past a satellite that includes the Wayne Enterprises logo on it, referencing the iconic character of Bruce Wayne – also known as Batman.
Man Of Steel

Man Of Steel

The Rescuers (1977)

In another surprising choice for an animated children’s film, The Rescuers includes a scene that seems a bit questionable. There is a scene in which some individuals are changing in their room. We’re not sure how Disney was able to get away with this type of thing over and over!
The Rescuers

The Rescuers

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Raiders of the Lost Ark includes one of the most iconic villains of the franchise: Dr. Rene Belloq, played by Raul Freeman. In one of the most classic scenes that is frequently paused, Freeman is able to deliver his lines, even despite the fact that a fly flies directly into his mouth! Talk about dedicated to the craft.
Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Frozen (2013)

Many Disney films feature little jokes and moments that are intended for the adults to understand while simply flying over the kids’ heads. One of these can be found in Frozen, which features a song with lyrics that may cause Arrested Development fans to pause for a moment. The lyrics of the song are a direct reference to the scene in the comedy show!
Frozen (2013)

Frozen (2013)

Beauty And The Beast (1991)

In one of the final scenes of Beauty and the Beast, the main villain Gaston stumbles off one of the castle’s turrets, and ultimately falls to his death. If you pause and look carefully, you will notice that there are little skulls added into his pupils, confirming his upcoming death.
Beauty And The Beast (1991)

Beauty And The Beast (1991)

Jurassic Park (1993)

Wayne Knight playing Dennis Nedry gave us several reasons to pause while watching Jurassic Park. In an homage to The Goonies, and in particular the characters Mikey, Mouth, and Chunk, we can see that Dennis is wearing the same shirt as the Goonies characters. Spielberg directed Jurassic Park and also wrote the script for The Goonies, so this reference makes sense.
Jurassic Park (1993)

Jurassic Park (1993)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Sharp-eyed Reddit members pointed out a great easter egg while watching Captain America: The Winter Soldier. They noticed that if you paused one of the scene in the beginning of the film, you’ll see Captain America writing out a list of things to catch up on now that he has reawakened. The list changes based on where viewers are around the world! Clockwise from top left, these are the scene from the US, South Korea, UK, and Russia.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Suicide Squad (2016)

2016’s Suicide Squad introduced Margot Robbie as the character of Harley Quinn, the Joker’s sidekick. Though the film was panned by critics and audiences, one scene kept viewer’s attention. This was when Harley Quinn lifted up her shirt for a moment, which had many pausing their screens.
Suicide Squad (2016)

Suicide Squad (2016)

She’s the Man (2006)

2006’s She’s the Man tells the story of Viola who pretends to be her twin brother in order to play on the school soccer team. Similar to Suicide Squad, She’s the Man featured a scene that had audience pausing when Amanda Bynes’s character lifts up her shirt to prove that she is, in fact, a woman.
She's The Man (2006)

She’s The Man (2006)

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

In this Martin Scorsese epic film, Margot Robbie’s character decides to tease Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. This particularly steamy scene is certainly one that is paused by many. Later in the film, Jordan reveals to his wife that his security guards could actually see everything she was doing…how awkward!
The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)