Watching movies is one of the best things we can do whether you are at home or somewhere else. It helps us to divert our minds from the busy lives we all are living.
One of the biggest advancements the VCR era brought to the lives of film buffs was that suddenly a movie could be paused and favorite moments re-watched. It was also about being able to replay a confusing scene where you had no idea what actually happened. It might be news to many millennials, but pausing was not always around – it is a relatively novel human achievement.
With the advent of DVDs, Blu-Rays, and streaming, this became even easier. Now you can even remember the exact timecode you need to go to in order to see a famous or infamous scene – you should see how much time and effort it took to do that with a VHS tape.
Although there are literally hundreds, maybe thousands such moments in movie history, we’ve selected some of the most paused scenes by movie lovers.
1. Total Recall (1990)
Arnold Schwarzenegger gave us many moments of violence and destruction through the years, but it’s a glimpse at a three-breasted woman that made viewers stop in awe and uncontrollable laughter.
2. Psycho (1960)
In this classic horror film, Alfred Hitchcock gives us plenty of pause-able moments, but one stands out in particular. When Norman Bates is eventually arrested, he looks directly into the camera and a human skull is superimposed over his face for just a moment.
3. Cabin in the Woods (2012)
When the team is taking bets on the survivors, there is a white board that lists all the monsters. People paused and studied this whiteboard.
4. Fight Club (1999)
It’s not only the Tyler Durden inspires spliced in porn footage, but all the scenes where Brad Pitt’s character shows up in the background before he’s actually introduced.
5. Wild Things (1998)
Take Phoebe Cates’ pool scene, turn it up to 11 and add in a second woman and you have Wild Things, a movie basically plucked from a teenagers head. The moment Neve Campbell and Denise Richards kiss is one of the only reasons this movie was successful.
6. Basic Instinct (1992)
No scene can match the level of this one from Sharon Stone. Despite having nude scenes in the movie, the confrontation scene where Sharon keeps her legs crossed is the best and most paused.
7. Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Now don’t lie that you didn’t play it more than once, or twice, or thrice. This was Margot Robbie’s turn to be the sex icon of the generation. Here, she made some hearts skip a beat while she seductively distances her legs apart.
8. The Lion King(1994)
By a single minute mistake Walt Disney film that faced controversy. The typography showed it meant to be ‘SFX’ but was mistaken for ‘SEX’.
9. Boogie Nights (1997)
Yes, it’s a prosthetic. When Mark Wahlberg drops his drawers for the camera in this Paul Thomas Anderson movie inspired by the adult-film industry, audiences gasped at the size of his equipment and quickly stopped the tape to have a better look.
10. Signs (2002)
The first glimpse at the aliens in M. Night Shyamalan’s sci-fi horror is as quick as it could be and made a lot of people rush for the rewind button.
11. Jurassic World(2015)
What do you do when a wicked dinosaur appears out of nowhere while you’re enjoying the margaritas? You save your margaritas of course.
12. Wizard of Oz (1939)
There is one scene in Wizard of Oz in which we can clearly see a person that hanged itself in the background. This is the most paused moment in Wizard of Oz.
13. The Little Mermaid (1989)
This animated film is filled with scenes that are worth pausing. However, the most paused scene in Little Mermaid is the one that features a priest that seems to be overly excited.
14. Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
With all the irreplaceable memories that the Indiana Jones series has given us, the biggest of all is when Belloq delivers a line while a fly crawls into his mouth.
15. Iron Man (2008)
Before the concept of Marvel having a cinematic universe was ever thought of, they subtly left in Easter Eggs for the upcoming heroes entering the fray. Like this scene, where Captain America’s shield can be seen in making in this backdrop of Iron Man.
16. Three Men and a Baby (1987)
Another Leonard Nimoy’s movie. The scene where a boy is standing behind the characters, watching from another dimension was frequently paused. Turns out it’s just a cardboard cutout of Ted Danson.
17. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
At the very end of the film, when Rey hands Luke Skywalker his old lightsaber, there is a small stone to his right that looks like it may be a gravestone. Fans everywhere have come up with a million reasons why Luke was standing up there alone, but there’s no evidence to support any of the theories.
18. Tron (1982)
Here’s a scene where characters inside a game find other games in there too. You can see PacMan going on the right side of the screen although it was meant to be an Easter Egg.
19. Pulp Fiction(1994)
Everyone wanted to get a glimpse of Bruce Willis’ baloney pony.
20. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
When Phoebe Cates exits the pool in her tiny red bikini before removing it completely is ingrained in collective VCR memory.