Moments To Remember: Favorite Movie Moments Fans Pause the Most

Aug 09, 2021Roshanak

There are certain moments in movies that are worthy of being paused so that you can see extra detail or an Easter egg of some sort. Some scenes just have so much detail that you have to pause it in order to take in all of the detail. Lots of Easter eggs can be found in all sorts of movies. Other movies are paused because people just have to watch them again. Let's find out more!

Image Credits: New Line Cinema/The Notebook

School Of Rock - The Chalkboard

During one of the montage scenes in 2003's School of Rock, Jack Black's character Dewey draws this on one of the chalkboards. It's actually based on a book by Edward Tufte called Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative. This one is the "genealogy of pop music". Check out all of the different bands on it. Pretty cool, right?

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Image credits: YouTube/Fanboy Nation - Scott Rudin Pictures/Paramount Pictures/School Of Rock

James Bond 007 vs. Dr. No

Bond girls have been one of the most important parts of this franchise since the first movie. They are always gorgeous women that audiences love to see, but Ursula Andress in her white bikini for ‘Dr. No’ is the absolute best. She played the role of Honey Ryder, and this scene continues to be a favorite among fans. That’s why many pause it, rewind it and watch it again.

Image Credits: Eon Productions/James Bond 007 vs. Dr. No

Thor: Ragnarok

While you might stop another ‘Thor’ film to see the Easter eggs Marvel loves to place in their productions, a lot of people stopped ‘Ragnarok’ for a different reason. Beautiful Chris Hemsworth appeared shirtless in one particular scene, and all fangirls swooned at the theater. That’s why you just have to pause it and see it twice.

Image Credits: Marvel Entertainment/Thor: Ragnarok

Star Trek Into Darkness

If you think of science-fiction cinema over the last 60 years, there are two franchises that come up immediately: Star Wars and Star Trek. JJ Abrams was at the helm for both the most recent Star Trek movies and the Star Wars sequel trilogy, so it only makes sense that there's a little crossover. Still, people were shocked at this scene in Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013. If you look really closely at the circled object...it's R2D2. If you don't pause it at just the right minute, you'll miss it!

Image credits: Slashfilm/Rafael - Paramount Pictures/Star Trek Into Darkness

Gone With The Wind

Here’s another amazing classic film. It’s one of the greatest love stories in Hollywood with Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable playing two people in love. Leigh won an Academy Award for it. Naturally, the best and most pause-worthy scene is when Rhett tells Scarlett, “You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”

Image Credits: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Gone With The Wind

Iron Man 2

The scene in Iron Man 2 where Nick Fury is discussing the "Avengers Initiative" is definitely a must-pause scene if only for the map in the background. You'll notice that the continent of Africa is on the map, with a small section circled. That area is Wakanda, and they wouldn't even explore Wakanda until 8 years later in Black Panther. There's also a small patch out in the ocean. Could that be Atlantis, the home of Namor The Sub-Mariner?

Image credits: Reddit - Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Pictures/Iron Man 2

American Beauty

American Beauty’ is the classic coming of age story, and actress Mena Suvari became an icon for many teenage boys in 1999 thanks to her rose scene. The main character Lester is in love with a cheerleader, and the most-paused scene is the one in the gym when everything turns blacks, and she is the only girl in the world. Roses come out of her body.

Image Credits: DreamWorks Pictures/American Beauty

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker featured a massive battle scene at the end that involved Lando Calrissian tracking down a huge fleet of ships for the Resistance. If you pause on this scene, you'll see a lot of different ships from throughout Star Wars. Mon Calamari cruisers from Return Of The Jedi, The Ghost from Star Wars: Rebels, and even ships from the prequels appear. Can you spot them all?

Image credits: Youtube/Slashfilm - Lucasfilm/Walt Disney Pictures/Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker

Lost Boys

If you’re a fan of 80s teenage vampires, then you probably loved the ‘Lost Boys’. The movie is definitely for mature audiences, and there are many scenes that excited young people. However, the most paused one was the saxophone player that burned fire on that stage. That scene is worth watching several times, and his boy was rocking!

Image Credits: Warner Bros./Lost Boys

Dirty Dancing

Patrick Swayze was a huge heartthrob in the 80s, and ‘Dirty Dancing’ is the ultimate sexy film. Two actors dancing together through their intense chemistry and attraction? Sign us up! But the best and most-paused scene has to be when he lifts her up in the air. Everyone probably tried to recreate it at home. It was even in ‘Crazy, Stupid Love’.

Image Credits: Great American Films Limited Partnership/Dirty Dancing

Frozen

Frozen is every little girl's favorite movie, and shows no sign of slowing down. This is a cute little Easter Egg in Frozen. Notice the girl with her back to the camera with the short brown hair. Does she look familiar? Well, she should, because it is Rapunzel from Tangled! This has led to a whole slew of Disney fan theories, ranging from Rapunzel being Elsa and Anna's cousin to Tarzan being their long-lost brother.

Image credits: YouTube/DisneyTheory - Walt Disney Pictures/Frozen

Titanic

Titanic’ will always remain a huge classic, especially because Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet had such amazing chemistry. You might have guessed that the most paused scene was when Jack paints her “like one of his French girls”. The actress sits on the couch in a great pose and little clothing. Time to go watch it again!

Image Credits: 20th Century Studios/Titanic

Sleeping With Other People

This is a somewhat new film on the list, but there’s just something about Alison Brie that people love. Of course, the scene where her character, Lainey, dances in front of a bunch of kids has become iconic. It’s not supposed to be super sexy, but it was one of the best in the movie. People loved it so much that they went back to watch it several times.

Image Credits: Gary Sanchez Productions/Sleeping With Other People

Frozen 2

Speaking of Frozen, there are a bunch of surprises in this scene from Frozen II. Take a close look at the ice dolls that Anna and Elsa are playing with. They're all based on Disney characters: Elsa is holding Dumbo, and in the background, you'll notice Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro, BayMax from Big Hero 6, Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas, and a few more!

Image credits: YouTube/CinemaBlend - Walt Disney Pictures/Frozen II

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame is a Disney movie that doesn't get as much attention as it probably should. This scene should definitely get your attention though. When Quasimodo is looking down on the streets of Paris, he notices a few familiar faces. If you look right in the front, you'll see the most familiar face. Yup, that's Belle from Beauty And The Beast reading a book. It IS Paris, after all.

Image credits: YouTube/Zimbio - Walt Disney Pictures/The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

Casablanca

When it comes to classic films, it doesn’t get any better than ‘Casablanca’. But this film’s most-paused moment was not particularly alluring. It’s just the quote that became iconic over time. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman play two lovers that cannot be together, and the “We’ll always have Paris” scenes will always be worth watching twice.

Image Credits: Warner Bros./Casablanca

Lilo And Stitch

Here's a fun paused scene where you'll see a small shot that you might not have noticed. This is from Lilo And Stitch from 2002. Check out the poster directly behind Nani's bed. That's right, it looks like someone is a big Disney fan. It's a poster of Mulan from 1996. As it turns out, the same screenwriter wrote both the screenplays for Mulan and Lilo And Stitch! No wonder she's a fan!

Image credits: YouTube/EOnline - Walt Disney Pictures/Lilo And Stitch

The Seven Year Itch

This one had to appear on the list because it became a highly recreated moment in pop history. It’s the classic scene where Marilyn Monroe – in an attempt to entice her co-star Richard Sheman – stands over a vent and her dress blows up. Of course, viewers paused and watched it again as the actress was considered the most beautiful woman of her time.

Image Credits: 20th Century Studios/The Seven Year Itch

Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman’ is one of the best romantic comedies ever made. Julia Roberts stars alongside Richard Gere, and they are great together. The most-paused scene is definitely the one where the actor plays the piano, and Roberts goes near him. They have a passionate moment on the instrument. Interestingly, Gere was, in fact, playing the piano himself.

Image Credits: Touchstone Pictures/Pretty Woman

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

At the very end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Nick Fury fakes his death. Nick Fury is, of course, played by Samuel L. Jackson, who also played Jules in Pulp Fiction. Jules had a particular Bible verse memorized that he said right before he shot someone. Notice the Bible verse on Nick Fury's tombstone there? Yes, it's Ezekiel 25:17. To make it even funnier, that Bible verse was actually made up for Pulp Fiction, so this is a double Easter Egg.

Image credits: YouTube/Colider - Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Pictures/Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Spider-Man

While there have been many ‘Spider-Man’ movies in the last two decades, there’s just something about the first one that people always cherish. Additionally, it has one of the best kiss scenes in Hollywood history with Tobey Maguire hanging upside-down kissing Kirsten Dunst. It’s also a pause worthy moment that had to be included on this list.

Image Credits: Marvel Entertainment/Spider-Man

Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks The Internet

Both of the Wreck-It Ralph movies are full of pause-worthy scenes, but the one in Wreck-It Ralph 2 that should get the most attention is the scene when Vanellope meets the Disney Princesses. After she convinces them to wear more casual clothes, each one wears a shirt that reflects her own movie. Elsa's shirt says "Let It Go", Moana's shirt has a picture of Tamatoa that says "Shiny", and so on. They all wear their own merchandise!

Image credits: YouTube/BabyAnimation - Walt Disney Pictures/Wreck-It Ralph 2

Tron

Tron (1982) was one of the first movies to extensively use computer animation. It takes place mostly inside the computer system of Encom, which has been taken over by the evil Master Control Program and his henchman, Sark. Here, you can see Sark staring at a map of the system, and if you look closely, you'll see Pac-Man eating away at some dots in one of the sectors. This scene was cut from the "pan and scan" VHS version of the film, so many people forgot that it existed. Definitely worth a pause to see Pac-Man though.

Image credits: YouTube/Collider - Steven Liberger Productions/Walt Disney Studios/Tron

Boogie Nights

Mark Walhberg has always been considered one of the most handsome men since his days as a boy band member. In this Paul Thomas Anderson movie, he plays a character that wants to join the adult film industry. There are many scenes when the actor shows his great body, but the most-paused is where he appears without clothes. Although Walhberg was using a prosthetic.  

Image Credits: New Line Cinema/Boogie Nights

Cruel Intentions

This is another classic teen movie with young, gorgeous actors discovering more about themselves. Sarah Michelle Gellar shines through her bad-girl character, and there’s a scene where she kisses Selma Blair. The movie was released in 1999 when there weren’t many same-sex moments in pop culture. It became a pause-worthy shot.

Image Credits: Newmarket Capital Group/Cruel Intentions

Toy Story 3

Someone at Pixar really likes the movies of Hideo Miyazaki too. We saw Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro show up in Frozen 2 already. He also makes an appearance in Toy Story 3, but you'll need to pause quickly to see him. There he is, standing right next to Woody as Woody reads a map on the computer there. Apparently, Studio Ghibli gave Pixar their blessing to briefly use Totoro in this movie as an homage.

Image credits: YouTube/Collider - Pixar/Walt Disney Studios/Toy Story 3

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace features a scene set in the Republic Senate that features a lot of aliens. One of these aliens should look very familiar. Yes, these aliens (referred to as Asogians in the Star Wars Visual Dictionary) are the same species as E.T. from E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. This actually explains a lot. In E.T., the character E.T. sees a kid dressed as Yoda from Star Wars and E.T. seems to recognize him. Come to think of it, E.T. can lift stuff with his mind and heal people. Maybe he's a Jedi?!

Image credits: Reddit/ZultarTeDestroyer - Lucasfilms/Walt Disney Pictures/Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

The Notebook

The best scene in this movie is the one in the rain. ‘The Notebook’ has many great moments, but there’s just something about them kissing in the rain that all viewers love to watch over and over again. Additionally, many couples probably tried to recreate it just like they did with ‘Dirty Dancing’. But it’s not easy.

Image Credits: New Line Cinema/The Notebook

Thor

This one is so notorious that it ended up getting its own backstory. In 2011's Thor, we get to see the inside of Odin's treasure room. There are a number of artifacts in there that are from Marvel Comics. The Wand Of Watoom and the Casket Of Ancient Winters make an appearance, and so does the item in the picture. That's right, it appears to be the Infinity Gauntlet. However, in Thor: Ragnarok, Hela reveals that this one is fake. You can tell that she's right. The real Infinity Gauntlet used by Thanos is for the left hand, the fake one here is a right-handed glove!

Image credits: YouTube/Amino - Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Pictures/Thor

Star Trek: First Contact

You have to pause this scene very quickly, but if you do, you can see another Star Wars/Star Trek crossover. In 1996's Star Trek: First Contact, the opening scene involves all of Starfleet fighting the Borg. Well, apparently Starfleet has contacted a galaxy far, far away because the Millenium Falcon makes an appearance in the background. This was a small joke inserted into the CGI by the visual effects director because he also worked for Lucasfilm.

Image credits: Reddit/CaptainBroverdose - Paramount Pictures/Star Trek: First Contact

Who Framed Roger Rabbit 

In this case, no one pauses the scene because they need to investigate further or there’s an Easter egg hidden somewhere. Instead, it’s because it’s one of the most iconic scenes ever: the moment when Jessica Rabbit is first seen in the film. She might have been an animated character, but her performance was provocative. Therefore, people watch it over and over again.

Image credits: Youtube/Sebastian Moreno - Walt Disney Animation Studios/Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Cabin In The Woods

You don’t think that anyone would want to pause a horror movie, but it happens. In 2011’s Cabin in the Woods, there’s a scene with a whiteboard. On it, there’s a list of all kinds of monsters and creatures that could be in the woods. There are so many details about the beasts that fans often dissected that moment.

Image credits: Youtube/Movieclips - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Cabin in the Woods

Psycho

Here’s another horror movie where fans needed to stop and take a second look. 1960’s Psycho is one of the most iconic movies in the world, and the most-pauses scene in it is when Norman Bates gets arrested and eerily looks at the camera. There’s a brief second when a skull appears on his face, but you cannot really see it unless it’s paused.

Image credits: Youtube/Movieclips - Universal Pictures/Psycho

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

While you cannot say that this movie is the best in the world, it’s one of the most popular coming-of-age stories of the 80s. Of course, some actors did a great job, but it’s nothing to be critically acclaimed. However, the moment when Linda, played by Phoebe Cates, gets out of the pool is the most-paused scene. A lot of boys went crazy over the actress!

Image credits: Youtube/Steven Acedo - Universal Pictures/Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Basic Instinct

Sharon Stone became one of the most legendary actresses in Hollywood thanks to this film. The most-paused scene in this movie is incredibly stimulating and became iconic in the industry. It happens when Stone’s character crosses her legs as she is being questioned by the police for her actions. Of course, the rest of the film is even more scandalous but a lot of people didn’t even finish it as they paused on Sharon’s legs.

Image credits: Youtube/Movieclips Classic Trailers - TriStar Pictures/Basic Instinct

Fight Club

Fight Club is a thought-provoking movie about the world and mental health in general. Edward Norton plays the main character while Brad Pitt plays his alter-ego, Tyler Durden. Interestingly, Durden appeared in flashes rather early in the movie, but it’s almost impossible for the naked eye to see him. Therefore, you just need to pause it!

Image credits: Youtube/Vincent Bélanger - 20th Century Studios/Fight Club

Three Men and a Baby

This funny film was directed by Leonard Nimoy, aka Spock in the Star Trek series. No one really knows why but Nimoy decided to place a cardboard cutout of Ted Danson in one scene of the film. Danson himself was in that scene. The cutout is almost behind curtains, but there was a rumor that it was a ghost. Therefore, fans paused it often to see the truth. 

Image credits: Youtube/1800gotghost - Touchstone Pictures/Three Men and a Baby

Man of Steel

2013’s Man of Steel was another version of the classic DC Comics character of Superman. It also introduced the DCEU, with Henry Cavill as the Kryptonian hero. However, fans hadn’t even met Batman yet, but the movie added an Easter egg promising the existence of Bruce Wayne. When Superman fights in space, he flies over a satellite that has the logo of Wayne Enterprises, and that’s the most paused-moment in this film.

Image credits: Youtube/Movieclips - Warner Bros./Man of Steel

Raiders of the Lost Ark

The classic George Lucas film has a moment that was not really planned, and fans pause the moment so much because they don’t believe it actually happened. The scene features Dr. Rene Belloq played by Raul Freeman. Belloq is talking to one of his colleagues when a fly walks on his face and eventually into his mouth. The actor continued as if nothing had happened. 

Image credits: Youtube/ScrapGoldBass - Lucasfilm/Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Graduate

Another classic film that everyone should watch is ‘The Graduate’. It’s one of Dustin Hoffman’s best performances as a young actor. His character is seduced by an older woman known as Mrs. Robinson. The most-paused scene in the movie is when she locks him in a room and entices him further. Of course, the show of her stocking-clad leg has become iconic as a result.

Image Credits: StudioCanal/The Graduate

Ghost

Naturally, another Patrick Swayze movie had to appear on this list, and ‘Ghost’ is considered one of the best romance stories ever. The most-paused scene is the famous pottery wheel moment where the ghost of Swayze helps Demi Moore’s character with her work. Furthermore, ‘Unchained Melody’ as a soundtrack made it even more perfect and re-watchable.

Image Credits: Paramount Pictures/Ghost

The Back-Up Plan

Jennifer Lopez has been in many movies, and ‘Hustlers’ received tons of praise. However, there’s one scene from her previous work in ‘The Back-Up Plan’ that people seem to love way more. J.Lo has always been dressed in daring outfits, but there’s one particular scene where she looks at her body in the mirror. Audiences saw her backside in a thong for just one second. Naturally, people pause it and rewind.

Image Credits: CBS Films/The Back-up Plan

Total Recall

Total Recall’ was one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s great movies, but there was only one scene that audiences wanted to watch several times. The main character is on Mars, and there’s a woman that surprises him. She has considerably “more assets" than Earth women, and it’s something that baffled viewers. You just had to see it again.

Image Credits: Carolco Pictures/Total Recall

When Harry Met Sally

This is another rom-com on the list, but it was particularly different. Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal’s characters became friends, and people loved it when their relationship changed into love. The most-paused scene here is in the car when they are having a discussion about men and women being friends.

Image Credits: Castle Rock Entertainment/When Harry Met Sally

Well, that's all of the "pause-worthy" scenes that we can find for today. Were there any of these little Easter eggs that you missed? They're fascinating to see, and now you'll know about them. If you'd like to let others know about them, please share this article with your friends. Thanks for reading!

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