The 28 Most Paused Movie Moments Of All Time

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featuredSince VHS tapes became popular and the pause button was invented, people have been constantly stopping films to get a better look at something. Whether it’s a flash of nudity, a especially gory moment, or a clue to a future plot point, pausing has been one of the more used buttons on the remote. It’s gotten even easier in the past decade to stop and start at the perfect moment, with the advent of:

  • DVDs

  • Blu-Rays

  • Streaming services

People don’t have to wear out their tapes re-watching a certain spot over and over, and you can even remember the exact timecode to go to (though the industrious VCR user would remember this as well).

While we may not know your favorite moment to pause at, we’ve got an idea. Here are the 16 most-paused moments in film.

1/ Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) – On any list of paused moments, you have to include Fast Times. When Phoebe Cates exits the pool in her skimpy red bikini, only to remove it completely, every single tape stopped.


2/ Basic Instinct (1992) – A decade later, Sharon Stone proved it wasn’t just topless scenes that got paused. When her character crosses her legs during an interrogation and revealed more than just an underwear line, the movie made history.


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