Movie Scenes Captured Way More Than Expected 

By Sarah Norman | May 5, 2023

Elizabeth Montgomery as the lead character in 'The Legend of Lizzie Borden' (1975)

Are you ready for the ultimate list of the most paused movie scenes of all time? Get ready to hit pause on your own movie nights, because we've scoured the internet and compiled a list of the most iconic, jaw-dropping, and just plain bizarre movie moments that have viewers hitting pause to catch every detail. From heart-pounding action sequences to mind-blowing plot twists, these are the movie scenes that have left audiences pausing and rewinding for decades.

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Murder mysteries are a genre whose popularity has remained consistent throughout the generations. Tales of murder often lend themselves to questions about ethics, revenge, justifiable violence, psychology, and so on, and can often be controversial in how they ask these questions as well as being quite explicit. The 1975 film The Legend of Lizzie Borden was an example of this. The film follows a still unsolved murder from the 1890’s in New England. The prime suspect was played by Elizabeth Montgomery, who was depicted committing the murders in the film sans clothing, which was censored for American viewers. 

The Interrogation Scene That Shocked The World in 'Basic Instinct'

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In a cinematic tour-de-force, Sharon Stone's portrayal of Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct captivated audiences worldwide. As a novelist suspected of a gruesome murder, Tramell's allure was only matched by her enigmatic nature. But it was in the film's notorious interrogation scene where Stone delivered one of the most daring performances in movie history.

In a move that shocked and thrilled audiences, Stone boldly crossed and uncrossed her legs, revealing a side of herself that had never been seen before. Catherine's sexuality became a central theme of the film, and Stone's unflinching approach to the role solidified her place as a Hollywood trailblazer. In a performance that pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable in cinema, Stone proved that she was an actress unafraid of taking risks and leaving an indelible mark on film history.