Unforgettable Movie Scenes That Were Too Risqué for Their Time

By Sarah Norman | June 5, 2023

Raquel Welch Courts Controversy In 'Myra Breckinridge'

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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Gore Vidal was one of the most controversial and hot topic authors in American literature during the 20th century, and the films based on his novels inherited this. The 1970 comedy Myra Breckinridge was no exception. The film was immensely controversial for its depiction of highly explicit sexual content including rape, as well as its depiction and commentary on transgender issues. Although the novel was critically acclaimed, the film was largely regarded even outside of it’s controversial aspects as being a poorly made one.

Phoebe Cates Was A Teenage Dream In 'Fast Times At Ridgemont High'

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High, a 1982 film that has cemented itself as a definitive high school classic, has left an indelible cultural imprint. One scene, in particular, remains seared in the minds of audiences, featuring the character Linda, portrayed by Cates, elegantly diving into a pool and discarding her scarlet bikini top, before proceeding to seduce her friend's older brother, Brad, played by Reinhold. The moment has been immortalized as "the most memorable bikini-drop in cinema history" by none other than Rolling Stone magazine, and it's difficult to contest that assertion.