Unforgettable Movie Scenes That Were Too Risqué for Their Time

By Sarah Norman | August 21, 2023

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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(Paramount Pictures)

This serious wowzer of a scene in Trading Places gained attention from fans of the film due to Curtis' seductive and confident portrayal of her character, Louisa. Most members of the audience know Curtis as Laurie Strode in Halloween, a wallflower at best, but when she shows off all of her glory it's a pause button worthy moment to say the least.

As she undresses, Curtis' character can be seen admiring her own reflection in the mirror and taking pleasure in her own sexuality. The scene is both titillating and empowering, and has remained a fan favorite due to Curtis' captivating performance and the film's exploration of gender and power dynamics. Many viewers have paused the scene to get a closer look at Curtis' character and to enjoy the saucy and confident moment.

'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' (1975)

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(EMI Films)

Comedy and senses of humor change from generation to generation: often, something one generation finds hysterical will be found to be utterly boring by the next. Some films, however, stand the test of time and become classics of comedy. Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one such film that has never gone out of fashion. The film follows parodies of King Arthur and his court trying to find the illusive holy grail, and their adventures along the way. Since it’s release, it has secured a place on the Mount Rushmore of all-time comedies, but remains controversial to some due to it’s language and themes and the subjects it mocks.