Unforgettable Movie Scenes That Were Too Risqué for Their Time

By Sarah Norman | October 24, 2023

'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' (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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(EMI Films)

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.

Cybill Shepherd Turned Heads In 'The Last Picture Show'

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The home video version of The Rescuers, a popular animated film produced by Walt Disney Pictures, was released in 1977. However, it was later discovered that a brief, but highly controversial and offensive, image was included in the background of one scene. This image, which had to be paused in order to be scene was believed to be inserted into the film during post-production but it's unclear who was exactly responsible. The poster, a picture of a topless woman, was removed following the 1992 home video release of the film and all future home video releases were created from a different print.