Vintage Movie Scenes That Should Have Been Paused At This Exact Moment 

By Sarah Norman | August 3, 2023

Marilyn Monroe Gives Quite A Show In 'Niagara'

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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(20th Century Fox)

Marilyn Monroe's shower scene in the 1953 film Niagara remains one of the most famous and paused scenes in cinema history for several reasons. Firstly, it was one of the first instances of a major Hollywood star appearing in a sexually suggestive or risque scene. This was a bold move for Monroe, who was already a major star at the time, and it helped to solidify her image as a sex symbol. The scene itself is also masterfully shot and edited, with the use of close-ups, cross-cutting, and the sound of the running water all contributing to a sense of tension and mystery. 

'The Devils' Was Built To Stir Controversy

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(Warner Bros.)

Of all the movies that have garnered controversy and have been thereafter censored or banned, few have done so at the level of the 1971 Ken Russell production The Devil. The film takes place in France during the era of Cardinal Richelieu and The Three Musketeers stories and follows an immoral priest and nuns who are alleged to be witches. The film is packed with unbelievably graphic violent, sexual, and sacrilegious content. It was not given good reviews and is viewed as among the most controversial films ever made. To this day, finding a full copy is difficult.