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

By Sarah Norman | May 12, 2023

The Graduate Shocked Audiences With Its Winter-Summer Romance

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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(Embassy Pictures)

This picture shows Dustin Hoffmann and Anne Bancroft in the 1967 film The Graduate. The Graduate is widely considered one of the greatest American films ever made, but it’s immense acclaim and success upon release was not universal, as the plot was controversial. It follows Hoffman, who plays an uncertain college graduate, who begins an affair with an older married women but ultimately falls for her daughter instead. In the end, he runs off married with the daughter, and it ends with them questioning their impulsive decision. In later decades, the controversy around it has shifted more so towards viewing Bancroft’s character as predatory, but it is still lauded as a classic. 

Nadia and Jim's Attempt in 'American Pie'

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(universal pictures)

American Pie is a coming of age film that still hits hard for people who were teens in the 2000s. This raunchy film about four teenage boys has plenty of moments that tiptoe up to the line, but the scene that crosses it and keeps going features Jim (Jason Biggs) attempting to seduce foreign exchange student Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth) while their entire school watches through the very new (at least then) technology of the web cam. This scene has it all, Elizabeth's bod, Biggs' bod, and Blink 182 hanging out with a weird little monkey while Jim races to the finish line.