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

By Sarah Norman | May 17, 2023

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

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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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.

The Graduate Shocked Audiences With Its Winter-Summer Romance

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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.