35 of the Most Paused Movie Scenes in Hollywood History

Passengers (2016)

For keen-eyed Stanley Kubrick fans, the film Passengers drops some serious easter eggs referring to The Shining. Director Morten Tyldum is apparently a huge fan of Kubrick and wanted to let the world know it through his set design. For starters, the robot-bartender bears a striking resemblance to the bartender from The Shining, complete with waistcoat and bow-tie. The carpet in the ship’s bar is also very similar to the hallway carpet in the Overlook Hotel. Good spot!

Zootopia (2016)

Zootopia is one of the cutest and funniest animated films of the last 10 years. Judy Hopps is a rabbit who joins the police force and makes it against the odds. Many viewers paused for this cute added detail. Everyone went crazy for these hilarious animal-based puns on popular bands, from Fleetwook Yak, Fur Fighters, and Guns’n’Rodents, to Kanine West and Hyena Gomez. Some of them sound better than the original names, so well played, Disney, well played!

The Matrix (1999)

This shot from The Matrix is not really an easter egg but more a trick of the trade that is cause for a pause. Here, Morpheus says “I can only show you to the door,” and Neo reaches for the doorknob to open it. The cameramen set up this cool reflection shot, but couldn’t quite hide the camera. Looking closely, you can see that they actually put a coat over it along with a tie that matches perfectly with the one Morpheus is wearing.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

A subtle but cool hidden part that deserves a pause was during this high school scene in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Michelle, played by the incredible Zendaya, can be seen sitting on the bleachers reading a book called Of Human BondageOf Human Bondage is a 1915 novel by W. Somerset Maugham. It follows the story of an orphaned boy who lived with his aunt and uncle. Sound familiar? A lot of Reddit users spotted and shared this clever reference.

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Hold up, is that…? One of the best cameos in recent movie history was in Bohemian Rhapsody, which featured Adam Lambert as a trucker that Freddie Mercury turns his attention to when he is questioning his sexuality. Adam is almost entirely unrecognizable thanks to some clever make-up, plus bushy hair and a mustache. What makes this cameo even more touching is that Lambert has been stepping into Mercury’s shoes since 2011 as Queen’s touring lead singer.

Jurassic Park (1993)

The incredible Wayne Knight as Dennis Nedry gave viewers reason to hit pause not once, not twice, but three times with these incredible costume changes that pay homage to The Goonies, specifically characters Mikey, Mouth, and Chunk. The Goonies was a smash hit in the box office and many Reddit users noticed the reference. Steven Spielberg directed Jurassic Park and also wrote the script for The Goonies, so maybe this easter egg was his doing!

Beauty And The Beast (1991)

Another ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ moment from Disney, this time during Beauty and the Beast. In one of the final scenes, after Gaston and the villagers attack the castle, Gaston traverses the turrets to grapple with the Beast. Viewers watching closely as he stumbles and ultimately falls to his death may have noticed the clever cartoonists at Disney added little skulls in his pupils, foreshadowing his death that occurs shortly after, and perhaps to show the evil within.

Frozen (2013)

Disney loves adding in little references that appeal to the adults watching with their children, and Frozen is no exception. In this scene with Anna and Hans, there’s a feeling of déjà vu during this discussion about sandwiches. Yes, you guessed it! The scene is a play by play repeat of a scene in Arrested Development. The line was also featured in an episode of The Simpsons, showing that those Disney writers love their easter eggs.

Back To The Future (1985)

80s movie super sleuths hitting pause and rewind will have noticed this clever sign change in Back To The Future. Doc Brown and Marty McFly meet up at Twin Pines mall to travel back in time to 1955. Later on in the movie when McFly is being chased he accidentally runs over one of the two pines. The future has been changed and when he returns near the end of the movie, the mall’s name has been altered to reflect McFly’s action.

Toy Story 3 (2010)

In the first Toy Story (1995), Buzz and Woody end up on an adventure together that eventually sees them locked up by Sid, an evil kid who likes dismembering toys. Die-hard fans of the movie series must have done a double-take when Sid showed up in Toy Story 3 working as a garbage man. They say that you’re only as good as your last job proving that Sid is, and always was, garbage!

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is packed with more easter eggs and in-jokes than you can shake a stick at. The restaurant Escupimos en su Alimento was clearly named so that Spanish movie-goers could get a kick out of it! The name translated literally means “we spit in your food,” a funny detail for people who speak the language, or a deserving reward for those who took the effort to pause and enter the phrase into Google Translate.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Another movie with a ton of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shots is the Quentin Tarantino classic Pulp Fiction. Arguably the most intriguing chapter of the story happens in the middle when Bruce Willis’s character Butch is on the run from Marcellus Wallace. Although this shower scene is a pretty trivial moment in the movie, many paused and rewound because they were sure they saw Willis in all his glory as he stepped out of the shower. We can confirm that what they saw was in fact, true!

The Exorcist (1973)

If there is one movie on this list that has a ton of quickfire, shocking images in it, then it has to be The Exorcist. With so many strange, frenetic and shocking moments in the movie, there are plenty of scenes that one can pause and rewind to – if you are into the horror genre, that is! Viewers soon learned though that if you paused the movie at the right time, you are able to see the demon who possesses Regan, Pazuzu.

Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

Like so many paused scenes on this list, fans were desperate to capture one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood when she was at her most vulnerable. In Before I Go To Sleep, her character can be seen in a scene walking around seemingly without clothes on. Although it was confirmed that the character was, in fact, wearing something during the scene, it certainly did not stop fans from pausing and rewinding to make sure…

Finding Dory (2016)

13 years after Finding Nemo hit the big screen, its long-awaited sequel, Finding Dory, was finally released. What many fans were surprised to see was that one of the main villains from the original installment would end up making a surprise cameo, albeit in a quick background shot. The niece of the scientist, Darla, can be seen in a photo on the wall during the scene that Dory is quarantined. This is just one of Pixar’s many brilliant Easter Eggs.

Burn After Reading (2008)

Many of the Coen Brothers’ movies have very quick moments of violence and Burn After Reading doesn’t break that tradition, by any means. A strange scene happens where George Clooney’s character finds Brad Pitt’s character hiding in his closet. Without hesitation, he shoots him dead. However, the whole thing happens so quickly that the scene really needs to be paused in order to see any of the messy details. We weren’t even sure he was dead at first!

Signs (2002)

Anyone who has seen the classic M. Night Shyamalan movie Signs knows well enough that the aliens are eventually revealed. However, we do get a very brief glimpse of them pretty early on in the movie – so brief that the movie needs to be paused to get a close enough look at the extra-terrestrial. While it’s not the clearest quality, this is certainly intentional, creating a sense of foreshadowing building up to their actual reveal later on down the line.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

There is no denying that the first installment of the Indiana Jones film franchise, Raiders of the Lost Ark, is full of unforgettable moments. One of the franchise’s most despicable villains has to be Dr. Rene Belloq. Raul Freeman plays the nefarious character in the first movie. A classic paused moment sees Belloq manage to deliver some brilliant lines, despite the fact that a fly ends up crawling into his mouth! Now that is real acting.

The Rescuers (1977)

For some strange reason, Disney has a history of sneaking strange extras into many of its movies over the years. In the animated flick The Rescuers, the “mouse” decided to include some questionable shots of certain individuals getting changed in their room. We have no idea how they managed to get away with such a strange thing. It happens when the mice are gliding past a building in their empty sardine can. What a wild thing to have in a Disney movie!

Man of Steel (2013)

Another superhero movie that introduced a different cinematic universe was 2013’s Man of Steel. While people have mixed feelings about Henry Cavill’s portrayal of Superman, there is an interesting reference to another superhero during a critical scene that is very easy to miss. When Superman is fighting in space, he leaps past a satellite, which happens to have a logo from Wayne Enterprises on it. Of course, this is alluding to Bruce Wayne aka Batman, who we see a few movies later.

Iron Man (2008)

Movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe are known for being connected through a variety of references and Easter Eggs. Iron Man, the very first movie of the franchise, achieved this way back in 2008. During a key scene where Tony Stark is putting on his iconic suit, it is actually possible to spot a really important object that would end up appearing in many future movies. This is Captain America’s shield – well, half of it. We imagine it was in the middle of production at this stage of the story.

Jurassic World (2015)

While purists might not quite appreciate the most recent Jurassic Parkinstallments compared to the earlier ones, there are plenty of memorable scenes and shots to pause and rewind to. Take this scene in Jurassic World, for example, which sees none other than Jimmy Buffet running from a pterodactyl! What makes the scene even more bizarre is that he is still managing to carry two drinks in the middle of all the chaos. Apparently, the party can’t stop, no matter what!

Three Men and a Baby (1987)

It might be difficult to believe that the person who directed Three Men and a Babywas none other than Spock himself! That’s right, folks. Leonard Nimoy was at the helm for the 1987 classic. For some strange reason, the Star Trek legend did something in the movie that people couldn’t help but pause every time they watched it. Nimoy decided to have a cardboard cutout of Ted Danson standing in the background of a scene that he was in!

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)

It is well documented that Jessica Rabbit is one of the most bodacious animated characters of all time. In Who Framed Roger Rabbit? the red-haired woman is dressed in red and often makes people around her stop and stare. There is a scene though where the animated character perhaps reveals a bit more than viewers might have anticipated. However, it is important to remind viewers that she is not real, which can be easy to forget…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

The driving force of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was finding out where exactly Luke Skywalker was. Then, in the closing moments, our new hero Rey finally finds him, hiding out on a mysterious island in the middle of an ocean. She hands over his lightsaber to him and the movie ends on a literal cliffhanger. However, many have paused the moment we first see him, as it is believed he is standing next to some sort of gravestone.

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

Many who watched Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace noticed a delightful little Easter Egg in the corner of one of the scenes in the Galactic Senate. A group of aliens that appear to be the same species as E.T. can be seen cheering. There is a chance that this was George Lucas’s way of paying homage to Steven Spielberg, returning the favor after he did the same thing, dressing up a child in a Yoda costume for Halloween in his movie E.T.

Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)

One of the most hilarious moments in the Star Wars film franchise that people can’t help but rewind and playback over and over again is in the very first installment, A New Hope. In a scene midway through the movie, a group of stormtroopers can be seen walking through the door. However, one of them accidentally hits their head on the top of the door. It turns out that this was just an accident that made it into the final cut!

Tron (1982)

While there has since been a sequel, 1982’s Tron will have a warm place in many people’s hearts due to its unquestionable arcade feel. In one scene of the movie, David Warner, who plays the character Ed Dillinger, can be seen with the gameplay of the classic video game Pac-Man. You don’t believe us? See the following screenshot of the iconic circular character chomping away at yellow dots on the right-hand side. This is true ’80s nostalgia at its finest.

    Scanners (1981)

    While it’s not the most recognizable film on this list, Scanners has certainly developed a strong fan base since its 1981 release. The movie that kickstarted David Cronenberg’s career, Scanners revolves heavily around psychic powers and how devastating those powers can be. The following scene has been paused so much due to the gory nature of it. We won’t spoil it for you, but it involves someone’s head and it happens so fast that you simply have to rewind and pause to get the full effect of it.