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List Rules Films in which characters experience memory loss, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, forgetfulness, or manipulated memories

List of the best memory loss movies, as ranked by film fans and movie critics. Films about memory loss are very popular and often critically acclaimed because, although most movie viewers don’t experience loss of memory, the themes are universal. Many of these films feature characters trying to find themselves, fix the unfixable people in their lives, or trying to relive moments that are gone forever. The characters of these films either had memory stealing car accidents or deal with dementia. In some cases they even had their memories stolen by malevolent forces.

What are the best memory loss movies ever made? The films here - all movies about memory loss - range from romantic comedies, like 50 First Dates and Overboard, to haunting thrillers, like Shutter Island and The Manchurian Candidate. A few of the films feature abstract depictions of amnesia, such as Memento and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Even Disney's animated films Finding Nemo and Finding Dory deal with characters suffering from short term memory loss. While most of the movies include a protagonist with amnesia, a few have main characters who are dealing with a loved one suffering from dementia.

This list features the best memory loss movies of all time, ranging from heartbreaking romances, like The Notebook, to hilarious gut-busters, like The Hangover.

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

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Memento is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

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Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
Shutter Island Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

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The Bourne Ultimatum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
The Bourne Ultimatum Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox

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The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
The Bourne Identity Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

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Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
The Notebook Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner

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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
Mulholland Drive Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George

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50 First Dates is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
50 First Dates Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Dan Aykroyd

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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
12 Monkeys Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
The Manchurian Candidate Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh

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The Bourne Supremacy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
The Bourne Supremacy Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan

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While You Were Sleeping is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
While You Were Sleeping Sandra Bullock, Monica Keena, Bill Pullman

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The Hangover is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
The Hangover Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham

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Overboard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
Overboard Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Roddy McDowall

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Still Alice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
Still Alice Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Moore

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Finding Dory is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
Finding Dory Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks

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Hancock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
Hancock Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Jason Bateman

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Regarding Henry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
Regarding Henry Harrison Ford, Annette Bening, J.J. Abrams

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Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
Jason Bourne Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander

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Anastasia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
Anastasia Kirsten Dunst, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer

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Unknown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
Unknown Diane Kruger, Liam Neeson, January Jones

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The Vow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
The Vow Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lange

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Collateral Beauty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies

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Vanilla Sky is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
Vanilla Sky Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz

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Away from Her is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
Away from Her Nina Dobrev, Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis

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Spellbound is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
Spellbound Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Alfred Hitchcock

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Passengers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
Passengers Anne Hathaway, David Morse, Dianne Wiest

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Fast & Furious 6 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
Fast & Furious 6 Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

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Dream House is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
Dream House Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig

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The Number 23 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
The Number 23 Jim Carrey, Rhona Mitra, Logan Lerman

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Moon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
Moon Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario

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The Forgotten is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
The Forgotten Julianne Moore, Gary Sinise, Alfre Woodard

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Paycheck is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Memory Loss Movies
Paycheck Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman, Paul Giamatti