The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend Films

The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend

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List Criteria: Movies that were released Memorial Day weekend.

This list includes the best movies released over Memorial Day weekend. The traditional, four-day Memorial Day weekend is considered a major launching point for summer blockbuster films. In fact, as you can clearly see on this list, some of the most epic movies in cinema history came out over the long holiday weekend. Vote for the Memorial Day movie releases you like the most, vote down any you don't like and of course, feel free to re-rank this list your way, too.

Several of the greatest films of all time saw box office release over the Memorial Day weekend, including a number of 'Star Wars' films ('The Empire Strikes Back' and 'A New Hope').

One clear winner on any list of movies released over Memorial Day: Films for kids and/or families. Some great movies for kids got a Memorial Day release, including 'Madagascar,' Pixar's 'Up,' 'Shrek' and 'Kung Fu Panda 2.' No, they weren't all Oscar winners, but they sure kept restless children out of school for the holidays occupied! Holiday weekends are always a great time to release major movies, because a lot of families are looking for a nice escape to a quiet theater to enjoy a few hours of mindless, great entertainment.

While Memorial Day is the traditional kick-off time period for blockbusters, in recent years in particular, more and more big films are being released over the July 4th holiday, too. At least two of the most anticipated summer 2013 movies were released over the Memorial Day weekend: 'The Fast and the Furious 6' and 'The Hangover Part III' were expected to have strong box office debuts, even with competition from 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' 'Iron Man 3' and 'The Great Gatsby.'
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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Return of the Jedi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Indiana Jones and the Temple o... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend

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    Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

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    Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Shrek is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

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    Up is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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    Rocky III is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan, Burgess Meredith

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    Backdraft is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Beverly Hills Cop II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Gilbert Gottfried

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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

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    Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

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    Back to the Future Part III is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd

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    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Mischa Barton

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    X-Men: The Last Stand is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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    The Lost World: Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle

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    The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen, Audrey Tautou

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: At W... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Keith Richards

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    Shrek 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers

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    Fast & Furious 6 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Terminator Salvation is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter, Bryce Dallas Howard

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    Cobra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend

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    Sylvester Stallone, Ron Jeremy, Brigitte Nielsen

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    Men in Black 3 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

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    Cliffhanger is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend

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    Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Janine Turner

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    Shanghai Noon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend

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    Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson

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    Prince of Persia: The Sands of... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Gemma Arterton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley

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    Hudson Hawk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend

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    Bruce Willis, Andie MacDowell, James Coburn

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    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf

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    Encino Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rose McGowan, Brendan Fraser

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    Far and Away is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend

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    Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Brendan Gleeson

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    Night at the Museum: Battle of... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend

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    Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Ben Stiller

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    Will Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Tilly

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    Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck

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    Meg Ryan, Matthew Broderick, Kelly Preston

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