The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend Films
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The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend

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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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    most listed Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Mischa Barton

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    Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

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    Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan, Mr. T

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    Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell, Donald Sutherland

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    ranked low on reranks Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen, Audrey Tautou

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    Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Gilbert Gottfried

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    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Lea Thompson

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    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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    Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

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    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Keith Richards

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    Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster

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    added by Logan2011 Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson

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    Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley

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    Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter, Bryce Dallas Howard

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    Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

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    added by Logan2011 Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, Ron Jeremy

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    often listed Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf

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    Cameron Diaz, Joan Rivers, Eddie Murphy

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    added by Logan2011 Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Janine Turner

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    added by Logan2011 Bruce Willis, Andie MacDowell, James Coburn

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    Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck

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    Julianne Moore, Camilla Belle, Vince Vaughn

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    often listed & added by Logan2011 Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Ben Stiller

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    Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Clint Howard

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    added by Logan2011 Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rose McGowan, Brendan Fraser

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    added by Logan2011 Will Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Tilly

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