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List Rules 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 Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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Return of the Jedi Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

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Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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Shrek Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

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Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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Rocky III Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan, Burgess Meredith

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Backdraft Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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Beverly Hills Cop II Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Gilbert Gottfried

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

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Back to the Future Part III Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd

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Mission: Impossible Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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Notting Hill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend
Notting Hill Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Mischa Barton

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X-Men: The Last Stand Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle

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The Da Vinci Code Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen, Audrey Tautou

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Shrek 2 Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers

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Fast & Furious 6 Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Keith Richards

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Men in Black 3 Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

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Terminator Salvation Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter, Bryce Dallas Howard

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Logan2011 added Cobra Sylvester Stallone, Ron Jeremy, Brigitte Nielsen

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Logan2011 added Shanghai Noon Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Gemma Arterton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley

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Logan2011 added Cliffhanger Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Janine Turner

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf

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Logan2011 added Hudson Hawk Bruce Willis, Andie MacDowell, James Coburn

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Made in America is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend
Logan2011 added Made in America Will Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Tilly

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Logan2011 added Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Ben Stiller

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Pearl Harbor Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck

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Addicted to Love is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend
Logan2011 added Addicted to Love Meg Ryan, Matthew Broderick, Kelly Preston