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 Empire Strikes Back


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  2. 2
    + 113
    - 22
    Star Wars


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  3. 3
    + 95
    - 30
    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    most listed
    Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

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    - 27
    Return of the Jedi


    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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  5. 5
    + 88
    - 29
    Braveheart


    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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  6. 6
    + 68
    - 44
    Shrek


    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

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    + 6
    - 2

    often listed
    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    - 48

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Mischa Barton

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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


    Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

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  10. 10
    + 52
    - 37
    Rocky III


    Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan, Burgess Meredith

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  11. 11
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    - 41
    Backdraft


    Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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  12. 12
    + 30
    - 56
    The Da Vinci Code

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen, Audrey Tautou

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  13. 13
    + 80
    - 40
    Up

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

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  14. 14
    + 49
    - 44
    Beverly Hills Cop II


    Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Gilbert Gottfried

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  15. 15
    + 61
    - 75
    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith


    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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    + 40
    - 57
    X-Men: The Last Stand


    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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  17. 17
    + 57
    - 50
    Back to the Future Part III


    Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd

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  18. 18
    + 34
    - 57
    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End


    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Keith Richards

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  19. 19
    + 56
    - 46
    Mission: Impossible

    ranked low on reranks
    Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

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  20. 20
    + 33
    - 58
    Fast & Furious 6


    Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

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  21. 21
    + 22
    - 42
    Shanghai Noon

    added by Logan2011
    Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson

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  22. 22
    + 14
    - 39
    Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time


    Gemma Arterton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley

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  23. 23
    + 16
    - 45
    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull


    Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf

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  24. 24
    + 39
    - 64
    Men in Black 3


    Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

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  25. 25
    + 36
    - 52
    Terminator Salvation


    Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter, Bryce Dallas Howard

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  26. 26
    + 30
    - 45
    Cobra

    added by Logan2011
    Sylvester Stallone, Ron Jeremy, Brigitte Nielsen

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  27. 27
    + 36
    - 49
    Shrek 2


    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers

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  28. 28
    + 30
    - 46
    Cliffhanger

    added by Logan2011
    Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Janine Turner

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  29. 29
    + 24
    - 48
    Hudson Hawk

    added by Logan2011
    Bruce Willis, Andie MacDowell, James Coburn

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  30. 30
    + 11
    - 44
    Pearl Harbor

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck

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  31. 31
    + 56
    - 61
    The Lost World: Jurassic Park


    Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle

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  32. 32
    + 10
    - 37
    Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

    added by Logan2011
    Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Ben Stiller

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  33. 33
    + 20
    - 39
    Far and Away

    about to drop off
    Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Brendan Gleeson

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  34. 34
    + 23
    - 35
    Encino Man

    added by Logan2011
    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rose McGowan, Brendan Fraser

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  35. 35
    + 17
    - 30

    added by Logan2011
    Will Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Tilly

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  36. 36
    + 1
    - 21

    added by Logan2011
    Meg Ryan, Matthew Broderick, Kelly Preston

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