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


    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back 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


    Star Wars 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


    Return of the Jedi 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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    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 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


    Braveheart 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


    Shrek 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


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


    Rocky III Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan, Burgess Meredith

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    Backdraft is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Backdraft Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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


    Beverly Hills Cop II 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


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

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    Back to the Future Part III is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


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

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    Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Mission: Impossible Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave

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


    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

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    Notting Hill 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 Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


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

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    The Lost World: Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend

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

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    Shrek 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Shrek 2 Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: At W... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


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

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


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

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    Men in Black 3 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

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


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

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    Cobra is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend

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    Cobra Sylvester Stallone, Ron Jeremy, Brigitte Nielsen

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

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    Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson

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

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    Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Janine Turner

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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


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

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    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


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

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    Hudson Hawk is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend

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    Bruce Willis, Andie MacDowell, James Coburn

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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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    Encino Man Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rose McGowan, Brendan Fraser

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    Night at the Museum: Battle of... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend

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

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    Made in America is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend

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    Made in America Will Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Tilly

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    Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend


    Pearl Harbor Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck

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    Meg Ryan, Matthew Broderick, Kelly Preston

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