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The Best Memory Loss Movies

Updated April 23, 2021 3.3k votes 435 voters 53.6k views48 items

List RulesFilms in which characters experience memory loss, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, forgetfulness, or manipulated memories

List of the best memory loss movies, as ranked by film fans and movie critics. Films about memory loss are very popular and often critically acclaimed because, although most movie viewers don’t experience loss of memory, the themes are universal. Many of these films feature characters trying to find themselves, fix the unfixable people in their lives, or trying to relive moments that are gone forever. The characters of these films either had memory stealing car accidents or deal with dementia. In some cases they even had their memories stolen by malevolent forces.

What are the best memory loss movies ever made? The films here - all movies about memory loss - range from romantic comedies, like 50 First Dates and Overboard, to haunting thrillers, like Shutter Island and The Manchurian Candidate. A few of the films feature abstract depictions of amnesia, such as Memento and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Even Disney's animated films Finding Nemo and Finding Dory deal with characters suffering from short term memory loss. While most of the movies include a protagonist with amnesia, a few have main characters who are dealing with a loved one suffering from dementia.

This list features the best memory loss movies of all time, ranging from heartbreaking romances, like The Notebook, to hilarious gut-busters, like The Hangover.

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    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss
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    Total Recall

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    While You Were Sleeping

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    Shutter Island

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams
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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst
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    The Vow

    Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum
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    Still Alice

    Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin
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    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe
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    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling
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    Regarding Henry

    Harrison Ford, Annette Bening
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    Finding Dory

    Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks
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    The Number 23

    Jim Carrey, Rhona Mitra
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    The Bourne Ultimatum

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    Jason Bourne

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    Mulholland Drive

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    Kirsten Dunst, Meg Ryan
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    Dream House

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    Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore
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    Diane Kruger, Liam Neeson
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    50 First Dates

    Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler
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    The Bourne Identity

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