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The Best Movies About Memory  

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List Rules Films about memory, memory loss, and memories. Vote up the best movies about memory.

This list features the best movies about memory. This topic can cover an array of different aspects about the mind and memory, including memory loss due to stress, a disease like Alzheimer’s, a traumatic event such as war, memory manipulation, and amnesia. But what are the best movies about memory? Vote up the best films below and see where your favorites rank.
 
The movies on this list tell stories about memory. Many of the movies on this list have been huge box office successes and span a variety of genres. Some of these flicks are psychological thrillers that will lead your mind down a maze of twists and turns. Some are romantic flicks that feature the bond of love that cannot be broken, even with an illness like Alzheimer’s. Others take a humorous approach, as in 50 First Dates.
 
This list has the best movies about memory including, Inception, Memento, The Hangover, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Regarding Henry, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and The Notebook. Vote up the best films about memory below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard
Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph ...more

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Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan. The screenplay was written by Nolan based on his younger brother Jonathan Nolan's short story ...more

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Eternal Sunshine of the ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Memory
Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama film about an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories, written by Charlie ...more

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Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel of the same name. Production started in March 2008. ...more

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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Memory
Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George
Mulholland Drive is a 2001 American neo-noir mystery film written and directed by David Lynch and starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, and Justin Theroux. It tells the story of an aspiring ...more

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Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles
The Bourne Identity is a 2002 American-German action spy film adaptation of Robert Ludlum's novel of the same name. It stars Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, a man suffering from extreme memory loss ...more

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Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner
The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a ...more

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Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh
The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller directed by John Frankenheimer that stars Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh and co-stars Angela Lansbury, ...more

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Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Dan Aykroyd
50 First Dates is a 2004 American romantic comedy film directed by Peter Segal and written by George Wing. The film stars Adam Sandler as a lothario veterinarian and Drew Barrymore as an ...more

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Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Roddy McDowall
Overboard is a 1987 American romantic comedy film starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. It was directed by Garry Marshall, produced by Roddy McDowall, and loosely inspired by the 1974 Italian ...more

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside
Total Recall is a 1990 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven. In 2084, a construction worker, Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger), suddenly finds himself embroiled in ...more

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Dark City is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Memory
Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George
Dark City is a 1998 neo-noir science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay was written by Proyas, Lem Dobbs and David S. Goyer. The film stars Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, ...more

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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Machiko Kyō
Rashomon is a 1950 Japanese period drama film directed by Akira Kurosawa, working in close collaboration with cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa. It stars Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyō, Masayuki Mori ...more
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Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Alfred Hitchcock
Spellbound is a 1945 American psychological mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It tells the story of the new head of a mental asylum who turns out not to be what he claims. The ...more

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Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, Brian Cox
The Long Kiss Goodnight is a 1996 action film directed and produced by Renny Harlin, written and produced by Shane Black and starring Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson.

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Harrison Ford, Annette Bening, J.J. Abrams
Regarding Henry is a 1991 American film drama starring Harrison Ford and Annette Bening, directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by J. J. Abrams focuses on a New York City lawyer who struggles ...more
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Payback is a 1999 American action film directed by Brian Helgeland and starring Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello and David Paymer. It was based on the novel The Hunter by Donald E. Westlake ...more
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Madonna, Rosanna Arquette, John Turturro
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Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig
Dream House is a 2011 American psychological thriller written by David Loucka directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts and Marton Csokas. It was released on ...more

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Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham
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Mario Adorf, Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall
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Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes
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