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The Best Movies About Memory

Updated March 17, 2020 1.0k votes 141 voters 11.6k views39 items

List RulesFilms 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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    Inception
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    Inception

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2010

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed byMichel Gondry

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama... more on Wikipedia
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    Mulholland Drive
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    Mulholland Drive

    Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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    Shutter Island
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    Shutter Island

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams

    Released2010

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    The Bourne Identity
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    The Bourne Identity

    Matt Damon, Clive Owen

    Released2002

    Directed byDoug Liman

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    The Notebook
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    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

    Released2004

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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    50 First Dates
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    50 First Dates

    Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler

    Released2004

    Directed byPeter Segal

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    The Manchurian Candidate
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    The Manchurian Candidate

    Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury

    Released1962

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

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    Total Recall
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    Total Recall

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone

    Released1990

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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    Overboard
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    Overboard

    Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell

    Released1987

    Directed byGarry Marshall

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    Memento
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    Memento

    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Released2000

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Rashomon
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    Rashomon

    Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

    Released1950

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

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    The Vow
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    The Vow

    Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum

    Released2012

    Directed byMichael Sucsy

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  • 14
    Angel Eyes
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    Angel Eyes

    Jennifer Lopez, Jim Caviezel

    Released2001

    Directed byLuis Mandoki

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  • 15
    Waltz with Bashir
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    3

    Waltz with Bashir

    Yehezkel Lazarov, Mickey Leon

    Released2008

    Directed byAri Folman

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    The Majestic
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    The Majestic

    Jim Carrey, Matt Damon

    Released2001

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • 17
    Trance
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    Trance

    Rosario Dawson, James McAvoy

    Released2013

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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    The Hangover
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    The Hangover

    Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper

    Released2009

    Directed byTodd Phillips

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    Repeaters
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    Repeaters

    Amanda Crew, Alexia Fast

    Released2010

    Directed byCarl Bessai

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  • 20
    Bloodshot
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    Bloodshot

    Vin Diesel, Sam Heughan

    Released2020

    Directed byDave Wilson

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    Diminished Capacity
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    Diminished Capacity

    Louis C.K., Matthew Broderick

    Released2008

    Directed byTerry Kinney

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    10 Minutes Gone
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    1

    10 Minutes Gone

    Bruce Willis, Michael Chiklis

    Released2019

    Directed byBrian A. Miller

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    Gothika
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    Gothika

    Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2003

    Directed byMathieu Kassovitz

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    Away from Her
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    Away from Her

    Nina Dobrev, Julie Christie

    Released2006

    Directed bySarah Polley

    Away from Her is a 2006 Canadian film which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival... more on Wikipedia
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    Unknown
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    Unknown

    Diane Kruger, Liam Neeson

    Released2011

    Directed byJaume Collet-Serra

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