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The Best Movies About Memory 

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Updated March 17, 2020 952 votes 140 voters 11.4k views 39 items

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

Released: 2010

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

Released: 2000

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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

Released: 2004

Directed by: Michel Gondry

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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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Memory
Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Lynch

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

Released: 2002

Directed by: Doug Liman

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

Released: 2004

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

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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slaft added Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2010

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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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Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 2004

Directed by: Peter Segal

50 First Dates is a 2004 American romantic comedy film directed by Peter Segal. Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) has a history of commitment issues until he meets Lucy (Drew Barrymore) who suffers from ...more

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Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh

Released: 1962

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

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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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

Released: 1990

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

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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Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Roddy McDowall

Released: 1987

Directed by: Garry Marshall

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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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Machiko Kyō

Released: 1950

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

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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Dark City is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Memory
Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George

Released: 1998

Directed by: Alex Proyas

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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Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Alfred Hitchcock

Released: 1945

Directed by: 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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Harrison Ford, Annette Bening, J.J. Abrams

Released: 1991

Directed by: Mike Nichols

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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Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, Brian Cox

Released: 1996

Directed by: Renny Harlin

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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Released: 2008

Directed by: Ari Folman

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Madonna, Rosanna Arquette, John Turturro

Released: 1985

Directed by: Susan Seidelman

Desperately Seeking Susan is a 1985 American comedy-drama film directed by Susan Seidelman and starring Rosanna Arquette and Madonna.

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slaft added Mel Gibson, Lucy Liu, Maria Bello

Released: 1999

Directed by: Brian Helgeland

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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Vin Diesel, Sam Heughan, Guy Pearce

Released: 2020

Directed by: Dave Wilson

Bloodshot is a 2020 American superhero film directed by Dave Wilson, based on the Valiant Comics superhero. Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel), a slain mobster, is re-animated with superpowers.
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Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig

Released: 2011

Directed by: Jim Sheridan

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Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham

Released: 2009

Directed by: Todd Phillips

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Released: 2006

Directed by: Sarah Polley

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Akbaira Amer Jr. added Amanda Crew, Alexia Fast, Dustin Milligan

Released: 2010

Directed by: Carl Bessai

Repeaters is a 2010 Canadian thriller film directed by Carl Bessai, written by Arne Olsen, and starring Dustin Milligan, Amanda Crew, and Richard de Klerk as young drug addicts who find ...more
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10 Minutes Gone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Memory
Bruce Willis, Michael Chiklis, Meadow Williams

Released: 2019

Directed by: Brian A. Miller

10 Minutes Gone is a 2019 Canadian American mystery-thriller film directed by Brian A. Miller. A man loses 10 minutes of his memory after a bank heist goes wrong and must recover his memory to ...more