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The Best Movies Released Memorial Day Weekend

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List RulesMovies 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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    Braveheart
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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau

    Released1995

    Directed byMel Gibson

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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
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    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

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    Star Wars
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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery

    Released1989

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Rocky III
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    Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire

    Released1982

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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
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    Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz

    Released1998

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Marquand

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    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
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    Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg

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    Men in Black 3
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    Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber

    Released2012

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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    Fast & Furious 6
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    42

    Fast & Furious 6

    Vin Diesel, Paul Walker

    Released2013

    Directed byJustin Lin

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    Terminator Salvation
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    Terminator Salvation

    Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released2009

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

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    Up
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    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

    Released2009

    Directed byPete Docter

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    X-Men: The Last Stand
    95
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    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

    Released2006

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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    Shrek
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    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Released2001

    Directed byAndrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

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    Notting Hill
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    Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin

    Released1999

    Directed byRoger Michell

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    Shanghai Noon
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    Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan

    Released2000

    Directed byTom Dey

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    Cliffhanger
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    Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow

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    Directed byRenny Harlin

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    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
    51
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    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor

    Released2005

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

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

    Released1990

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Backdraft
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    Robert De Niro, Kurt Russell

    Released1991

    Directed byRon Howard

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    Beverly Hills Cop II
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    Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock

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    Mission: Impossible
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    Tom Cruise, Jon Voight

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    Ibiza
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    Directed byAlex Richanbach

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    Made in America
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    Will Smith, Whoopi Goldberg

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