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List: Amnesia Movies

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s romantic, fact-based movie, “The Vow,” here are some of my favorite movies featuring memory loss.  You know what I’m going to say — the characters may lose their memories, but these movies are unforgettable.

I Love You Again William Powell and Myrna Loy made 10 films together.  The best remembered are the delightful “Thin Man” series but my favorite is this neglected gem about a prim, dull man who is hit on the head and discovers that he is a slick con man who lost his memory and somehow found himself married and living in a small town.  Witty, charming, and wise.

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Unknown White Male Amnesia is such an inherently gripping plot line that there are more movie characters (and soap opera!) with amnesia than real patients.  But this is a documentary about a real-life case, made by a director who was once a friend of the subject.

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Dead Again Kenneth Branagh wrote and directed this mystery about a detective (Branagh) trying to discover the truth about a woman (Emma Thompson) who cannot remember her past.

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind This fabulously imaginative and deliciously loopy romance is about a couple who consult a firm that erases memories of bad romances.

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Memento A damaged man must surround himself with reminders to track down the person who killed his wife.

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Random Harvest This deeply romantic film from the author of “Lost Horizon” and “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” has Ronald Coleman as a soldier who loses his memory and falls in love with a singer played by Greer Garson.  They are exquisitely happy until a tragic loss leads him to remember his old life and forget all about her. She applies for a job as his secretary to be close to him and he hires her without knowing they were once in love.

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Runners-up: 50 First Dates, The Bourne Trilogy, Overboard, Total Recall, The Notebook

 

What am I….forgetting?

 

  • Kevin L.

    You missed a few:

    “Anastasia” with Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brenner.

    Alfred Hitchcock’s “Spellbound”.

    “Desperately Seeking Susan”

    But please DISregard “Regarding Henry”

    • Nell Minow

      Good list, Kevin, esp about “Regarding Henry!”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Kristie D.

    I saw “Random Harvest” recently and agree that it’s an excellent film. I would put “50 First Dates” higher up on the list though. I was going to say something else but I forget.*LOL*

    • Nell Minow

      Very funny, Kristie! I like “50 First Dates” but really don’t like the scenes with her brother so that keeps it lower on my list.

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