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My Top 10 Favorite Amnesia Movies

February 15, 2010

10. Regarding Henry [DVD] (1991)
Harrison Ford plays Henry, a lawyer who survives a shooting only to find he cannot remember anything.

Directed by Mike Nichols. Written by J. J. Abrams.

9. Overboard [DVD] (1987)
Funny comedy with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.

Directed by Garry Marshall.

8. The Bourne Supremacy [DVD] (2004)
The second part in the story of Jason Bourne (Matt Damon).

Directed by Paul Greengrass.

7. The Bourne Identity [DVD] (2002)
The first part in the story of Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), a man whose trying to rebuild his memory based on clues while being hunted.

Directed by Doug Liman.

6. Memento (Special Edition) [DVD] (2000)
Guy Pearce stars as Leonard, a man suffering from short-term memory loss and uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife.

Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan.

5. Total Recall [DVD] (1990)
Future. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Memory Loss. Angry. What more do you need to make a great movie?

Directed by Paul Verhoeven.

4. The Bourne Ultimatum [DVD] (2007)
The third and final(?) chapter about Jason Bourne (played by Matt Damon) and his attempts to find out who he really is. There are rumors of both a prequel and a fourth installment.
Directed by Paul Greengrass.

3. The Long Kiss Goodnight [DVD](1996)
Geena Davis plays a women suffering from amnesia who begins to recover her memories after trouble from her past finds her again.

Directed by Renny Harlin.

2. The Notebook [DVD](2004)
An old man in a nursing home reads a story to an old woman each day. The story he reads follows two young lovers named Allie Hamilton and Noah Calhoun.

Directed by Nick Cassavetes.

1. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind – Special Edition [DVD](2004)
Too great, beautiful and weird too explain. With Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. If you haven’t seen it, do it. 

Directed by Michel Gondry

Did I miss anyone? If I did I blame the amnesia. Let me know.

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. Elisabeth Åström permalink
    February 16, 2010 10:59

    Overboard should have come first! All the bourne-movies gives you amnesia, I can’t remember what they were about. All I remember is that I just didn’t get it!

    • Sika permalink*
      February 17, 2010 10:59

      But don’t you think the fact that the Bourne-movies give you amnesia prove they deserve a high ranking on a “Top 10 Amnesia Movies” list? Overboard was excellent though..!

  2. Jan permalink
    February 24, 2010 10:59

    Overboard is hilarious and it also happens to be my wifes favorite movie (which should give you a hint about the amount of times i’ve seen). How about these ones then: Mannen utan minne (Aki Kaurismäki, 2002) and 50 first dates (Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymote)

    • Sika permalink*
      February 25, 2010 10:59

      I liked Mannen utan Minne (The Man Without a Past) but not enough to put it on the list. Most of my favorite movies are those that I can watch over and over again. Or at least multiple times. Like I guess Overboard is for your wife.

      50 first dates however I didn’t like at all. I actually started making a bottom five list but couldn’t fill the other four slots so I guess it made it to the bottom one. My least favorite amnesia movie. Or at least the worst I can remember..

  3. Jan permalink
    February 24, 2010 10:59

    By the way, if it does give you a hint about how many times i’ve watched it please let me know, cause’ it seems like i’ve forgotten…

    • Sika permalink*
      February 25, 2010 10:59

      I’m going to need our house physicist Patrik Norqvist and a couple of variables to make a decent guess. Like how many years you’ve been married (together), is it Overboard on VHS or DVD, and how many other Goldie Hawn-movies do you guys have in your possession?

  4. December 17, 2010 10:59

    great post, thanks for sharing

  5. March 23, 2011 10:59

    The Bourne movies are the best all time especially when it comes down to a series or sequels. The thing about the Bourne movies is that is keeps your brain reacting without making it befuddled.

  6. April 4, 2011 10:59

    50 first dates?

  7. Albert permalink
    May 24, 2011 10:59

    I am looking for a movie where the woman lose her memory, and she finds a job in a small town dinner or cafeteria and seems in her past she was a chef, they think she is losing it because she sees a man killing a woman and because she takes medication no one believes her.

  8. Albert permalink
    May 24, 2011 10:59

    Thank you I found the movie:

    Angels Fall (TV 2007)
    Starring: Nora Roberts

    Running out of transportation – and financial means, when her car breaks down in a Rockies town, former Boston chef Reese Gilmore accepts a diner cook’s job at least until she can afford the spare parts which may takes weeks to arrive anyway. She resist the owner’s womanizing son, handsome romantic ranch-hand Lohario ‘Lo’, but gets on kissing terms with grumpy recluse author and former city reporter Brody. She needs help to and after reporting to sheriff Rick Marsden she vaguely saw an apparent murder. No woman’s corps is found, and her own psychiatric past is revealed.

  9. Karen permalink
    June 16, 2011 10:59

    Men in Black II. I think it deserves a top 10 spot. Just lump the Bourne movies together and slip this one in.

  10. August 9, 2012 10:59

    Couldn’t you just lump the three Bourne films into one listing?

  11. August 19, 2012 10:59

    I think he forgot to.

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