20 Amnesia Movies You Won’t Forget

Loss of memory for a person is something unthinkable and terrible. Not only boring information about borrowed money is lost, but also part of the personality and the past. And without this it is difficult to build the present. Illnesses, accidents, injuries lead to temporary or permanent, complete or partial amnesia. The heroes of films about memory loss will have to look for themselves again and try to return the moments that have gone nowhere.

After Waking (2021)

Youth novelty cinema in the genre of melodrama tells about the events of one night. Waking up after the accident , Vivian cannot remember what has been happening in her life lately. Two handsome young men are aggressively courting her at once, but she does not know what kind of relationship she had with each of them. With which of the guys did she spend that last evening in Rome ? The girl has to make a difficult choice.

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Original title:  
Time Is Up

Genre:
Drama

Actors:  
Bella Thorne, Benjamin Mascolo, Sebastiano Pigazzi …

Country:  
Italy

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 4.2

Age restrictions:  
18+


Black Box (2020)

After a car accident, the hero of the film about amnesia lost not only his memory, but also his beloved wife. In addition, the man is tormented by terrible visions. Nolan has a young daughter, and if things continue to go badly, she risks being taken into custody by the state. To avoid interactions with social guardianship, the man turns to a hypnotherapist who is ready, with the help of experimental treatment, to get the lost pieces of the puzzle out of the consciousness of the hero.

Original title:  
Black Box

Genre:  
Drama, Fantasy

Actors:  
Mamoudou Ati, Phylicia Rashad, Amanda Christine…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.1

Age Limits
16+


Little Fish (2020)

According to the plot of the film, a mysterious epidemic has swept the world , which leads people to the loss of any memories. This threatens the collapse of all mankind – catastrophes occur everywhere, planes fall , and trains derail. Meanwhile, married couple Emma and Jude are desperately trying to remember their love. Sci-fi melodrama tells the touching story of two people in love against the backdrop of global chaos and growing panic.

Original title:
Little Fish

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, romance

Actors:
Olivia Cooke, Jack O’Connell, Stephanie Sokolinsky …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.9


Amnesia (2019)

John Doe wakes up in a hospital room after a car accident covered in bandages, abrasions and with obvious signs of amnesia. The man is desperately trying to remember who he is and how he got here. Some circumstances soon become clear – someone deliberately drove into John’s car, and the police consider him a serial maniac . Enlisting the support of a pretty nurse, the hero of the film about memory loss takes risks, but does everything to prove his innocence.

Original title:
Awake

Genre:
Thriller, crime, thriller

Actors:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Francesca Eastwood, William Forsythe …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Overboard (2018)

This rom-com is a remake of the popular 1987 film, but only the spoiled millionaire will have to lose her memory, but even more capricious businessman Leonardo. After falling overboard the yacht, the playboy wakes up in the ward and sees a pretty girl who claims to be his wife. Naturally, Kate has nothing to do with the victim, she just decided to take revenge on him for rudeness, making a real family hell. And what such a lie will turn into, you will find out by watching this perky comedy about the loss of memories.

Original title:  
Overboard

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:  
Eugenio Derbez, Anna Faris, Eva Longoria…

Country:  
USA, Mexico

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:  
16+


Night of Memories (2017)

This is not just a film about a man who has lost his memory, but a multi-layered twisted thriller with a high rating, excellent actors and an unexpected ending. Chin-seok’s boyfriend moves into a new house with his parents and older brother. One night, strangers push their brother into a car and drive off in an unknown direction. A few weeks later, he returns, but behaves strangely, claiming no memory of what happened. His amnesia and cryptic behavior lead Chin-seok to put him under surveillance.

Original title:  
Gieokui bam

Genre:  
Detective, thriller

Actors:  
Kang Ha-neul, Kim Mu-yeol, Moon Sung-geun …

Country:  
South Korea

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:  
16+


Blind Zone (TV series, 2015 – 2020)

A canvas bag is found in downtown New York, and in it is a woman with memory loss. The entire body of the victim is crammed with tattoos that look like a road map, and one of the tattoos is the name of an FBI detective. He is invited to investigate a strange case. It turns out that each girl’s tattoo contains a rebus with unsolved crimes, and it will not be easy to solve the puzzles.

Original title:
Blindspot

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Jamie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton, Audrey Esparza …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Before I Sleep (2013)

One of the best films about memory loss, based on the novel by British doctor CJ Watson, is worth a look for fans of strong psychological detective stories with an unexpected denouement. The heroine, a middle-aged woman, keeps a video diary and writes down everything that happened to her during the day. Every morning she sees a stranger in the mirror and wakes up next to a strange man. The fact is that her unusual form of amnesia erased all the old memory, and new memories disappear the next day. One day, she discovers a frightening warning in her diary – do not trust your husband Ben.

Original title:
Before I Go to Sleep

Genre:
Thriller, detective, drama

Actors:
Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong …

Country:
UK, USA, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Trance (2013)

The hero of the neo-noir thriller auctioneer Simon conspires with criminals to steal an expensive painting by Francisco Goya. To avert his eyes, the accomplices strike him on the head, after which the man cannot remember where he hid the masterpiece. The bandits track down Simon and take him hostage , trying to extract information from his mind about finding the canvas. Hoping to restore their memories, the robbers turn to hypnotherapist Elizabeth for help.

Original title:
Trance

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson…

Country:
Great Britain, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Remember Sunday (2013)

The list of the best foreign films about memory loss will continue with a romantic melodrama about the difficult relationship between two young people. Gus is a wonderful guy, smart, kind, handsome, but he has one feature. The hero suffers from a type of amnesia and therefore has problems with short-term memory. Every day he re-learns his relatives, himself and everything that surrounds him. Once in a cafe, he meets Molly. The couple is drawn to each other, but how to build a relationship if Gus forgets the girl tomorrow?

Original title:
Remember Sunday

Genre:
Drama, Romance

Actors:
Alexis Bledel, Zachary Levi, Merritt Weaver …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.0

Age Limits :
12+


Oath (2012)

The hero of the film, Leo, will have to try once again to win the love of his wife Paige. A car accident caused the victim to lose her memory. The wife’s last memories end at that period of her life, when she was still going to go to law school, had a handsome fiancé and did not know her future spouse. The melodrama is based on the book of the same name by Krickitt and Kim Carpenter, a couple who experienced something similar in life.

Original title:  
The Vow

Genre:
Drama, romance

Actors:  
Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neil …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:  
12+


Faces in the Crowd (2011)

The feature film tells about a man with an unusual form of amnesia. After the attack of the maniac, Anna stopped remembering people’s faces. Any person with whom she communicated just a minute ago, having disappeared from sight, will immediately become a stranger to the girl. However, the worst part is that the serial killer seems to have stepped out of the shadows again to finish what he started.

Original title:
Faces in the Crowd

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Milla Jovovich, Julian McMahon, David Atrakchi …

Country:
Canada, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Far from her (2006)

The Golden Globe-winning film for Best Actress is a touching ode to a family facing hardships. Fiona and Grant lived together for 40 years. At some point, a woman develops a strange absent-mindedness and forgetfulness, which turned out to be Alzheimer’s disease. At first, Fiona only forgot some words, and then people and important events in her life. The husband decides to send his beloved to a boarding house for treatment. An important condition for therapy is no meetings with relatives for the first month. After a long separation, Grant visits his wife, but she does not remember him.

Original title:
Away from Her

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent, Stacy Le Burgh…

Country:
Canada, UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.5

Age Limits :
16+


50 First Dates (2004)

A kind and beautiful romantic comedy is one of the best films about the fact that no amount of amnesia can destroy true love. The girl, whom Roth fell head over heels in love with, falls asleep and forgets the past day, but the guy is ready to win her heart again and again. After all, he is absolutely fascinated by Lucy and does not consider her illness an obstacle to relationships. Every day to get to know her again, every day to go on a new date, where the beloved looks at him, as for the first time! What could be more romantic?

Original title:  
50 First Dates

Genre:  
Comedy, romance

Actors:  
Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:  
18+


Inside My Memory (2003)

The hero of the film wakes up in the hospital after an accident and realizes that he has lost his memory. This loss erased the events of the past two years from his mind. And during this time a lot happened – Simon managed to get married and bury his brother. The man is trying to collect the fragments of the forgotten into a single picture and suddenly comes to the conclusion that inside the memories he can return to the past, and therefore, probably, change the future.

Original title:  
The I Inside

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, detective

Actors:  
Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Polley, Piper Perabo …

Country:  
UK, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:  
16+


Payback (2003)

Michael agrees to take part in a secret project as a reverse engineer. The work will take place in a secret bunker for three years. And to prevent information leakage, the memory of the hero will be erased at the end of the contract. When it’s over, Michael goes to the bank to collect his $92 million. Instead of money, he finds 20 items there, including a cartridge, a pack of cigarettes, a coin and other little things.

Original title:
Paycheck

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller

Actors:
Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman, Aaron Eckhart …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.3

Age Limits :
12+


Mulholland Drive (2001)

A surreal classic from cult thriller director David Lynch opens with a scene on a night road. A limousine with a stunning brunette stops on the highway. Together with the girl in the car are two men and their intentions are clearly unkind. However, a car accident breaks the plans of the criminals, and the blow leads the surviving beauty to memory loss. She takes the fictitious name of Rita and decides to start life from a new leaf in Hollywood, where she meets the cute blonde Betty. However, the secrets of the past haunt her.

original name :
Mulholland Dr.

Genre:
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux …

Country:
USA, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Remember (2000)

Among other thrillers about the loss of memories, this one stands out for its original presentation – the viewer comes to the beginning of the story, following it from the end of the events. In the center of the plot of the film is Leonardo’s boyfriend, obsessed with the manic idea of ​​​​finding the killer of his wife. But this is not so easy to do when you suffer from amnesia and cannot even remember what happened 15 minutes ago. The man searches for the perpetrator based on sensations, intuition, photographs, chance encounters, and tattoos on his body that he stuffs as clues.

Original title:
Memento

Genre:
Thriller, detective, drama

Actors:
Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Dark City (1998)

John wakes up in a hotel bathroom with all his memories erased. In the next room, he discovers the corpse of a girl. Now the police have opened a hunt for him, who have decided that he is a serial killer, and pale strange creatures in black robes are also chasing him. What’s happening? Is it the consequences of a trauma or something happened in the world that he does not know? John will have to find out not only this, but also to uncover a much more terrible secret.

Original title:  
Dark City

Genre:  
Fiction, thriller, detective

Actors:  
Rufus Sewell, William Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly …

Country:  
Australia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:  
16+


Overboard (1987)

A lot of people don’t like Joanna Staton. Still, a woman has not only billions of dollars, but also a bad character. One day, while traveling on a yacht, she falls overboard, gets hit and loses her memory. The husband is in no hurry to identify the unbearable wife, but the carpenter Dean, whom Joanna recently rudely threw right off the ship without paying for the work, sees the customer as an unknown mental hospital patient on TV. The man decides to take the opportunity to take revenge. He tells the bewildered beauty that he is her husband and she is the mother of his four restless sons.

Original title:  
Overboard

Genre:  
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:  
Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Edward Herrmann …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:  
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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