Who? What? Where? When? Why? And maybe How?

There’s nothing like a good mystery movie.  I love them.  I like observing and putting together the clues and trying to figure out whodunit. 

But what if a character in a movie has the daunting task of trying to figure out “Who am I?”

A co-worker, Scott McCullar, and I were talking recently about movies with a main character suffering from amnesia.  And he asked when I was going to write a blog about said movies.  Because there are some great ones out there.

Amnesia or any other memory loss has long been a staple of movies and TV series – particularly on sitcoms and soap operas.  (Seems like sitcom writers were sure that the cure for amnesia was a whack on the head!  And soaps used amnesia as a convenient way to break up a favorite couple for a while, during which time the amnesiacs would fall in love with someone else, leading to even more confusion and heartbreak and fans wondering when or if  the original couple would get back together and –  Sorry.  Digressing.)

For the most part, movies featuring amnesiacs have been dramas.  Mystery, action-adventure, romance have all used the idea.  Sometimes the search for identity leads to painful truths.  Sometimes to the perfect answer.  But there have been comedies – sometimes romantic comedies – with a main character facing a loss of identity.

In the list below you’ll find a variety of movies about people trying to find themselves.  Some of the titles you might remember.  Others you might have forgotten…

50 First Dates (2004) – Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler
Before I Go to Sleep (2014) – Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth
The Bourne Identity (2002) – Matt Damon, Franka Potente
Dark City (1998) – Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland
Dead Again (1991) – Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) – Rosanna Arquette, Madonna
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) – Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet
Fast & Furious 6 – Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker, Vin Diesel
The Hangover (2009) – Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) – Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson
The Majestic (2001) – Jim Carrey, Laurie Holden
The Maze Runner (2014) – Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Memento (2000) – Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss
Mirage (1965) – Gregory Peck, Diane Baker
Mulholland Drive (2001) – Naomi Watts, Robert Forster
Overboard (1987) – Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell
Random Harvest (1942) – Ronald Colman, Greer Garson
Spellbound (1945) – Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman
The Vow (2012) – Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum
X-Men (2000) – Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen

Thanks, Scott!




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