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7 Unforgettable Amnesia Romance Movies

Can love conquer all?

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What would you do if you woke up one day and couldn’t remember anything about yourself or your life? 

Over the years, many romance writers and filmmakers have used amnesia as a plot point in their stories, asking if love can last even without memories. From dramas based on real-life stories to musicals to classic rom-coms, here are seven unforgettable amnesia romance movies. 

The Vow

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Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo Collins (Channing Tatum) are a happily married couple. But their life together comes to a grinding halt when a car accident leaves Paige in a coma. When she wakes up, she has no recollection of Leo or their life together. Then her estranged parents show up and insist she return to the life she led before she met Leo, leaving Paige unsure what to do. 

As Paige tries to understand her past, her ex-fiancée Jeremy (Scott Speedman) returns to her life. But all the obstacles in the world can’t stop Leo from trying to win his wife’s love in this drama based on a true story. 


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Joanna Stayton (Goldie Hawn) has always lived luxuriously and always expects to get exactly what she wants. While she and her husband’s yacht is being fixed in a small town in Oregon, she hires carpenter Dean Proffitt (Kurt Russell) to remodel her closet, berating and criticizing him all the while. One night, Joanna falls off the yacht, hits her head, and develops amnesia. Her husband is quick to free himself of his demanding and spoiled wife, leaving her alone...until Dean shows up.

Still angry that she never paid him for the work he did on her closet, Dean decides to take revenge by claiming Joanna is his wife. As Joanna adapts to life as a working-class wife and mother to Dean’s four sons, the two grow close. But when the truth about Joanna’s old life comes out, will their chance for happiness be destroyed? A cult classic rom-com from the 80s, Overboard is made an even better love story since it stars real-life couple Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.

Falling for Christmas

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Netflix's 2022 Christmas rom-com isn't entirely unlike Overboard—Lindsay Lohan plays Sierra, a rich young woman who's never worked a day in her life. When her influencer boyfriend pops the question on the edge of a ski drop, Sierra quite literally falls back, sliding down the mountain until a tree breaks her fall and knocks her out cold.

Sierra is later rescued by local bed and breakfast owner Jake, who offers her a room when she has nowhere else to go. To repay him, Sierra (who is now going by Sarah) tries to help around the understaffed cabin, but bungles everything she does. Still, a connection grows between them.

Unfortunately, this rom-com lacks the chemistry of Overboard or the charm of other campy holiday romance movies—but we won't judge if you still want to watch LiLo fall down a mountainside.

50 First Dates

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Henry Roth (Adam Sandler), a veterinarian and frequent womanizer, is instantly attracted to Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore) when he sees her making sculptures with her waffles in a Hawaiian cafe. After they have breakfast together, they agree to meet up the next morning. But when Henry arrives, Lucy says she has no idea who he is. He then learns that a car crash one year earlier left her with a form of amnesia that prevents her from making any new memories. 

If Henry wants to have a relationship with Lucy, he’ll have to woo her every time they meet. Her friends and family are skeptical of his womanizing ways, so it’s up to Henry to prove that he’s in it for the long haul.

While You Were Sleeping

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For years, Chicago Transit Authority fare token collector Lucy Eleanor Moderatz (Sandra Bullock) has loved Peter Callaghan (Peter Gallagher) from afar, only interacting with him to take his fare. But fate brings them together when she rescues him from an oncoming train after muggers push him onto the tracks. As she waits with him in the hospital, a misunderstanding leads Peter’s family to believe that Lucy is his fiancée. Lucy quickly grows close to the Callaghans and finds herself unable to tell them the truth. 

While waiting and hoping for Peter to wake up from his coma, Lucy spends Christmas with the family. She grows especially close with Peter’s brother Jack (Bill Pullman), but before she can really address her feelings, Peter wakes up. Since he doesn’t remember Lucy, the family assumes he has amnesia. Now, with the family she’s always wanted planning her wedding, Lucy will have to decide which Callaghan brother her heart truly wants.  

Regarding Henry

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Henry Turner (Harrison Ford) is a ruthless Manhattan lawyer who cares much more about his career success than his wife Sarah (Annette Bening) and their daughter. When he gets caught in the middle of a convenience store robbery, Henry is shot in the head and suffers severe brain damage. 

After he wakes up from a coma, Henry cannot remember how to move or speak, let alone who he is. As Henry recovers and learns more about his old life, he realizes he does not like the man he was and sets out to prove to his family that he has changed.


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Although it’s not at all historically accurate, Anastasia still makes a great love story. After the evil sorcerer Rasputin (Christopher Lloyd) places a curse on Russia’s royal Romanov family, the young princess Anastasia (Meg Ryan) falls and hits her head while trying to escape with her grandmother. Years later, “Anya” leaves the orphanage she’s spent the last 10 years in and goes in search of a past she cannot remember. She eventually meets Dimitri (John Cusack), a con-man, who thinks Anya’s resemblance to the lost princess is his ticket to securing the 10 million rubles her grandmother has promised to anyone who can return Anastasia to her. 

Dimitri successfully convinces Anya that she is Anastasia, and begins to train her in royal customs as they journey to Paris. As the connection between them grows, they realize that the end of their journey will have to result in them parting ways, especially when the similarities between Anya and Anastasia become too numerous to ignore. Meanwhile, Rasputin learns that one of the Romanovs escaped his curse, and sets out to finish what he started. 

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Featured image from "While You Were Sleeping" via Hollywood Pictures.