14. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Written by Charlie Kaufman

When their relationship turns sour, a young couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.

Why It’s Innovative: Quintessential Charlie Kaufman. He manages to make a science fiction gimmick into a heartfelt love story of loss—literal loss in the case of their memories being wiped out so that they can both get over each other’s love for one another. The unique angle here is that the memory wipe plays out onscreen as we witness the visual interpretation of the protagonist’s memory loss as he tries his best to hold on what he no longer wants to forget.

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