Dreamology

Movies in which onirism and dreams are an important part of the script. Relations between reality and the oniric world and vice versa. Daydreaming. Borders between daydreaming and dreaming. Science of Sleep.

Some movies that deal more with insanity and its limits with reality are not included here, or those focusing on the effects of hallucination.

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1.
In My Sleep (2010)
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Marcus is a popular massage therapist who struggles with parasomnia, a severe sleepwalking disorder... (104 mins.)
Director: Allen Wolf
 
2.
The Science of Sleep (2006)
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A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is love-struck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world. (105 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
 
3.
Waking Life (2001)
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A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe. (99 mins.)
 
4.
Dreams (1990)
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A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa. (119 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
5.
Brazil (1985)
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A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state. (132 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
6.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
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When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
 
7.
Dreamscape (1984)
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A young psychic on the run from himself is recruited by a government agency experimenting with the use of the dream-sharing technology and is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of the U.S. president. (99 mins.)
Director: Joseph Ruben
 
8.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
9.
The Mirror (1975)
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A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation. (107 mins.)
 
10.
The NeverEnding Story (1984)
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A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book. (102 mins.)
 
11.
Ten Nights of Dreams (2006)
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Based on renowned Japanese writer Natsume Soseki's same-titled short story collection, Ten Nights of... (100 mins.)
 
12.
In Dreams (1999)
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The housewife Claire Cooper is married with the pilot Paul Cooper and their little daughter Rebecca is their pride and joy... (100 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
13.
Paprika (2006)
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When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all Hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it. (90 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Kon
 
14.
Fimfárum Jana Wericha (2002)
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A farmer who takes to drink and meets the devil; a young boy who has to spend the night in a haunted... (100 mins.)
 
15.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
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When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby. (86 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
16.
Inception (2010)
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A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
 
17.
Stalker (1979)
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A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes. (163 mins.)
 
18.
Days in the Country (2004)
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In a bar in Santiago, two old men talk over their past. This is a strange discussion. In fact, they talk of themselves as if they were dead. We don't know what is true or false, what is dream or reality. (89 mins.)
Director: Raoul Ruiz
 
19.
The Cell (2000)
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An FBI agent persuades a social worker, who is adept with a new experimental technology, to enter the mind of a comatose serial killer in order to learn where he has hidden his latest kidnap victim. (107 mins.)
Director: Tarsem
 
20.
Open Your Eyes (1997)
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A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured. (117 mins.)
 
21.
Vanilla Sky (2001)
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A self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident with a resentful lover. (136 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
22.
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
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Nineteen-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's reign of terror. (108 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
23.
Shutter Island (2010)
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In 1954, a U.S. marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. (138 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
24.
Donnie Darko (2001)
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A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
 
25.
The Matrix (1999)
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A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
 
26.
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
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A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him. (159 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
27.
What Dreams May Come (1998)
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After he dies in a car crash, a man searches heaven and hell for his beloved wife. (113 mins.)
Director: Vincent Ward
 
28.
Mirrormask (2005)
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In a fantasy world of opposing kingdoms, a 15-year old girl must find the fabled MirrorMask in order to save the kingdom and get home. (101 mins.)
Director: Dave McKean
 
29.
Dark City (1998)
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A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun. (100 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
 
30.
Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Flying House (1921 Short Film)
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After eating rarebit, a woman has a strange dream in which her husband converts their home into a flying machine to escape having to pay the exorbitant interest on the mortgage. It takes them around the world and to the moon. (11 mins.)
Director: Winsor McCay
 
31.
Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Pet (1921 Short Film)
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After eating a rarebit, a man has an odd dream in which his wife takes in a strange-looking animal that eats everything in sight and keeps growing until it threatens the entire city. (11 mins.)
Director: Winsor McCay
 
32.
Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: Bug Vaudeville (1921 Short Film)
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After eating a cheese cake, a hobo falls asleep and dreams of a vaudeville show performed by bugs. (12 mins.)
Director: Winsor McCay
 
33.
Total Recall (1990)
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When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he? (113 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
 
34.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
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Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
35.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
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"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. (117 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
36.
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
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In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet. (129 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
37.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)
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Lovers' lives are complicated by city law, feuding faerie royalty, and... love. (116 mins.)
Director: Michael Hoffman
 
38.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968)
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A film adaptation of William Shakespeare's famous play in which four lovers sort out their problems with the help of fairies at midnight in the forest of Athens. (124 mins.)
Director: Peter Hall
 
39.
(1963)
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
 
40.
The Sea That Thinks (2000)
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Incredible optical illusions in a story in a story in a story helps the surprised viewer finally to find out that he has been watching himself all along. (100 mins.)
Director: Gert de Graaff
 
41.
Eraserhead (1977)
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Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child. (89 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
42.
Lovelorn (2010)
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Set between the parallel worlds of contemporary London, the deserted afterlife and a mysterious dreamscape... (86 mins.)
Director: Becky Preston
 
43.
The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
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When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters--an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire--to rescue him. (78 mins.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
 
44.
The Broken (2008)
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In London, the radiologist Gina McVey organizes a surprise birthday party to her father John McVey with her boyfriend Stefan Chambers... (93 mins.)
Director: Sean Ellis
 
45.
House M.D. (2004 TV Series)
Episode: Out of the Chute (2011)
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A young professional champion bull rider is admitted for treatment after being attacked by a bull. After conducting multiple inconclusive tests... (44 mins.)
 
46.
Sucker Punch (2011)
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A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather, retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, envisioning a plan to help her escape. (110 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
 
47.
The Woman on the Beach (1947)
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A Coast Guardsman suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress becomes involved with a beautiful and enigmatic seductress married to a blind painter. (71 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
48.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
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An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits. (126 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
49.
Spellbound (1945)
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A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory. (111 mins.)
 
50.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
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A young FBI agent disappears while investigating a murder miles from Twin Peaks that may be related to the future murder of Laura Palmer; the last week of the life of Laura Palmer is chronicled. (135 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
51.
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
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A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together. (102 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
 
52.
No Rest for the Brave (2003)
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(104 mins.)
Director: Alain Guiraudie
 
53.
Medium (2005 TV Series)
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Suburban mom Allison DuBois attempts to balance family life with solving mysteries using her special gift. The dead send her visions of their deaths or other crimes while she sleeps. (60 mins.)
 
54.
Dream (2008)
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In the aftermath of a car crash, a man discovers his dreams are tied to a stranger's sleepwalking. (95 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
55.
Asomnie (2009 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young woman had an operation removing the need to sleep. We follow her in a world where dreams break out into real life. (6 mins.)
 
56.
Nightmares from the Mind of Poe (2006)
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As depicted in the film, Edgar Allan Poe was plagued with nightmares and the deaths of those he loved throughout his life... (93 mins.)
Director: Ric White
 
57.
Lucid (2006 Short Film)
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Lucid is the story of two men, Case and Drake, who share one consciousness, connected by their dreams... (15 mins.)
Director: Sam Friedlander
 
58.
The Sleepwalker (1951)
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Victor Boniface's life is not exactly a rest cure. Just imagine : Victor is both a store detective and a ... (86 mins.)
Director: Maurice Labro
 
59.
Morpheus' Arms (2007 Short Film)
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A narcoleptic writer struggles to find meaning in a strange message left on a record sleeve. Somewhere within the realm of dreams, memories, hallucinations and reality lies the disturbing truth. (20 mins.)
 
60.
Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
"What if someone had an absurd dream and the visions ran out in the street?" a scientist asks Rose,... (80 mins.)
 
61.
Strange Invaders (2002 Short Film)
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Roger and Doris are a childless couple who get more than they bargained for when a strange child appears at their door one day. (8 mins.)
Director: Cordell Barker
 
62.
Love, Pain and Vice Versa (2008)
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A pair of strangers become subconsciously connected after their recurring dreams turn into reality. (85 mins.)
 
63.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Edward leaves Bella after an attack that nearly claimed her life, and in her depression she falls into yet another paranormal relationship - this time with werewolf Jacob Black. (130 mins.)
Director: Chris Weitz
 
64.
The Gift (2000)
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A woman with extrasensory perception is asked to help find a young woman who has disappeared. (112 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
65.
You, the Living (2007)
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You, the Living is a film about humankind, its greatness and its baseness, joy and sorrow, its self-confidence and anxiety, its desire to love and be loved. (95 mins.)
Director: Roy Andersson
 
66.
Hugo (2011)
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In Paris in 1931, an orphan named Hugo Cabret who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. (126 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
67.
The Sandman (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
One fine morning, Benno finds sand in his bed. While he tries to ignore this at first, he soon must realize that he himself is loosing the sand... (88 mins.)
Director: Peter Luisi
 
68.
The Rabbi's Cat (2011)
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Set in Algeria in the 1920s, a rabbi's cat who learns how to speak after swallowing the family parrot expresses his desire to convert to Judaism. (100 mins.)
 
69.
Ruby Sparks (2012)
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A novelist struggling with writer's block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence. (104 mins.)
 
70.
The Man Who Could Not Dream (2012 Short Film)
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Samuel is 9 years old, he will be remembered as a thief, an arsonist and a murderer. (15 mins.)
 
71.
Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
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A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her. (92 mins.)
Director: Rowan Joffe
 
72.
Inside Out (2015)
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After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school. (95 mins.)
 
73.
Your Name. (2016)
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Two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart? (106 mins.)
Director: Makoto Shinkai
 
74.
Footprints (2014 Short Film)
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A man follows footsteps in search of a mysterious visitor to his house. (4 mins.)
Director: Bill Plympton
 
75.
Anomalisa (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary. (90 mins.)
 
76.
42 One Dream Rush (2010 Short Film)
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An omnibus of short films by auteur directors based on Dreams. (42 mins.)
 
77.
Sequence (2013 Short Film)
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A man wakes up one morning to realize the entire world has dreamed about him the night before. (20 mins.)
Director: Carles Torrens
 
78.
Sleepincord (2011 Short Film)
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"Sleepincord" raises the issue of dream. Dream is the meeting point of the world of body and mind; it... (13 mins.)
Director: Marta Pajek
 
79.
The Rehabilitation of Sleep (2014 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A time-lapse oil-painting animated film about an insomniac guy and what he dreams when he finally gets asleep. (2 mins.)
Director: Josh Shaffner
 
80.
The Red Turtle (2016)
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The dialogue-less film follows the major life stages of a castaway on a deserted tropical island populated by turtles, crabs and birds. (80 mins.)
 
81.
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)
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Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. (137 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
 
82.
Collective: Unconscious (2016)
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Five filmmakers turn each others' dreams into short films. (77 mins.)