I Can't Sleep

by Imdbidia | created - 01 May 2011 | updated - 11 months ago | Public

Movies whose main characters are insomniacs or were proper insomnia is relevant.

Other movies related to dreams an sleep-related themes are included in my other list Dreamology.

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1. Cashback (2006)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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54 Metascore

After a painful breakup, Ben develops insomnia. To kill time, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket, where his artistic imagination runs wild.

Director: Sean Ellis | Stars: Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox, Michelle Ryan, Erica Ellis

Votes: 77,074 | Gross: $0.02M

2. Insomnia (2002)

R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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78 Metascore

Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Martin Donovan

Votes: 240,302 | Gross: $67.36M

3. The Machinist (2004)

R | 101 min | Drama, Thriller

7.7
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61 Metascore

An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity.

Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, John Sharian

Votes: 311,403 | Gross: $1.08M

4. Chasing Sleep (2000)

R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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A college professor wakes up to find his wife has not returned home, then struggles to understand her disappearance.

Director: Michael Walker | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Molly Price, Ben Shenkman, Gil Bellows

Votes: 2,794

5. The Haunting (1999)

PG-13 | 113 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

4.9
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When Eleanor, Theo, and Luke decide to take part in a sleep study at a huge mansion they get more than they bargained for when Dr. Marrow tells them of the house's ghostly past.

Director: Jan de Bont | Stars: Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson, Lili Taylor

Votes: 62,775 | Gross: $91.41M

6. Fight Club (1999)

R | 139 min | Drama

8.8
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66 Metascore

An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soapmaker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier

Votes: 1,534,903 | Gross: $37.03M

7. Lost in Translation (2003)

R | 102 min | Drama

7.8
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89 Metascore

A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris

Votes: 352,594 | Gross: $44.59M

8. Taxi Driver (1976)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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93 Metascore

A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action, while attempting to liberate a twelve-year-old prostitute.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks

Votes: 579,613 | Gross: $28.26M

9. Memento (2000)

R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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80 Metascore

A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 954,736 | Gross: $25.54M

10. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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72 Metascore

A recently widowed man's son calls a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner.

Director: Nora Ephron | Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger, Rita Wilson

Votes: 135,460 | Gross: $126.53M

11. The Insomniac (2009)

88 min | Drama

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Ali is a workaholic writer who does not believe in rest. His sleepless efforts to complete his latest work of fiction are slowly forcing him to lose his mind. On one fateful night, his imagination gets the better of him.

Director: Madhav Mathur | Stars: Madhav Mathur, Neeti Warrier, Navneet Jagannathan, Ipshita Bhattacharya

12. Pas de repos pour les braves (2003)

Unrated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.9
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Director: Alain Guiraudie | Stars: Thomas Suire, Laurent Soffiati, Thomas Blanchard, Jeanine Canezin

Votes: 305

13. Lucid (2005)

92 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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A Canadian therapist has one last chance to keep his own personal life afloat by avoiding a job transfer to Gimli and working to help three patients suffering from extreme post-traumatic stress disorder.

Director: Sean Garrity | Stars: Jonas Chernick, Callum Keith Rennie, Michelle Nolden, Lindy Booth

Votes: 267

14. L'éveillé du pont de l'Alma (1985)

85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

6.7
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A peeping tom and a hunchback doing very bad things on Alma bridge.

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Michael Lonsdale, Olimpia Carlisi, Jean Badin, Jean-Bernard Guillard

Votes: 52

15. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

M/PG | 129 min | Drama

7.9
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The lives of a disparate group of contestants intertwine in an inhumanely grueling dance marathon.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York, Gig Young

Votes: 13,560

16. Hands on a Hardbody: The Documentary (1997)

PG | 98 min | Documentary

7.7
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Twenty-four contestants compete in an endurance/sleep deprivation contest in order to win a brand new Nissan Hardbody truck. The last person to remain standing with his or her hand on the ... See full summary »

Director: S.R. Bindler | Stars: Sid Allen, Brent Baskin, Greg Cox, J.C. Crum

Votes: 1,404 | Gross: $0.49M

17. Carnivàle (2003–2005)
Episode: Insomnia (2003)

TV-MA | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.6
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Ben tries to stave off the torments of his dreams by staying awake, but the lack of sleep is taking its toll. Meanwhile, Samson looks to drum up new business by resurrecting several ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Patrick Bauchau, Clancy Brown

Votes: 432

18. Sleepwalker (2007)

5 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

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An insomniac journeys the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts; meeting some interesting characters along the way.

Director: Dave O'Halloran | Stars: David Ring, Joe Duquette, Nathan Seavey

19. So You Think You Can't Sleep (1953)

10 min | Comedy, Short

6.7
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Average working man Joe McDoakes tries desperate measures to cure his chronic insomnia.

Director: Richard L. Bare | Stars: George O'Hanlon, Phyllis Coates, Fred Kelsey, Ted Stanhope

Votes: 31

20. An Insomniac's Nightmare (2003)

31 min | Drama, Short, Thriller

8.0
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A night in the life of a young chronic insomniac suffering from tormented delusions and frightening visions of his past.

Director: Reese Nanavati | Stars: Dominic Monaghan, Daniel Burke, Ellen Sachs, Alex Scelso

Votes: 208

21. Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (2003–2010)
Episode: Sleep, Inc (2008)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Documentary

6.8
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Penn and Teller look at the pseudoscience that has built up around peoples need to get a good nights sleep.

Directors: Star Price, Tim Rogan, Ted Saad, David Wechter | Stars: Penn Jillette, Teller, Arshad Chowdhury, Pat Germano

Votes: 78

22. Goodnight Nobody (2010)

76 min | Documentary, Biography

7.1
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The mysterious world of the sleepless. Four insomniacs from around the world invite us to spend a night with them. While the rest of the world sleeps, they're awake.

Director: Jacqueline Zünd | Stars: Mila Dean, Jeremie Kafando, Fedir Nesterchuck, Lin Yao

Votes: 81

23. Caffeine (1999)

55 min | Comedy, Mystery

6.9
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Caffeine addict Mitchell hasn't slept for three days. On a late night search for coffee he reluctantly takes over security duties at a 24-hour supermarket.

Director: Paul Dowie | Stars: Mike McLeish, Hollie Kennedy, Lawrence Mooney, Francesca Sciacca

Votes: 9

24. Tuba Atlantic (2010)

TV-MA | 25 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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Everybody is going to die one day. Oskar (70) is going to die in 6 days. He is now ready to forgive his brother for a disagreement years ago. Will he reach his brother, who he believes live... See full summary »

Director: Hallvar Witzø | Stars: Ryan Adams, Runi Ur Arantsstovu, David Chocron, Edvard Hægstad

Votes: 689

25. Sleepwalk with Me (2012)

PG-13 | 81 min | Comedy

6.8
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71 Metascore

A burgeoning stand-up comedian struggles with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.

Directors: Mike Birbiglia, Seth Barrish | Stars: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, James Rebhorn, Carol Kane

Votes: 10,822 | Gross: $2.26M

26. Interstellar (2014)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.6
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74 Metascore

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy

Votes: 1,143,912 | Gross: $188.02M

27. Roadtrip (2014)

20 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.9
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Julius can not sleep. To get his head empty he decides to go on a roadtrip, but somehow he can not manage to leave. A hand drawn film about failure, insomnia, a red motorbike, pretty ... See full summary »

Director: Xaver Xylophon | Stars: Sven Scheele, Elmar Gutmann, Daniela Schulz

Votes: 66