Check out our list of 15 best lucid dreaming movies:
#15 The Cell (2000)
“The Cell” is one of those Hollywood movies where you have a lot of doubts at the beginning, and then one by one they’re answered, and you find yourself seduced by the story and style. The plot is about a psychotherapist’s journey inside the mind of a comatose serial killer in the hopes of saving his latest victim.
#14 What Dreams May Come (1998)
This movie is a 1998 American fantasy drama film, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Robin Williams. What Dreams May Come deals with an uncomfortable subject and has scary images of hell. Starting out as an exploration of the imagination, the movie ends with an eloquent statement about compassion.
#13 A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
The film consists of a series of teenagers who are introduced, haunted by nightmares and then slashed to death by the main character.
#12 The Good Night (2007)
In this film, Gary, a musician, is trapped in an unhappy relationship with his live-in lover, Dora (Gwyneth Paltrow).
As his work as a commercial jingle writer spirals into even more degrading depths, his former bandmate, and best friend, Paul, seems to find success at every turn. Gary (Martin Freeman) is dejected and depressed until he meets Anna (Penélope Cruz).
She is a very beautiful woman, the kind that every man wants. But all men wanted Anna for only the idea of sexual and romance perfection.
But Gary can only be with Anna in his sleep, which ultimately sends him on a quest for more frequent slumber. With the help of a new age guru named Mel (Danny DeVito), Gary shuns reality for the comfort of his lucid dreams even as the troubles of his waking life increase.
#11 Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
The film‘s protagonist is a traumatized Vietnam vet. – Jacob whose experiences prior to and during the war result in strange, bizarre hallucinations, and fragmentary flashbacks, that continue to haunt him. As his ordeal worsens, he dramatically attempts to figure out the truth.
#10 Dreamscape (1984)
In an attempt to help individuals who experience recurring nightmares, a governmental research program is using psychics to enter the patients’ dreams. Dreamscape stars Dennis Quaid, as the possessor of rare and powerful psychic powers. Once, years before, he had been the best ESP subject in the laboratory of a parapsychologist (Max Von Sydow).
#9 Waking Life (2001)
This film is playful and philosophical at the same time. The plot is about a man who shuffles through a dream meeting different people and discussing the purposes and meanings of the universe.
#8 Paprika (2006)
Paprika is a 2006 Japanese animated science fiction film and is based on a novel by the Yasutaka Tsutsui, and written by Seishi Minakami and Mr. Kon.
In the near future, a revolutionary new psychotherapy treatment called dream therapy has been invented. Moreover, a device named the “DC Mini” allows the user to view people’s dreams.
#7 Dreamcatcher (2003)
This movie is about four lifelong friends who, as children, acquired the power of telepathy which they call “the line.” They usually take an annual vacation to a secluded cabin in the woods of Maine. But during their hunting trip this year, the four friends are overtaken by a blizzard, a vicious storm in which something much more ominous moves.
#6 Minority Report (2002)
Minority Report is a 2002 thriller and a human story, a wonderful movie of ideas that’s also a whodunit. The movie is set in a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes.
#5 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
In this film, Jim Carrey stars as Joel Barish, a man who is informed that his ex-girlfriend Clementine has had her memories of their relationship erased from her brain via an experimental method performed by Dr. Mierzwiak.
#4 The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix centers on Neo (interpreted by Keanu Reeves), a computer hacker with a job at a software company, who learns early on he is destined to play an important role in the fate of humanity. He also discovers that everyday reality is a computer-created illusion and that the future of humanity is locked in an epic struggle with intelligent machines.
#3 Vanilla Sky (2001)
“Vanilla Sky” is one of those rare movies with big plot twists that the reviewers are not supposed to give away. The main character – David Aames (interpreted by Tom Cruise), in a prosthetic mask, reveals his life story to court psychologist, Dr. Curtis McCabe.
#2 Inception (2010)
Inception is a sci-fi action film about Dom Cobb, a thief who possesses the power to enter into the dreams of others. Dom Cobb’s rare psychic ability has made him a desired player in this new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive.
He is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible – the implantation of another person’s idea into a target’s subconscious (“Inception”).
#1 Falling Water (2016)
In this tv-show, three strangers realize they are dreaming parts of the same dream. As the three strangers delve deeper into the meaning behind their connection to each other, they comprehend that the implications are much larger than their personal destiny, and the future of the world lies in their hands.