26 Best Dream Movies

It is not without reason that films about dreams are becoming more and more popular, because how much more hidden and unknowable is stored in the hidden corners of the human brain. The following is a list of the most exciting, sometimes urgent motion pictures with the addition of conscious visions mixed with horrifying realities.


  • Rating IMDB – 8.8
  • Genre: Science Fiction, action, thriller, drama, detective
  • Production USA, UK / 2010
  • Budget: $160,000,000
  • Worldwide gross: $828,322,032
  • Director Christopher Nolan
  • Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elliot Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Dilip Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Marion Cotillard, Pete Postlethwaite

Dominic Cobb is the best expert at extracting hidden information from a person’s dreams. But his supernatural abilities have forced him to give up his usual life, separating him from his wife and children. In order to get it all back, Cobb will have to perform the reverse action – it is necessary to start the process and generate a thought in the human brain of an oligarch, which is able to change reality and rewrite the order of life.

According to the review site Rotten Tomatoes, 90% of critics left a positive review of the dream movie.

26 Best Dream Movies

The Jacket

The Jacket
  • Rating IMDB – 7.1
  • Genre: Thriller, fantasy, detective, drama
  • Production USA, Germany / 2004
  • Budget: $29,000,000
  • Worldwide gross: $21,126,225
  • Directed by John Maybury
  • Cast: Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Kris Kristofferson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kelly Lynch, Brad Renfro, Daniel Craig, Stephen Macintosh, Brendan Coyle, Mackenzie Phillips

1992. After a serious contusion during the war, Jack returns home. Suffering from memory lapses, he does not understand the circumstances under which the murder of the policeman who stopped his car on the road occurred. All evidence points to an ex-military man who is sentenced by court order to be treated in a hospital for the criminally insane.

Against the background of the introduction of experimental drugs, Jack is able to foresee the future, where in 4 days he will have to say goodbye to life. Only one person can save the day – the girl Jackie, who met on the road with a drug-addicted mother just before the death of a police officer.

Adrien Brody also asked to keep him confined between shoots to authentically show the anguish of fear and despair.

26 Best Dream Movies

The Machinist

The Machinist
  • Rating IMDB – 7.7
  • Genre: Thriller, drama
  • Production Spain, France, UK, USA / 2003
  • Budget: $5,000,000
  • Worldwide gross: $8,203,235
  • Director by Brad Anderson
  • Cast: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, John Sharian, Michael Ironside, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Reg Y. Cathy, Anna Massey, Matthew Romero Moore, Robert Long

Trevor is a man who has not had a full night’s sleep for a year. Working as a machinist in a factory, he no longer understands at what point nightmarish visions overtake him and at what point – reality. The intersection of the two parallels have become so dangerous that it is necessary, as soon as possible, to find a way out. The answer lies beyond the edge of paranoia and insanity. But how to wake up from the infernal events, when the ability to sleep has long been lost?

For the role of Trevor actor Christian Bale had to lose more than 30 kg.

26 Best Dream Movies


  • Rating IMDB – 6.8
  • Genre: Fiction, fantasy, action, drama
  • US production / 2009
  • Directed by Jamin Winans
  • Cast: Chris Kelly, Quinn Hanchar, Jessica Duffy, Jennifer Butter, Jeremy Meik, Ame Ikwuakor, Shelby Malone, Shannan Steele, Stephen Seeley, Stephen Brown

As darkness falls and the city is enveloped in the arms of Morpheus, two sides of dreams emerge – nightmares and dreams that instill strength and hope in the soul. John and his daughter Emma are forced to confront the horrors and save their inner world. In this they will be helped by the signs that appear subconsciously in the path of the dreams.

The film about conscious dreams was downloaded more than four hundred thousand times via BitTorrent in the first week after its release, which increased the popularity and sales of DVDs.

26 Best Dream Movies

Vanilla Sky

Vanilla Sky
  • Rating IMDB – 6.9
  • Genre: Fantasy, melodrama, detective, thriller
  • Production USA, Spain / 2001
  • Budget: $68,000,000
  • Worldwide gross: $203,388,341
  • Director Cameron Crowe
  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Kurt Russell, Jason Lee, Noah Taylor, Timothy Spall, Tilda Swinton, Michael Shannon, Delaina Mitchell

No matter how much money is in the account, a man always wants more. Young handsome David is destined after a terrible car accident to lose everything that was so dear: business, health, friends, the beloved woman, and most importantly – his face. Left with a disfigured appearance, David soon realizes that he is somewhere between reality and events seemingly devoid of any logic. The only thing that can save him is to open his eyes.

The episode where Tom Cruise’s character runs across Time Square is not computer graphics, but natural footage. The creators went to great lengths to get permission to block off the square in downtown New York City specifically for this scene.

26 Best Dream Movies

La science des rêves

La science des rêves
  • Rating IMDB – 7.2
  • Genre: Fantasy, drama, melodrama, comedy
  • Production France, Italy, USA / 2006
  • Budget: $6,000,000
  • Worldwide gross: $15,019,789
  • Directed by Michel Gondry
  • Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alain Chabat, Miou-Miou, Pierre Vanech, Emma de Caunes, Aurelia Petit, Sacha Bourdo, Stephan Metzger, Alain de Moyencourt

Only Stephane Miroux knows the recipe for dreams – to mix a bit of memory, the sediment of the day, and a portion of involuntary thoughts. The result is an unforgettable cocktail of wonderful dreams, sometimes even bordering on reality.

After the death of his father from a long illness, Stéphane returns to Paris, his childhood apartment, where his mother puts her son to work in a boring office for the production of erotic calendars. So everything interesting happens in his imaginary world, where fantasy and reality soon begin to intertwine.

Michel Gondry, the film’s director, told the Berlin Film Festival that the filming took place in the house where he once lived.

26 Best Dream Movies

The Good Night

The Good Night
  • Rating IMDB – 5.7
  • Genre: Fantasy, drama, melodrama, comedy, music
  • Production UK, Germany, USA / 2005
  • Budget: $15,000,000
  • Worldwide gross: $383,386
  • Director by Jake Paltrow
  • Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Martin Freeman, Danny DeVito, Penélope Cruz, Simon Pegg, Peter Rnick, Steffan Boyeiu, Stephen Graham, Keith Allen, Sonya Dubell

Harry is a middle-aged man who has a list of standard problems for his years: professional burnout, an unnerving wife, and no children. But life takes bright shades when the woman of his dreams, Anna, comes to him in his dreams. Unfortunately, Harry can only meet her when the sweet season of dreams comes. And so he wants to prolong the happy moments where love and understanding reign.

The film was directed by Jake Paltrow – brother of Gwyneth Paltrow, who performed the role of nerdy wife Dora.

Filming the meeting of the main character with Anna took place in a picturesque place in Kent Manor Capel Manor.

26 Best Dream Movies

Rusideu deurim

Rusideu deurim
  • Rating IMDB – 6.1
  • Genre: Detective, fantasy, thriller
  • Production South Korea / 2017
  • Budget: $5,000,000
  • Directed by Kim Jun-sun
  • Cast: Ko Soo, Sol Kyung-gu, Park Yoo-cheon, Kang Hye-jung, Park In-hwan, Cheon Ho-jin, Jung Suk-ho, Lee Suk, Lee Si-ah, Kim Gang-hoon

Dae Ho raises his son alone and makes a living as an investigative reporter. After publishing an article exposing the criminal deeds of the city’s influential figures, the reporter’s child is kidnapped.

Three years of useless searches give no chance to find out the circumstances of the tragedy. But Dae Ho discovers a new method that allows to solve complicated tasks through conscious dreaming. Will this ingenious technique help solve what happened and find the boy?

The actor who played the title role said that he was so inspired by the plot of the movie that his hands got sweaty.

Ko-Su had to try to first gain ten pounds, and then drop eighteen, to plausibly portray a father who lost his son.

26 Best Dream Movies

When a Man Falls in the Forest

When a Man Falls in the Forest
  • Rating IMDB – 5.0
  • Genre: Thriller, drama
  • Production Germany, Canada, USA / 2007
  • Budget: $2,000,000
  • Worldwide gross: $15,438
  • Director Ryan Eslinger
  • Cast: Dylan Baker, Stacey Bono, Timothy Hutton, Sharon Stone, Pruitt Taylor Vince, David Williams, Nicholas Elia, Melanie Yates, Peter Kawasaki, Peter Jenkins

How to escape the reality that brings moral pain and dissatisfaction with life? Three middle-aged men ponder this every minute, including the reticent office janitor Bill, the unhappily married businessman Gary, and the past-suffering Travis. Despite their different problems, the characters are closely linked by fateful shocking events.

Ryan Eslinger is the director plus screenwriter of the motion picture, who has been taken on by the consummate Sharon Stone.

26 Best Dream Movies


  • Rating IMDB – 6.7
  • Genre: Thriller, drama, detective
  • US production / 2005
  • Budget: $50,000,000
  • Worldwide gross: $8,342,132
  • Director Mark Forster
  • Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ryan Gosling, Naomi Watts, Kate Burton, Elizabeth Reaser, Bob Hoskins, Janine Garofalo, B.D. Wong, John Tormi, Jose Ramon Rosario

On Saturday at midnight, Gary, on the verge of despair, is determined to end his life. But the psychiatrist Sam, learning of his patient’s shocking intention, must do everything in his power to prevent the student from making the fatal mistake.

Plunged into the atmosphere of events surrounding Gary, he himself gradually begins to go insane, losing the boundaries of reality. Will Sam Foster stop the approaching disaster and at the same time do not fall into a death trap?

Interestingly, the scene where the characters descend the spiral staircase was filmed in the world’s largest neo-Gothic church in New York, the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

26 Best Dream Movies

The Cell

The Cell
  • Rating IMDB – 6.4
  • Genre: Horror, fantasy, thriller, crime
  • Production USA, Germany / 2000
  • Budget: $57,000,000
  • Worldwide gross: $104,155,843
  • Directed by Tarsem Singh
  • Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D’Onofrio, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Jake Weber, Dylan Baker, Colton James, Jerry Becker, Musetta Vander, Patrick Bauchot

Carl is a maniac who massacres his victims in a very exotic way, placing them in an enclosed space with gradually filling water. There are only 40 hours to escape. The killer is caught, and there is a chance to free the woman caught in the insidious trap.

But Carl can not give a confession, because after a mental seizure, he fell into a coma. There is only one way out – to penetrate the mind of a psychopath and ferret out all the secrets. Using the latest method, psychiatrist Catherine is ready to pass the test and dive into the shocking world of a madman to find a secret place of torture, where perhaps the last victim is still alive.

For actress Jennifer Lopez, who played Katherine, uncomfortable costumes were specially selected to make her look more tortured.

26 Best Dream Movies

Come True

Come True
  • Rating IMDB – 6.0
  • Genre: Horror
  • Production Canada / 2020
  • Worldwide gross: $70,459
  • Directed by Anthony Scott Burns
  • Cast: Julia Sarah Stone, Landon Liboiron, Carly Risky, Christopher Heatherington, Tedra Rogers, Brandon DeVine, John Tasker, Austin Baker, Shane Ghost Keeper, Christopher Thomas

Tormented by nightmares every night, a young girl, Sara, finds herself in a research institute that deals with the theory of dreams. In an attempt to get rid of horrible dreams, the girl agrees to an experimental diagnosis. However, now nightmares not only become part of her subconscious, but also try to break into real life.

Simultaneously acting in the dream movie as screenwriter, director, cameraman and even composer, Anthony Scott Burns received nearly 90% positive reviews from film critics.

26 Best Dream Movies


  • Rating IMDB – 5.3
  • Genre: Thriller, drama, crime
  • Production Germany / 2020
  • Worldwide gross: $19,247
  • Directed by Moritz Bleibtreu
  • Cast: Yannis Nievener, Moritz Bleibtreu, Anna Bederke, Mark Hosemann, Nadja Uhl, Emily Kusche, Martin Klempnow, Leoni Veselov, Katrin Striebeck, Wolfgang Schumacher

Hagen, working as a security guard in a supermarket and suffering from endless insomnia, begins to lose touch with reality. Periodically passing out in the workplace, he sees a suspicious type, very much resembling a thief. Against the backdrop of strange visions, his family life slowly falls apart, and his job hangs by a thread. What is really going on in Hagen’s head?

The German actor Moritz Bleibtreuil, being almost fifty years old, not only starred, but also became the director of Hyposomnia, while not making a single film in his entire life.

26 Best Dream Movies


  • Rating IMDB – 5.4
  • Genre: Horror, fantasy, thriller, detective
  • Production Spain, Ireland, Belgium, France / 2017
  • Budget: €5,000,000
  • Worldwide gross: $1,346,352
  • Directed by Jaume Balaguero
  • Cast: Elliot Cowan, Franka Potente, Ana Ularu, Leonor Watling, Manuela Velles, Joanne Whalley, Christopher Lloyd, Callahan O’Connell, Sam Hardy, Stella McCusker

Severely affected by the loss of his beloved, literature professor Samuel has been plagued by nightmares for the past month, in which he sees the same picture – a mysterious manor where a woman is murdered in the course of a strange ritual.

Soon the professor realizes that the dream turned out to be a premonitory dream, as a corpse from his dreams is found. Later it turns out that at the same time the same nightmares are experienced by another person – Rachel, together with whom Samuel decided to solve the mystery of strange visions.

Actress Joanne Whalley, who played Jacqueline in the film, had previously appeared in the 1990 multi-episode film series Inferno as Beatrice. That series is mentioned in some episodes by Muse of Death.

26 Best Dream Movies

Take Shelter

Take Shelter
  • Rating IMDB – 7.3
  • Genre: Fantasy, thriller, drama
  • US production / 2011
  • Budget: $5,000,000
  • Worldwide gross: $3,741,098
  • Director Jeff Nichols
  • Cast: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Tova Stewart, Shea Whigham, Katy Mixon, Natasha Randall, Ron Kennard, Scott Kniesley, Robert Longstreet, Heather Caldwell

Ohio. In a small town lives a simple, loving family of three – Curtis, Samantha, and their little deaf-mute daughter, Hannah. One day, the father of the family begins to worry about an impending thunderstorm. And at night, altogether, haunted by creepy nightmares, he becomes nervous and irritable. Protecting himself from unseen enemies, Curtis decides to build a safe underground shelter that might save everyone’s lives.

The makers of the film spent several weeks on filming and gave the actors only a day to get acquainted.

26 Best Dream Movies

Before I Wake

Before I Wake
  • Rating IMDB – 6.2
  • Genre: Horror, fantasy, thriller, drama
  • US production / 2014
  • Worldwide gross: $3,965,086
  • Director Mike Flanagan
  • Cast: Kate Bosworth, Jacob Tremblay, Thomas Jane, Alexander Reshetilov, Annabeth Gish, Topher Busquet, Dash Mihok, Jay Carnes, Lance E. Nichols, Antonio Evan Romero

Jesse and Mark, long after the tragedy of their son Sean’s death, decide to take eight-year-old Cody from the orphanage into their family. But it soon becomes clear that the boy’s dreams have a way of coming to life. Sometimes he has fairy tale dreams about butterflies that magically flutter into his foster parents’ room. And sometimes the dream is invaded by the terrifying monster Canker-Man, ready to swallow anyone in his path.

Mike Flanagan, who directed the picture, was against the status of a horror movie, marking it a supernatural drama.

26 Best Dream Movies


  • Rating IMDB – 5.1
  • Genre: Horror, thriller, crime, detective
  • Production UK, USA / 2017
  • Budget: $5,000,000
  • Worldwide gross: $661,769
  • Directed by Clive Tong
  • Cast: Olga Kurylenko, Craig Conway, Javier Botet, Rosie Fellner, Lance E. Nichols, Mackenzie Imsand, Ted Johnson, Mitch Eakins, Melissa Bolona, Marcus W. Weathersby

Forensic psychologist Kate Fuller investigates the murder of a man where all the evidence speaks against his wife. However, as she delves deeper into the mysterious case, she learns of the existence of a brutal demon that comes in a dream, after which people are no longer destined to awaken. Soon Kate’s life is also on the line. She needs to solve the mystery of the monster Mara as soon as possible, so now sleep is the main enemy.

Interestingly, the name of the movie came from Scandinavian mythology, where it was believed that Mara would land on her chest in her sleep and cause suffocation attacks. That is why scary dreams are named KoshMara.

26 Best Dream Movies


  • Rating IMDB – 6.8
  • Genre: Horror, thriller
  • US production / 2010
  • Budget: $1,500,000
  • Worldwide gross: $97,009,150
  • Directed by James Wan
  • Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Barbara Hershey, Andrew Astor, Corbett Tuck, Heather Toquiney

Only after moving into their new home do the new owners observe strange phenomena and otherworldly sounds in it. But the real horror of the couple is when their decades-old son Dalton falls into a coma, and the doctors are waving their hands in the air. The parents involve a paranormal professional, Alice, to save the boy, who tells them that the baby has become a home for evil spirits and the only way out is to go to the Astral to someone else.

Initially, according to the author’s idea, the film was called Dalny and was filmed in the shortest possible time – three weeks.

26 Best Dream Movies


  • Rating IMDB – 6.5
  • Genre: Fantasy, horror
  • US production / 1990
  • Budget: $26,000,000
  • US fees: $61,489,265
  • Directed by Joel Schumacher
  • Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt, Kimberly Scott, Joshua Rudoy, Benjamin Mouton, Aeric Egan, Kesha Reed

Five medical students and as many grave sins hang over each of them after their experiment. The temptation to see the world from a different perspective leads them to cause each other’s clinical deaths, after which, tormented by the suffering they once caused their loved ones, they try to find a way to atone for their guilt.

Before shooting the film, the actors took lessons from real medics in order to use the special equipment believably. Joel Schumacher (director) was so impressed by the work of the famous actress Julia Roberts that he started making a new film Dying Young for her right after Comatose Men.

26 Best Dream Movies

A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Rating IMDB – 7.4
  • Genre: Horror
  • US production / 1984
  • Budget: $1,800,000
  • US fees: $25,504,513
  • Director by Wes Craven
  • Cast: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Johnny Depp, John Saxon, Ronee Blakely, Jsu Garcia, Amanda Weiss, Charles Fleischer, Joe Whipp, Lin Shaye

Freddy Krueger is a serial maniac who murdered more than one child’s soul. But soon after being exposed, he was burned alive in his own house. Freddy, however, is not about to just walk away. With his face disfigured after the fire with long knives in his hands, he begins hunting children in his dreams. To confront the killer, the teenagers of Springwood will have to forget about dreaming.

The film’s premiere at the New Line Cinema saved it from imminent bankruptcy by generating mass interest among audiences. The building of the movie theater even became known as the House that Freddy built.

26 Best Dream Movies

In Dreams

In Dreams
  • Rating IMDB – 5.5
  • Genre: Fantasy, thriller, drama
  • US production / 1998
  • Budget: $30,000,000
  • US fees: $12,017,369
  • Director by Neil Jordan
  • Cast: Annette Bening, Kathy Sagona, Aidan Quinn, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Guilfoyle, Kathleen Langlois, Jennifer Berry, Emma J. Brown, Jennifer Dragon, Samantha Kelly

Claire Cooper is a grief-stricken mother who lost her young daughter under terrible circumstances. Before the tragedy, she saw in a dream the same horror as the sinister image of a redheaded man takes the little girl into the abyss of darkness.

Soon the woman begins to realize that the visions that have settled in her head are the thoughts of a madman who massacres children. Another innocent little girl, Ruby, is next in line. Trapped in a mental institution after suicide attempts and severe hallucinations, Claire must get out of there and stop the psychopath.

It is interesting that the horror film about dreams did not get the right number of votes from film critics. In their opinion, the film story does not come together in any way as a coherent story.

26 Best Dream Movies

Total Recall

Total Recall
  • Rating IMDB – 7.5
  • Genre: Fantasy, аction, аdventure
  • Production USA, Mexico / 1990
  • Budget: $65,000,000
  • Worldwide gross: $261,299,840
  • Director Paul Verhoeven
  • Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Tikotin, Sharon Stone, Ronnie Cox, Michael Ironside, Marshall Bell, Mel Johnson Jr., Michael Champion, Roy Brocksmith, Ray Baker

Doug Quaid, an ordinary worker surrounded by ordinariness and despondency, decides to embark on a risky experiment. After learning about a company that helps implant artificial events into the human brain, Doug chooses the “travel” section and completely transforms himself.

Transformed into an action movie superhero, the reclusive new reality finds himself in the thick of action events under threat of being killed at the hands of strange pursuers. To escape and return to his past life, he will have to remember everything.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was so dazzled by Sharon Stone’s preparations for her role in the Astral and Conscious Dreams movie that he dubbed her the Terminator Woman.

26 Best Dream Movies

Abre los ojos

Abre los ojos
  • Rating IMDB – 7.7
  • Genre: Fantasy, melodrama, thriller, detective
  • Production Spain, France, Italy / 1997
  • Budget: ESP 370,000,000
  • US fees: $370,720
  • Directed by Alejandro Amenabar
  • Cast: Eduardo Noriega, Penelope Cruz, Chete Lera, Fele Martinez, Naiva Nimri, Gerard Barre, Jorge De Juan, Miguel Palenzuela, Pedro Miguel Martinez, Ion Gabella

What more could you wish for handsome Cesar, who has everything – money, irresistible appearance, self-confidence, women. All he needs is someone to steal his heart. One day at a birthday dinner Cesar falls head over heels in love with his best friend’s girl Sophia, which hurts the heart of one of his suitors.

Moment, and here is a young man, as a result of a terrible car accident ends up in prison with a disfigured appearance. What could have happened on that ill-fated evening? Where is the line between reality and a horrible nightmare?

Five years after its release, the film made it into the top 100 and settled on 84th place in the table.

26 Best Dream Movies

La cité des enfants perdus

La cité des enfants perdus
  • Rating IMDB – 7.5
  • Genre: Science fiction, fantasy, drama, adventure
  • Production France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, USA / 1995
  • Budget: $18,000,000
  • Worldwide gross: $1,781,465
  • Directed by Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Cast: Ron Perlman, Judith Witte, Dominique Pinon, Daniel Emilfork, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Genevieve Brunet, Odile Malet, Mireille Mosset, Serge Merlin, Rufus

In a town where children go missing, on the seashore stands the grim, sinister abode of the mad scientist Crank, who long ago lost the ability to fall asleep. His faithful Cyclops bring children to the castle, whose dreams are transformed into his own in a special laboratory.

One strong circus bogatyr decided to infiltrate the terrible lair to find his missing brother. In this he is helped by a fearless nine-year-old girl, together with whom they must overcome the dangerous resistance of the dark forces.

Interestingly, the costumes for the fantastic movie were designed by the famous French couturier Jean-Paul Gaultier. And to achieve the gloomy effect, the characters’ faces were painted white.

26 Best Dream Movies


  • Rating IMDB – 7.7
  • Genre: Fantasy, drama
  • Production Japan, USA / 1990
  • Budget: $12,000,000
  • US fees: $1,963,207
  • Directed by Akira Kurosawa, Isiro Honda
  • Cast: Akira Terao, Mitsuko Baishō, Toshie Negishi, Mieko Harada, Mitsunori Isaki, Toshihiko Nakano, Yoshitaka Zushi, Hisashi Igawa, Chosuke Ikariya, Chishu Ryu

8 mysterious dreams of Akira Kurosawa, from childhood to old age. It all begins when a boy, feeling eerie curiosity, hides behind a sprawling tree and peeks at a kitsune (spirit wedding) that is forbidden to see.

Next, visions of a festival of dolls come to him in the form of spring peach blossom gardens; mountain climbers who have miraculously escaped a winter blizzard; an officer who alone survived the war, watching his dead battle comrades; a fallen student in a famous Van Gogh painting; a power plant under threat of destruction; a wailing demon surviving a nuclear disaster; and finally, a mournful cheerful procession, speaking of the end of a beautifully fulfilling life.

At first the creator of the short films planned to involve only children’s recorded dreams, but then he added different periods of his life, gaining approval and funding from the best screenwriters and directors – Scorsese, Spielberg and Lucas.

26 Best Dream Movies


  • Rating IMDB – 6.3
  • Genre: Horror, fantasy, action, thriller, adventure
  • US production / 1984
  • US fees: $12,145,169
  • Directed by Joseph Rubin
  • Cast: Dennis Quaid, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Eddie Albert, Kate Capshaw, David Patrick Kelly, George Wendt, Larry Gelman, Corey “Bumper” Yothers, Redmond Gleason

Alex Gardner has the uncanny ability to enter other people’s dreams. Not only that, he can actively participate in them and even influence the outcome of events. Using his talents only for his own benefit and to play cards, the time comes for more serious experiments.

The psychic’s attention is drawn to the scientist Peter Novotny, who is determined to penetrate into the dream of the country’s first person. By doing so, Alex is unwittingly drawn into dangerous political games from which he must somehow get out.

In 1985, the dream movie won the nomination as the best horror film and took the top prize at the Golden Raven Film Festival of the Fantastic World in Brussels.

26 Best Dream Movies
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