ByPeter Storey, writer at

Dreams have fascinated mankind for longer than anyone can remember. From the ancient Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh to Freud’s Interpretation and modern dream theories, civilisations have tried understanding, explaining, interpreting and even imagining dreams. This is quite evident from the sheer volume of books, movies, plays which have been inspired by this process. Here are some of the best movies which have been inspired by, or made on dreams.

Un Chien Andalou

Un Chien Andalou or An Andalusian Dog is a surrealistic masterpiece. Written by Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel this film is a highly symbolic film which is a mixture of powerful imagery, some of which have been taken from the dreams that the director and writer Buñuel had seen while some others are veiled literary references. A series of unsettling imagery, heaped with symbolism and hidden meanings makes this movie a viewer’s delight for anyone who likes to explore beyond the real and the apparent.


Based on real dreams of Akira Kurosawa, this 1990 movie is essentially a collection of eight smaller vignettes of tales, all of which are strung together with threads of clever connections and overlaps. Using magical realism, this movie addresses the themes of childhood, art, spirituality, death, disasters and mistakes using both literal and metaphorical narratives. These narratives do not run in a chronological order but is fragmented, disjointed and yet, connected like a human’s life is.

Nightmare on the Elm Street

This Wes Carvel movie is a cult film which repeatedly breaks the barriers of dream and reality over and over again. It revolves around a serial killer, Freddy Krueger, who haunts and stalks four teenagers in their dreams and eventually catches up and kills them in reality. The tense ninety-one minutes of terror and nightmares is enough to keep anyone on the edge of his or her seat throughout the movie. There are biographical elements from Craven’s childhood crafted into the movie to make it an even more interesting and realistic watch.


This 2006 animated movie based on the brilliant and unsettling novel by the acclaimed Japanese science fiction writer, Yasutaka Tsutui explores the boundaries between dreams and reality, which seem to be disturbingly permeable. Directed by Satoshi Kon, this movie is set in a near future when technology designed to help people ends up creating havoc and deaths by using the medium of dreams to reach out, influence and kill. As the barrier between reality and dream is rent, it ensues chaos and unleashes terror.


The critically acclaimed Oscar winning movie is yet another masterpiece belted out by the genius of Christopher Nolan. It revolves around the story of a thief who penetrates into the mind’s subconscious by entering the mind through the vulnerable dream state, and steals priceless secrets and plans. Open to various interpretations, this movie offers a powerful insight into mankind’s eternal quest for understanding what remains mysterious. Whether the perfect crime, which bring forth redemption, can be achieved or not is the question this movie plays with.

Dreams are as mystical and as natural as it can be. With Nectar mattresses one can enjoy a peaceful sleep and who knows, might even come up with a literary or cinema masterpiece!


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