Lucid Dreaming Movies

Lucid dreaming movies can be a fun way to see how the world looks at the ideas of lucid dreaming, and they can also actually help you learn a few things if they’re done well. Of course, I wouldn’t recommend watching lucid dreaming movies, no matter how good they are, to get your actual information about lucid dreaming. However, they can be interesting to watch if you’re interested in lucid dreaming and enjoy movies.

There are some really great lucid dreaming movies that have come out in the past couple of years. Some of them are directly related to lucid dreaming, and other lucid dreaming movies only deal a little more offhandedly with dreaming and what it’s all about. Here are some of my favorite lucid dreaming movies you should check out:

Inception (2010)

This is the newest and certainly most famous of the lucid dreaming movies out right now. The movie features a whole world where Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom Cobb actually does mutual lucid dreaming to steal information from the recesses of other peoples’ minds. In the movie, he wants to reverse the wrong he’s done by stealing ideas through planting one. His team learns to become lucid in their own dreams and in the dreams of others to pull off this task. It’s a thriller, for sure, and it’s definitely got some interesting lucid dreaming concepts in it, including Totem Induced Lucid Dreaming (TILD).

Avatar (2009)

This is a great movie. It doesn’t fall strictly into the category of lucid dreaming movies like Inception does because it’s about living an actual life through lucid-dreaming-like experiences. In the movie, humans enter an alien planet and try to become friendly with the twelve-foot-tall natives by becoming them though mind-controlling, essentially, scientifically-created bodies that look like those of the natives. Like I said, it’s not strictly lucid dreaming, but the lucid dreaming community definitely loved it for its lucid-dream-like qualities, including the ability to become anything when you’re in a dream. Plus, what’s not to love about gorgeous CGI in the rainforests of another planet?

The Matrix (1999)

It’s a classic, and it is about enforced lucid dreaming. This is one of the lucid dreaming movies that shows you how real and even dangerous lucid dreaming can be for the human mind. In the movie, humans are put in constant sleep and are used for energy by the robots who rule the world. The humans dream peacefully inside the Matrix, where they’re living seemingly “real” lives through dreaming. Only when humans realize that the Matrix is all a dream are they able to control it and take back their real lives.

The Good Night (2007)

I like The Good Night because it’s another of those lucid dreaming movies that actually explores the dangers of lucid dreaming. In the movie, the main character is living a boring life in his physical reality, but he learns to have lucid dreams where he meets a gorgeous woman and lives an exciting life. Of course, as he becomes addicted to lucid dreaming, his real life starts to fall apart.

Wake Up! (2009)

This is actually not typical of lucid dreaming movies because it’s an actual documentary film by Kira Sass and Chris Olsen. The film explores lucid dreaming through the perspective of experts, as well as through lucid dreamers. The film does an excellent job of showing how lucid dreaming can be great for healing, spiritual growth, and creative expression and how many different dreamers use lucid dreaming techniques in those ways. It’s a powerful film for anyone who’s interested in lucid dreaming, and experienced lucid dreamers can find plenty of interesting content here, too.

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"The result of the struggle between the thought and the ability to express it, between dream and reality, is seldom more than a compromise or an approximation." - M. C. Escher