The Ultimate Lucid Dreaming Film & TV Show List (Updated for 2020)
There are quite a few lists of lucid dreaming films around the Web, with the usual mentions:
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Waking Life (2001)
The Science of Sleep (2006)
The Good Night (2007)
You can read reviews for these films and more here.
Below, I've added some others that I've seen over the past few years. Click on the title to see the IMDB page. Links to full film / TV series posted where available.
Mysterious, artistic, wonderful (if you like old films). Dr Caligari is a sideshow operator exhibiting the Somnambulist, a man he claims has been sleeping since he was born, and who can answer anyone's question. However, when a death he predicts comes true, he becomes a suspect.
Probably put a generation off lucid dreaming. Then again, a lot of people learn to lucid dream through their nightmares, so get the popcorn ready.
Cheesy made-for-TV movie about a man and a woman who keep dreaming of each other. The dreams become more and more lucid and they decide to try to meet while awake. Nice film to watch when you're feeling sentimental, or in bed sick and in need of something easy yet dream-related.
Similar title, much darker premise. A very disturbing film (don't say I didn't warn you) featuring Robert Downey Jr as a 'cross-dressing serial killer with mommy issues' who has a telepathic link with the mother of one of his victims. Can she use their shared dreams to prevent his next crime?
This film is more about wake-like recurring dreams and dream analysis than lucid dreams themselves. I really enjoyed this film, which is really a series of stories tied together. I couldn't find the trailer so I included a review from the NY Times. I think i watched this either on Amazon Video, Movie Box or Netflix - it's true it is difficult to find but well worth it!
Two star-crossed lovers meet in shared lucid dreams.
Caution: This one's a tear jerker! Based on the story of Jenny Cockell, who while pregnant begins having recurring dreams of a previous life in Ireland. Her concern for the children she left behind, who are all grown now, leads her to Malahide, Ireland.
In Korean. After his child is kidnapped, a father goes on a journey for clues in lucid dreams, with help from an assistant.
In Russian. After waking up from a lucid dream, the world doesn't seem to be as it was.
A psychic is commissioned by the US government to enter people's dreams in order to stop their nightmares. However, there is a darker side to their plan.
It may not be about lucid dreams per se, but I had to include this because: dream analysis is at the core of the plot, it's an atmospheric Hitchcock film, and because it stars Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman (cheers to the no-nonsense female characters of 40s film). The plot is complex and interesting, with Bergman as the doctor and sweetheart of phobia-ridden Gregory Peck, who isn't quite what he seems.
I didn't see the connection with dreaming until I read this article on the official Dream Leaf site: Dreams and Fight Club: an internal Project Mayhem
A team of dream researchers use technology to enter other people's dreams.
The lives of these three strangers collide in their lucid dreams.
A man is trapped in a recurring nightmare, and tries to tell the people around him that they are imaginary.
Unhappy in his job and marriage, a man has a recurring dream about an idyllic town called Willoughby.
A hospitalised woman has a recurring dream of the morgue, and her doctor suggests that she try a lucid dreaming technique.
TV miniseries (6 hours running time). A plague sweeps across America, and the survivors are called by two forces through their lucid dreams: an old wise woman in a field or the devil in Las Vegas.
Korean mini-series. A man and woman dream of living thousands of years ago, and will now meet in real life. But will they recognize each other?
Three strangers realise that they are sharing pieces of a sinister plot in their dreams.
9. Are You Afraid of the Dark? - (S02E05) The Tale of the Dream Machine (1993)
Teenagers find a typewriter that can write them into other peoples' dreams.
Are there any others you think could be added to this list? Which one's your favourite?