Host a Sleep-Themed Movie Marathon From the Comfort of
What happens when we close our eyes – in our minds and beyond our consciousness – has inspired, fascinated and troubled screenwriters and directors for decades, resulting in a whole genre of film: the sleep-themed movie.
We’ve culled the archives to come up with a collection of sleep-themed films for a cozy, at-home movie marathon you can enjoy from the comfort of your bed.
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
The ultimate ’90s rom-com, “Sleepless in Seattle” is the love story of Sam, a recent widower and insomniac, and Annie, a dispassionately engaged newspaper reporter. Annie writes to Sam after hearing his call into a late-night radio show (she struggles with sleep too). They live on opposite coasts, but Sam’s precocious 8-year-old son has a hunch that they’re a match. He packs his book bag and hops a plane to New York, forcing his dad to chase him and bringing the insomniacs together. “Sleepless” and its comforting familiarity inspires nostalgia for the time of live radio, letter writing and lax air travel restrictions.
Sleepwalk With Me (2012)
It’s tough to find a silver lining in a rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder diagnosis, but comedian and screenwriter Mike Birbiglia used his to create a stand-up routine, an off-Broadway show and “Sleepwalk With Me,” an independent comedy film. The charming story follows Matt, Birbiglia’s semi-autobiographical hero, as he stumbles through stand-up gigs, romantic relationships and, during one particularly dramatic sleepwalking episode, a La Quinta Inn second floor window.
In this classic psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Dr. Constance Petersen, played by Ingrid Bergman, uses dream analysis to help prove the innocence of her love interest, Gregory Peck’s John Ballantyne, who is accused of murder. The events of Ballantyne’s symbolic and telling dream come to life on screen in a trippy and visually stunning sequence designed by quintessential surrealist, Salvador Dali.
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
More ’90s rom-com goodness featuring the adorably bumbling queen of girl-next-doorness, Sandra Bullock. She plays Lucy, a Chicago transit worker with a crush on Peter, a commuter and relative stranger. One day Peter gets knocked onto the subway rails by a mugger. Lucy saves his life, but Peter’s head trauma induces a coma. Lucy capitalizes on Peter’s extended nap by inventing a relationship with him, conning his family and actually falling in love with his brother. In the real world, Lucy might have earned herself a restraining order instead of a husband, but that’s Hollywood.
The Hangover (2009)
During a bachelor party weekend in Las Vegas, a groomsman gets the brilliant idea to drug his fellow groomsmen in hopes of forging bonds and making memories – except everyone wakes with zero memory of the prior night on the town and the groom is missing. The guys spend the next 12 hours retracing the steps of their shared waking dream in search of their buddy who’s due at the altar. They walk away bonded forever by a night they’ll never remember.
Everyone deserves a lazy day of movies, sweatpants and snacks. Consider this your permission slip. Pop some popcorn, dim the lights and stay in bed.
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