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Best dream sequences in film

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Tie on your bowling shoes and dance with Gene Kelly through a field of Van Gogh paintings, as depicted by Kurosawa. It’s time to celebrate the infinite possibilities of cinema via that great staple, the dream sequence, in all its symbolic glory. Hallucinations, trips, daydreams, nightmares, reveries. Spoiler warning: many of your choices will be films that end with a rude awakening, so peruse these lists at your peril, stand well back from the elevator doors, and stay away from Snuffy the crackhead. I hope I never see that face ever outside a dream.

Most mentioned

  • Inception
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • La La Land
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Brazil
  • Vertigo
  • 8½
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Shutter Island
  • Dumbo
  • Black Swan
  • Eraserhead
  • American Beauty
  • Paprika
  • Blade Runner
  • Wild Strawberries
  • Trainspotting
  • The Shining

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