15 Best Movies like “Inception” that will Blow Your Mind

I have to give it to this one film, “Inception” a film that has everything one needs in a film, sci-fi, mystery, action and espionage. Christopher Nolan’s Inception takes us on a journey of professional thieves who steals valuable information from the target by entering in their dream. Their biggest challenge comes by when they are asked to plant an idea not steal in their next target’s mind. The film along with elaborate plans also shows the bleak reality of loss of dear ones and their great influence, which will break or make their deal. Here is a list of movies that will surely satisfy your taste.

15 Movies You will Love to Watch if You like “Inception”

#15. The Initiation (1984)v

Director: Larry Stewart

Cast: Daphne Zuniga, Clu Gulager, Vera Miles, Hunter Tylo

This cult classic slasher film tells the story of a sorority member, Kelly who suffers from a horrific recurring dream where a stranger is burning inside her childhood home. Kelly has no idea who the stranger is and is very terrified. She explains her dream to a professor who offers to interpret her dream. She will also be sworning soon as a sorority member in her university and that makes her take part in the sorority initiation ritual which is a night prank breaking into her father’s departmental store. But the prank turns into another nightmare in Kelly’s life as her friends gets killed one by one. In another place, patients from a sanitarium escapes after murdering the staff members. What will happen to Kelly? Does the killer has an agenda? Is there any connection between her dreams and the escaped patients from the sanitarium? Will the professor able to interpret the dream before it’s too late? You have to find that for yourself.

#14. Waking Life (2001)

Director: Richard Linklater

Cast: Willy Wiggings, Ethan Hawke

This brilliant animated film centers around an unnamed young man who wanders from one dream to another, meeting various interesting people in the process who are seen to have conversations about many philosophical issues. At first the protagonist silently listens to the conversations, but gradually starts participating in the conversations and giving his opinions. If you are looking for the meaning and purpose of our lives, this film is definitely for you.

#13. What Dreams May Come (1998)

Director: Vincent Ward

Cast: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra, Max von Sydow

This fantasy drama film is based on the 1978 novel of the same name by Richard Matheson. Chris and Annie are still coping the death of their children. Annie finds herself on brink of desperation when Chris also dies untimely. Chris after dying finds himself in heaven. He also finds his children in Heaven. He reconnects with Annie by appearing in her dreams but Annie unable to bear the losses of her husband and children commits suicide and is sent to Hell. Now Chris takes upon himself to rescue his wife from Hell even though it meant sacrificing himself in the process. The film was highly praised and won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

#12. Alice In Wonderland (1951)

Director: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske

Cast: Kathryn Beaumont, Sterling Holloway, Verna Felton, Ed Wynn

This cult classic Disney animated film is based on Alice books by Lewis Carroll. The plot centers around Alice, a daydreaming young girl who stumbles upon a fantasy world, Wonderland when she falls into a rabbit hole while chasing a White Rabbit. She discovers an anthropomorphic world full of talking animals, objects and is stunned by this colorful world. But as this world doesn’t match with her world she desperately wants to go back to her world and is advised to take the help of Queens of Harts. What happens when she enraged the Queen, will she be able to go back home? Does this fantasy world even exist? What if she is just dreaming? Follow Alice into the Wonderland and find out for yourself!

#11. The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

Director: Victor Fleming

Cast: Judy Gale, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr

Another cult classic film like “Alice in Wonderland“, The Wizard of Oz is a musical fantasy drama about dreams adapted from the best selling book, ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz‘ by L. Frank Baum. Dorothy Gale, a Kansas girl is transported to a magical land of Oz along with her dog, Toto during a tornado. She makes new friends in the magical world like the Tinman, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion and sets on journey across the wonderland to seek the Wizard who could help her and her friends get back home safely. But the Wizard has other plans and demands they bring him the broomstick from the Wicked Witch. Well it’s pretty disappointing to know that after all the adventures she had in the land of Oz was just a dream and she wakes up healthy in her farmhouse in Kansas and nothing about the dream was real. It formed the base for many other movies who used the same style where the entire movie is just a dream. Sorry for breaking your bubble, but this movie has become the most popular film among the children who are looking for light comedy and high entertainment.

#10. The Woman In The Window (1944)

Director: Fritz Lang

Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey, Dan Duryea

The classic noir film is based on the novel, ‘Once off Guard’ by J. H. Wallis. The film follows the story of a college professor who is enamored by a beautiful portrait hanging in a gallery window. The professor’s life take a whirl-wire turn as he actually gets to meet the woman who goes by the name Alice Reed, in the painting and begins an affair which will soon culminates into murder and betrayal. The film ends with a surprising twist revealing that everything that happened with the professor were just a dream. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards- Best Music and Best Score for Dramatic or Comedy Picture. The film also became the first original film to use the term ‘noir‘ as a genre to depict the story line.

#9. Spirited Away (2001)

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Cast: Rumi Hiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki

This Academy Award winner animated film is a the crown jewel of director Hayao Miyazaki and tells the story of a sweet young girl, Chihiro and the adventure she embarks on when she and her family stumbles upon an abandonment amusement park on the way to their new home. Chihiro was too late when she realized that the park is a getaway to the spirit world and her parents are turned into pigs by the evil witch, Yubaba. She is forced to work in the bathhouse of Yubaba to earn back her freedom and also break the curse on her parents so they could leave the spirit world and go back to the real world. The film takes a sharp change when Chihiro’s parents claim that they were in the car the whole time and never encountered any magical amusement park. This made Chihiro realized that she was dreaming all the while. But we should give the girl credits for having the most wonderful dream she had. This film quickly became the most loved animated film and also took home the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

#8. Total Recall (1990)

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Ronny Cox, Michael Ironside

This sci-fi action film is based on the short story, ‘We Can Remember It For You Wholesale‘ by Philip K. Dick. The film centers around a construction worker (Arnold) in the distant future who has recurrent dreams about Mars and a mysterious woman living there. To find out more about his dreams, he goes to a company which sells false memories,and buy a false memory trip to Mars. But the trip goes wrong, and Arnold finds many secrets regarding his past life as a spy agent. Soon he is chased by assassins who wants him dead in real life. Unable to decide where he is in a dream or in reality, he goes to Mars to find out answers and end this nightmare. Total Recall is one of its kind film in that period and was nominated for three Academy Awards winning the Special Achievement Award for Best Visual Effects.

#7. Brazil (1985)

Director: Terry Gilliam

Cast: Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Kim Greist, Michael Palin

Brazil is a British-American dystopian sc-fi film, that tells the story of a clerk, Sam Lowry who works in the ministry department in the most bureaucratic government, is bored and wishes to spend his life with the woman whom he often sees in his dream. When the system mistakes a civilian for a terrorist Sam is appointed to correct the error. Sam’s life takes a sharp turn when he actually meets the woman of his dreams, named Jill during the investigation. Will Sam be able to do his job when his long time dreams come true? The film became highly acclaimed and was nominated fro two Academy Awards- Best Writing and Best Screenplay.

#6. Vanilla Sky (2001)

Director: Cameron Crowe

Cast: Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Kurt Russell, Cameron Diaz

Vanilla Sky is a sci-fi adaptation of the classic Spanish 1997 film, ‘Open Your Eyes‘, where Penelope Cruz is seen reprising her role from the original film. It is considered one of the best movie about lucid dreaming set in the future. The film centers around Cruise, who plays the role of a rich, careless publishing magnate whose life is turned upside down when he lands in jail for a murder after an accident that leaves him disfigured. Tom is found telling his story to a psychologist and soon have experiences; lucid dreams that leave him in confusion as whether he is in a dream or this is the grim reality. Apart from gaining critical acclaim, Vanilla Sky also got nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song.

#5. Paprika (2006)

Director: Satoshi Kon

Cast: Satoshi Kon, Yasutaka Tsutsui, Megumi Hayashibara, Toru Furuya

Paprika is a Japanese sci-fi anime film and the fourth and last film directed by Satoshi Kon before his death. The film is based on the 1993 novel of the same name by Yasutaka Tsutsui and tells the story of a psychologist who uses a device called DC MINI, that permits therapists to enter their patients dreams to help them. When the device falls in the wrong hand, it results in a cahoot situation, where the thief uses the device to enter people’s mind and alter their mind in real life. A trio of psychologists with the help of a police officer sets out to stop the thief who is amongst them. Paprika efficiently merges the reality and the fantasy giving the audience the ultimate satisfaction.

#4. Before I wake (2016)

Director: Mike Flaganan

Cast: Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Jacob Tremblay

A couple adopts a sweet young boy Cody from an orphanage after losing their only son. Cody can’t sleep at night as he has a rare gift which turns his dreams into reality. Grief stricken mother uses the ability of Cody to talk to her son in his dreams. But Cody’s dreams has both the beautiful and the dark side. They soon encounter the horrific nightmares of Cody and sets out to find out the truth behind Cody’s beautiful yet dangerous gift.

#3. Dreamscape (1984)

Director: Joseph Ruben

Cast: Dennis Quaid, Kate Capshaw, Christopher Plummer, Max von Sydow

Dreamscape is an American sc-fi horror film, that centers around a teenage boy, Alex Gardner a psychic who uses his gift for his own selfish needs. When he gets into trouble he is coerced o join an institution where he is trained to enter other people dreams solely for the government. After a terrible incident at the institution, the project is handed to Bob Blair, who has hatched out an evil plan of assassinating people in dreams by abusing the technology. Alex can only trust a beautiful scientist to stop Bob Blair from killing people in their dreams.

#2. The Nightmare In The Elm Street (1984)

Director: Wes Craven

Cast: Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, Ronne Blakley, Amanda Wyss, Jsu Gracia, Robert Englund Johnny Depp

Definitely the most scary, horror film in this list. The film is a cult classic explores the darker side of dreams; nightmares and what happens if nightmares comes to life and terrorize you? The film revolves around a group of teenagers in an American town who are stalked in their dreams by a demon like man, who tells his name is Freddy Kruger. The stalker doesn’t only stalk but kills his victim in their dreams which to everyone disbelief dies in real life. Having buried a dark secret long time ago, the peaceful town soon begins unraveling the secrets. Unable to understand the strange phenomenon, the teenagers try their best to save themselves from the demon. This film was Johnny Depp’s debut feature play and boy did he nailed his character quite right. The film become the first to become so successful at box office with a low budget and went on to have a huge franchise of eight films.

#1.The Matrix (1999)

Director: The Wachowski Brothers

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano

I have to tell you guys, my first sci fi movie was The Matrix, and i fell in love with Keanu Reeves that very moment. Considered one of the greatest sci-fi films ever made and also made it to the National Film Registry for preservation. The film centers around computer programmer Anderson, who also goes by the name Neo living in a dystopian future. Neo’s life is turned upside down when he meets a of rebel group who claims that Neo’s life has been all a lie, a dream. The machines has taken over humans a long time ago and the people were actually living in a simulated reality called “The Matrix”. Learning the harsh truth, Neo revolts against the machines with the rebel group to free everyone from the dream world. The film is praised for its visual effects, cinematography and entertainment, seriously who can deny the actions scenes of the agents that after Neo and his group who are hell bent to destroy the human existence. The film was both a huge commercial and critical success leading to the Matrix Franchise. The film also won four Academy Awards- Best Film Editing, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Visual Effects.

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Nancy Kaman
 

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