Six Films to Fall Asleep To

It doesn’t mean they’re boring and it doesn’t mean they’re bad, but these movies are instant Nyquil for the long-suffering insomniac:

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Beige, beige, beige! Honestly, ST:TMP doesn’t deserve the scorn that it gets, but that lifeless color scheme, the endless 2001-style special effects, and Kirk’s twenty-minute pleasure cruise around the Enterprise have convinced me that you’re not really SUPPOSED to watch this movie in one sitting.

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption

We’ve all seen it a million times. We can all quote it backwards and forwards. This is a total comfort movie. Has Morgan Freeman ever seemed so soothing?

Leon: The Professional

Leon: The Professional

I can’t put my finger on why, but Leon’s quiet, beautiful score relaxes me like few other movies I own.  Give it ten minutes and I’ll be dozing, guaranteed.

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

It’s fun and pretty to look at while you’re awake, but PM has a great appreciation for peace and silence, too.

Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition Commentaries

Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition Commentaries

The movies are long enough themselves to probably qualify on this list, but the detail in these commentaries and the joy in everyone’s voices as they speak is the perfect cure for a frazzled, distracted brain

Once Upon A Time in the West

Once Upon A Time in the West

Any movie with Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone could probably fit here, but OUATITW has this opening, which is fascinating when you’re in film-student mode and dreamfood when you’re looking to zone out.

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1 Comment

  1. Speak for yourself – I haven’t seen it a million times. In fact, the only movie on this list that I’ve seen more than once, if at all, is Princess Mononoke – and while I agree with you that it has some very effective quiet moments, it’s still got enough moments of intense action that I, for one, would have difficulty nodding off to it. (I will agree that ‘Once Upon a Time In the West”s opening would probably work, if you fall asleep quickly – me, I take about a half hour to reach dreamland at the best of times, so it’s a little short for me.) You want movies that will SERIOUSLY put you to sleep, stock up on some old-school French art films, the kind that are two hours of people having quiet conversations and not much else.

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