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Top 5 Movies about Insomnia

Updated on November 29, 2013

Does it help when you are going through something difficult if you can see others dealing with the same problem? What if the others are only fictional characters in movies? Here is my top 5 list of movies that have to do with insomnia.

#5 Insomnia

Insomnia was released in 2002 starring Academy Award winner for Best Actor for Scent of a Woman, Al Pacino, 2-time Academy Award winner for Best Actress, Hillary Swank, for Boys Don’t Cry & Million Dollar Baby, and Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actor for Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams. The title should be reason enough to include this movie, but if you must have another, I think Robin Williams is a great actor. This movie is a thriller-mystery set in Alaska during the summer. Al Pacino does not have a very positive outcome to his sleep issues. I would say more about the movie, but if you haven’t seen it, it is supposed to be a mystery.

#4 Sleepless in Seattle

Sleepless in Seattle released in 1993 is another movie that must be included just on the title alone. In case you have been in a coma for the past 20 years and have never seen this movie here are some highlights. With apologies to The Dirty Dozen and An Affair to Remember, Sleepless is a classic and should be seen from start to finish.

Tom Hanks, 2-time Academy Award winner as Best Actor for Philadelphia & Forrest Gump, is a widower living in Seattle with his son. Meg Ryan is a recently engaged journalist living in Baltimore.

Late night radio talk show.

Every single woman listening to the talk show falls in love with Tom Hanks, including the engaged Meg.

Meg Ryan writes a letter suggesting them meet on Valentine’s Day at the top of the Empire State Building in New York City (because it is so centrally located ** not really)

Mentions baseball in the letter, son picks Meg’s letter as his favorite, flies to New York, Tom follows, Meg & Tom meet and fall in love *** YEAH for chick movies!

#3 My Cousin Vinny

My Cousin Vinny was released in 1992 and stars Best Supporting Actor, Academy Award winner Joe Pesci and the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei for her role in…My Cousin Vinny. Honorable mention in this film goes to Fred Gwynne. You get 1 point for knowing Fred Gwynne’s starring role on TV in the 1960’s and you get 10 points if you know the address of his house in the TV series. No cheating.

Herman Munster lived with his family at 1313 Mockingbird Lane.

The sleepless nights shared by Pesci & Tomei are comic genius.

#2 Night Shift

Night Shift is an early movie by Academy Award winning Best Director for A Beautiful Mind, Ron Howard. The movie stars Henry Winkler and Michael Keaton in one of his first starring roles. The movie does not really show anyone having sleep issues, but I am including it anyway for two reasons. First, many people with non-standard work schedules have sleep issues. Second, this is my list and I think this movie to stupid funny.

Winkler & Keaton work together in the city morgue and Shelly Long plays a prostitute. What else could you possibly need to make comedy gold?

#1 Speechless

Speechless was released in 1994 starring Michael Keaton (him again!) and Geena Davis, Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress for The Accidental Tourist. The movie shows the stars trying so many ridiculous tricks to fall asleep that make this the clear winner in the category. The pair meets while both are reaching for the last bottle of Nytol on the shelf, each making up an outrageous story why they need it most.

Do you have a favorite movie that fits this topic, please share?


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      3 years ago

      maggie see ot

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      4 years ago

      This is the worst list I've ever seen. Watch the Machinist. Watch Fight Club. Jesus...

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      Maggie May Baker 

      5 years ago

      I can't add Fight Club, I've never seen it.

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      5 years ago

      come on add fight club .


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