Ok, so when presented with the idea of compiling a list of boring movies to fall asleep to, it originally led to this elaborate idea where we would put together a whole video where we talk about the concept of ‘boring’ movies and what that really means to modern-day audiences, especially here in the United States.
We were even going to present this discussion in the style of a sleep-aid video, with calming ambient music and nature sounds playing at low gain in the background throughout.
But long story short, we never quite got around to sending that video into production, so what we’re going to do instead is dispense with all the high-minded talk and just give you a straightforward SEO-friendly list of boring movies that you can fall asleep to.
The rules? Well, action movies are out of the question, along with most genre movies, i.e. sci-fi, fantasy, and dystopian fare.
For the most part, we’ve looked to dramas, especially dramas from the arthouse world.
Now just to be clear, we don’t think that these movies are bad, and we don’t even think that boring is a bad thing for a movie to be, but fact of the matter is, you came here for some boring movie suggestions, and that’s exactly what we’re gonna give ya.
Alright, here we go.
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
My Dinner with Andre is famous for being a boring movie that just consists of one long conversation, and it’s true.
The whole story is about two old friends getting together at a nice restaurant and talking about different things.
They talk for a good long while, for about the length of a movie, in fact, and then they leave and the movie’s over.
You might have heard this movie mentioned in the TV show Community, but it’s also generally famous for its premise, and for being a good movie.
Come to think of it, it’s not the only movie on this list that’s just one long conversation, but we’ll get to that later.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)
This somewhat recent Netflix movie from director and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman is quite good. It’s dense and pretty difficult to follow your first time through, especially if you haven’t read the book it’s based on, but for our purposes here, it’s most important that I’m Thinking of Ending Things is a very quiet movie with only a few instances of loud sounds that might rouse you out of your fresh slumber.
Still, keep the volume pretty low so the musical number doesn’t get your attention.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
This is one of the best movies of the past ten years. Are you listening? Here it is. Don’t fall asleep quite yet.
But don’t worry, this is an exceptionally quiet movie, with only some reassuring French dialogue and domestic sounds from a century past.
In fact, the movie has no score music. There are only two instances of music in the entire movie, and they occur at incredibly important moments.
Cold War (2018)
Another foreign film with no score music, though this time around, it’s the diegetic music that’s the star of the show, apart from some excellent performances from our leads and the minimal supporting cast.
It almost feels like a documentary at times, and so it’s not loud at all, except for an occasional scene in a jazz club.
Phantom Thread (2017)
It’s a movie about a fashion designer and a lady he falls in love with. Not a very healthy relationship, but hey, who cares, you’re just trying to saw some logs.
[We’re not giving you this trailer. You’re welcome.]
Ya know what, we’re not even going to mention what this movie is about. We’ll just say that, like My Dinner with Andre, Caniba consists of a conversation and very little else.
It runs for about the length of the average feature film. It’s a documentary. You don’t really need to know anything more than that. Just don’t wake up suddenly and stare at the screen.
I, Daniel Blake (2016)
This is a politically-motivated film out of the UK, and it’s a quite good one, too. The storyline is heartbreaking and very successfully executed by the production team.
The lead character’s name is indeed Daniel Blake, and he goes on some bureaucratic adventures in the hopes of keeping himself alive.
There are some exterior scenes that can be a bit noisy, but they’re pretty few and far between. Many scenes are interiors where people talk to each other.
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014)
This is a very nice movie that is made up of a small number of static shots. Each one lets a scene play out over the source of several minutes, then they move on to the next one.
So why is this visual style important in an online article about boring movies to fall asleep to?
Well, for most of the entries on this list, we’ve focused on the audio elements of each movie, which is indeed an important factor when you’re trying to fall asleep while a movie is playing.
And fear not, for A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence is also generally very quiet. However, the visual style of the movie means that you won’t be getting the somewhat annoying flashing lights that are inherent to any movie with shots that change at a more conventional pace.
So not only will A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence provide you with the aural conditions suitable to falling asleep simultaneous to some slight level of entertainment stimulation, but it also provides you with lighting conditions that are suitable, unlike most other movies out there, from any time period.
Please keep in mind that this movie can be a bit tricky to track down, in terms of streaming options, but we do recommend you make an effort to seek it out if you have a hankering for good movies for falling asleep to.
And who know, maybe some tiny sound from the movie or a certain tinge of light will creep into your dreams in some fashion and provide you with just enough motivation to actually watch the movie actively while awake sometime, if you really feel like it. Anything’s possible.