The word ‘dreamlike’ is a vague characterization for a film as it does not refer to specific genres and it can’t be easily described. We could say it can only be felt by the viewer in the same way as a dream is experienced by the dreamer.
‘Dreamlike’ films often have surreal elements, complicated or non-linear storyline, mysterious characters and twists, cold and detached cinematography. Overall, their atmosphere creates an experience similar to a dream and the viewer becomes intensely absorbed in it.
As a result of all these, ‘dreamlike’ films are usually visually beautiful and engrossing, and at the same time haunting and leaving the viewer with unanswered questions as there is a fine line between reality and dream or illusion. In the following list, there are some of the many great ‘dreamlike’ films.