Physical aggression – Recent dream research has revealed the most common nightmares among Americans. Here they are as immortalized by Hollywood.
Hopefully your nightmares about physical aggression are not as intense as the 2004 film "Saw."
Falling – The 1976 classic "The Omen," Damien knocks his mother off a balcony.
Being chased – Being chased is a nightmare scenario in many horror films, but 1974's "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" is so scary it may actually give you nightmares.
Paralysis – Alex, the main character in Stanley Kubrick's 1971 adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel "A Clockwork Orange," is one if the most famous depictions of someone being immobilized.
Being late – Clarice Starling races against time to save a woman's life in Jonathan Demme's 1991 film, "The Silence of the Lambs." Those who have nightmares of being late can relate to the dread surrounding the consequences of tardiness.
Close person dies – The parents in 1989's "Pet Sematary," based on the Stephen King novel, live through a common nightmare, the death of a loved one. What happens next is even scarier.
Evil forces – Jack Nicholson's character succumbs to the common nightmare theme of evil forces in Stanley Kubrick's 1980 adaptation of Stephen King's "The Shining."
Accidents – Nightmarish accidents, the more bizarre the better, take the lives of many characters throughout "The Final Destination" film series.
Health concerns – Health concerns, such as the zombie apocalypse depicted in the 2013 film "World War Z," are a common nightmare.
Helplessness – The "Scream" franchise revels in the helplessness of its many victims, preying on a common nightmare scenario.