Escape from reality movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant escape from reality movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, psychological, stylized, weird, mind bending and surreal films and TV shows about / with escape from reality, coming of age, youth, imagination, surrealism, fantasy world, imaginary, storytelling, creativity and mentor plots mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Comedy genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as escape from reality: Alice in Wonderland (2010), Sucker Punch (2011), Bridge to Terabithia (2007), I Kill Giants (2017), The Zero Theorem (2013), The Number 23 (2007), Ben X (2007), Suicide Room (2011), Days of Darkness (2007), The Guild (2007).

List of escape from reality movies

Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Alice, an unpretentious and individual 19-year-old, is betrothed to a dunce of an English nobleman. At her engagement party, she escapes the crowd to consider whether to go through with the marriage and falls down a hole in the garden after spotting ...
Style: fairy tale, surreal, atmospheric, colourful, gothic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, girls' night
Plot: adventure, fantasy world, escape from reality, magic, imaginary kingdom, journey, youth, imagination, good versus evil, talking animals, cat, disney ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, victorian era
Place: london, china
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Sucker Punch (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the mental facility.
Style: surreal, sexy, exciting, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: alternate reality, robot, steampunk, confined, adventure, escape from reality, dragon, samurai, violence, escape, sexual abuse, patient ...
Place: vermont
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Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and ...
Style: emotional, sad, touching, tear jerker, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, childhood, imagination, escape from reality, classmate, loneliness, magical, friends, school, social misfits, loss of friend, teenage boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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I Kill Giants (2017)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA, Belgium, Denmark, UK, Sweden, China
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Sophia, a new high school student, tries to make friends with Barbara, who tells her that “she kills giants,” protecting this way her hometown and its inhabitants, who do not understand her strange behavior.
Style: sad, psychological, atmospheric, rough, dramatic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: giant, escape from reality, imagination, school, teenage girl, death of mother, illness, bully, superhero, supernatural, teenager, psychologist ...
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The Zero Theorem (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Romania, France, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A computer hacker's goal to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; this time, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.
Style: surreal, philosophical, thought provoking, cerebral, meditative ...
Plot: loneliness, computers and web, computer system, computer genius, computer, distopia, escape from reality, cyberpunk, hacker, virtual reality, uncover truth, society ...
Time: future
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The Number 23 (2007)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Walter Sparrow is an animal control officer that becomes obsessed with a mysterious book that seems to be based on his own life. As soon as he opens the book, he notices strange parallels between what he reads and what he's experienced. But now ...
Style: psychological, twist ending, suspenseful, surprise ending, mind bending ...
Plot: twists and turns, obsession, insanity, murder, plot twist, losing-it hero, paranoia, mystery, a vision, uncover truth, escape from reality, investigation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, virginia, usa
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Ben X (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Harassed by bullies because of his mild autism, teen Ben (Greg Timmermans) finds refuge in an online computer game, which leads him to his virtual dream girl, Scarlite (Laura Verlinden). Together, the odd couple seeks revenge against Ben's ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, serious, stylized, sad ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: autism, asperger's syndrome, bullying, communication problem, escape from reality, faked death, internet, computer game, antisocial behavior, misfit, mental illness, imagination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, brussels
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Suicide Room (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Poland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Dominik is an ordinary boy. He's got loads of friends, the hottest girl in school, rich parents and money to spend on brand-name clothes. But one innocent kiss with a mate changes everything. He begins to isolate himself from the outside world, ...
Style: captivating, bleak, tense, serious, sad ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: suicide, gay, self destructing, escape from reality, addiction, youth, teenage boy, alienation, life is a bitch, fictional reality, delusion, internet ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: poland, europe
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Days of Darkness (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Jean-Marc is a man without qualities living in times that are out of joint. His wife and children ignore him; he's a mid-level government functionary in Montreal doing his job without care. He has an active imagination of sexual conquest, but ...
Style: humorous, psychological, light, melancholic, sad ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: daydreamer, escape from reality, family relations, social relations, obsession, unfulfillment, midlife crisis, losing-it hero, love and romance, imaginary character, impossible love, sexual fantasy ...
Place: canada, france, montreal
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A timid magazine photo manager who lives life vicariously through daydreams embarks on a true-life adventure when a negative goes missing.
Style: feel good, inspirational, motivational, surreal, scenic ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: self discovery, travel, daydreamer, life changing experience, adventure, loneliness, disorder, adventurer, obsessive quest, coworker, journey, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, contemporary
Place: iceland, greenland, usa, new york, los angeles ...
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The Guild (2007)
Genre: Short, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 4 min.
TV show
Story: The Guild is an American comedy web series created and written by Felicia Day, who also stars as Cyd Sherman. It premiered on YouTube on July 27, 2007. Seasons two through five webisodes premiered on Microsoft's Xbox Live Marketplace, Zune ...
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, captivating, exciting
Plot: escape from reality, friends, video game, misfit, addiction, nerd, geek, lifestyle, real world, social misfits, antisocial behavior, socially awkward ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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The Taste of Tea (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A spell of time in the life of a family living in rural Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo. Though her husband is busy working at an office, Yoshiko is not an ordinary housewife, instead working on an animated film project at home. Uncle Ayano has ...
Style: surreal, touching, semi serious, disturbing, mind bending ...
Plot: countryside, escape from reality, eccentric family, family life, youth, teenage love, parents and children, delusion, dull life, housewife, family history, magic realism ...
Place: japan, asia
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The Science of Sleep (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is lovestruck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.
Style: surreal, psychological, mind bending, psychedelic, visually appealing ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: love, dreams, romance, magic, daydreamer, artist, escape from reality, surrealism, dream, imagination, painting, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, mexico, france, latin america, europe ...
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I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Young-goon, mentally deranged and frequently electro-charging herself with a transistor radio, has been admitted into a mental institution. Firmly believing herself to be a cyborg, she refuses to consume like a human being. Il-soon is another ...
Style: surreal, touching, psychological, emotional, sweet ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, love story, escape from reality, surrealism, androids and robots, love, relationships, misfit, antisocial behavior, romance, cyborgs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea
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eXistenZ (1999)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.
Style: psychological, mind bending, surreal, disturbing, philosophical ...
Plot: virtual reality, cyberpunk, alternate reality, twists and turns, distopia, body horror, plot twist, video game, escape from reality, cyberspace, technology, dystopic future ...
Time: future, near future
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The Fall (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, South Africa, India
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story about 5 mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, ...
Style: surreal, mind bending, visually appealing, light, touching ...
Audience: kids
Plot: hospital, suicide attempt, imagination, imaginary kingdom, adventure, friendship, stuntman, escape from reality, surrealism, magic realism, adventurer, good versus evil ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, india, istanbul turkey, taj mahal
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Starry Starry Night (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Taiwan, China, Hong Kong
Duration: 99 min.
Story: There was once a young girl named May who felt alienated from everyone around her. May is worried about her mother and father, whose marriage is on the rocks, and she yearns to return to the woods where her grandfather lives. One day, May befriends ...
Style: sincere, captivating, visually appealing, psychological, experimental ...
Plot: escape from reality, parents and children, friends, family relations, family problems, friendship, little girl, supernatural, child, teenager, youth, parents separation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: taiwan, asia
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Slipstream (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Aging screenwriter Felix Bonhoeffer has lived his life in two states of existence: in reality and his own interior world. While working on a murder mystery script, and unaware that his brain is on the verge of implosion, Felix is baffled when his ...
Style: surreal, semi serious, atmospheric, humorous, mind bending ...
Plot: self discovery, aging, filmmaking, escape from reality, daydreamer, hopes, imagination, screenwriter, hallucination, friendship, time travel, writers ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, las vegas
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Sweet Mud (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, Germany, France, Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in mid-70's, 12-year old Dvir Avni navigates between the equality values of his home-born Kibbutz and the relationship with his undermined mother, whom the Kibbutz members will to denounce.
Style: disturbing, serious, emotional, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: youth, suicide, coming of age, escape from reality, dysfunctional family, grownups, teenage crush, social misfits, society, escape attempt, family relations, family problems ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1974
Place: israel, middle east
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Kauwboy (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Ten-year-old Jojo lives with his father, a security guard with a volatile personality who drinks to manage the unspoken despair he feels about his wife's absence, which he refuses to discuss with his son. In the midst of so much uncertainty, ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, melancholic, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: parents and children, coming of age, family problems, dysfunctional family, friendship, youth, father son relationship, escape from reality, pets, dishonesty, life & death, children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: holland
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Nocturna (2007)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 80 min.
Story: In the aging orphanage the days pass very uneventfully, but the nights are something quite different; at least for Tim they are. The light reflected from the stars is the only cure for his fear of the dark. One night this fear leads him to the ...
Style: exciting, surreal, entertaining, captivating, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: young heroes, escapades, escape from reality, adventure, rivalry, mysterious character, sleeping, mysterious place, overcoming, cat, orphan, friendship ...
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Asshole (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Gandu hates his life. He hates his mother. Gandu raps out his hate, anger, dirt and filth of his existence. He and his rickshawpuller friend enter the world of smack, rap, porn and horror. Reality and fiction, surreal and bizarre come together. Can ...
Style: tense, surreal, atmospheric, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: depression, rapper, explicit sex, unsimulated sex, male masturbation, erection, masturbation, escape from reality, friends, human nature, drug abuse, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
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The Congress (2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Israel, Germany, Poland, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, USA, India
Duration: 122 min.
Story: More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, Robin Wright decides to take her final job: preserving her likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent and the head of Miramount ...
Style: thought provoking, philosophical, surreal, atmospheric, mind bending ...
Plot: distopia, hallucination, lifestyle, actor's life, parallel world, child illness, moral dilemma, escape from reality, one last job, society, aging, life is a bitch ...
Time: future, 2030s, 21st century, contemporary
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Surviving Life (Theory and Practice) (2010)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Eugene, an aging man, leads a double life – one real, the other in his dreams. He goes to see a psychoanalyst, who tries to interpret the meaning of his dreams. Eugene finds a way of entering his dream-world at will and finds out about his ...
Style: semi serious, witty, humorous, atmospheric, surreal ...
Plot: elderly, impossible love, escape from reality, hopes, moral dilemma, aging, introspection, couple relations, love and romance, couples, crumbling marriage, dream ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: czech republic
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Black Heaven (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An innocent young man becomes enamored with a mysterious girl. He is lured into "Black Hole" - a dark, obscure video game world of avatars with deadly serious intentions in the real world.
Style: mind bending, tense, realistic, serious, erotic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: virtual reality, double suicide, suicidal, mind game, lifestyle, youth, escapades, escape from reality, rivalry, mysterious character, dishonesty, obsessive quest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: france, europe, south of france
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The Famous and the Dead (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In a small town in the countryside in the south of Brazil, a teenager that uses the codename Mr. Tambourine Man spends his time in Internet, at school, smoking pot with his best friend Diego and with his dysfunctional mother. He dreams on leaving ...
Style: surreal, serious, atmospheric, captivating, tense ...
Plot: youth, teenage life, introspection, escape from reality, hopes, love and romance, life is a bitch, society, social decay, teenage love, misfit, social misfits ...
Place: brazil, latin america
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My Brother Tom (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teenage girl, Jessica, befriends a teenage boy called Tom, who is bullied by a local gang. She is abused by Jack, who is both her neighbour and school teacher, and Tom is sexually abused by his father. Together they bond in the woods, creating a ...
Style: psychological, sincere, emotional, rough, captivating ...
Plot: male nudity, friendship, rebellion, teenage boy, forest, life is a bitch, friends, escape from reality, youth, social misfits, rebelliousness, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
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Sebbe (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Duct tape, electrical cables, trigger, explosives. Sebbe never planned to build a bomb. It just happened. Sebbe is 15 years old and lives with his mother in an apartment that is too narrow. He does his best. He never strikes back. Sebbe loves his ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, psychological, mind bending ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: single parent, coming of age, teenage boy, introspection, teenage life, escape from reality, family relations, parents and children, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, society, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
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Virtuality (2009)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Twelve extremely talented men and women have been chosen to be part of the Phaeton mission, a 10-year trek to explore a distant planetary system. In order to endure the stress of being confined to their high-tech vessel, the crew passes the time ...
Style: exciting, atmospheric, suspenseful, futuristic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: spacecraft, virtual reality, survival, save the world, escape from reality, trapped in space, murder, crew, fictional reality show, planet, serial killer, distopia ...
Time: future
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Hounddog (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A drama set in the American South, where a precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley.
Style: disturbing, serious, touching, stylized, erotic ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: sexual abuse, child's point of view, children, child molestation, youth, child molester, rape, blues, life is a bitch, elvis presley, child rape, family problems ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa
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