Alternate reality movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant alternate reality movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out interesting, complex, thought provoking, clever, visually appealing and cerebral films and TV shows about / with alternate reality, storytelling, mentor, dialogue, destiny, technology, existentialism, imaginary, catastrophe and death plots mostly in Sci-Fi, Drama and Fantasy genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as alternate reality: Pleasantville (1998), Coherence (2013), Black Mirror (2011), Twelve Monkeys (1995), Interstate 60 (2002), Awake (2012), Watchmen (2009), Inception (2010), The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Revolutions (2003).

List of alternate reality movies

 7.5
 123K
Pleasantville (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Geeky teenager David and his popular twin sister, Jennifer, get sucked into the black-and-white world of a 1950s TV sitcom called "Pleasantville," and find a world where everything is peachy keen all the time. But when Jennifer's ...
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, light, talky ...
Audience: date night, teens, teen comedy
Plot: alternate reality, parallel world, utopia, time travel, coming of age, small town life, small town, siblings relations, family relations, old love, prejudice, fish out of water ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s ...
Place: france, paris france
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 7.2
 113K
Coherence (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: On the night a comet is passing near Earth, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events. When the power goes out, they discover that the only house on the street left with power also holds many secrets.
Style: mind bending, suspenseful, psychological, tense, twists and turns ...
Plot: parallel world, alternate reality, disorder, friends, dinner party, time loop, power outage, asteroids and comets, quantum physics, comet, imaginary, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
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 8.8
 455K
Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A contemporary British re-working of The Twilight Zone with stories that tap into the collective unease about our modern world.  Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we've had time to ...
Style: thought provoking, twists and turns, philosophical, serious, stylized ...
Plot: alternate reality, computers and web, social decay, distopia, society, human nature, dark humor, satire, technology, media satire, gadget, chaos ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england, london
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 8.0
 586K
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In the year 2035, convict James Cole reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to discover the origin of a deadly virus that wiped out nearly all of the earth's population and forced the survivors into underground communities. But when ...
Style: psychological, surreal, non-linear, mind bending, atmospheric ...
Plot: time travel, alternate reality, insanity, paranoia, post apocalypse, post apocalyptic, time loop, save the world, plague, apocalypse, social misfits, changing the past or future ...
Time: future, 90s, 21st century, 20th century, 1990s ...
Place: philadelphia, baltimore, usa
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 7.7
 30K
Interstate 60 (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An aspiring painter meets various characters and learns valuable lessons while traveling across America.
Style: witty, road movie, surreal, enigmatic, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: road trip, alternate reality, self discovery, wish come true, dream girl, choice, life philosophy, on the road, self fulfillment, imaginary, changing the past or future, motel ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: new jersey
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 7.9
 20K
Awake (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Michael lives in two separate realities after a car accident. In one reality, his wife Hannah survives the accident; in the other reality, his son Rex survives. Michael does not know which reality is "real", and uses the wristbands to ...
Style: mind bending, psychological, serious, emotional, suspenseful ...
Plot: alternate reality, double life, family problems, police investigation, car accident, police detective, sanity, loss of spouse, loss of loved one, therapy, police officer, accident ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 7.6
 514K
Watchmen (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered, an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited ...
Style: comic, neo noir, bleak, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: alternate reality, anti heroes, conspiracy, superhero, parallel world, superhuman powers, anti hero, good versus evil, heroes, human nature, investigation, moral dilemma ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1971, year 1970 ...
Place: usa, soviet union, ussr, manhattan new york city, vietnam ...
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 8.8
 2.1M
Inception (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, clever, cerebral, twist ending ...
Plot: parallel world, mind control, alternate reality, virtual reality, subconscious, teamwork, life philosophy, manipulations, haunted by the past, existentialism, perfect crime, fictional reality ...
Time: 2010s, near future
Place: japan, paris france, los angeles, new york, tokyo ...
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 8.7
 1.7M
The Matrix (1999)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Set in the 22nd century, The Matrix tells the story of a computer hacker who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth.
Style: mind bending, thought provoking, philosophical, cerebral, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: artificial intelligence, future dystopia, cyberpunk, distopia, hacker, chosen one, philosophy, alternate reality, man versus machine, save the world, virtual reality, existentialism ...
Time: future, 90s, 1990s, 21st century, 20th century ...
Place: los angeles
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The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith.
Style: exciting, bleak, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, man versus machine, alternate reality, freedom, chosen one, warrior, precognition, virtual reality, save the world, post apocalypse, resistance ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2000s, 23rd century, distant future
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The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Six months after the events depicted in The Matrix, Neo has proved to be a good omen for the free humans, as more and more humans are being freed from the matrix and brought to Zion, the one and only stronghold of the Resistance. Neo himself has ...
Style: philosophical, exciting, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, artificial intelligence, post apocalypse, man versus machine, alternate reality, virtual reality, chosen one, save the world, mind control, precognition, heroes ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, distant future, year 2003 ...
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 5.9
 74K
Premonition (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A depressed housewife who learns her husband was killed in a car accident the day previously, awakens the next morning to find him alive and well at home, and then awakens the day after to a world in which he is still dead.
Style: psychological, surprise ending, suspenseful, mind bending, serious ...
Plot: destiny, time loop, time travel, alternate reality, dealing with death, foreknowledge, parallel world, psychic, starting over, death, couples, housewife ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa
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 6.0
 233K
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: atmospheric, surreal, exciting, sexy, mad ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: escape from reality, violence, alternate reality, adventure, imaginary, confined, lobotomy, escape, steampunk, sexual abuse, patient, female assassin ...
Place: vermont
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 7.8
 220K
Mr. Nobody (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, UK, Luxembourg, USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Nemo Nobody leads an ordinary existence with his wife and 3 children; one day, he wakes up as a mortal centenarian in the year 2092.
Style: mind bending, philosophical, psychological, thought provoking, surreal ...
Audience: date night
Plot: destiny, depression, utopia, alternate reality, life changing experience, surrealism, philosophy, parallel world, love and romance, teenage love, family relations, romance ...
Time: future, 20th century, 21st century, year 1975
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 7.7
 202K
Coraline (2009)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, ...
Style: surreal, gothic, offbeat, scary, dark ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, horror for children
Plot: dark fantasy, parallel world, heroine, weirdo, adventure, alternate reality, monster, family, danger, rescue, secret place, save the day ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, michigan, texas
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 7.4
 17K
Sliders (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: In his basement in San Francisco, boy-genius Quinn Mallory unlocks the doorway to an infinite number of Earths. During a test run, Quinn invites co-worker Wade Wells and his teacher Professor Maximillian Arturo to see his new invention. But an ...
Style: exciting, atmospheric, clever, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: parallel world, alternate dimension, alternate reality, experiment gone awry, alien invasion, parallel worlds, portal, adventure, getting home, danger, escapades, survival ...
Time: 90s, 2000s, 1990s
Place: usa, san francisco, california
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The Invention of Lying (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in a world where the concept of lying doesn't exist, a loser changes his lot when he invents lying and uses it to get ahead.
Style: philosophical, humorous, cynical, clever, funny ...
Plot: alternate reality, misfit, love and romance, society, rags to riches, dishonesty, love triangle, disorder, pretense, farce, atheism, fictional reality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 13th century
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The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A man glimpses the future Fate has planned for him – and chooses to fight for his own destiny. Battling the powerful Adjustment Bureau across, under and through the streets of New York, he risks his destined greatness to be with the only woman ...
Style: mind bending, twists and turns, suspenseful, psychological, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: destiny, fall in love, changing the past or future, alternate reality, fictional reality, forbidden love, teleportation, power of love, mind control, manipulations, foreknowledge, true love ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, united states
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 8.4
 223K
Fringe (2008)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham, brilliant but formerly institutionalized scientist Walter Bishop and his scheming, reluctant son Peter uncover a deadly mystery involving a series of unbelievable events and realize they may be a part of a larger, ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, surreal, suspense
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: supernatural, mad scientist, special agents, scientist, fbi, experiment, investigation, creature, alternate dimension, top secret, danger, paranormal activity ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university
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 6.8
 105K
The Family Man (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Jack's lavish, fast-paced lifestyle changes one Christmas night when he stumbles into a grocery store holdup and disarms the gunman. The next morning he wakes up in bed lying next to Kate, his college sweetheart he left in order to pursue his ...
Style: feel good, sincere, touching, inspirational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: christmas, destiny, road not taken, life changing experience, alternate reality, workaholic, family relations, rich and poor, fish out of water, singleness, family life, lifestyle change ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 2000, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city
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 7.5
 491K
Source Code (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in the body of an unknown man, discovering he's involved in a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. He learns he's part of a top-secret experimental program that enables ...
Style: surprise ending, mind bending, captivating, suspenseful, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, bomb, destiny, save the day, race against time, terrorism, nuclear threat, alternate reality, imaginary, train ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, afghanistan
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 8.0
 586K
Groundhog Day (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A narcissistic TV weatherman, along with his attractive-but-distant producer and mawkish cameraman, is sent to report on Groundhog Day in the small town of Punxsutawney, where he finds himself repeating the same day over and over.
Style: feel good, philosophical, humorous, sentimental, witty ...
Audience: date night
Plot: time loop, life philosophy, existentialism, time warp, time travel, small town, nothing goes right, alternate reality, idealism, hopes, repeated event, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, future
Place: pennsylvania, usa, pittsburgh
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Mulholland Drive (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Style: psychological, twists and turns, mind bending, neo noir, surreal ...
Plot: lesbian, mystery, hallucination, surrealism, obsession, lesbianism, dreams, strong sexual content, alternate reality, hollywood, lesbian sex, lesbian romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 8.2
 30K
The Lost Room (2006)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 270 min.
TV show
Story: A detective investigates a mysterious motel room, which acts as a portal to an alternate universe.
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, stylized, captivating, serious
Plot: riddles and clues, alternate dimension, lost, escapades, characters in danger, supernatural, imaginary, obsessive quest, peril, teleportation, investigator, alternate reality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this wonderful world!! (2016)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: After a traffic accident, Kazuma Sato’s disappointingly brief life was supposed to be over, but he wakes up to see a beautiful girl before him. She claims to be a goddess, Aqua, and asks if he would like to go to another world and bring only ...
Style: parody, entertaining, humorous, light, absurd ...
Plot: goddess, deity, adventure, magic, parallel world, harem, alternate reality, alternate world, battles, heroes, battle, hit by a car ...
Place: japan
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 5.9
 92K
Iron Sky (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: Finland, Germany, Australia, France, Norway, Belgium, Denmark, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers.
Style: weird, humorous, futuristic, not serious, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: invasion, nazism, ufo, steampunk, alternate reality, flying saucer, moon, outer space, nuclear explosion, astronaut, space travel, space station ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, washington d.c., new york, germany
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Back to the Future (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Eighties teenager Marty McFly is accidentally sent back in time to 1955, inadvertently disrupting his parents' first meeting and attracting his mother's romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by rekindling his ...
Style: feel good, exciting, light, humorous, clever ...
Audience: family outing, teens, date night, kids, teen comedy
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, mad scientist, adventure, time machine, scientist, destiny, time paradox, inventor, chases and races, sent to the past, fish out of water ...
Time: 80s, future, 50s, 1950s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, california
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Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Three men walk into a bar; two geeks and a cynic. They are three ordinary blokes who all have dreams and hopes for an exciting and better future
Style: humorous, futuristic, exciting, not serious, tricky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, time machine, alternate reality, sent to the future, friendship, disorder, existence paradox, parallel universe, loser, time loop, pub, underdog ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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 6.7
 64K
Sliding Doors (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Gwyneth Paltrow plays London publicist Helen, effortlessly sliding between parallel storylines that show what happens if she does or does not catch a train back to her apartment. Love. Romantic entanglements. Deception. Trust. Friendship. Comedy. ...
Style: feel good, touching, semi serious, twists and turns, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: infidelity, alternate reality, road not taken, choice, breakup, love triangle, time travel, chance, romance, love and romance, love affair, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: london, usa, europe, england, big ben london ...
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 8.2
 627K
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Living with her tyrannical stepfather in a new home with her pregnant mother, 10-year-old Ofelia feels alone until she explores a decaying labyrinth guarded by a mysterious faun who claims to know her destiny. If she wishes to return to her real ...
Style: atmospheric, fairy tale, stylized, gothic, macabre ...
Plot: dark fantasy, monster, creature, imaginary, fairy, imaginary kingdom, legends and myths, death, cruelty, good versus evil, young heroes, imagination ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1944
Place: spain, europe
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