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, cerebral, clever, complex, visually appealing and stylized films and TV shows about / with alternate reality, storytelling, existentialism, destiny, mentor, dialogue, catastrophe, technology, life philosophy and danger 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: Watchmen (2009), Twelve Monkeys (1995), Awake (2012), Black Mirror (2011), Mr. Nobody (2009), The Man in the High Castle (2015), Interstate 60 (2002), Inception (2010), Premonition (2007), Coherence (2013).

List of alternate reality movies

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, bleak, twists and turns, suspense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: alternate reality, superhero, parallel world, imaginary, conspiracy, superhuman powers, good versus evil, moral dilemma, anti heroes, save the world, investigation, hidden identity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1969, year 1971, year 1959 ...
Place: usa, soviet union, manhattan new york city, afghanistan, antarctica ...
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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, atmospheric, mind bending, bleak ...
Plot: time travel, plague, save the world, insanity, paranoia, alternate reality, post apocalyptic, social misfits, time loop, changing the past or future, apocalypse, future dystopia ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, 90s, year 1990 ...
Place: philadelphia, baltimore, usa
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Awake (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
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, serious, psychological, emotional, suspenseful ...
Plot: alternate reality, double life, family problems, sanity, therapy, loss of son, accident, death in the family, crimes, law enforcement, mystery, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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, serious, stylized, philosophical, cynical ...
Plot: social decay, human nature, computers and web, alternate reality, society, media satire, satire, technology, gadget, media, paranoia, news ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england
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Mr. Nobody (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, UK, Luxembourg
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: psychological, mind bending, futuristic, surreal, philosophical ...
Audience: date night
Plot: destiny, depression, utopia, life changing experience, alternate reality, philosophy, surrealism, romance, imaginary, teenage love, postmodernism, parallel world ...
Time: future, 20th century, 21st century, year 1975
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The Man in the High Castle (2015)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Based on Philip K. Dick's award-winning novel, The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States.
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, captivating, thought provoking
Plot: alternate reality, espionage, fascism, betrayal, intrigue, political intrigue, dishonesty, disorder, rivalry, working undercover, state affairs, secret agents ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1962
Place: usa, japan, new york, cuba, berlin germany ...
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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: road movie, surreal, witty, enigmatic, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: road trip, self discovery, wish come true, choice, dream girl, self fulfillment, alternate reality, on the road, imaginary, changing the past or future, hopes, life philosophy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new jersey
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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, suspenseful ...
Plot: parallel world, haunted by the past, mind control, manipulations, virtual reality, teamwork, redemption, imagination, philosophy, subconscious, alternate reality, hi-tech ...
Time: 2010s, near future
Place: sydney australia, paris france, japan, kenya, africa ...
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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, mind bending, surprise ending, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: destiny, time loop, time travel, dealing with death, psychic, starting over, alternate reality, foreknowledge, loss of spouse, couples, housewife, memory loss ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa
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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, tense, psychological, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: parallel world, disorder, alternate reality, power outage, confinement indoors, imaginary, mystery, friends, couple relations, asteroids and comets, chaos and mayhem, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
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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, serious, philosophical, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: future dystopia, cyberpunk, chosen one, hacker, man versus machine, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, save the world, philosophy, imaginary, cyberspace, mentor ...
Time: future, 1990s, 90s, 21st century, 20th century
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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, inspirational, touching, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, date night, chick flick
Plot: christmas, destiny, road not taken, family life, life changing experience, family relations, rich and poor, alternate reality, lifestyle change, midlife crisis, fish out of water, angel ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: usa, new jersey, new york, manhattan new york city
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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, suspenseful, sentimental, psychological, twists and turns ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: destiny, changing the past or future, fall in love, forbidden love, manipulations, fictional reality, foreknowledge, alternate reality, true love, power of love, politician, mind control ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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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: humorous, feel good, philosophical, witty, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: time loop, existentialism, time warp, small town, deja vu, time travel, life philosophy, wooing, love and romance, romance, alternate reality, road not taken ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 20th century, future
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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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: misfit, alternate reality, society, love and romance, dishonesty, distopia, love triangle, farce, disorder, pretense, atheism, loser ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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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, humorous, semi serious, light, talky ...
Audience: date night, teens, teen comedy
Plot: parallel world, utopia, time travel, small town life, alternate reality, coming of age, small town, siblings relations, old love, prejudice, fish out of water, american dream ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1990s, future
Place: france, paris france
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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, mind bending, atmospheric, twists and turns, surreal ...
Plot: mystery, lesbian, obsession, strong sexual content, dreams, cowboy, death, hollywood, frustration, hallucination, alternate reality, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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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: exciting, rough, suspenseful, philosophical, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, man versus machine, virtual reality, post apocalypse, technology gone awry, precognition, artificial intelligence, save the world, alternate reality, martial arts, mind control ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, year 2003, 23rd century ...
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Coraline (2009)
Genre: Animation, Drama, 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, scary, bleak, stylized ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, horror for children
Plot: dark fantasy, parallel world, adventure, family, parents and children, danger, young heroes, cat, save the day, neighbor, secret place, imagination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, michigan, texas
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Sliders (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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, suspenseful, clever, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: parallel world, alternate dimension, experiment gone awry, parallel worlds, alien invasion, adventure, getting home, escapades, alternate reality, danger, portal, survival ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, san francisco, california
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Source Code (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
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, captivating, suspenseful, mind bending, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, destiny, bomb, save the day, imaginary, suspicion, terrorism, parallel universe, nuclear threat, danger ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, afghanistan, chicago illinois
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Straight Story (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Greece
Duration: 88 min.
Story: This film is about an upside down world, where being homosexual is considered "normal" and heterosexual is considered "not normal".
Style: humorous, captivating, sincere, light, not serious ...
Plot: alternate reality, gays and lesbians, couple relations, society, love and romance, farce, parents and children, dream, lifestyle, family relations, heterosexuality, sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: greece, europe
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The Animatrix (2003)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Straight from the creators of the groundbreaking Matrix trilogy, this collection of short animated films from the world's leading anime directors fuses computer graphics and Japanese anime to provide the background of the Matrix universe and ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, rough, atmospheric, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: future dystopia, man versus machine, save the world, technology gone awry, danger, a.i., cyberspace, fighting the system, uncover truth, alternate reality, imaginary, mind control ...
Time: future, 21st century, 22nd century
Place: japan, tokyo
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Star Trek (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, a Vulcan, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, stylized, semi serious, intense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: spacecraft, space travel, space wars, space and aliens, adventure, teleportation, heroic mission, teamwork, imaginary, time travel, alternate reality, space opera ...
Time: future, 23rd century
Place: iowa
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John Dies at the End (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A new drug promises out-of-body experiences, but users are coming back changed forever, and an otherworldly invasion of Earth is underway.
Style: dark humor, absurd, not serious, cult film, surreal ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: invasion, portal, buddies, save the world, alternate reality, anti heroes, monster, gory, drugs/alcohol, danger, adaptation, plot twist ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, las vegas
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The Truman Show (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Truman Burbank is the star of "The Truman Show", a 24-hour-a-day "reality" TV show that broadcasts every aspect of his life -- live and in color -- without his knowledge. His entire life has been an unending soap opera for ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, philosophical, clever, surreal ...
Plot: self discovery, freedom, fictional reality, manipulations, loneliness, dishonesty, deception, alternate reality, showbiz, voyeurism, suburban life, tv show ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, future
Place: usa, florida
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Madness in the Method (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Jason wants to be taken more seriously as an actor, so he asks his friend Kevin Smith for advice, and decides to become a method actor. Trouble is, being a method actor drives him mad and he slowly becomes a serial killer.
Style: light, entertaining, humorous, absurd
Plot: alternate reality, murder, brutality, insanity, weapons, filmmaking, book, part animation, sex scene, actor, narcissism, actor playing himself ...
Place: usa
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Seuls (2017)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Five kids wake up in a world where everybody has disappeared.
Style: suspense, tense, exciting, suspenseful
Plot: teenager, alternate reality, survival, alone, disappearance, fight, post apocalypse, fear, death, urban setting, handcuffed, wine ...
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A Snow Globe Christmas (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: While clasping her favorite Christmas snow globe, a cynical, overworked TV executive rants about how the movies she produces lie, making you think dreams come can come true. Upset, she tries to smash the globe, but instead it bonks her on the head, ...
Style: light, sweet, realistic, humorous, touching ...
Audience: date night, family outing
Plot: alternate reality, christmas, road not taken, love and romance, family problems, husband wife relationship, television producer, opposites attract, couples, adaptation, love, escapades ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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DC's Legends of Tomorrow (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: When heroes alone are not enough ... the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to ...
Style: captivating, exciting, entertaining, humorous, stylized
Audience: teens
Plot: superhero team, villain, lgbt, adventure, save the world, super villain, alternate reality, superhero, time travel, female warrior, strong female character, good versus evil ...
Time: 2010s
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