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 clever, interesting, cerebral, stylized, serious and enigmatic films and TV shows about / with alternate reality, storytelling, mentor, dialogue, destiny, catastrophe, creativity, existentialism, life philosophy and first contact plots mostly in Sci-Fi, Drama and Fantasy genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as alternate reality: Watchmen (2009), Black Mirror (2011), Awake (2012), Mr. Nobody (2009), Pleasantville (1998), The Man in the High Castle (2015), John Dies at the End (2012), It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Inception (2010), Click (2006).

List of alternate reality movies

 7.6
 450K
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: bleak, twists and turns, suspense, comic, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, parallel world, alternate reality, save the world, superhuman powers, investigation, good versus evil, human nature, moral dilemma, vigilantism, violence, moral ambiguity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1940, year 1985, 1960s ...
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, antarctica, afghanistan, vietnam ...
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 8.9
 297K
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, dark humor, biting, cynical, serious ...
Plot: human nature, social decay, society, computers and web, media satire, alternate reality, mind control, technology, news, paranoia, media coverage, media ...
Time: future
Place: england
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 7.9
 20K
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, psychological, serious, emotional, suspenseful ...
Plot: double life, alternate reality, family problems, sanity, therapy, loss of son, accident, dealing with death, parents and children, loss of child, law enforcement, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 7.8
 195K
Mr. Nobody (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, USA, UK
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, futuristic, mind bending, surreal, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: destiny, utopia, depression, teenage love, alternate reality, surrealism, romance, life changing experience, death, parallel world, love affair, childhood ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, year 1975
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 7.5
 114K
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: time travel, parallel world, small town life, utopia, alternate reality, small town, siblings relations, old love, coming of age, prejudice, fish out of water, american dream ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1990s, future
Place: paris france, france
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The Man in the High Castle (2015)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
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, captivating, tense, thought provoking
Plot: alternate reality, espionage, betrayal, dishonesty, political intrigue, disorder, intrigue, working undercover, rivalry, against humanity, state affairs, secret agents ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, japan, cuba, new york, san francisco
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John Dies at the End (2012)
Genre: Comedy, 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, scary, surreal, enigmatic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: invasion, alternate reality, portal, buddies, danger, drugs/alcohol, save the world, anti heroes, slacker, adaptation, storytelling, plot twist ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, las vegas
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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A holiday favourite for generations... George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George's modest building and loan company. ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: angel, christmas, small town, self discovery, holiday, desperation, family, life changing experience, small town life, alternate reality, road not taken, suicide attempt ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1910s, 1930s ...
Place: usa, new york
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 8.8
 1.8M
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, suspenseful, clever, exciting ...
Plot: parallel world, manipulations, haunted by the past, teamwork, perfect crime, redemption, mind control, virtual reality, hi-tech, imagination, dreams, corporate world ...
Time: 2010s, near future
Place: los angeles, paris france, japan, sydney australia
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 6.4
 281K
Click (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A workaholic architect finds a universal remote that allows him to fast-forward and rewind to different parts of his life. Complications arise when the remote starts to overrule his choices.
Style: humorous, sentimental, uplifting, captivating, inspirational ...
Audience: date night, family outing, teens
Plot: architect, wish come true, regret, redemption, workaholic, dog, remote control, alternate reality, family relations, relationship vs career, hopes, nothing goes right ...
Time: 2020s, 2010s, 2000s, 1960s, 1990s ...
Place: usa, mcdonald's restaurant, morocco, new york yankees, new york
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 7.5
 448K
Source Code (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
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: suspenseful, surprise ending, captivating, twists and turns, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, destiny, bomb, suspicion, save the day, nuclear threat, imaginary, time loop, danger, race against time, terrorism ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, afghanistan
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The 10th Kingdom (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 417 min.
Story: Two centuries after Snow White and Cinderella had their adventures, the Nine Kingdoms ready themselves for the coronation of Prince Wendel, Snow White's grandson, to the throne of the Fourth Kingdom. But an evil once-queen has freed herself ...
Style: exciting, feel good, humorous, fairy tale, offbeat ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: fairy, adventure, creature, supernatural ability, magical, imaginary kingdom, good versus evil, curses spells and rituals, friendship, journey, parallel world, imaginary ...
Place: virginia, usa, new york
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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: mind bending, psychological, twists and turns, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: lesbian, strong sexual content, showbiz, uncover truth, obsession, actress, jealousy, death, frustration, hollywood, mystery, amnesia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 8.0
 553K
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: space travel, spacecraft, space wars, heroic mission, space and aliens, adventure, teamwork, teleportation, vengeance, time travel, space opera, black hole ...
Time: future, 23rd century
Place: iowa
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 8.7
 1.5M
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: thought provoking, mind bending, exciting, serious, philosophical ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: virtual reality, save the world, future dystopia, cyberpunk, man versus machine, artificial intelligence, cyberspace, imaginary, chosen one, technology gone awry, a.i., hacker ...
Time: future, 1990s, 21st century, 20th century, 90s
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 6.8
 59K
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: semi serious, feel good, touching, sentimental, clever ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: infidelity, road not taken, breakup, chance, romance, time travel, love affair, love and romance, choice, alternate reality, unfulfillment, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: london, usa, europe, england
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 8.1
 826K
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, surreal, clever, touching, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, manipulations, voyeurism, tv show, freedom, suburban life, dishonesty, fictional reality, deception, alternate reality, fictional reality show, hollywood ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future, 1990s
Place: usa, florida
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 8.0
 535K
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, atmospheric, surreal, bleak, non-linear ...
Plot: time travel, plague, changing the past or future, social misfits, save the world, apocalypse, insanity, future dystopia, time loop, paranoia, mystery, underground ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, 90s, year 1917 ...
Place: philadelphia, baltimore, usa
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Southland Tales (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, France
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an ...
Style: cynical, dark humor, surreal, enigmatic, futuristic ...
Plot: end of the world, apocalypse, surrealism, chaos, split personality, prophecy, smuggling, terrorist, future dystopia, dishonesty, life is a bitch, alternate reality ...
Time: future, 2000s, year 2008, year 2005, near future
Place: california, southern california, north korea, middle east, nevada ...
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Super Mario Bros. (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Mario and Luigi, plumbers from Brooklyn, find themselves in an alternate universe where evolved dinosaurs live in hi-tech squalor. They're the only hope to save our universe from invasion by the dino dictator, Koopa.
Style: humorous, semi serious, captivating, entertaining, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens
Plot: parallel world, rescue, good versus evil, adventure, heroic mission, family, heroes, save the world, escapades, master villain, alternate reality, save the princess ...
Time: future, 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: new york, 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: humorous, philosophical, cynical, clever, funny ...
Plot: misfit, society, love and romance, dishonesty, distopia, love triangle, farce, pretense, disorder, honesty, alternate reality, loser ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 7.7
 176K
Dark City (1998)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun and run by beings with telekinetic powers who seek the souls of humans.
Style: gothic, mind bending, atmospheric, tech noir, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, evil alien, future dystopia, memory, haunted by the past, mind control, paranoia, alien race, memory loss, space and aliens, mad scientist, deadly ...
Time: future, 1940s
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 6.4
 158K
Tomorrowland (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Spain, France, UK
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and ...
Style: exciting, captivating, feel good, thought provoking, serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: adventure, youth, heroes, utopia, save the world, young heroes, obsessive quest, apocalypse, androids and robots, destiny, imaginary, end of the world ...
Time: future, 2010s, 1960s
Place: paris france, florida, houston texas, africa
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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, stylized, entertaining, exciting, humorous
Audience: teens
Plot: superhero team, superhero, villain, alternate reality, super villain, female warrior, assassin, time travel, strong female character, adventure, good versus evil, save the world ...
Time: 2010s
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Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: When time travel allows a past wrong to be righted for The Flash and his family, the ripples of the event prove disastrous as a fractured, alternate reality now exists where a Justice League never formed, and even Superman is nowhere to be found. ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, exciting, intense, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: superhero, alternate timeline, race against time, time travel, adventure, save the world, heroes, chases and races, hopes, villain, danger, changing the past or future ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, big ben london, washington d.c., paris france
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 5.9
 69K
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, suspenseful, surprise ending, serious ...
Plot: destiny, time travel, dealing with death, starting over, psychic, foreknowledge, memory loss, race against time, loss of spouse, couples, family problems, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa
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 6.8
 87K
eXistenZ (1999)
Genre: Horror, 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: futuristic, surreal, disturbing, stylized, tense ...
Plot: virtual reality, escape from reality, inventions and discoveries, video game, cyberspace, technology gone awry, mind control, future dystopia, computers and web, danger, hacker, alternate reality ...
Time: future
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The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important. He's about to tell the discovery to his colleague, Douglas Hall, but knowing someone is after him, the old man leaves a letter in his computer generated parallel ...
Style: mind bending, futuristic, atmospheric, intellectual, twists and turns ...
Plot: parallel world, virtual reality, cyberspace, technology gone awry, murder, uncover truth, crimes, computer system, investigation, protagonist as suspect, rivalry, danger ...
Time: 90s, future, 20th century, 1930s, 1990s ...
Place: los angeles, usa
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 7.7
 27K
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: offbeat, surreal, enigmatic, witty, road movie ...
Audience: date night
Plot: self discovery, wish come true, on the road, road trip, imaginary, choice, changing the past or future, hitchhiker, self fulfillment, dream girl, surrealism, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new jersey
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 7.2
 87K
Coherence (2013)
Genre: 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, clever, suspenseful ...
Plot: parallel world, disorder, power outage, paranoia, alternate reality, couples, candle, comet, dinner party, alter ego, imaginary, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
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