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 thought provoking, complex, interesting, visually appealing, serious and cerebral films and TV shows about / with alternate reality, storytelling, mentor, destiny, dialogue, existentialism, imaginary, catastrophe, technology and life philosophy 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: Twelve Monkeys (1995), Black Mirror (2011), Pleasantville (1998), Interstate 60 (2002), Awake (2012), Watchmen (2009), Coherence (2013), Inception (2010), The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded (2003).

List of alternate reality movies

 8.0
 567K
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, mind bending, atmospheric, non-linear ...
Plot: time travel, alternate reality, plague, save the world, paranoia, post apocalyptic, insanity, time loop, post apocalypse, social misfits, changing the past or future, future dystopia ...
Time: future, 90s, 21st century, 20th century, year 1990 ...
Place: philadelphia, baltimore, usa
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 8.8
 410K
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, philosophical, stylized, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: alternate reality, computers and web, human nature, distopia, social decay, society, media satire, satire, technology, chaos, gadget, media ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england, london
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 7.5
 119K
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: alternate reality, parallel world, time travel, utopia, small town life, coming of age, small town, siblings relations, fantasy world, family relations, old love, prejudice ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s ...
Place: paris france, france
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 7.7
 29K
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, witty, surreal, enigmatic, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: road trip, alternate reality, self discovery, wish come true, choice, dream girl, self fulfillment, on the road, life philosophy, imaginary, changing the past or future, hopes ...
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.
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, accident, loss of son, death in the family, dealing with death, crimes, mystery, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 7.6
 489K
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, conspiracy, anti heroes, save the world, neo noir, superhuman powers, good versus evil, heroes, moral dilemma, investigation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1970, year 1985, year 1940 ...
Place: usa, soviet union, russia, vietnam, new york ...
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 7.2
 102K
Coherence (2013)
Genre: Drama, 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, psychological, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: parallel world, alternate reality, disorder, mystery, asteroids and comets, power outage, dinner party, friends, confinement indoors, isolation, imaginary, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
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 8.8
 2.0M
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, virtual reality, haunted by the past, alternate reality, mind control, teamwork, redemption, manipulations, subconscious, sleeping, philosophy, perfect crime ...
Time: 2010s, near future
Place: paris france, los angeles, japan, kenya, tokyo ...
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 8.7
 1.6M
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: future dystopia, cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, chosen one, man versus machine, distopia, hacker, virtual reality, save the world, alternate reality, philosophy, imaginary ...
Time: future, 90s, 1990s, 21st century, 20th century ...
Place: los angeles
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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, alternate reality, virtual reality, post apocalypse, artificial intelligence, technology gone awry, precognition, save the world, chosen one, mind control ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, year 2003, 23rd century ...
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 7.8
 211K
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: psychological, mind bending, thought provoking, philosophical, surreal ...
Audience: date night
Plot: depression, destiny, utopia, alternate reality, life changing experience, parallel world, surrealism, romance, imaginary, teenage love, philosophy, death ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, year 1975
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 5.9
 71K
Premonition (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, 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 loop, alternate reality, time travel, dealing with death, psychic, foreknowledge, parallel world, starting over, death, loss of spouse, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa
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 7.4
 16K
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, clever, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: parallel world, alternate reality, alternate dimension, parallel worlds, experiment gone awry, alien invasion, adventure, getting home, danger, escapades, hopes, survival ...
Time: 90s
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, society, love and romance, dishonesty, distopia, love triangle, farce, disorder, pretense, atheism, fictional reality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 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, changing the past or future, fall in love, alternate reality, forbidden love, fictional reality, manipulations, power of love, foreknowledge, true love, mind control, politician ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, united states
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 8.4
 215K
Fringe (2008)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 46 min.
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, scientist, special agents, fbi, investigation, creature, paranormal activity, experiment, alternate dimension, danger, top secret ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university
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 6.0
 227K
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, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: escape from reality, violence, adventure, alternate reality, imaginary, confined, lobotomy, escape, sexual abuse, survival, patient, danger ...
Place: vermont
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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, serious, futuristic, suspense, rough ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, man versus machine, virtual reality, alternate reality, chosen one, freedom, warrior, save the world, heroes, fighting the system, precognition ...
Time: future, 21st century, 23rd century, 2000s
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 8.0
 567K
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, humorous, philosophical, witty, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: time loop, existentialism, time warp, small town, time travel, alternate reality, life philosophy, deja vu, wooing, nothing goes right, romance, road not taken ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, future
Place: pennsylvania, usa, pittsburgh
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 7.7
 190K
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, scary, stylized, dark ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, horror for children
Plot: parallel world, dark fantasy, family, adventure, danger, parents and children, alternate reality, imaginary, children, talking animals, weirdo, save the day ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, michigan, texas
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 8.2
 29K
The Lost Room (2006)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 270 min.
Story: A detective investigates a mysterious motel room, which acts as a portal to an alternate universe.
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, captivating, stylized, serious
Plot: imaginary, riddles and clues, lost, alternate dimension, obsessive quest, characters in danger, escapades, supernatural, peril, teleportation, investigator, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 6.7
 62K
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, chance, romance, love affair, love and romance, unfulfillment, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: london, usa, europe, england, big ben london ...
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 7.4
 70K
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: exciting, suspenseful, rough, bleak, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, man versus machine, save the world, technology gone awry, alternate reality, danger, a.i., cyberspace, uncover truth, fighting the system, imaginary, heroic mission ...
Time: future, 21st century, 22nd century
Place: japan, tokyo
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 7.9
 571K
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, reboot ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: space travel, spacecraft, space wars, space and aliens, adventure, heroic mission, teleportation, teamwork, imaginary, alternate reality, space opera, warp speed ...
Time: future, 23rd century
Place: san francisco, iowa
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 6.8
 101K
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, girls' night
Plot: christmas, road not taken, destiny, family relations, life changing experience, rich and poor, family life, lifestyle change, alternate reality, midlife crisis, fish out of water, workaholic ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1987, year 2000
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city
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 8.2
 604K
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War
Country: Spain, Mexico, USA, France
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, serious ...
Plot: dark fantasy, creature, monster, legends and myths, fairy, imaginary, imaginary kingdom, fantasy world, good versus evil, young heroes, imagination, cruelty ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1944
Place: spain, europe
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 7.5
 475K
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, mind bending, suspenseful, captivating, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, destiny, bomb, save the day, imaginary, suspicion, terrorism, precognition, danger, alternate reality ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, afghanistan
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 7.1
 135K
Never Let Me Go (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy spend their childhood at an idyllic and secluded English boarding school. As they grow into adults, they must come to terms with the complexity and strength of their love for one another while also preparing for ...
Style: psychological, sad, melancholic, heartbreaking, depressing ...
Plot: distopia, existentialism, cloning, childhood, boarding school, friendship, loneliness, love triangle, life is a bitch, alternate reality, love and romance, dishonesty ...
Time: year 1994, 1990s, year 1978, year 1985, 80s ...
Place: england, europe
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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, parallel universe, loser, time loop, pub, underdog, adventure ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
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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: serious, suspenseful, tense, captivating, thought provoking
Plot: alternate reality, espionage, fascism, betrayal, intrigue, rivalry, working undercover, disorder, dishonesty, political intrigue, secret agents, state affairs ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1962, 1960s
Place: usa, japan, berlin germany, san francisco, cuba ...
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