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

List of alternate reality movies

 7.5
 128K
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 drama
Plot: alternate reality, utopia, parallel world, time travel, coming of age, small town life, small town, old love, fish out of water, bully, rain, adolescence ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 90s, future
Place: paris france, france
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 8.8
 513K
Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
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: twists and turns, thought provoking, philosophical, serious, stylized ...
Plot: alternate reality, computers and web, society, distopia, social decay, human nature, dark humor, satire, technology, media satire, gadget, chaos ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england, london
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 7.9
 21K
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, therapy, family problems, police investigation, car accident, police detective, sanity, police officer, insanity, loss of family member, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 7.6
 32K
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, enigmatic, surreal, road movie, cerebral ...
Audience: date night
Plot: alternate reality, road trip, self discovery, wish come true, dream girl, choice, on the road, life philosophy, self fulfillment, hopes, changing the past or future, motel ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new jersey
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 7.2
 124K
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, suspenseful, psychological, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: parallel world, alternate reality, disorder, dinner party, quantum physics, friends, time loop, confinement indoors, parallel universe, comet, asteroids and comets, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
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 8.7
 1.9M
The Matrix (1999)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Australia
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, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: artificial intelligence, distopia, cyberpunk, alternate reality, chosen one, existentialism, future dystopia, philosophy, virtual reality, hacker, man versus machine, mentor ...
Time: future, 90s, 21st century, 20th century, 22nd century
Place: los angeles
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 8.8
 2.3M
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, surreal ...
Plot: parallel world, mind control, alternate reality, subconscious, virtual reality, life philosophy, fantasy world, teamwork, existentialism, fictional reality, manipulation, psychological manipulation ...
Time: 2010s, near future
Place: japan, paris france, los angeles, new york, sydney australia ...
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 8.0
 608K
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, non-linear, surreal, atmospheric, cerebral ...
Plot: time travel, post apocalypse, paranoia, insanity, alternate reality, apocalypse, save the world, time loop, plague, social misfits, psychology, changing the past or future ...
Time: future, 90s, 21st century, 20th century, 2030s ...
Place: philadelphia, baltimore, usa
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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, alternate reality, artificial intelligence, chosen one, freedom, virtual reality, man versus machine, warrior, distopia, mission, post apocalypse, save the world ...
Time: future, distant future, 21st century, 2000s, 23rd century
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 7.6
 541K
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: neo noir, bleak, twists and turns, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: alternate reality, conspiracy, superhero, parallel world, superhuman powers, good versus evil, heroes, human nature, moral dilemma, hidden identity, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985, year 1969, year 1970 ...
Place: usa, ussr, new york, manhattan new york city, los angeles ...
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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, atmospheric, intellectual, twist ending, neo noir ...
Plot: parallel world, virtual reality, alternate reality, cyberspace, cyberpunk, computer system, technology gone awry, uncover truth, deception, time travel, protagonist as suspect, distopia ...
Time: 90s, future, 1930s, 20th century, near future ...
Place: los angeles, usa
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 7.8
 230K
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: philosophical, mind bending, surreal, thought provoking, psychological ...
Audience: date night
Plot: depression, destiny, surrealism, alternate reality, life changing experience, utopia, philosophy, parallel world, love and romance, teenage love, time, death ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, year 1975
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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, alternate reality, changing the past or future, mind control, forbidden love, fictional reality, power of love, true love, teleportation, creator, foreknowledge ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
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 6.0
 241K
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, atmospheric, exciting, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: escape from reality, alternate reality, adventure, female assassin, confined, violence, lobotomy, dragon, sexual abuse, steampunk, escape, patient ...
Place: vermont
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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, saga, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: cyberpunk, chosen one, future dystopia, virtual reality, post apocalypse, alternate reality, artificial intelligence, man versus machine, rebel, precognition, mission, save the world ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century, distant future, year 2003 ...
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 5.9
 78K
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: surprise ending, psychological, suspenseful, mind bending, serious ...
Plot: destiny, time loop, alternate reality, time travel, foreknowledge, parallel world, dealing with death, death, housewife, psychic, starting over, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: usa
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 7.7
 219K
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, dark fantasy, gothic, dark, scary ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, horror for children
Plot: parallel world, weirdo, heroine, monster, family, talking animals, alternate reality, adventure, secret place, rescue, family relations, save the day ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, michigan, texas
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 6.8
 110K
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, alternate reality, rich and poor, fish out of water, life changing experience, family relations, singleness, workaholic, lifestyle change, family life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1987, year 2000
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city
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 7.5
 511K
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, clever, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, race against time, destiny, save the day, alternate reality, bomb, precognition, terrorism, train, memory ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, afghanistan
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 7.4
 18K
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, alien invasion, portal, experiment gone awry, getting home, escapades, adventure, hopes, culture clash, survival ...
Time: 90s, 2000s
Place: usa, san francisco, 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, exciting, not serious, tricky, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, alternate reality, time machine, sent to the future, existence paradox, friendship, disorder, parallel universe, loser, time loop, underdog, adventure ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
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 8.5
 236K
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: mad scientist, supernatural, special agents, alternate dimension, scientist, top secret, fbi, experiment, investigation, creature, paranormal activity, alternate reality ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university
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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, clever, cynical, funny ...
Plot: alternate reality, misfit, atheism, love and romance, society, rags to riches, dishonesty, love triangle, disorder, pretense, farce, inventions and discoveries ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 13th century
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 8.1
 614K
Groundhog Day (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, 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: philosophical, feel good, humorous, sentimental, witty ...
Audience: date night
Plot: time loop, life philosophy, existentialism, small town, time warp, time travel, alternate reality, idealism, nothing goes right, repeated event, love and romance, initially antagonists ...
Time: 90s, 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: twists and turns, psychological, neo noir, mind bending, surreal ...
Plot: mystery, hallucination, lesbian, surrealism, hollywood, lesbianism, obsession, strong sexual content, lesbian romance, dreams, alternate reality, nightmare ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 6.4
 325K
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: inspirational, sentimental, humorous, captivating, uplifting ...
Audience: date night, family outing, teens, girls' night
Plot: wish come true, alternate reality, workaholic, regret, wish fulfillment, architect, stopped time, redemption, family relations, remote control, dog, relationship vs career ...
Time: future, 90s, 70s, year 2017, 60s ...
Place: usa, new york, morocco, new york yankees
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The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A young man struggles to access sublimated childhood memories. He finds a technique that allows him to travel back into the past, to occupy his childhood body and change history. However, he soon finds that every change he makes has unexpected ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, philosophical, non-linear, dramatic ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, life philosophy, time loop, child abuse, supernatural ability, psychology, suicide, alternate reality, memory, bully, destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: usa
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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, not serious ...
Audience: family outing, teens, date night, kids
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, mad scientist, time machine, adventure, destiny, scientist, time paradox, teenager, escapades, inventor, alternate reality ...
Time: 80s, future, 50s, 20th century, year 1955 ...
Place: usa, california
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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, adventure, deity, harem, magic, parallel world, alternate reality, alternate world, heroes, battles, reincarnation, fictional reality ...
Place: japan
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 5.9
 94K
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: humorous, not serious, stylized, futuristic, absurd ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: invasion, nazism, steampunk, alternate reality, ufo, flying saucer, moon, outer space, nuclear explosion, astronaut, german, space travel ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, washington d.c., new york, germany
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