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

List of alternate reality movies

 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, clever, cynical ...
Plot: human nature, social decay, media satire, computers and web, society, alternate reality, technology, technology gone awry, chaos, news, technophobia, mind control ...
Time: future
Place: england
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 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, investigation, superhuman powers, good versus evil, violence, vigilantism, moral ambiguity, urban, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1960s, 1940s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, antarctica, afghanistan, manhattan new york city, russia ...
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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: double life, alternate reality, family problems, dealing with death, death in the family, mystery, sanity, loss of son, therapy, accident, parents and children, crimes ...
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, teenage love, depression, alternate reality, surrealism, romance, love affair, life changing experience, parallel world, postmodernism, philosophy ...
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
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, secret identity, betrayal, intrigue, working undercover, dishonesty, resistance, political intrigue, rivalry, disorder, secret agents ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, japan, cuba, san francisco, new york
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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, family, desperation, alternate reality, holiday, life changing experience, small town life, road not taken, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1920s, 1930s ...
Place: usa, new york
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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, enigmatic, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: invasion, alternate reality, portal, drugs/alcohol, buddies, save the world, anti heroes, danger, adaptation, storytelling, plot twist, chase ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, las vegas
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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, captivating, uplifting, inspirational ...
Audience: date night, family outing, teens
Plot: wish come true, architect, regret, remote control, redemption, alternate reality, workaholic, dog, family relations, relationship vs career, nothing goes right, it was all a dream ...
Time: 2020s, 2000s, 2010s, 1990s, 1960s ...
Place: usa, new york yankees, morocco, mcdonald's restaurant, 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, serious ...
Plot: parallel world, manipulations, haunted by the past, teamwork, perfect crime, redemption, mind control, hi-tech, imagination, virtual reality, subconscious, dreams ...
Time: near future, 2010s
Place: los angeles, paris france, sydney australia, japan
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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, save the day, suspicion, nuclear threat, imaginary, train, danger, race against time, time loop ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: usa, illinois, chicago illinois, afghanistan
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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, twists and turns, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: strong sexual content, lesbian, uncover truth, hollywood, showbiz, mystery, amnesia, hallucination, postmodernism, surrealism, mysterious character, dreams ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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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, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: adventure, supernatural ability, good versus evil, curses spells and rituals, imaginary kingdom, friendship, fairy, magical, journey, parallel world, creature, mythology ...
Place: virginia, usa, new york
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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, exciting, mind bending, serious, philosophical ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: virtual reality, save the world, future dystopia, cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, man versus machine, a.i., imaginary, technology gone awry, chosen one, cyberspace, philosophy ...
Time: future, 1990s, 21st century, 20th century, 90s
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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, touching, clever, surreal, philosophical ...
Plot: self discovery, manipulations, voyeurism, tv show, freedom, dishonesty, fictional reality show, hollywood, alternate reality, loneliness, fictional reality, showbiz ...
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, social misfits, changing the past or future, save the world, apocalypse, future dystopia, insanity, paranoia, mystery, postmodernism, time loop ...
Time: future, 20th century, 21st century, 90s, 1990s ...
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: dark humor, cynical, surreal, enigmatic, futuristic ...
Plot: end of the world, surrealism, split personality, prophecy, apocalypse, chaos, smuggling, terrorist, future dystopia, dishonesty, postmodernism, alternate reality ...
Time: future, year 2008, 2000s, near future, year 2005
Place: california, north korea, middle east, afghanistan, southern california ...
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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: semi serious, humorous, captivating, entertaining, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: parallel world, good versus evil, adventure, rescue, heroic mission, family, save the world, escapades, heroes, master villain, alternate reality, magic ...
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, cynical, funny, clever, absurd ...
Plot: misfit, love and romance, society, dishonesty, love triangle, farce, disorder, honesty, alternate reality, pretense, truth, wooing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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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, exciting, entertaining, humorous
Audience: teens
Plot: superhero team, superhero, villain, alternate reality, super villain, assassin, female warrior, time travel, strong female character, adventure, good versus evil, save the world ...
Time: 2010s
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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, memory loss, foreknowledge, race against time, small town, death, couple relations, infidelity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa
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 6.3
 163K
Surrogates (2009)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others' surrogates.
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, bleak, exciting, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: technology gone awry, investigation, utopia, murder, robot, androids and robots, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, human existence, special agents, life risking, technology ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: san diego california
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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, witty, surreal, enigmatic, road movie ...
Audience: date night
Plot: self discovery, wish come true, road trip, on the road, imaginary, dream girl, surrealism, changing the past or future, self fulfillment, hitchhiker, twentysomething life, choice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: new jersey
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 7.2
 129K
Never Let Me Go (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
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, heartbreaking, sad, melancholic, depressing ...
Plot: cloning, love and romance, friendship, boarding school, true love, love triangle, childhood, life is a bitch, dishonesty, couples, existentialism, jealousy ...
Time: year 1994, 1990s, year 1985, year 1978
Place: europe, england
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 6.3
 89K
The Cell (2000)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A psychotherapist journeys inside a comatose serial killer in the hopes of saving his latest victim.
Style: psychological, scary, disturbing, surreal, colourful ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, crime, psychiatrist, virtual reality, drowning, schizophrenia, alternate reality, surrealism, torture, therapist, dreams ...
Time: 90s
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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, clever, tense, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: parallel world, power outage, alternate reality, disorder, paranoia, comet, dinner party, alter ego, candle, imaginary, mystery, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
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The Golden Compass (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After overhearing a shocking secret, precocious orphan Lyra Belacqua trades her carefree existence roaming the halls of Jordan College for an otherworldly adventure in the far North, unaware that it's part of her destiny.
Style: epic, stylized, serious, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: parallel world, fantasy world, magical, adventure, orphan, journey, experiment, kidnapping, adventurer, witch, heroic mission, danger ...
Place: england, oxford university
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Terminator Genisys (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The year is 2029. John Connor, leader of the resistance continues the war against the machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John's fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when TECOM spies reveal a new plot by SkyNet that will attack him ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, futuristic, biting, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, man versus machine, chase, killer robot, artificial intelligence, androids and robots, human android relationship, cyborgs, future dystopia, human versus computer, dark future, assassination attempt ...
Time: future, year 1973, 21st century, year 1984
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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany, Czech Republic, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: To prevent a world war from breaking out, famous characters from Victorian literature band together to do battle against a cunning villain.
Style: exciting, atmospheric, stylized, entertaining, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: adventurer, superhero, adventure, immortality, vampire, heroic mission, secret service, danger, master villain, invisible man, mastermind, good versus evil ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1890s, victorian era
Place: europe, venice, england, germany, berlin germany ...
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Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams (2017)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A diverse anthology of ambitious, moving tales inspired by Philip K Dick's short stories.
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, exciting, psychological, sentimental
Plot: cyberpunk, alternate reality, multiple storylines, computer, alien, twists & turns, surrealism, fantasy world, life philosophy, supernatural, family relations, danger ...
Time: future, near future
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 6.8
 240K
1408 (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.
Style: scary, suspenseful, psychological, suspense, twists and turns ...
Plot: isolation, ghost, haunted house, fear, hotel, survival, paranormal activity, danger, evil, insanity, supernatural, trapped ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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