Surreal movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant surreal movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out surreal, visually appealing, cerebral, thought provoking, stylized and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with storytelling, weird, surrealism, creativity, death, imagination, existentialism, dialogue, life philosophy and destiny plots mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, Canada and other countries.
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surreal movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as surreal: Spirited Away (2001), The Fountain (2006), Coraline (2009), Big Fish (2003), The Lobster (2015), Mr. Nobody (2009), Alice (1988), The Cell (2000), Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Fall (2006).

List of surreal movies

 8.6
 634K
Spirited Away (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free her family.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, stylized, offbeat, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: parallel world, ghost, fantasy world, witch, imaginary, adventure, rescue, dragon, supernatural, friendship, curses spells and rituals, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 7.2
 226K
The Fountain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.
Style: surreal, artsy, melancholic, atmospheric, philosophical ...
Plot: immortality, metaphysics, queen, death, reincarnation, tragic love, terminal illness, love of one's life, loneliness, cancer, loss of loved one, tree ...
Time: future, 16th century, contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe, latin america, central america, guatemala
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 7.7
 193K
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, dark, stylized ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, horror for children
Plot: dark fantasy, parallel world, adventure, danger, family, imaginary, family relations, save the day, weirdo, young heroes, parents and children, alternate reality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, michigan, texas
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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK, France, Canada
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.
Style: surreal, stylized, semi serious, humorous, atmospheric ...
Plot: imaginary kingdom, mysterious character, imagination, deal with the devil, immortality, journey, imaginary, curses spells and rituals, haunted by the past, mystery, protective parent, magic ...
Place: london
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 8.0
 411K
Big Fish (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Throughout his life Edward Bloom has always been a man of big appetites, enormous passions and tall tales. In his later years, he remains a huge mystery to his son, William. Now, to get to know the real man, Will begins piecing together a true ...
Style: surreal, feel good, sentimental, offbeat, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: adventure, witch, loneliness, storytelling, fantasy world, circus, fish, escapades, parents and children, true love, mermaid, family relations ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 20th century, 50s, 70s ...
Place: usa, alabama, congo, cuba, texas ...
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his ...
Style: melancholic, psychological, surreal, mind bending, romantic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: surrealism, existentialism, introspection, love, love and romance, love story, power of love, couple relations, couples, brainwashing, memory loss, dreams ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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 7.2
 213K
The Lobster (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Ireland, UK, Greece, France, Netherlands, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.
Style: surreal, ironic, artsy, clever, bloody ...
Plot: absurdism, hotel, society, manhunt, distopia, love, hunting, suicide attempt, punishment, life, runaway, animals ...
Time: near future, 2010s, future
Place: hellas, greece
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 7.8
 213K
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, philosophical, mind bending, thought provoking, surreal ...
Audience: date night
Plot: utopia, depression, destiny, life changing experience, alternate reality, philosophy, parallel world, family relations, surrealism, teenage love, romance, imaginary ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, year 1975
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 7.5
 11K
Alice (1988)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, UK, West Germany
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A quiet young English girl named Alice finds herself in an alternate version of her own reality after chasing a white rabbit. She becomes surrounded by living inanimate objects and stuffed dead animals, and must find a way out of this nightmare- no ...
Style: surreal, stylized, atmospheric, offbeat, clever ...
Plot: rabbit, toys, dark fantasy, animal life, palaces castles and temples, cards, tombs and skeletons, fictional reality, curses spells and rituals, imaginary kingdom, heroes, imaginary ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 19th century, 1860s
Place: australia
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 6.3
 95K
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, surreal, scary, colourful, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, schizophrenia, virtual reality, psychiatrist, drowning, surrealism, torture, crime, crimes, therapist, alternate reality ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
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Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A small suburban town receives a visit from a castaway unfinished science experiment named Edward.
Style: gothic, sentimental, surreal, atmospheric, fairy tale ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, social misfits, goth, dark fantasy, fall in love, romance, freak, surrealism, love, suburbs, human nature, snow ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: united states, usa, florida
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 7.9
 106K
The Fall (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, South Africa, India
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story about 5 mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, ...
Style: surreal, offbeat, light, emotional, intense ...
Plot: imaginary kingdom, escape from reality, hospital, storytelling, adventure, friendship, imagination, adventurer, good versus evil, disguise, peril, horse ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, taj mahal, india, istanbul turkey
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 6.4
 438K
Lucy (2014)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, Taiwan, Canada, USA, UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
Style: futuristic, exciting, surreal, serious, intellectual ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: superhuman powers, intelligence, tough girl, telepathy, supernatural ability, mind control, telekinesis, supernatural, imaginary, strong female lead, artificial intelligence, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: taiwan, france, new york, berlin germany, rome italy ...
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 8.8
 1.8M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the ...
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, mind bending, thought provoking, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, social decay, losing-it hero, self destructing, insomnia, against the rules, insanity, social misfits, life philosophy, fighting the system, fist fighting, nihilism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
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 7.1
 108K
The Jacket (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A military veteran goes on a journey into the future, where he can foresee his death and is left with questions that could save his life and those he loves.
Style: psychological, surreal, enigmatic, bleak, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, mental institution, psychology, supernatural ability, time loop, memory loss, supernatural, disorder, murder, haunted by the past, mentally unstable, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 1990s ...
Place: vermont
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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, mind control, virtual reality, alternate reality, haunted by the past, subconscious, teamwork, manipulations, life philosophy, existentialism, sleeping, fictional reality ...
Time: 2010s, near future
Place: paris france, los angeles, japan, kenya, africa ...
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 7.7
 30K
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, road movie, surreal, enigmatic, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: alternate reality, road trip, self discovery, wish come true, choice, self fulfillment, dream girl, on the road, life philosophy, imaginary, changing the past or future, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new jersey
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 8.5
 54K
Twin Peaks (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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Story: Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered.
Style: surreal, mind bending, atmospheric, offbeat, disturbing ...
Plot: small town life, supernatural, crime, crimes, law enforcement, evil spirit, small town, special agents, good versus evil, haunted by the past, mystery, surrealism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: washington d.c., usa, new mexico
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 7.2
 209K
Cube (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Seven strangers are taken out of their daily lives and placed mysteriously in a deadly cube where they all agree they must find their way out.
Style: psychological, surreal, suspenseful, clever, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, isolation, trap, maze, captivity, escape, trapped, death, danger, mathematics, mysterious place, parallel world ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
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 7.6
 129K
Lost Highway (1997)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A tormented jazz musician finds himself lost in an enigmatic story involving murder, surveillance, gangsters, doppelgangers, and an impossible transformation inside a prison cell.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, mind bending ...
Plot: insanity, neo noir, jealousy, graphic violence, murder, transformation, mystery, prison, hallucination, character change, dual identity, sexuality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles
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 6.5
 32K
Tideland (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Because of the actions of her irresponsible parents, a young girl is left alone on a decrepit country estate and survives inside her fantastic imagination.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, disturbing, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: isolation, heroin, dark fantasy, orphan, imaginary, imagination, life is a bitch, addiction, friendship, mentally challenged, figment, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, denmark
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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the questionable town of Deer Meadow, Washington, FBI Agent Desmond inexplicably disappears while hunting for the man who murdered a teen girl. The killer is never apprehended, and, after experiencing dark visions and supernatural encounters, ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, cult film, psychological, mind bending ...
Plot: investigation, small town life, small town, murder, odd, hallucination, supernatural, diary, seduction, haunted by the past, split personality, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1989, 80s, year 1988
Place: canada, philadelphia, washington state
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzo drive a red convertible across the Mojave desert to Las Vegas with a suitcase full of drugs to cover a motorcycle race. As their consumption of drugs increases at an alarming rate, the stoned duo trash their ...
Style: psychedelic, surreal, clever, cult film, atmospheric ...
Plot: drug abuse, lsd, american dream, hallucination, journalism, hitchhiker, surrealism, cocaine, addiction, road trip, drugs, lawyer ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1965
Place: las vegas, usa
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 6.5
 212K
Silent Hill (2006)
Genre: Horror
Country: Canada, France, Japan, Australia, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The eerie and deserted ghost town of Silent Hill draws a young mother desperate to find a cure for her only child's illness. Unable to accept the doctor's diagnosis that her daughter should be permanently institutionalized for psychiatric ...
Style: scary, dark, surreal, suspenseful, gothic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, survival, monster, insanity, evil, mysterious place, revenge, ghost town, parallel world, suffering, sadism, missing child ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, west virginia
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 7.1
 132K
9 (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: When 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their ...
Style: surreal, suspenseful, futuristic, serious, bleak ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: steampunk, vestiges of humanity, post apocalypse, fate of humanity, apocalypse, man versus machine, technology gone awry, parallel world, survival, save the world, friendship, danger ...
Time: future, 1940s
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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, surreal ...
Plot: lesbian, mystery, lesbian sex, neo noir, obsession, hollywood, hallucination, strong sexual content, lesbianism, dreams, alternate reality, surrealism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, hollywood star
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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Being John Malkovich (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Spike Jonze’s debut feature film is a love story mix of comedy and fantasy. The story is about an unsuccessful puppeteer named Craig, who one day at work finds a portal into the head of actor John Malkovich. The portal soon becomes a passion for ...
Style: offbeat, surreal, psychological, twists and turns, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: subconscious, actor, puppeteer, mind control, body swapping, sexual identity, love triangle, psychology, obsession, satire, pets, pet ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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 8.0
 571K
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, post apocalypse, post apocalyptic, save the world, paranoia, insanity, time loop, social misfits, changing the past or future, apocalypse ...
Time: future, 21st century, 90s, 20th century, 1990s ...
Place: philadelphia, baltimore, usa
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 6.5
 15K
Mood Indigo (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A woman suffers from an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs.
Style: surreal, sentimental, touching, art house, stylized ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, surrealism, philosophy, love affair, honeymoon, love and romance, collector, escapades, tragic love, marriage proposal, loss of fortune, job seeking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france, europe
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Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Paris. 1830. In the heart of the town, Vidocq, a famous detective, disappeared as he fights the Alchemist, an assassin that he has been pursuing for a few months. His young biographer, Etienne Boisset, decides to have revenge on Vidocq's death ...
Style: surreal, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, stylized ...
Plot: investigation, steampunk, serial killer, who done it, crimes, alchemy, uncover truth, danger, vengeance, virgin, immortality, murder ...
Time: 19th century, 1830s, 1800s
Place: france, paris france, europe
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