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, weird, thought provoking, cerebral and stylized films and TV shows about / with storytelling, surrealism, imagination, creativity, existentialism, dialogue, dreams, loneliness, death and life philosophy plots mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Sci-Fi genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as surreal: Spirited Away (2001), The Fountain (2006), Inception (2010), Big Fish (2003), Coraline (2009), Fight Club (1999), Mr. Nobody (2009), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Being John Malkovich (1999), The Fall (2006).

List of surreal movies

 8.6
 730K
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: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, colourful, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: parallel world, witch, fantasy world, ghost, adventure, dragon, friendship, rescue, surrealism, creature, philosophy, supernatural ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 7.2
 237K
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, melancholic, artsy, philosophical, atmospheric ...
Plot: metaphysics, immortality, queen, death, reincarnation, tragic love, terminal illness, loneliness, loss of loved one, afterlife, love of one's life, cancer ...
Time: future, 16th century, contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe, latin america, central america, guatemala
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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
 436K
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, sentimental, feel good, touching, fairy tale ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, adventure, witch, fantasy world, family relations, mermaid, journey, fish, parents and children, circus, true love, magical ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 20th century, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, miami, texas, alabama, morocco ...
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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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 8.8
 2.0M
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: twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, mind bending, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nihilism, split personality, self destructing, fighting the system, insomnia, social decay, life philosophy, dark humor, losing-it hero, paranoia, against the rules, insanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: delaware, 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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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, surreal, dark fantasy, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, goth, social misfits, surrealism, freak, romance, love, fall in love, human nature, impossible love, fish out of water, bully ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 90s
Place: florida, usa
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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, mind bending, surreal, psychological, romantic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: surrealism, introspection, existentialism, couple relations, love, couples, memory loss, borderline personality disorder, love and romance, amnesia, disorder, deja vu ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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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, dark fantasy ...
Plot: imaginary kingdom, mysterious character, deal with the devil, imagination, immortality, magical, bet, destiny, deal, transformation, adventure, escapades ...
Place: london
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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: surreal, psychological, twists and turns, talky, cerebral ...
Audience: date night
Plot: subconscious, actor, puppeteer, body swapping, sexual identity, mind control, love triangle, psychology, obsession, satire, pets, chimpanzee ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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 7.8
 111K
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, light, emotional, intense, stylized ...
Plot: imaginary kingdom, hospital, suicide attempt, escape from reality, imagination, adventure, friendship, adventurer, good versus evil, princess, disguise, peril ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, istanbul turkey, taj mahal, india
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 6.3
 33K
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, dark fantasy, psychedelic, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: isolation, heroin, mentally challenged, imagination, life is a bitch, addiction, orphan, friendship, figment, down on your luck, surrealism, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, texas, denmark
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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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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, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: drug abuse, lsd, hallucination, road trip, american dream, drugs, journalism, hitchhiker, addiction, surrealism, psychedelia, cocaine ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1965, year 1971
Place: las vegas, usa
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 6.4
 102K
The Cell (2000)
Genre: Crime, 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: surreal, psychological, scary, mind bending, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, surrealism, mind game, virtual reality, psychiatrist, drowning, schizophrenia, swat team, woman in danger, race against time, graphic violence, fbi ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
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 8.0
 782K
Donnie Darko (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.
Style: mind bending, psychological, surreal, atmospheric, captivating ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: insanity, hallucination, social misfits, time travel, supernatural ability, prophecy, time loop, imaginary friend, surrealism, parallel universe, mental illness, suburbs ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988, future
Place: virginia, usa
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 7.1
 248K
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, clever, absurd, artsy ...
Plot: absurdism, distopia, love, society, manhunt, hotel, suicide attempt, blindness, hunting, punishment, life, animals ...
Time: near future, 2010s, future
Place: hellas, greece
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 7.4
 13K
Alice (1988)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, 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, clever, humorous ...
Plot: rabbit, toys, tombs and skeletons, fictional reality, animal life, young heroes, youth, escapades, heroes, curses spells and rituals, imaginary kingdom, card playing ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1860s, 19th century
Place: australia
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 7.6
 140K
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, neo noir, mind bending, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: insanity, jealousy, hallucination, mystery, murder, transformation, prison, character change, dual identity, sexuality, mistaken identity, surrealism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, plymouth
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 7.3
 113K
Eraserhead (1977)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
Style: surreal, avant garde, art house, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: surrealism, existentialism, nightmare, cult, insanity, baby, freak, parents and children, unwanted pregnancy, art, imagination, psychology ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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 7.1
 113K
The Jacket (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
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, mind bending, tricky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, psychology, mental institution, time loop, supernatural, supernatural ability, memory loss, murder, haunted by the past, disorder, life is a bitch, mentally unstable ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s ...
Place: vermont
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The Bothersome Man (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Norway, Iceland
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Forty-year-old Andreas arrives in a strange city with no memory of how he got there. He is presented with a job, an apartment - even a wife. But before long, Andreas notices that something is wrong. Andreas makes an attempt to escape the city, but ...
Style: surreal, psychological, enigmatic, suspenseful, humorous ...
Plot: exile, accountant, emotionless, nightmare, crimes, new job, suicide attempt, isolation, mystery, captivity, confined, couples ...
Time: contemporary, future
Place: argentina
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 7.2
 227K
Cube (1997)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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, mind bending, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: trap, isolation, survival, trapped, escape, maze, survival horror, group of strangers, claustrophobia, captivity, death, mathematics ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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What Dreams May Come (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, New Zealand
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Chris Neilson dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of. There is one thing missing: his wife. After he dies, his wife, Annie killed herself and went to hell. Chris decides to risk eternity in hades for the ...
Style: philosophical, surreal, touching, inspirational, cerebral ...
Plot: afterlife, life philosophy, heaven and hell, redemption, hell, life & death, loss of child, destiny, husband wife reunion, family relations, painting, true love ...
Time: 90s
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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, mind bending, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: investigation, small town, small town life, murder, hallucination, incest, supernatural, seduction, diary, haunted by the past, split personality, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, year 1988, year 1989
Place: canada, washington state, philadelphia
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 7.0
 139K
9 (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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, adult animation, suspenseful, serious, futuristic ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: post apocalypse, steampunk, vestiges of humanity, apocalypse, technology gone awry, man versus machine, save the world, fate of humanity, distopia, life is a bitch, heroes, parallel world ...
Time: future, 1940s
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 8.0
 210K
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A young couple moves into an infamous New York apartment building to start a family. Things become frightening as Rosemary begins to suspect her unborn baby isn't safe around their strange neighbors.
Style: surreal, psychological, gothic, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: satanic cult, losing-it hero, mystery, witch, devil, mind game, hallucination, woman in danger, pregnancy, demonic possession, evil wins, supernatural ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1966, year 1965
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, vatican
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The City of Lost Children (1995)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, gothic, stylized, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, mad scientist, distopia, good versus evil, adventure, rescue, steampunk, island, clones, escape, french, nightmare ...
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 6.5
 226K
Silent Hill (2006)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: Canada, France
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: monster, supernatural, survival, evil, revenge, insanity, demon, ghost town, mysterious place, missing child, torture, good versus evil ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, west virginia
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