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, stylized, interesting, cerebral, cult film and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with storytelling, surrealism, death, dialogue, creativity, imagination, existentialism, life philosophy, destiny and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Thriller genres shot in USA, Canada, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as surreal: Spirited Away (2001), The Fountain (2006), Coraline (2009), The Lobster (2015), Mr. Nobody (2009), Big Fish (2003), Lost Highway (1997), The Jacket (2005), Alice (1988), Silent Hill (2006).

List of surreal movies

 8.6
 569K
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, offbeat, stylized, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: parallel world, fantasy world, ghost, adventure, witch, supernatural, rescue, friendship, dragon, imaginary, youth, magical ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 7.2
 218K
The Fountain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 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, atmospheric, melancholic, stylized ...
Plot: immortality, metaphysics, tragic love, terminal illness, reincarnation, loneliness, death, cancer, queen, loss of loved one, tree, afterlife ...
Time: future, 16th century, contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe, latin america, central america, guatemala
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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, haunted by the past, protective parent, mystery, curses spells and rituals, magic ...
Place: london
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 7.7
 182K
Coraline (2009)
Genre: Animation, Drama, 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, bleak, stylized, scary ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, horror for children
Plot: parallel world, adventure, dark fantasy, danger, parents and children, family, young heroes, save the day, loneliness, imagination, secret place, neighbor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, michigan, texas
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 7.1
 188K
The Lobster (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Ireland, UK, Greece, France, Netherlands
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, clever, ironic, artsy, bloody ...
Plot: manhunt, hotel, society, hunting, punishment, suicide attempt, absurdism, dead animal, dead rabbit, blood, metaphor, rabbit ...
Time: near future, 2010s, future
Place: greece
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 7.8
 200K
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, mind bending, surreal, futuristic, philosophical ...
Audience: date night
Plot: depression, destiny, utopia, alternate reality, life changing experience, death, surrealism, teenage love, childhood, parallel world, philosophy, romance ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, year 1975
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 8.0
 395K
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, offbeat, touching, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: adventure, loneliness, witch, fantasy world, fish, escapades, true love, circus, parents and children, mermaid, journey, fishing ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 40s, 80s ...
Place: usa, texas, alabama, congo, morocco ...
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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, mind bending, surreal, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love, introspection, existentialism, deja vu, love and romance, surrealism, couple relations, love story, power of love, brainwashing, couples, memory loss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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 7.6
 120K
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, gothic ...
Plot: insanity, jealousy, murder, transformation, mystery, sexuality, prison, character change, dual identity, mistaken identity, danger, hallucination ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles
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 7.1
 104K
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, supernatural ability, supernatural, haunted by the past, mental institution, memory loss, psychology, mentally unstable, murder, life is a bitch, time loop, experiment ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 90s, contemporary, 1990s ...
Place: vermont
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 7.5
 10K
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, offbeat, semi serious ...
Plot: dark fantasy, curses spells and rituals, young heroes, imaginary kingdom, danger, youth, cards, animal life, palaces castles and temples, toys, fictional reality, tombs and skeletons ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1860s, 19th century
Place: australia
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 6.5
 204K
Silent Hill (2006)
Genre: Horror
Country: Canada, France, Japan, 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, monster, revenge, survival, insanity, evil, suffering, mysterious place, missing child, parallel world, torture, good versus evil ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, west virginia
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 8.5
 49K
Twin Peaks (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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, disturbing, offbeat ...
Plot: supernatural, small town life, crime, crimes, law enforcement, small town, good versus evil, evil spirit, haunted by the past, mystery, special agents, surrealism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
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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, serial killer, steampunk, who done it, virgin, crimes, uncover truth, vengeance, danger, alchemy, immortality, murder ...
Time: 19th century, 1830s, 1800s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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 3.6
 13K
S. Darko (2009)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: S. Darko follows Samantha Darko, the younger sister of Donnie, the protagonist of Donnie Darko, and her friend Corey. On their way to California, their car breaks down, forcing them to wait in a small town until it is fixed. While there, Samantha ...
Style: surreal, gothic, serious, psychological, mind bending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, small town, stranded, imaginary, best friends, existentialism, supernatural, end of the world, surrealism, adaptation, life philosophy, storytelling ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995, future
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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, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, social misfits, freak, goth, love, tragic hero, romance, fall in love, dark fantasy, human nature, fish out of water, impossible love ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: florida
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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, talky, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: actor, puppeteer, subconscious, mind control, sexual identity, psychology, obsession, love triangle, pet, manipulation, lesbian, immortality ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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 6.3
 91K
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, drowning, surrealism, torture, psychiatrist, crimes, crime, therapist, alternate reality ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
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 7.2
 195K
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: suspenseful, psychological, surreal, futuristic, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: isolation, trap, survival, captivity, maze, escape, death, trapped, parallel world, danger, mathematics, mysterious place ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, France
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, psychological, mind bending, cult film ...
Plot: investigation, small town life, small town, murder, diary, odd, supernatural, seduction, haunted by the past, split personality, mental illness, missing person ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1989
Place: washington state, canada
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 8.0
 719K
Sin City (2005)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Welcome to Sin City. This town beckons to the tough, the corrupt, the brokenhearted. Some call it dark… Hard-boiled. Then there are those who call it home — Crooked cops, sexy dames, desperate vigilantes. Some are seeking revenge, others lust ...
Style: atmospheric, dark, bleak, surreal, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dark hero, vengeance, crimes, justice, crime, neo noir, social decay, torture, gory, corruption, urban, tough heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s
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 7.1
 127K
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, bleak, futuristic, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: vestiges of humanity, steampunk, fate of humanity, man versus machine, survival, technology gone awry, post apocalyptic, parallel world, apocalypse, heroes, save the world, danger ...
Time: future, 1940s
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 7.7
 28K
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, surreal, enigmatic, witty, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: road trip, self discovery, wish come true, choice, dream girl, self fulfillment, alternate reality, on the road, changing the past or future, hopes, mentor, surrealism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new jersey
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The Chumscrubber (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chumscrubber is a dark comedy about the lives of people who live in upper-class suburbia. It all begins when Dean Stiffle finds the body of his friend, Troy. He doesn't bother telling any of the adults because he knows they won't care. ...
Style: surreal, dark humor, humorous, semi serious, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suicide, kidnapping, mistaken identity, friendship, drug dealing, drug abuse, coming of age, disorder, social decay, crimes, youth, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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 8.0
 544K
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, mind bending, bleak ...
Plot: time travel, insanity, paranoia, plague, social misfits, post apocalyptic, changing the past or future, alternate reality, save the world, time loop, apocalypse, future dystopia ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, 90s, year 1917 ...
Place: philadelphia, usa, baltimore
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 8.8
 1.9M
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, suspenseful ...
Plot: parallel world, haunted by the past, mind control, philosophy, manipulations, virtual reality, teamwork, redemption, imagination, hi-tech, alternate reality, subconscious ...
Time: near future, 2010s
Place: sydney australia, paris france, japan, los angeles
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 8.8
 1.7M
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, mind bending, twists and turns, thought provoking, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, social decay, losing-it hero, insomnia, against the rules, nihilism, dissociative identity disorder, fist fighting, dark hero, fighting the system, paranoia, insanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
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 7.1
 95K
Filth (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A bigoted junkie cop suffering from bipolar disorder and drug addiction manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter.
Style: dark humor, surreal, sexual, cynical, bleak ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, self destructing, strong sexual content, losing-it hero, cocaine, insanity, antisocial behavior, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, anti heroes, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, hamburg germany, new orleans
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The Bothersome Man (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
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, suspenseful, enigmatic, humorous ...
Plot: emotionless, crimes, exile, new job, suicide attempt, accountant, mind game, isolation, mystery, captivity, nightmare, confined ...
Time: contemporary, future
Place: argentina
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 6.0
 220K
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, atmospheric, sexy, exciting, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: escape from reality, adventure, violence, sexual abuse, imaginary, confined, escape, survival, imagination, child abuse, danger, patient ...
Place: vermont
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