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, cerebral, thought provoking and stylized films and TV shows about / with storytelling, surrealism, creativity, imagination, dialogue, existentialism, death, loneliness, dreams and life philosophy 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), Fight Club (1999), Inception (2010), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Big Fish (2003), The Fall (2006), The Jacket (2005), Mr. Nobody (2009).

List of surreal movies

 8.6
 670K
Spirited Away (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan, USA
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, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: parallel world, fantasy world, imaginary, witch, ghost, adventure, dragon, friendship, supernatural, rescue, surrealism, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 7.2
 231K
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, philosophical, melancholic, atmospheric ...
Plot: immortality, metaphysics, queen, death, reincarnation, tragic love, terminal illness, loss of loved one, love of one's life, loneliness, cancer, tree ...
Time: future, 16th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe, latin america, guatemala, central america
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 7.7
 202K
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, offbeat, scary, dark ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, horror for children
Plot: dark fantasy, parallel world, heroine, weirdo, adventure, alternate reality, monster, family, danger, rescue, secret place, save the day ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, michigan, texas
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 8.8
 1.9M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
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, thought provoking, mind bending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, self destructing, social decay, nihilism, fighting the system, insomnia, losing-it hero, insanity, dark humor, life philosophy, fist fighting, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
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 8.8
 2.1M
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, alternate reality, virtual reality, subconscious, teamwork, life philosophy, manipulations, haunted by the past, existentialism, perfect crime, fictional reality ...
Time: 2010s, near future
Place: japan, paris france, los angeles, new york, tokyo ...
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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, psychological, surreal, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: surrealism, existentialism, introspection, love, couple relations, couples, memory loss, love and romance, deja vu, power of love, disorder, brainwashing ...
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, weird, stylized, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: imaginary kingdom, mysterious character, deal with the devil, imagination, immortality, magical, god or devil, bet, destiny, deal, transformation, choice ...
Place: london
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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, sentimental, atmospheric, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, goth, social misfits, dark fantasy, surrealism, romance, freak, fall in love, love, human nature, impossible love, fish out of water ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: united states, usa, florida
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 8.0
 420K
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: loneliness, adventure, witch, storytelling, fantasy world, family relations, circus, human spirit, journey, fish, escapades, mermaid ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 20th century, 50s, 70s ...
Place: usa, morocco, russia, texas, miami ...
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 7.9
 108K
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: hospital, imaginary kingdom, suicide attempt, escape from reality, adventure, friendship, storytelling, imagination, adventurer, good versus evil, princess, disguise ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1910s, 20s
Place: los angeles, istanbul turkey, india, taj mahal
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 7.1
 109K
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, tricky, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, psychology, mental institution, time loop, supernatural ability, memory loss, disorder, supernatural, murder, haunted by the past, mentally unstable, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s ...
Place: vermont
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 7.8
 220K
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: mind bending, philosophical, psychological, thought provoking, surreal ...
Audience: date night
Plot: destiny, depression, utopia, alternate reality, life changing experience, surrealism, philosophy, parallel world, love and romance, teenage love, family relations, romance ...
Time: future, 20th century, 21st century, year 1975
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 7.5
 12K
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, clever, humorous ...
Plot: rabbit, toys, dark fantasy, cards, fictional reality, palaces castles and temples, animal life, imaginary kingdom, curses spells and rituals, imaginary, young heroes, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1860s, 19th century
Place: australia
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 6.3
 96K
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: surreal, psychological, scary, serious, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, virtual reality, psychiatrist, drowning, schizophrenia, race against time, swat, graphic violence, woman in danger, surrealism, investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: 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: surreal, offbeat, psychological, twists and turns, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: subconscious, actor, puppeteer, body swapping, sexual identity, mind control, love triangle, psychology, obsession, satire, pet, pets ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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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, mentally challenged, orphan, imaginary, imagination, life is a bitch, addiction, friendship, down on your luck, figment ...
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: psychological, twists and turns, mind bending, neo noir, surreal ...
Plot: lesbian, mystery, hallucination, surrealism, obsession, lesbianism, dreams, strong sexual content, alternate reality, hollywood, lesbian sex, lesbian romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 7.2
 226K
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, artsy, absurd ...
Plot: absurdism, distopia, hotel, love, society, manhunt, suicide attempt, punishment, blindness, hunting, life, friendship ...
Time: 2010s, near future, future
Place: greece, hellas
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 7.6
 133K
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, atmospheric, mind bending, serious ...
Plot: insanity, jealousy, hallucination, mystery, graphic violence, murder, transformation, prison, character change, dual identity, sexuality, mistaken identity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles
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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, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: drug abuse, lsd, hallucination, american dream, road trip, journalism, hitchhiker, cocaine, drugs, addiction, surrealism, lawyer ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971, year 1965
Place: las vegas, usa
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 7.2
 216K
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, twist ending, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: trap, survival, isolation, maze, trapped, captivity, danger, escape, death, mathematics, survival horror, claustrophobia ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
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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, psychological, atmospheric, cult film, mind bending ...
Plot: investigation, small town life, small town, murder, hallucination, supernatural, seduction, haunted by the past, split personality, mental illness, diary, missing person ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1989, 80s, year 1988
Place: canada, philadelphia, washington state
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 6.4
 455K
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, cerebral ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: intelligence, superhuman powers, tough girl, mind control, supernatural ability, telekinesis, telepathy, supernatural, strong female lead, imaginary, immortality, strong female character ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: taiwan, rome italy, new york, paris france, france ...
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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: road trip, alternate reality, self discovery, wish come true, dream girl, choice, life philosophy, on the road, self fulfillment, imaginary, changing the past or future, motel ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: new jersey
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 6.5
 216K
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: supernatural, survival, monster, insanity, good versus evil, ghost town, suffering, mysterious place, evil, torture, ghosts, parallel world ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, west virginia
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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, touching, surreal, inspirational, emotional ...
Plot: afterlife, redemption, heaven and hell, life philosophy, hell, loss of child, life & death, husband wife reunion, family relations, painting, angel, destiny ...
Time: 90s
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 7.4
 105K
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, cult, insanity, nightmare, baby, freak, parents and children, unwanted pregnancy, art, imagination, crazy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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 7.1
 135K
9 (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Luxembourg, Canada
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, futuristic, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: vestiges of humanity, steampunk, post apocalypse, technology gone awry, man versus machine, fate of humanity, apocalypse, save the world, danger, parallel world, survival, heroes ...
Time: future, 1940s
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 8.0
 748K
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: psychological, mind bending, surreal, atmospheric, cult film ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: insanity, social misfits, supernatural ability, hallucination, time travel, imaginary friend, parallel universe, suburbs, society, prophecy, time loop, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988, future
Place: virginia, usa, united states
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 8.0
 197K
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, supernatural, dreams ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1966, year 1965
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, manhattan, new york city, vatican
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