Alternative Reality Moviesby red_moon1987 | created - 21 Feb 2012 | updated - 2 months ago | Public
The Movies in this list tell the stories of an alternative reality which is created by either the characters' mind or a scientific/technological process.
The movies are listed in order of decreasing rating of my opinion.
By the way, who can claim that the reality we live in is the true reality? May be we also live in an alternative reality or in a delusion. Are we able to distinguish the reality from dreams and delusions?
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1. The Matrix (1999)
R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Votes: 1,502,075 | Gross: $171.48M
There is no spoon.
2. Mr. Nobody (2009)
R | 141 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible.
Votes: 196,751 | Gross: $0.00M
In chess, it's called Zugzwang when the only viable move is not to move.
3. Inception (2010)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.
Votes: 1,832,456 | Gross: $292.58M
Dreams feel real while we are in them.
4. eXistenZ (1999)
R | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.
Votes: 87,521 | Gross: $2.84M
Hey, tell me the truth. Are we still in the game?
5. The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
R | 100 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A computer scientist running a virtual reality simulation of 1937 becomes the primary suspect when his colleague and mentor is murdered.
Votes: 61,614 | Gross: $15.50M
You could call it the end of the world.
6. Open Your Eyes (1997)
R | 117 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.
Votes: 59,572 | Gross: $0.37M
Open your eyes.
7. Fight Club (1999)
R | 139 min | Drama
An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.
Votes: 1,672,092 | Gross: $37.03M
Hey, you created me. ... Take some responsibility!
8. The Jacket (2005)
R | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
A Gulf war veteran is wrongly sent to a mental institution for insane criminals, where he becomes the object of a doctor's experiments, and his life is completely affected by them.
Votes: 103,506 | Gross: $6.30M
The important thing in life is to believe that while you're alive, it's never too late.
9. Gamer (2009)
R | 95 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In a future mind-controlling game, death row convicts are forced to battle in a 'Doom'-type environment. Convict Kable, controlled by Simon, a skilled teenage gamer, must survive thirty sessions in order to be set free. Or won't he?
Votes: 124,596 | Gross: $20.49M
This is not something you can control.
10. Donnie Darko (2001)
R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.
Votes: 696,297 | Gross: $1.48M
Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?
11. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama
After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.
Votes: 768,449 | Gross: $170.74M
She never gets old.
12. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
R | 138 min | Action, Sci-Fi
Following the events of The Matrix (1999), Neo and the rebel leaders estimate they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams.
Votes: 477,110 | Gross: $281.49M
We are all victims of causality.
13. Source Code (2011)
PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete.
Votes: 451,107 | Gross: $54.71M
What would you do if you knew that you have less than 8 minutes to live?
14. Ben X (2007)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Thriller
As an alternative to getting bullied at school, an autistic teenager retreats into the world of online role-playing games.
Votes: 17,762 | Gross: $0.00M
Someone always has to die first. And then everyone suddenly wakes up.
15. Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A film set in a strange afterlife way station that has been reserved for people who have committed suicide.
Votes: 51,162 | Gross: $0.32M
Most of the people that I knew before I got here were either half dead or just completely dead already.
16. Coherence (2013)
Not Rated | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Strange things begin to happen when a group of friends gather for a dinner party on an evening when a comet is passing overhead.
Votes: 89,016 | Gross: $0.07M
We are not from this house.
17. Her (2013)
R | 126 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.
Votes: 465,267 | Gross: $25.57M
I think anybody who falls in love is a freak. It's a crazy thing to do. It's kind of like a form of socially acceptable insanity
18. Filth (I) (2013)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A corrupt, junkie cop with bipolar disorder attempts to manipulate his way through a promotion in order to win back his wife and daughter while also fighting his own inner demons.
Votes: 93,339 | Gross: $0.03M
Same rules apply.
19. Black Swan (2010)
R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller
A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake".
Votes: 647,169 | Gross: $106.95M
I just want to be perfect.
20. Stay (I) (2005)
R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
This movie focuses on the attempts of a psychiatrist to prevent one of his patients from committing suicide while trying to maintain his own grip on reality.
Votes: 70,190 | Gross: $3.63M
If this is a dream, the whole world is inside it.
21. Shutter Island (2010)
R | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller
In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.
Votes: 1,001,858 | Gross: $128.01M
Baby, why are you all wet?
22. What Dreams May Come (1998)
PG-13 | 113 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Chris Nielsen dies in car crash one night, and then goes to Heaven. Later, his widow Annie commits suicide, unable to overcome her loss. Chris descends into Hell to save her.
Votes: 95,239 | Gross: $55.49M
Thought is real, physical is the illusion.
23. OtherLife (2017)
96 min | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi
After inventing a drug that induces time-compressed virtual realities, young Ren grapples with partner Sam over how to use their powerful creation.
What would you do with your otherlife?
24. Assassin's Creed (2016)
PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar de Nerha and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, before taking on the secret Templar society.
Votes: 166,467 | Gross: $54.65M
It's 2016. No one cares about freedom.
25. Surrogates (2009)
PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 163,236 | Gross: $38.58M
Honey, I don't know what you are.
26. Being John Malkovich (1999)
R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.
Votes: 288,328 | Gross: $22.86M
Truth is for suckers, Johnny Boy.
27. Enter the Void (2009)
Not Rated | 161 min | Drama, Fantasy
A French drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection.
Votes: 60,923 | Gross: $0.34M
It's a little like dying would be the ultimate trip.
28. Identity (2003)
R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller
Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one.
Votes: 208,961 | Gross: $52.16M
Who am I speaking to?
29. Transcendence (I) (2014)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
A scientist's drive for artificial intelligence, takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program.
Votes: 204,071 | Gross: $23.02M
People fear what they don't understand.
30. Next Door (2005)
Unrated | 75 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
John has just been left by his girlfriend Ingrid. That day he allows himself to be seduced into a mystical and scary world, where it is impossible to separate truth from the lies
People are pretty much the same, or totally different.
31. Dark City (1998)
R | 100 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A man struggles with memories of his past, which includes a wife he cannot remember, and a nightmarish world without a sun.
Votes: 177,119 | Gross: $14.38M
You were never a boy.
32. Ready Player One (2018)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.
Votes: 299,112 | Gross: $137.69M
People come to the Oasis for all the things they can do, but they stay for all the things they can be.
33. The Island (2005)
PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A man living in a futuristic sterile colony begins to question his circumscribed existence when his friend is chosen to go to the Island, the last uncontaminated place on earth.
Votes: 287,834 | Gross: $35.82M
You have a very special purpose in life.
34. Parallels (I) (2015)
Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A mysterious building is the gateway to infinite parallel Earths.
That, my friend, is the Big Danny.
35. Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road (2002)
R | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Neal Oliver, a very confused young man and an artist (played by James Marsden) takes a journey of a lifetime on a highway I60 that doesn't exist on any of the maps, going to the places he never even heard of, searching for an answer and his dreamgirl.
Given an infinite universe and infinite time all things will happen.
36. He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not (2002)
PG-13 | 92 min | Romance, Thriller
A young woman who is in love with a married doctor becomes dangerous when her attempts to persuade him to leave his wife are unsuccessful. However, when things are seen from his point of view, the real situation becomes clear.
Votes: 17,721 | Gross: $1.01M
Though my love is insane, my reason calms the pain in my heart. It tells me to be patient and keep hoping.
37. Lost Highway (1997)
R | 134 min | Mystery, Thriller
After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.
Votes: 118,205 | Gross: $3.80M
We've met before, haven't we?
38. Total Recall (1990)
R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he?
Votes: 277,529 | Gross: $119.39M
I just had a terrible thought. What if this is a dream?
39. A Scanner Darkly (2006)
R | 100 min | Animation, Crime, Drama
An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.
Votes: 99,949 | Gross: $5.50M
What's on the dessert menu?
40. The Machinist (2004)
R | 101 min | Drama, Thriller
An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity.
Votes: 329,021 | Gross: $1.08M
I just want to sleep.
41. TRON: Legacy (2010)
PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. He meets his father's corrupted creation and a unique ally who was born inside the digital world.
Votes: 295,601 | Gross: $172.06M
The only way to win the game is not to play.
42. +1 (2013)
Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Three college friends hit the biggest party of the year, where a mysterious phenomenon disrupts the night, quickly descending into a chaos that challenges their friendships - and whether they can stay alive.
They're us, but they're not us...
43. Enter Nowhere (2011)
R | 90 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Three strangers arrive one by one at a mysterious cabin in the middle of nowhere only to learn they've been brought together for a reason.
Maybe we're all about to live.
44. I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006)
Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A girl who thinks she is a combat cyborg checks into a mental hospital, where she encounters other psychotics. Eventually, she falls for a man who thinks he can steal people's souls.
I'm not a psy-cho; I'm a cy-borg.
45. Self/less (2015)
PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A dying real estate mogul transfers his consciousness into a healthy young body, but soon finds that neither the procedure nor the company that performed it are quite what they seem.
Votes: 80,534 | Gross: $12.28M
Death, has some, side effects.
46. Ghost in the Shell (2017)
PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the near future, Major Mira Killian is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals.
Votes: 175,692 | Gross: $40.53M
What's the difference, fantasy, reality, dreams, memories. It's all the same, just noise.
47. Cypher (2002)
R | 95 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
An unsuspecting, disenchanted man finds himself working as a spy in the dangerous, high-stakes world of corporate espionage. Quickly getting way over-his-head, he teams up with a mysterious femme fatale.
That's not who I am anymore.
48. The Science of Sleep (2006)
R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is love-struck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.
Votes: 65,697 | Gross: $4.66M
First, we put in some random thoughts. And then, we add a little bit of reminiscences of the day... mixed with some memories from the past.
49. The White Sound (2001)
109 min | Drama