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
When a beautiful stranger leads computer hacker Neo to a forbidding underworld, he discovers the shocking truth--the life he knows is the elaborate deception of an evil cyber-intelligence.
Votes: 1,654,073 | 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: 214,242 | 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: 2,036,180 | Gross: $292.58M
Dreams feel real while we are in them.
4. Your Name. (2016)
PG | 106 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart?
Votes: 187,221 | Gross: $5.02M
I came to see you. It wasn't easy because you were so far away.
5. 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: 1,831,249 | Gross: $37.03M
Hey, you created me. ... Take some responsibility!
6. 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: 93,114 | Gross: $2.84M
Hey, tell me the truth. Are we still in the game?
7. Open Your Eyes (1997)
R | 119 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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: 63,575 | Gross: $0.37M
Open your eyes.
8. 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: 66,435 | Gross: $15.50M
You could call it the end of the world.
9. 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: 107,916 | Gross: $6.30M
The important thing in life is to believe that while you're alive, it's never too late.
10. 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.
Votes: 129,414 | Gross: $20.49M
This is not something you can control.
11. Donnie Darko (2001)
R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.
Votes: 734,353 | Gross: $1.48M
Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?
12. 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: 838,480 | Gross: $170.74M
She never gets old.
13. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
R | 138 min | Action, Sci-Fi
Freedom fighters Neo, Trinity and Morpheus continue to lead the revolt against the Machine Army, unleashing their arsenal of extraordinary skills and weaponry against the systematic forces of repression and exploitation.
Votes: 510,707 | Gross: $281.49M
We are all victims of causality.
14. Source Code (2011)
PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
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 within 8 minutes.
Votes: 480,861 | Gross: $54.71M
What would you do if you knew that you have less than 8 minutes to live?
15. 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: 18,315 | Gross: $0.00M
Someone always has to die first. And then everyone suddenly wakes up.
16. 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: 53,504 | Gross: $0.32M
Most of the people that I knew before I got here were either half dead or just completely dead already.
17. Coherence (2013)
Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
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: 106,481 | Gross: $0.07M
We are not from this house.
18. 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: 532,714 | 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
19. 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: 100,812 | Gross: $0.03M
Same rules apply.
20. 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: 692,730 | Gross: $106.95M
I just want to be perfect.
21. Stay (I) (2005)
R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A psychiatrist attempts to prevent one of his patients from committing suicide while trying to maintain his own grip on reality.
Votes: 74,232 | Gross: $3.63M
If this is a dream, the whole world is inside it.
22. 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: 1,113,138 | Gross: $128.01M
Baby, why are you all wet?
23. What Dreams May Come (1998)
PG-13 | 113 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Chris Nielsen dies in an accident, and enters Heaven. But when he discovers that his beloved wife Annie has killed herself out of grief over the loss, he embarks on an afterlife adventure to reunite with her.
Votes: 101,573 | Gross: $55.49M
Thought is real, physical is the illusion.
24. OtherLife (2017)
TV-MA | 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?
25. 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: 183,554 | Gross: $54.65M
It's 2016. No one cares about freedom.
26. 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: 168,138 | Gross: $38.58M
Honey, I don't know what you are.
27. 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: 309,632 | Gross: $22.86M
Truth is for suckers, Johnny Boy.
28. Enter the Void (2009)
Not Rated | 161 min | Drama, Fantasy
An American 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: 70,011 | Gross: $0.34M
It's a little like dying would be the ultimate trip.
29. 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: 225,235 | Gross: $52.16M
Who am I speaking to?
30. Transcendence (I) (2014)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
A scientist's drive for artificial intelligence takes on dangerous implications when his own consciousness is uploaded into one such program.
Votes: 215,438 | Gross: $23.02M
People fear what they don't understand.
31. 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.
32. 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, no one else seems to be waking up from.
Votes: 186,734 | Gross: $14.38M
You were never a boy.
33. Ready Player One (2018)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When the creator of a virtual reality called the OASIS dies, he makes a posthumous challenge to all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune and control of his world.
Votes: 361,633 | 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.
34. 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: 298,947 | Gross: $35.82M
You have a very special purpose in life.
35. 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.
36. Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road (2002)
R | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Neal Oliver, a very confused young man and an artist, 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.
37. Thou Gild'st the Even (2013)
107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Thou Gild'st the Evenis about the ordinary sorrows, worries, and troubles of the townsmen with extraordinary abilities. In a small Anatolian town, life goes on; Cemal is an assistant ... See full summary »
Knowing everything and knowing nothing is the same thing. You just turn into a wood.
38. 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: 18,317 | 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.
39. Lost Highway (1997)
R | 134 min | Mystery, Thriller
Anonymous videotapes presage a musician's murder conviction; a gangster's girlfriend leads a mechanic astray.
Votes: 129,494 | Gross: $3.80M
We've met before, haven't we?
40. 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 is he?
Votes: 299,285 | Gross: $119.39M
I just had a terrible thought. What if this is a dream?
41. Happy Death Day (2017)
PG-13 | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A college student must relive the day of her murder over and over again, in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer's identity.
Votes: 114,275 | Gross: $55.68M
Oh, hey, you're up.
42. Happy Death Day 2U (2019)
PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.
Votes: 55,730 | Gross: $28.05M
Now you're stuck in this day. Congrats. Oh, and by the way? You're going to die. Again... and again... and again.
43. Pleasantville (1998)
PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Two 1990s teenage siblings find themselves in a 1950s sitcom, where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world.
Votes: 120,472 | Gross: $40.57M
How'd you know about the fire?
44. Persona (1966)
Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Thriller
A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personae are melding together.
I think art is enormously important in life, especially for those struggling for one reason or another.
45. Perfect Blue (1997)
R | 81 min | Animation, Crime, Mystery