Last week we published the top 20 best TV series about parallel worlds, and today, as promised, we have collected for you the top films on the same topic. Let's make a reservation right away that our list of films about parallel worlds did not include purely fantasy films about universes that exist apart from us.
What does apart mean? This means that the actions in the film begin, develop and end without a hint of our universe, that is, our world with you. In the films presented in our top, there is precisely a "journey" or, as today's fantasy fans like to say, "getting" from our world into a parallel one, or vice versa. Moreover, regardless of whether it is fantasy, cyberpunk, technogenic or medieval (not to be confused with time travel).
If everything is clear, then let's start. We have collected for you only the best films that will be of interest to any moviegoer, regardless of their genre preferences, and distributed them in accordance with the rating by KinoPoisk. All pictures are in the range above 6.4, which means you can be sure that we will not slip you an outright "bullshit".
1. Beginning (2010). KP rating 8.67
Countries: USA, England.
Genres: Science Fiction, Action, Thriller, Drama, Detective.
Director: Christopher Nolan.
In chap. starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page and others
In fact, parallel worlds are always with us. These are human dreams. Each person is not controllable capable of creating his own parallel universes and there are countless of them.
But, despite the fact that everyone is able to create and see them, few can be aware of themselves as a real unbiased person in their dreams. And only a few can walk in other people's dreams, that is, in parallel universes.
The most talented thief Cobb, who was masterfully played in this film by Leonardo DiCaprio, is one of those. And he will stop at nothing so that the unjustified accusation was dropped from him and allowed to return to his native country to the children. Therefore, when he is offered to infiltrate the dream of Robert Fischer, the son of an energy tycoon, he agrees ...
2. Tenth Kingdom (1999) CP rating 8.46
Countries: England, Germany, USA.
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Detective, Comedy, Adventure, Family.
Directors: David Carson, Herbert Wise.
In chap. starring: Dianne Wiest, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Daniel Lapane, Rutger Hauer and others
There are hitmen on both sides. From a parallel fantasy world, a smart golden retriever, trolls Pretty Woman, Windbag and Strongman, as well as the wolf that has acquired a human body in our world, seep into our world.
From our world to the parallel worlds of 9 kingdoms, Anthony and his daughter Virginia fall, taking with them a retriever dog, which, as it turned out, is the prince of one of the kingdoms. It is after him that the trolls are chasing.
At first glance, in the miniseries, which, by the way, runs for 6 hours (not counting the credits), everything is very confusing. But this is only at first glance. The fairy tale turned out to be excellent, as evidenced by such a high rating of the KP. Join the adventures of the main characters and you! WatchingIntro series.
3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) KP rating 8.20
Countries: England, USA.
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Family.
Director: Chris Columbus.
In chap. Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman and others
Regarding this film, as well as the entire subsequent franchise (including Fantastic Beasts), we will not grovel for a long time, since only the aborigines who live far from civilization are not familiar with Harry Potter and his friends.
Here the magical world exists in parallel with ours, only it is carefully veiled and Muggles can see it, that is, non-wizards like you and me can only if they are allowed to.
The film has been watched to its full potential, and many may indignantly exclaim: "Well, why include such obvious tapes in the top?" We will answer. There will be exactly the same number of people who will gloatfully exclaim: “Ha! And they missed Harry Potter! " So let everything be as it should be.
4. Mr. Nobody (2009). KP rating 7.91
Countries: France, USA, UK, Canada, Belgium, Germany.
Genres: Science Fiction, Drama, Fantasy, Romance.
Director: Jaco van Dormel.
In chap. starring: Jared Leto, Diane Krueger, Sarah Polly, Lin Dan Pam and others
Near future. All people are now immortal. The last mortal is the 118-year old Nemo Nobody (in English the surname sounds like "Nobody"). Well, since he is the last one and is about to "kick back", will the ubiquitous television broadcasters really miss this? They immediately made a kind of TV show out of his approaching death, and now the immortal population of the planet can watch the death of the last mortal live.
But you ask: "And where does" parallel worlds "have to do with it, if the film is about the future?" We will answer. Journalists are trying with might and main to find out the ins and outs of the mysterious old man. And he begins to tell. Moreover, each version of his past is a kind of offshoot of alternative realities. And according to one of these versions, oddly enough, this future in its current incarnation does not exist at all ...
Sounds like crazy? Yes, weird. Only those who watched will understand ...
5. Jumanji (1995). KP rating 7.83
Genres: Fantasy, Family, Adventure, Comedy.
Director: Joe Johnston.
In chap. Starring: Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bonnie Hunt, Bradley Pierce and others
The children find a strange colorful box on a shelf in the pantry of their new house and bring it home. This turned out to be the ill-fated game "Jumanji", starting to play in which the kids let the otherworldly universe into our world along with all its tropical-equatorial delights, namely: flora, fauna and a free application - a hunter of tropical animals, obsessed with the goal of shooting one of the matured players from the previous round.
The film had some kind of rewrites such as "Zatura" (2005) and "Jumanji: Call of the Jungle" (2017), but none of the subsequent "masterpieces" surpassed the success of the original version with Robin Williams.
6. Bridge to Terabithia (2007). KP rating 7.74
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Drama, Family.
Director: Gabor Chupo.
In chap. Starring: Josh Hutcherson, Anna Sophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel, Robert Patrick and others
Jess Aaron does not enjoy authority among other students in his class. In order to somehow prove himself and assert himself, he takes part in the school running championship. But Leslie, the newcomer from his class, bypasses him.
At first, Jess disliked her, but later, when he saw her "soul mate" unfortunately (she was also a "black sheep" in the class), he became friends with her. Together they discovered their fairyland in the forest nearby - the magical parallel world of Terabithia, where they took their souls away.
But not everything in fairy tales always ends well, and this is one of those cases. And to find out what went wrong, we watch the movie. Although for some, such an ending looks quite happy ...
7. Mortal Kombat (1995) KP rating 7.57
Genres: Science Fiction, Action, Fantasy, Thriller, Adventure.
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
In chap. starring: Robin Shaw, Linden Ashby, Christopher Lambert, Carey-Hiroyuki Tagawa and others
The first and most successful attempt by Paul Anderson, the first and only husband of Milla Jovovich, to stage a picture based on the computer game of the same name. And, of course, if at that time they were familiar with her, then the role of Kitana (or the same Sonya Blade) would have been performed without her. But ...
But Bridget Wilson looked great in the role of Sonya Blade, as well as the role of Princess Kitana was excellently played by Thalyssia Soto. From the "Highlander" of all times and peoples by Christopher Lambert, simply delightful Reiden emerged, as well as from Robin Shu and Carey-Hiroyuki Tagawa, magnificent Liu Ken and Shang Sung. Especially young gamblers of the time were delighted with the staging of fights with the participation of Sub-Zero (Francois Petit) and Scorpio (Chris Casamassa).
But if it weren't for the fights, cool casting and super-awesome soundtrack, the film would have turned out to be a complete slag. Since the plot is about the fact that higher beings from parallel worlds are not able to conquer our world until they defeat our best fighters in a fair fight in a hand-to-hand tournament ... At least - naive. But, as the rating shows, it's not for us to judge, but for the total majority of fans of game fiction.
8. Pan's Labyrinth (2006). KP rating 7.56
Countries: Spain, Mexico, USA.
Genres: Fantasy, Drama, Military.
Director: Guillermo del Toro.
In chap. starring Ivana Baquero, Maribel Verdu, Sergi Lopez, Doug Jones and others.
While daddy is actively involved in World War II, his daughter Ophelia is actively involved in testing for the position of princess of a parallel world. Not far from their current residence, she finds some kind of labyrinth in which she met the fabulous Faun and promised her this position. But ... As usual, you need to pass three tests.
No, not fire, water and copper pipes, but something, on the one hand, less trivial, and on the other, more laborious. What were the tests really? We'll find out when we watch a cool film by an unsurpassed master who, judging by his "The Shape of Water", also turned out to be a supporter and promoter of interspecies sex.
9. Peter Pan (2003). KP rating 7.38
Countries: England, USA, Australia.
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Family.
Director: P.J. Hogan.
In chap. starring: Jason Isaacs, Jeremy Sumpter, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lynn Redgrave and others
In this version of Peter Pan, three London children from the Darling family - Michael, John and Wendy, who were endowed by the fairy with the ability to fly, played the role of the fallen into a parallel world. Together with the main character of All Neverland, they must deal with the pirates under the command of the bloodthirsty Captain Hook and find their way into their world.
10. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005). KP rating 7.30
Countries: England, USA.
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Family.
Director: Andrew Adamson
In chap. starring Georgie Henley, Scandar Keynes, Anna Popplewell, William Moseley and others
Subsequently, Hollywood filmed two more sequels of this tape. But they all turned out to be less and less successful each time. Now there are talks about restarting the franchise with new actors. Let them talk. We will wait. For now, let's discuss what we already have.
Playing hide-and-seek, visiting a relative and, at the same time, an old professor, the children hide in an old closet and discover a passage to a parallel world in its back wall. Subsequently, they learn that this world is not at all in order, although in appearance it is simply magnificent. From the fairy-tale creatures inhabiting it, the children learn that the world is run by an evil witch. And they set themselves the goal at all costs to save the fairy kingdom from the vile witch and the deceiver who usurped the throne.
It's only difficult to do this when all the hitmen are disunited, cannot find each other, and some have succumbed to the spell of an evil witch ...
11. Silent Hill (2006). KP rating 7.20
Countries:USA, Canada, France, Japan.
Genres: Horror, Mystic, Fantasy.
Director: Christoph Hans.
In chap. Starring: Rada Mitchell, Jodelle Ferland, Sean Bean, Laurie Holden and others
In the film, based on the game of the same name, a parallel (dark) world was created by the girl Alessa Gillespie. According to the locals, she was a witch, and witches were dealt with quickly here. On the fire - and that's it.
Since then, Alessa's personality (or spirit) has split. While one half is still in the normal world, the other lives in the otherworldly, in which he cruelly takes revenge on people for their deeds.
It is in this world that Rose Dasilva, who came here with her daughter, turns out to be. Recovering after an accident on the border of Silent Hill, the woman does not find her daughter next to her and goes into a dark town in search of her, and now only God will help her. Although ... In the process, it turns out that God has completely forgotten about this place ...
The film has a sequel, which was released in 2012. But its success was mediocre. At the checkpoint, it barely scored 5 rating points.
12. Alice in Wonderland (2010) CP 7.13
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Family.
Director: Tim Burton.
In chap. starring Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and others.
This is not a word for word adaptation of the famous book by Lewis Carroll, but it also worked out well. And since at least approximately everyone is familiar with one of the very first people who entered the parallel world, Alice, we will not talk too much. Let's just say that it turned out fabulous, colorful and more or less interesting.
Worth checking out. Johnny Depp alone in the role of the Hatter is worth ...
13. The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (2009). KP Rating 7.00
Countries: England, USA, Canada, France.
Genres: Fantasy, Comedy, Detective, Adventure.
Director: Terry Gilliam.
In chap. starring Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Andrew Garfield, Lily Cole and others.
Here anyone who has the courage to go through the magic mirror of Doctor Parnassus can become a fall into a parallel world. The traveler's eyes will open up such a world that you can only dream of.
But somewhere during his wanderings on his mortal life, Parnas met the devil in the guise of the mysterious Mr. "Nick", with whom, subsequently, he entered into a bunch of transactions and is now forced to pay the bills. And now his sixteen-year-old daughter is at stake. Will the father be able to protect the girl from the devil by hook or by crook?
14. The last hero (2017). KP rating 6.85
Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy.
Director: Dmitry Dyachenko.
In chap. starring: Victor Horinyak, Mila Sivatskaya, Elena Yakovleva, Ekaterina Vilkova and others.
Another hitman, Ivan Ilyich Naydenov, played out with games of psychics. The result of these games was his entry into a fabulous parallel world, inhabited by fabulous heroes. How to get out of this world into your own? It is not at all clear what needs to be done for this. But these questions are relegated to the background when all the heroes of ancient fairy tales, starting with the fairy-tale heroes and ending with Koshchey the immortal, enter the stage.
Only in fairy tales a lot was lied about. Every antihero, it turns out, may well have a kind of antihero goodness in his soul (or whatever he has there). Together with these characters, Ivan (or the son of Or Muromets, for whom everyone around him is mistaken) will have to ...
Let's watch a movie!
15. Spiderwick: The Chronicles (2008). KP rating 6.78
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Family.
Director: Mark Waters.
In Ch. starring: Freddie Highmore, Mary-Louise Parker, Sarah Bolger, Nick Nolte and others.
Having settled in an old house in a country estate, the Grace family is drawn into a series of strange events associated with a hidden parallel world, into which in this place you can infiltrate without straining. But all would be fine, but only from the other side all evil spirits rush into our world.
16. Astral (2010). KP rating 6.75
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystic.
Director: James Wang.
In chap. Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lee Wannell, Lin Shay, Ty Simpkins and others
It turns out that only the souls of people can seep into a parallel world called "astral". And this time the ten-year-old son of Rene and Josh Dalton became a hit in the astral plane. They just moved to their new home, but the house turned out to be a kind of portal to another mystical dimension, in which the souls of people who fell into it are in grave danger.
When Dalton suddenly falls into a coma, the father decides on a kind of journey to the other world to save his child. But this walk will definitely not be easy. This is evidenced by a bunch of sequels, which have been explained since 2010. For 2019, there are as many as 4 "Astral" and it is planned to release a new one, despite the fact that each of the subsequent episodes slides lower and lower in the ratings.
17. Outside (1986). KP rating 6.70
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction.
Director: Stuart Gordon.
In chap. starring: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ken Faury, Ted Sorel and others
Professor Pretorius was right when he argued that our world coexists in parallel with another, hidden world, which can only be seen with the help of the "third eye" dormant in us. But the scientist invented a special machine - a resonator, capable of awakening our "third eye" from hibernation. It was then that a couple of main things came to light.
First, the scientist saw that the parallel world really exists, only the most terrible creatures inhabit it. And, secondly, the resonator was not only able to awaken the "third eye" in people, but also to let these most terrible creatures into our world. By the way, one thing, by the way, having infiltrated our dimension, like nothing to do, chopped off his ambitious head off an ambitious professor.
How did it end? Knows Loughcraft himself and the people who managed to check out this masterpiece. And, by the way, for 1985 the special effects are very good! So, you can safely watch. It certainly won't be boring.
18. Two Worlds (2007). KP rating 6.56
Genres: Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure
Director: Daniel Cohen
In chap. Starring: Benoit Pulvoord, Natasha Lindinger, Daniel Cohen, Michel Duchaussois and others
Remy Bassano is a painting restorer and ... a complete loser. Everything that he would not undertake is constantly falling out of his hands or completely falling apart. His workshop was flooded. He was fired from his job. His debts are above the roof. His wife is an unfaithful bitch who has gone to another. Well what can you do here! It remains only to fall through the ground.
But even falling through the ground, he did not achieve anything good, finding himself in a parallel world inhabited by cannibals. To top it off, it dawns on him that the local natives mistook him for some kind of deity or messiah, capable of delivering them from the local tyrant. Nowhere to go. We'll have to lead the ranks of the resistance. In any case, this is better than the situation that developed at the time of his "sinking into the ground" in his world.
Oculus (2013). KP rating 6.42
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystic.
Director: Mike Flanagan.
In chap. starring: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, Katie Sackhoff and others
Everything can end very badly for those who, having bought an antique mirror in an antique store, will not understand first of its "pedigree". This is exactly the mistake the Russell family made. Although they didn’t buy the ill-fated mirror. They inherited it along with the house they bought.
From here everything and away we go. Half of the family went crazy, half wanted to kill the other half, the dog disappeared, in short, a complete mess. And the fault is the same mirror, which is a kind of portal to the eerie otherworldly world of ghosts and spirits that can induce hallucinations on people and make them do completely inadequate things.
The ending, by the way, is just shocking ...
20. Dark Tower (2017). KP rating 5.73
Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Action, Adventure, Western
Director: Nikolay Arsel.
In chap. Starring: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Claudia Kim, Tom Taylor and others
Let's finish again with an exception to the rule. They promised a rating of at least 6.4, but could not resist showing once again how Hollywood filmmakers can make a terrible nonsense out of a masterpiece.
And again, another literary blockbuster by Stitven King was given to the talent of the scriptwriters-masters of adaptation of book versions. This time it was The Dark Tower. The clever scriptwriters did everything to pervert the plot to the point of nonsense. And the absurdity was completed by the casting masters, who chose the black Idris Elba for the role of Gunslinger Roland Descein, while in the book version the main character is white. Stephen King himself said that he copied Roland's appearance from Clint Eastwood.
Even the stellar cast, which included the unrivaled Matthew McConaughey, did not save the picture from failure. With a budget of 60 million dollars, the picture still scored 110 million in the world box office. But the reviews of critics, as well as admirers of Stephen King's work, did not leave a stone unturned from the under-blockbuster.
This is how the idea of "Hollywood" ended to shoot an entire franchise on all seven books of "The Dark Tower". And all thanks to the stupid scriptwriters-adapters who have always considered themselves smarter and more artful than the original author ...
On this deplorable note, we are finishing our top 20 films about traveling across parallel worlds and wish you all the best. Go to the movies more often and everything will be great!
The Topic of Article: Top 20 best films about parallel worlds according to KinoPoisk rating.