10 Movies Based on the Thought We Live in Simulation

The basis of the simulation hypothesis was laid with the ideas put forward by thinkers who lived in Ancient Greece. There have been criticisms of reality in every age and every period. People told us that the reality we live in could be an artificiality, with different tools or discourses.

In this search for an answer that has been going on for thousands of years, we are about to complete one fifth of the 21st century. Cinema is the most powerful narrative tool we have. Over the past 20 to 25 years, there have been serious references to the simulation hypothesis on the screen. Let’s take a closer look at those movies.

Note: Contrary to expectations, there are not only science fiction productions in the list. We tried to include productions in every style as much as we could.

The Cabin in the Woods:

  • Type: Fear
  • IMDb score: 7.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 91%

Week in a small house in a deserted forest We are watching a group of young people who want to take a holiday break. Although this sentence indicates that the movie is a cliché, it is incredibly misleading. Realizing that the small house they are in is built on the shelter of a mystical being called the Ancient One, the young people reach something at the end of the movie that you may lose your mind.

The source of the simulation hypothesis in this movie is based on the views of Jean Baudrillard. Boudrillard was actually an important sociologist who argued that the media is a simulation of reality. We don’t want to spoil your taste for the movie anymore. If you like the horror genre, definitely watch it.

The Edge of Tomorrow

  • Genre: Action, science fiction
  • IMDb score: 7.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 90%

Operates the concept of simulation directly with the topic it deals with In this movie, our brother Tom Cruise gives life to a soldier who lives the same day over and over again. The fiction of reliving the same day over and over again relies on a science fiction story reminiscent of phenomena such as ‘de javu’ and ‘dream’.

Mr. Nobody (Mr. Nobody):

  • Genre: Drama, fantasy, science fiction
  • IMDb score: 7,8
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 67%

Never gets the score it deserves on movie sites Apparently not having Mr. Nobody shows how the connections between the future and the past are influenced by our choices. We see Nemo, our main character in the movie, at almost every age, and we live every age with him. Nemo’s struggle to discover his own reality is presented to us with explanations of many events, including the ‘butterfly effect’. Everything in the world that is unrelated can suddenly relate to each other.

Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos):

  • Genre: Drama, mystery
  • IMDb score: 7,8
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 85%

Open Your Eye, one of the best-known examples of Spanish cinema, It’s about a man’s life that turns dark after he finds the love of his life. Now you’re going to wonder what this has to do with simulation. You are here to buy and watch. After all, we’re not going to say everything 🙂

Vanilla Sky:

  • Genre: Drama, mystery
  • IMDb score: 7.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 85%

The American version, Vanilla Sky, features Tom Cruise in the lead role this time. The actress in the movie is Penelope Cruz, who gave life to the same character in the Spanish version. It is a very interesting detail that he plays the same character in the versions of the same movie in two different countries.

You can watch the opening scenes of both movies in comparison below:

Dark City:

  • Genre: Mystery, science fiction
  • IMDb score: 7.7
  • (980710) Rotten Tomatoes rating: 75%

A man struggling with strange memories of his past sees that he is married to a woman he has no memory of. In fact, the world and the city in which he lives do not have a Sun. The Dark City is a dream movie that you forget the details of after waking up.


  • Genre: Action, science fiction, mystery
  • IMDb score: 8.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 86%​

One of Christopher Nolan’s career highs We think that there is no one who falls in love with the cinema and does not know about the movie Inception. Focusing on dreams, perhaps the most mysterious product of human consciousness, this movie itself is like a dream from start to finish. Don’t forget to also check out the content below for Nolan’s other successful projects.

Truman Show:

  • Genre: Comedy, drama
  • IMDb score: 8.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%

It is a movie that is still taught as a course and scientific researches are done on it, with the way it handles the subject. Truman Show. We follow Truman Burbank’s freedom struggle, which has been broadcast as a television show since the beginning of his life. We don’t just watch, we live. The most prominent views on simulation hypotheses in the movie belong to the famous sociologist Jean Boudrillard. It is among the rare productions that one should watch over and over again in childhood, youth and adulthood.


  • Genre: Action, science fiction
  • IMDb score: 8.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 88%

When it comes to simulation hypotheses, we can discuss the impact of the Matrix series at length. This movie talks about things beyond software, robots, humanoid artificial intelligence. Although it gained a significant part of its popularity with its groundbreaking visual effects and editing, numerous scientific studies have been conducted on its philosophical foundations. If there is an effect that makes the simulation hypothesis so popular today, the Matrix alone has created most of this effect.

13. Floor (The Thirteenth Floor):

  • Genre: Mystery, science fiction, thriller
  • IMDb rating: 8.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 88%

It is possible to see virtual reality as one of the most popular technological developments of today. This cinema masterpiece, which has been out for exactly 20 years, created the agenda at a time when people were not so busy with computers. In the movie, which begins with a computer scientist developing software that simulates the world in 1937, we are open to all questions, including time and space. We recommend that you watch the film with versions adapted to today’s resolution standards.

Although the origin of the simulation theory is the currents of thought that people developed outside of scientific studies, today the subject of simulation is confusing even physicists. Cinema is one of the most effective ways to show known and thought possibilities. We have come to the end of our list, but perhaps in another reality you have already watched all of these movies.

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