Top Time Travel Films

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1.
Primer (2004)
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Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention. (77 mins.)
Director: Shane Carruth
“ Certainly the cheapest to make! Buy the DVD or be prepared to stream it a few times to have a chance of following the storyline as intended; you'll need it. ” - hb
 
2.
Timecrimes (2007)
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A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences. (92 mins.)
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
“ Perhaps a 'Primer'-lite, in terms of it's complexity, it's still a cut above grade-school time travel complexity in the remaining films on this list.

But a great film in its own right with a name and cover-art that would cause most people to pass it up. A shame, it's a super film.

Don't miss it. ” - hb
 
3.
Time Bandits (1981)
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A young boy accidentally joins a band of dwarves as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal. (116 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ One of the handful of films I've seen more than once, and the even smaller group that I had to own. Has everything I enjoy in a film - humor, drama, visual effects, and - of course - time travel. ” - hb
 
4.
La Jetée (1962 Short Film)
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Time travel, still images, a past, present and future and the aftermath of World War III. The tale of a man... (28 mins.)
Director: Chris Marker
“ Not really a 'film', it's a short series of black and white shots. It's the inspiration for 12 Monkeys, so if you liked that you'll like this. ” - hb
 
5.
The Terminator (1984)
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A human-looking indestructible cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs. (107 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Perfect. ” - hb
 
6.
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
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In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet. (129 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
7.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
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Two seemingly dumb teens struggle to prepare a historical presentation with the help of a time machine. (90 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
 
8.
The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)
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A United States Navy destroyer escort participates in a Navy "invisibility" experiment that inadvertently sends two sailors 40 years into the future. (102 mins.)
Director: Stewart Raffill
 
9.
Back to the Future (1985)
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A young man is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ The remainder in the series were good as well, but only one makes the list. ” - hb
 
10.
Groundhog Day (1993)
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A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again. (101 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ Questionably a time-travel film, I included it because it has the essential elements. ” - hb
 
11.
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
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The world is shocked by the appearance of three talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. They become the toast of society; but one man believes them to be a threat to the human race. (98 mins.)
Director: Don Taylor
 
12.
The Jacket (2005)
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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. (103 mins.)
Director: John Maybury
“ A nice twist on the usual time travel fare. Suspenseful and nicely shot. Worth seeing. ” - hb
 
13.
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
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Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel. (86 mins.)
Director: Colin Trevorrow
“ A time-travel date movie. Not a great film, IMHO, but enjoyable and tight enough story to carry it along. ” - hb
 
14.
Donnie Darko (2001)
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A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
 
15.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
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Evan Treborn suffers blackouts during significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life by reading his journal. (113 mins.)
 
16.
Triangle (2009)
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The story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas. (99 mins.)
 
17.
The Final Countdown (1980)
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A modern aircraft carrier is thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. (103 mins.)
Director: Don Taylor
 
18.
Army of Darkness (1992)
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A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home. (81 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
19.
Planet of the Apes (1968)
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An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. (112 mins.)
 
20.
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
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A malfunctioning time machine at a ski resort takes a man back to 1986 with his two friends and nephew, where they must relive a fateful night and not change anything to make sure the nephew is born. (101 mins.)
Director: Steve Pink
 
21.
Run Lola Run (1998)
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After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks. (81 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
 
22.
Frequency (2000)
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An accidental cross-time radio link connects father and son across 30 years. The son tries to save his father's life, but then must fix the consequences. (118 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
 
23.
Looper (2012)
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In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination. (119 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
 
24.
Freejack (1992)
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Bounty hunters from the future transport a doomed race-car driver to New York in 2009, where his mind will be replaced with that of a dead billionaire. (110 mins.)
Director: Geoff Murphy
 
25.
Timequest (2000)
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A story about a man who travels back in time to Fort Worth, Texas on November 22, 1963 and prevents the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Dyke
 
26.
Planet of the Apes (1968)
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An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. (112 mins.)
 
27.
The Time Machine (1960)
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A man's vision for a utopian society is disillusioned when travelling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society. (103 mins.)
Director: George Pal
 
28.
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009)
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While drinking at their local pub, three social outcasts attempt to navigate a time-travel conundrum. (83 mins.)