The Best Time Travel Films

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1.
Back to the Future (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
2.
The Time Machine (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
3.
Time After Time (1979)
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H.G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper to the 20th Century when the serial murderer uses the future writer's time machine to escape his time period. (112 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Meyer
 
4.
Flight of the Navigator (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1978, a boy travels 8 years into the future and has an adventure with an intelligent, wisecracking alien ship. (90 mins.)
Director: Randal Kleiser
 
5.
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
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After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985...without interfering with his first trip. (108 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
6.
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
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Enjoying a peaceable existence in 1885, Doctor Emmet Brown is about to be killed by Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen. Marty McFly travels back in time to save his friend. (118 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
7.
Deja Vu (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After a ferry is bombed in New Orleans, an A.T.F. agent joins a unique investigation using experimental surveillance technology to find the bomber, but soon finds himself becoming obsessed with one of the victims. (126 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
 
8.
Source Code (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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. (93 mins.)
Director: Duncan Jones
 
9.
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
 
10.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants. (132 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
 
11.
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
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Peggy Sue faints at a high school reunion. When she wakes up, she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school. (103 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
 
12.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
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To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral James T. Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to San Francisco in 1986 to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it: humpback whales. (119 mins.)
Director: Leonard Nimoy
 
13.
Star Trek (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time. (127 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
 
14.
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
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The Borg travel back in time intended on preventing Earth's first contact with an alien species. Captain Picard and his crew pursue them to ensure that Zefram Cochrane makes his maiden flight reaching warp speed. (111 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Frakes
 
15.
The Terminator (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A seemingly indestructible humanoid 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
 
16.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
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It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry. (142 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
17.
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
18.
Time Bandits (1981)
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A young boy accidentally joins a band of time traveling dwarves as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal. (116 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
19.
Donnie Darko (2001)
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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. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
 
20.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
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A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
21.
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
 
22.
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
 
23.
Timecop (1994)
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Max Walker, an officer for a security agency that regulates time travel, must fend for his life against a shady politician who's intent on changing the past to control the future. (99 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
 
24.
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.)
 
25.
Kate & Leopold (2001)
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An English Duke from 1876 is inadvertedly dragged to modern day New York where he falls for a plucky advertising executive. (118 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ For some reason...I love this movie. ” - jwoehr
 
26.
Meet the Robinsons (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Lewis is a brilliant inventor who meets mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson, whisking Lewis away in a time machine and together they team up to track down Bowler Hat Guy in a showdown that ends with an unexpected twist of fate. (95 mins.)
 
27.
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
 
28.
The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A discovery made by a kung fu obsessed American teen sends him on an adventure to China, where he joins up with a band of martial arts warriors in order to free the imprisoned Monkey King. (104 mins.)
Director: Rob Minkoff
“ A bit cheesy, but likable. ” - jwoehr
 
29.
The Kid (2000)
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An unhappy and disliked image consultant gets a second shot at life when an eight year old version of himself mysteriously appears. (104 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
 
30.
The Time Machine (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds humankind divided into two warring races. (96 mins.)
Director: Simon Wells
“ Not the book, but it's still fun. ” - jwoehr
 
31.
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Captain Picard, with the help of long presumed dead Captain Kirk, must stop a madman willing to murder on a planetary scale in order to enter an energy ribbon. (118 mins.)
Director: David Carson
 
32.
Demolition Man (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A police officer is brought out of suspended animation in prison to pursue an old ultra-violent nemesis who is loose in a non-violent future society. (115 mins.)
Director: Marco Brambilla
“ A cop gets froze for a crime he didn't commit and is thawed out in the future. Is no time machine, but I guess you can still call it a time travel film. ” - jwoehr