The Best Time Travel Movies

Only movies, and only where the main focus is on time travel (or timey whimy stuff) -or the film is set in motion via time travel, or if it is pivotal to the plot.

Rated on how (or how much) it features time travel, and how good it is in general.

From Best to Worst.

Left out Time Loop stuff like Groundhog Day or Edge of Tomorrow.

(If you have any suggestions feel free to comment!)
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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.
Futurama: Bender's Big Score (2007 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Planet Express sees a hostile takeover and Bender falls into the hands of criminals where he is used to fulfill their schemes. (88 mins.)
 
3.
The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A Chicago librarian has a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, creating complications in his marriage. (107 mins.)
 
4.
Looper (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
 
5.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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.)
 
6.
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
 
7.
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 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
 
8.
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
9.
Donnie Darko (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
 
10.
Time Lapse (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Three friends discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures 24hrs into the future and conspire to use it for personal gain, until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop. (104 mins.)
Director: Bradley King
 
11.
Frequency (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
 
12.
Predestination (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. The chase turns into a unique, surprising and mind-bending exploration of love, fate, identity and time travel taboos. (97 mins.)
 
13.
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
 
14.
Timecrimes (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
 
15.
Triangle (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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.)
 
16.
Blackadder Back & Forth (1999 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
At a New Millennium Eve party Blackadder and Baldrick test their new time machine and ping pong through history encountering famous characters and changing events rather alarmingly.... (33 mins.)
Director: Paul Weiland
 
17.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two seemingly dumb teens struggle to prepare a historical presentation with the help of a time machine. (90 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
 
18.
The Lake House (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A lonely doctor who once occupied an unusual lakeside home begins exchanging love letters with its former resident, a frustrated architect. They must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it's too late. (99 mins.)
 
19.
Primer (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
 
20.
Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies. (113 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
 
21.
Interstellar (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival. (169 mins.)
 
22.
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
 
23.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The time-travelling adventures of an advanced canine and his adopted son, as they endeavor to fix a time rift they created. (92 mins.)
Director: Rob Minkoff
 
24.
About Time (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think. (123 mins.)
Director: Richard Curtis
 
25.
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
 
26.
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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
 
27.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
28.
One-Minute Time Machine (2014 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
James is all too eager to put his one-minute time machine to use in winning the heart of Regina, until he discovers the unexpected consequences of his actions. (6 mins.)
Director: Devon Avery
 
29.
Terminator Genisys (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
When John Connor, leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. (126 mins.)
Director: Alan Taylor
 
30.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A high-school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own. (98 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
 
31.
Men in Black 3 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Agent J travels in time to M.I.B.'s early days in 1969 to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history. (106 mins.)
 
32.
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
While drinking at their local pub, three social outcasts attempt to navigate a time-travel conundrum. (83 mins.)
 
33.
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
 
34.
Stargate: Continuum (2008 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Ba'al travels back in time and prevents the Stargate program from being started. SG-1 must somehow restore history. (98 mins.)
Director: Martin Wood
 
35.
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.)
 
36.
Hirsute (2007 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young physicist is visited by an arrogant, time-traveling, future version of himself. Shocked to discover his fondness for body-hair removal and boiled eggs, the young physicist vows to change the course of his life. (14 mins.)
Director: A.J. Bond
Stars: A.J. Bond
 
37.
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 Commander Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful, time-traveling Romulan creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time. (127 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
 
38.
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Dr. Evil is back...and has invented a new time machine that allows him to go back to the 60's and steal Austin Powers's mojo, inadvertently leaving him "shagless". (95 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
 
39.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her young son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
40.
Kate & Leopold (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Kate and her actor brother live in N.Y. in the 21st Century. Her ex-boyfriend, Stuart, lives above her apartment... (118 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
 
41.
The Terminator (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
 
42.
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
 
43.
Time (2013 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Time is about one young boys exploration of the foolish idea of time travel might actually be possible... (7 mins.)
Director: Liam Connor
 
44.
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
 
45.
The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Sam Reide uses his power to time travel to solve the mystery of his girlfriend's death. (90 mins.)
Director: Seth Grossman
 
46.
Pokémon 4: The Movie (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Ash must stop a hunter who forces the legendary Pokémon Celebi to help him destroy a forest. (75 mins.)
 
47.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
When Lou finds himself in trouble, Nick and Jacob fire up the hot tub time machine in an attempt to get back to the past... (93 mins.)
Director: Steve Pink
 
48.
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
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
 
49.
Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (2005 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The maniacal baby of the Griffin family, Stewie, meets his future self. In doing this he discovers that his future image is not what he has anticipated because of a near death experience. (88 mins.)
 
50.
The Kid (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
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
 
51.
A Sound of Thunder (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
When a scientist sent back to the prehistoric era strays off the path he causes a chain of events that alters history in disastrous ways. (101 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
 
52.
Timeline (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A group of archaeological students become trapped in the past when they go there to retrieve their professor. The group must survive in 14th century France long enough to be rescued. (116 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
53.
The Jacket (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
 
54.
The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
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
 
55.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A cybernetic warrior from a post-apocalyptic future travels back in time to protect a 19-year old drifter and his future wife from a most advanced robotic assassin and to ensure they both survive a nuclear attack. (109 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Mostow
 
56.
Premonition (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Depressed housewife learns her husband was killed in a car accident the day previously, awakens the next morning to find him alive and well at home, and then awakens the next day after to a world in which he is still dead. (96 mins.)
Director: Mennan Yapo
 
57.
Plurality (2012 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After New York City introduces a cutting-edge identity-scanning technology in 2023, citizens can not... (14 mins.)
Director: Dennis A. Liu
 
58.
Time Bandits (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
 
59.
The Butterfly Effect 2 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Nick Larson discovers a supernatural way to alter his life and travel back in time to key moments in his life by looking at photographs. (92 mins.)
 
60.
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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