Time travel films

by Mighty_Emperor | created - 30 May 2012 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

Films with time travel in them.

One thing that didn't strike me until I made this list - quite how many Star Trek films involve time travel.

Further reading: The Best and Worst Time Travel Movies.

See also: Bonkers (as quite a few strange films involve time travel)

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1. The Time Machine (1960)

G | 103 min | Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi

A man's vision for a utopian society is disillusioned when travelling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society.

Director: George Pal | Stars: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux, Sebastian Cabot

Votes: 31,898

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2. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1921)

80 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

In 1921, a young man, having read Mark Twain's classic novel of the same title, dreams that he himself travels to King Arthur's court, where he has similar adventures and outwits his foes ... See full summary »

Director: Emmett J. Flynn | Stars: Harry Myers, Pauline Starke, Rosemary Theby, Charles Clary

Votes: 20 | Gross: $0.14M

Get used to it as there are a lot of adaptations of Mark Twain's novel.

3. A Connecticut Yankee (1931)

Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Hank Morgan takes a trip back in time to King Arthur's Court.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Will Rogers, William Farnum, Frank Albertson, Maureen O'Sullivan

Votes: 256

4. Berkeley Square (1933)

Unrated | 84 min | Fantasy, Romance

A young American man is transported back to London in the time of the American Revolution and meets his ancestors.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Leslie Howard, Heather Angel, Valerie Taylor, Irene Browne

Votes: 621

A film that was lost until the 1970s.

5. Time Flies (1944)

88 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

A minor music hall star uses a professor's time machine to travel back to the Elizabethan era.

Director: Walter Forde | Stars: Tommy Handley, Evelyn Dall, George Moon, Felix Aylmer

Votes: 72

6. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A singing mechanic from 1912 finds himself in Arthurian Britain.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, Cedric Hardwicke, William Bendix

Votes: 1,952

7. I'll Never Forget You (1951)

90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A scientist obsessed with the past transports himself back in time to 18th-century London, where he falls in love with a beautiful young woman.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Tyrone Power, Ann Blyth, Michael Rennie, Dennis Price

Votes: 657

8. Brigadoon (1954)

Passed | 108 min | Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Two Americans on a hunting trip in Scotland become lost. They encounter a small village, not on the map, called Brigadoon, in which people harbor a mysterious secret, and behave as if they were still living two hundred years in the past.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse, Elaine Stewart

Votes: 6,634

9. A Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955)

83 min | Adventure, Animation, Family

Youngest of four boys one day finds a fossil of trilobite. So his older friend take him on journey through prehistory, up to beginning of time, to see real live trilobites.

Director: Karel Zeman | Stars: Vladimír Bejval, Petr Herrman, Zdenek Hustak, Josef Lukás

Votes: 1,196

aka Journey to the Beginning of Time

10. World Without End (1956)

Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi

Astronauts returning from a voyage to Mars are caught in a time warp and are propelled into a post-Apocalyptic Earth populated by mutants.

Director: Edward Bernds | Stars: Hugh Marlowe, Nancy Gates, Nelson Leigh, Rod Taylor

Votes: 1,510

11. The Time Machine (1960)

G | 103 min | Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi

A man's vision for a utopian society is disillusioned when travelling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society.

Director: George Pal | Stars: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux, Sebastian Cabot

Votes: 31,898

12. Beyond the Time Barrier (1960)

Not Rated | 75 min | Romance, Sci-Fi

In 1960, a military test pilot is caught in a time warp that propels him to year 2024 where he finds a plague has sterilized the world's population.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Robert Clarke, Darlene Tompkins, Arianne Ulmer, Vladimir Sokoloff

Votes: 955

13. The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Three goofy druggists travel back to Ancient Greece on a milquetoast inventor's time machine.

Director: Edward Bernds | Stars: Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Joe DeRita, Vicki Trickett

Votes: 831 | Gross: $4.36M

14. La Jetée (1962)

Not Rated | 28 min | Short, Drama, Romance

The story of a man forced to explore his memories in the wake of World War III's devastation, told through still images.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Étienne Becker, Jean Négroni, Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich

Votes: 25,427

15. The Time Travelers (1964)

Not Rated | 82 min | Sci-Fi

In 1964, a group of scientists create a portal that takes them to a barren, mutant inhabited, Earth in the year 2071.

Director: Ib Melchior | Stars: Preston Foster, Philip Carey, Merry Anders, John Hoyt

Votes: 1,788

16. Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)

Not Rated | 82 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

An eccentric inventor and his companions travel in his TARDIS to the Planet Skaro and battle the evil menace of the Daleks.

Director: Gordon Flemyng | Stars: Peter Cushing, Roy Castle, Jennie Linden, Roberta Tovey

Votes: 3,304

Yeah just about any Dr Who cinematic outing counts.

17. Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966)

Not Rated | 84 min | Family, Sci-Fi

The Daleks' fiendish plot in 2150 against Earth and its people is foiled when Dr. Who and friends arrive from the 20th century and figure it out.

Director: Gordon Flemyng | Stars: Peter Cushing, Bernard Cribbins, Ray Brooks, Andrew Keir

Votes: 2,808

18. Cyborg 2087 (1966)

86 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Earth's civilization of the future sends a cyborg back to the 1960s to change the future.

Director: Franklin Adreon | Stars: Michael Rennie, Karen Steele, Wendell Corey, Warren Stevens

Votes: 301

One game to play whilst watching this: Spot the similarities with Terminator and Terminator 2.

19. Journey to the Center of Time (1967)

Not Rated | 82 min | Sci-Fi

Gruff, hard-nosed new boss Stanton takes over a scientific research company upon the death of his benevolent father. Scientists Manning, Gordon and White, who are very close to a ... See full summary »

Director: David L. Hewitt | Stars: Scott Brady, Anthony Eisley, Gigi Perreau, Abraham Sofaer

Votes: 570

aka Time Warp

A remake of The Time Travellers.

20. Planet of the Apes (1968)

G | 112 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

79 Metascore

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.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans

Votes: 153,014 | Gross: $33.40M

21. Je t'aime, je t'aime (1968)

91 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

After attempting suicide, Claude is recruited for a time travel experiment, but, when the machine goes haywire, he may be trapped hurtling through his memories.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Claude Rich, Olga Georges-Picot, Anouk Ferjac, Alain MacMoy

Votes: 2,054 | Gross: $0.06M

22. The Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes (1968)

17 min | Short

Both a documentary and a comedy. It features a man on a canoe tour of the Great Lakes while the geological time frame changes around him. He finds himself atop the great glacier, and then ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Mason | Star: Blake James

Votes: 61

23. Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

G | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

The sole survivor of an interplanetary rescue mission searches for the only survivor of the previous expedition. He discovers a planet ruled by apes and an underground city run by telepathic humans.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: James Franciscus, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, Linda Harrison

Votes: 37,880 | Gross: $19.00M

24. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1970 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Animation

This animated version updates this classic story to a modern day Connecticut factory worker who is transported back in time to the year 528 and the days of the court of King Arthur.

Director: Zoran Janjic | Stars: Orson Bean, Barbara Llewellyn, Bruce Montague, Ron Haddrick

Votes: 19

25. Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

G | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman, Natalie Trundy

Votes: 28,442 | Gross: $12.30M

26. Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

A man named Billy Pilgrim tells the story of how he became unstuck in time and was abducted by aliens.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Eugene Roche, Sharon Gans

Votes: 10,989

27. Idaho Transfer (1973)

PG | 86 min | Sci-Fi

During a time of waning global resources, a crew of young researchers travel into the future to escape an apocalypse before the shutdown of their time transfer project. They find that some ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Fonda | Stars: Kelly Bohanon, Kevin Hearst, Caroline Hildebrand, Keith Carradine

Votes: 713

28. Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973)

TV-G | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

An ordinary Soviet building manager, living in the 20th century, is extremely similar to a Tsar of All Rus' - Ivan IV the Terrible (1530-1584). He would never learn about it, but one day his neighbor created a time machine.

Director: Leonid Gaidai | Stars: Yuriy Yakovlev, Leonid Kuravlyov, Aleksandr Demyanenko, Saveliy Kramarov

Votes: 12,565

29. Time Travelers (1976 TV Movie)

78 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

During an outbreak of a contagious disease in 1976, two scientists are sent back in time to 1871, when a Chicago doctor apparently had the cure for it.

Director: Alexander Singer | Stars: Sam Groom, Tom Hallick, Francine York, Booth Colman

Votes: 299

30. Zítra vstanu a oparím se cajem (1977)

93 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

Jan is a decent, boring man, living a decent, boring life as a rocket designer. When his adventurous twin brother dies in a breakfast accident, Jan decides to impersonate him, unwittingly becoming a part of a Nazi time travel conspiracy.

Director: Jindrich Polák | Stars: Petr Kostka, Jirí Sovák, Vladimír Mensík, Vlastimil Brodský

Votes: 935

aka Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea

31. Superman (1978)

PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

80 Metascore

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando

Votes: 143,614 | Gross: $134.22M

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32. Time After Time (1979)

PG | 112 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Nicholas Meyer | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen, David Warner, Charles Cioffi

Votes: 13,682

33. Sengoku jieitai (1979)

85 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A squadron of Japanese Self-Defense Force soldiers find themselves transported through time to their country's warring states era, when rival samurai clans were battling to become the ... See full summary »

Director: Kôsei Saitô | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Jun Etô, Moeko Ezawa, Ryô Hayami

Votes: 786

aka G.I. Samurai

34. Unidentified Flying Oddball (1979)

G | 93 min | Comedy, Family, Adventure

An astronaut and his android double travel back to the time of King Arthur.

Director: Russ Mayberry | Stars: Dennis Dugan, Jim Dale, Ron Moody, Kenneth More

Votes: 804

35. The Day Time Ended (1979)

PG | 79 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

Aliens visit the solar-powered house of a middle-class family, and the house is suddenly sucked into a time warp that transports it back to prehistoric times.

Director: John 'Bud' Cardos | Stars: Jim Davis, Christopher Mitchum, Dorothy Malone, Marcy Lafferty

Votes: 846

36. The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan (1979 TV Movie)

94 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

A young woman named Jennie Logan is trying to rebuild her shattered marriage. She and her husband move to an old Victorian style home, where she finds a beautiful dress in the attic, which ... See full summary »

Director: Frank De Felitta | Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Marc Singer, Alan Feinstein, Linda Gray

Votes: 638

37. Somewhere in Time (1980)

PG | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

29 Metascore

A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to travel back in time and meet the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, Teresa Wright

Votes: 23,747 | Gross: $9.71M

38. The Final Countdown (1980)

PG | 103 min | Action, Sci-Fi

A modern aircraft carrier is thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross, James Farentino

Votes: 18,534 | Gross: $16.65M

39. Time Bandits (1981)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

79 Metascore

A young boy accidentally joins a band of time travelling dwarves, as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, John Cleese, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 51,919 | Gross: $42.37M

40. Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982)

PG | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A maverick motorbike racer wanders into a top-secret time-travel research test site which unintentionally teleports him to the mid-1800s and ends up having to fight violent outlaws for his survival.

Director: William Dear | Stars: Fred Ward, Belinda Bauer, Peter Coyote, Richard Masur

Votes: 1,743

41. Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

PG | 101 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

44 Metascore

Four horror and science fiction segments, directed by four famous directors, each of them being a new version of a classic story from Rod Serling's landmark television series.

Directors: Joe Dante, John Landis, George Miller, Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Vic Morrow, Doug McGrath

Votes: 29,382 | Gross: $29.50M

42. Toki o kakeru shôjo (1983)

104 min | Romance, Sci-Fi

A high-school girl acquires the ability to time travel.

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Tomoyo Harada, Ryôichi Takayanagi, Toshinori Omi, Toshie Negishi

Votes: 410

43. The Terminator (1984)

R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

A seemingly indestructible android 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.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield

Votes: 704,487 | Gross: $38.40M

44. The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

44 Metascore

A United States Navy destroyer escort participates in a Navy "invisibility" experiment that inadvertently sends two sailors forty years into the future.

Director: Stewart Raffill | Stars: Michael Paré, Nancy Allen, Eric Christmas, Bobby Di Cicco

Votes: 12,653 | Gross: $8.10M

45. Back to the Future (1985)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

87 Metascore

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Votes: 892,325 | Gross: $210.61M

46. Trancers (1984)

PG-13 | 76 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Jack Deth is a kind of cop/bounty hunter in the bleak Los Angeles of the future. He's become obssessed with chasing Whistler - an evil criminal who uses powerful hypnotic powers to convert ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Band | Stars: Tim Thomerson, Helen Hunt, Michael Stefani, Art LaFleur

Votes: 4,589

47. My Science Project (1985)

PG | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

38 Metascore

A high school student and his friend find a strange, orb-like piece of equipment to use as a science project, but must stop it when it begins to threaten mankind.

Director: Jonathan R. Betuel | Stars: John Stockwell, Danielle von Zerneck, Fisher Stevens, Raphael Sbarge

Votes: 4,679 | Gross: $4.12M

48. Non ci resta che piangere (1984)

113 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A teacher (Saverio) and a schoolkeeper (Mario) get lost in the Italian countryside. They find themselves in the late 15th century, they met Leonardo da Vinci and try to teach him how to ... See full summary »

Directors: Roberto Benigni, Massimo Troisi | Stars: Massimo Troisi, Roberto Benigni, Iris Peynado, Amanda Sandrelli

Votes: 4,618

49. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

PG | 119 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.3