The Best Time Travel Movies Ever Made Films
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The Best Time Travel Movies Ever Made

List Criteria: Movies must have time travel in them.

List of the best movies about time machines and time travel. The idea of travelling through time has always had an innate appeal, and has found its way into nearly every art form known to man, so it's unsurprising that it's one of the largest and richest science-fiction sub-genres in film history. Films with time themes present a unique way to think about the wonders of the universe. Some of the earliest films about traveling through time were based on a series of popular science-fiction stories dealing with the topic, including adaptations of the classic novels "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" by Mark Twain and "The Time Machine" by H.G. Wells (among others.)

Over the course of film history, time travel has found its way beyond just science-fiction movies and into just about every different kind of genre and storytelling style. Many of the most popular time travel movies of all time, in fact, are comedies, such as "Back to the F*ture," "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure," "Army of Darkness" and "Hot Tub Time Machine." Other films have used time travel as a backdrop for romance (as in "Somewhere in Time" or "The Time Traveler's Wife"), mysteries (as in "Time After Time") and, of course, action filmmaking (as in James Cameron's "Terminator" films.)

What are the best time travel movies? This list seeks to answer that question.

Despite their differences in tone and presentation, most time travel films explore similar themes, or rely on consistent motifs and common ideas about what it means to travel through time. For example, many films explore the negative consequences associated with "changing the past" while traveling through time, implying that even a small difference in the past could have massive ramifications on how the f*ture develops. (This often goes hand-in-hand with the idea that humans running into their past counterparts could create a paradox that would rip apart the space-time continuum.) Other common themes in time travel stories include a person or group that serves as Time Overlords or controllers who maintain balance, or people who venture back in time hoping to stop bad things in the past from ever occurring. These are some of the best time travel films, but if you don't see your favorite, make sure to add it to this list of the best time travel films so it might soon become someone else's favorite.
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    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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    Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson, Mark Ruffalo

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    often listed & added by KirkSaw Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, Cedric Hardwicke

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    Kate Winslet, Daniel Craig, Thomas Ian Nicholas

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    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

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    Britney Spears, Beyoncé Knowles, Tom Cruise

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    Elizabeth Hurley, Heather Graham, Will Ferrell

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    the people's #1 & most listed Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Jason Hervey

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    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

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    added by RebelWithoutAList Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Lea Thompson

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    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Pam Grier

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    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin

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    Josh Hutcherson, Dane Cook, Ron Jeremy

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    added by wiabux Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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    added by wiabux Val Kilmer, Denzel Washington, Paula Patton

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    Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Noah Taylor, Franz Drameh

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    Ricardo Montalbán, Roddy McDowall, Sal Mineo

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    added by KirkSaw Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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    often listed Mick Jagger, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo

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    Jim Caviezel, Dennis Quaid, Michael Cera

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    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

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    added by KirkSaw Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon

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    added by but chickens double d Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    Chevy Chase, Lyndsy Fonseca, Lizzy Caplan

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    added by looksharp Maya Rudolph, Scarface, Terry Crews

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    added by KirkSaw James Stewart, Donna Reed, Ward Bond

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    Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Patricia Clarkson

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    Christina Applegate, Tara Reid, Jean Reno

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    added by PeteBoyle Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

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    Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Owen Wilson

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    added by wiabux Jessica Biel, Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore

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    Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Kathleen Turner

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    added by KirkSaw Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, Roddy McDowall

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    Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Giamatti

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    added by KirkSaw Reese Witherspoon, Paul Walker, Tobey Maguire

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    new! & added by LanaYoshii Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor

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    often listed & added by deanroloff Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Keith Bradshaw

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    Valerie Perrine, John Dehner, Sorrell Booke

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    ranked low on reranks Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, William H. Macy

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    Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga

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    added by KirkSaw Jennifer Morrison, Zoe Saldana, Winona Ryder

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    William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Malcolm McDowell

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    added by KirkSaw Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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    ranked low on reranks Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken

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    Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter, Bryce Dallas Howard

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