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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.

List Criteria: Movies must have time travel in them.

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    1995 More
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    1949 More
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    Army of Darkness

    1992 More
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    the people's #1
    Back to the Future

    1985 More
    100
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    Back to the Future Part II

    1989 More
    81
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    1990 More
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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    1989 More
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    2001 More
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    1989 More
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    1993 More
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    Hot Tub Time Machine

    2010 More
    48
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    It's a Wonderful Life

    1946 More
    68
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    2012 More
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    MAN from ATLANTIS

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    new! Peggy Sue Got Married

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    1968 More
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    1998 More
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    Primer

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    Source Code

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    Star Trek

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    1986 More
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    1996 More
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    1991 More
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    The Butterfly Effect

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    The Final Countdown

    1980 More
    36
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    1984 More
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    The Terminator

    1984 More
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    The Time Machine

    1960 More
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    The Time Traveler's Wife

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    1981 More
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    Timecrimes

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    A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding ... more
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