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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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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

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    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin

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    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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    Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd

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    Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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    Sean Connery, John Cleese, Ian Holm

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    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

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    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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    Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga

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    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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    Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

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    Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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    Gerard Butler, Paul Walker, Michael Sheen

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    Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning

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    Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, William H. Macy

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    Nancy Allen, Stephen Tobolowsky, Michael Paré

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    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

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    Charlize Theron, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves

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    Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson

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    Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, Cedric Hardwicke

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    Karra Elejalde, Nacho Vigalondo, Barbara Goenaga 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.Very complex and twisting

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    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson, Mark Ruffalo

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    Jessica Biel, Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore

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