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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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    added by KirkSaw Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, Cedric Hardwicke

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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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    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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    ranked low on reranks & added by RebelWithoutAList Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Lea Thompson

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    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin

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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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    added by KirkSaw Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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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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    Chevy Chase, Lyndsy Fonseca, Lizzy Caplan

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    ranked low on reranks & 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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    new! Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Patricia Clarkson

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

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    Heather Graham, Gary Oldman, Lacey Chabert

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    added by wiabux Jessica Biel, Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore

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    often listed & added by KirkSaw Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, Roddy McDowall

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    added by KirkSaw Reese Witherspoon, Paul Walker, Tobey Maguire

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    added by deanroloff Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Keith Bradshaw

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    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, 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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    Charlize Theron, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves

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    added by Ashtro1969 Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross

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    Keira Knightley, Daniel Craig, Adrien Brody

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    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Christopher Plummer

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Bill Paxton

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    Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young

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    added by KirkSaw Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana, Stephen Tobolowsky

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    added by MaxCarta Corey Feldman, Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen

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    Sean Connery, John Cleese, Ian Holm

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    added by wiabux Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver

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    often listed & added by AmitThakkar Karra Elejalde, Nacho Vigalondo, Barbara Goenaga A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding ...

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    added by wiabux Gerard Butler, Paul Walker, Michael Sheen

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