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Tick, tock, tick, tock – just the sound of a ticking clock generates anxiety, but when lives are on the line, it creates great entertainment. The top race against the clock movies put characters' lives on the line with the added pressure of meeting a life-or-death deadline. This is a list of countdown movies featuring everything from Labyrinth to Apollo 13 to Back to the Future.

What movies will you find on this list of the best ticking clock films? If you're a fan of action flicks, you might vote Terminator 2: Judgment Day has to the top. In this captivating sequel, the past, present and future converge as the T-800 Terminator protects John Connor from a future enemy. The Running Man – which also stars Arnold Schwarzenegger – is another good race against the clock movie. Keanu Reeves faced a ticking clock and a racing bus in the 1994 film Speed. Other good movies featured on this top countdown films list include The Ring, Run Lola Run, and The Manchurian Candidate.

Which countdown movie deserves the top spot on this list? Help us decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and add any great titles that are missing.

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Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by William Broyles, Jr. and Al Reinert, that dramatizes the aborted ...more

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson Back to the Future is a 1985 American comic science fiction film. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover and ...more

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Speed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Speed Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper Speed is a 1994 American action film directed by Jan de Bont in his feature film directorial debut. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, and Jeff Daniels. A surprise critical and commercial success, it won two ...more

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WarGames is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
WarGames Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy, Ally Sheedy WarGames is a 1983 American Cold War science-fiction film written by Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes and directed by John Badham. The film stars Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood, and Ally Sheedy. The film follows David ...more

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick and Edward Furlong. It is the second ...more

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48 Hours is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
48 Hours Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, James Remar 48 Hours is an American documentary/news magazine television series that airs on CBS. The series has been broadcast on the network since January 19, 1988. The program airs Saturdays at 10:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific Time, as part of the ...more

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The Ring is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
The Ring Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox The Ring is a 2002 American psychological horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts. It is a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring, which was based on the novel Ring by Kôji Suzuki. The Ring was released in ...more

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Run Lola Run is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Run Lola Run Franka Potente, Armin Rohde, Moritz Bleibtreu Run Lola Run is a 1998 German thriller film written and directed by Tom Tykwer and starring Franka Potente as Lola and Moritz Bleibtreu as Manni. The story follows a woman who needs to obtain 100,000 Deutsche Mark in twenty minutes to save her ...more

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Taken is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Taken Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace Taken is a 2008 French action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel, written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, and starring Leland Orser, Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Jon Gries, David Warshofsky, Holly Valance, Katie Cassidy, Xander Berkeley, ...more

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard Inception is a 2010 science fiction heist thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ken ...more

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The Martian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
The Martian Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig

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Escape from New York is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Escape from New York Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine Escape from New York is a 1981 American science fiction action film co-written, co-scored, and directed by John Carpenter. The film is set in a then near-future 1997 in a crime-ridden United States that has converted Manhattan Island in New ...more

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Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Labyrinth Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Frank Oz Labyrinth is a 1986 British-American musical adventure fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, executive produced by George Lucas and based upon conceptual designs by Brian Froud. The film stars David Bowie as Jareth and Jennifer Connelly as ...more

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25th Hour is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
25th Hour Anna Paquin, Rosario Dawson, Edward Norton 25th Hour is a 2002 American drama film directed by Spike Lee and starring Edward Norton. Based on the novel The 25th Hour by David Benioff, who also wrote the screenplay, it tells the story of a man's last 24 hours of freedom as he prepares to ...more

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The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
The Running Man Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura The Running Man is a 1987 American science fiction action film loosely based on the 1982 novel The Running Man, written by Stephen King and published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. Directed by Paul Michael Glaser, the film stars Arnold ...more

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High Noon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
High Noon Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper, Lee Van Cleef High Noon is a 1952 American Western film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Gary Cooper. In nearly real time, the film tells the story of a town marshal forced to face a gang of killers by himself. The screenplay was written by Carl ...more

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The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
The Manchurian Candidate Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller directed by John Frankenheimer that stars Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh and co-stars Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva and James Gregory. Its screenplay, by ...more

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The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
The Manchurian Candidate Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber, Vera Farmiga The Manchurian Candidate is a 2004 American thriller film directed by Jonathan Demme. The film, based on Richard Condon's 1959 novel of the same name and a re-imagining of the previous 1962 film, stars Denzel Washington as Bennett Marco, a ...more

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The Day After Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
The Day After Tomorrow Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 American climate fiction-disaster film co-written, directed, and produced by Roland Emmerich and starring Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, and Sela Ward. The film depicts fictional ...more

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Thirteen Days is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Thirteen Days Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Chip Esten Thirteen Days is a 2000 American historical drama-thriller film directed by Roger Donaldson dramatising the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, seen from the perspective of the US political leadership. Kevin Costner stars, with Bruce Greenwood ...more

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Crank is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Crank Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Dwight Yoakam Crank is a 2006 American black comedy/action film written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor and starring Jason Statham, Amy Smart and Jose Pablo Cantillo. The plot centers on a British hitman in Los Angeles named Chev Chelios who ...more

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Made in Dagenham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Made in Dagenham Rosamund Pike, Bob Hoskins, Andrew Lincoln Made in Dagenham is a 2010 British film directed by Nigel Cole. The film stars Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Geraldine James, Rosamund Pike, Andrea Riseborough, Jaime Winstone, Daniel Mays and Richard Schiff. It dramatises the ...more

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Logan's Run is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Logan's Run Farrah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov, Jenny Agutter Logan's Run is a 1976 American science fiction film directed by Michael Anderson and starring Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, Roscoe Lee Browne, Farrah Fawcett and Peter Ustinov. The screenplay by David Zelag Goodman is based on ...more

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Atlantis: The Lost Empire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Atlantis: The Lost Empire Michael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy, James Garner Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a 2001 American traditionally animated action-adventure film created by Walt Disney Feature Animation—the first science fiction film in Disney's animated features canon and the 41st overall. Written by Tab Murphy, ...more

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Buried is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Buried Ryan Reynolds, Samantha Mathis, Stephen Tobolowsky Buried is a 2010 American thriller film directed by Rodrigo Cortés. It stars Ryan Reynolds and was written by Chris Sparling. The story is about Iraq-based American civilian truck driver Paul Conroy, who, after being attacked, finds ...more

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Source Code is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Source Code Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga Source Code is a 2011 science fiction film directed by Duncan Jones, written by Ben Ripley, and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, and Jeffrey Wright. The film had its world premiere on March 11, 2011, at South by ...more

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Ringu 0 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Ringu 0 Yukie Nakama, Yoshiko Tanaka, Kumiko Aso Ring 0: Birthday is a 2000 Japanese psychological horror film. It is the prequel to the film Ring and the fourth and final installment in the Japanese Ringu franchise. It was directed by Norio Tsuruta, based on a screenplay by Hiroshi ...more