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The Best Time Loop Movies 

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Updated April 5, 2020 4.4k votes 804 voters 23.8k views 54 items

List Rules Movies must have time loops, not just time travel.

Here, you'll find a list of time loop movies if you're in the mood to see a character try to get things just right while repeating the same day. Movies where the same day repeats over and over again allow you to watch how characters recognize their mistakes and attempt to rectify them. In many ways, time loop movies provide the ultimate fantasy. Don't we all wish we could sometimes go back and undo past errors and indiscretions? As they say - hindsight is 20/20. 

What are some of the best films featuring time loops? The classic Groundhog Day is one of the most famous of the genre, a '90s comedy featuring Bill Murray navigating the titular holiday repetitively. Many holiday films - such as 12 Dates of Christmas and Christmas Every Day - play on the desire for the perfect holiday by allowing characters to get a do-over during the season.

Other good time loop movies include 12:01 PM, Before I Fall, and Edge of Tomorrow. This list of time loop movies also includes films that feature time loops or characters repeating the same events, like Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Doctor Strange, and About Time.

Which time loop film has you the most intrigued? Vote up the best films below! 

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Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

Released: 2014

Directed by: Doug Liman

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Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon

Released: 1993

Directed by: Harold Ramis

Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis. A derisive weatherman (Bill Murray) finds himself reliving the same day over and over again after reporting a small ...more

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Source Code is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga

Released: 2011

Directed by: Duncan Jones

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 ...more

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Looper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Released: 2012

Directed by: Rian Johnson

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Happy Death Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine

Released: 2017

Directed by: Christopher B. Landon

Happy Death Day is a 2017 American slasher film directed by Christopher B. Landon. A college student (Jessica Rothe) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and ...more

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Predestination is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor, Sarah Snook

Released: 2014

Directed by: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig

Predestination is a 2014 Australian science fiction film, written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig. The film is based on the Robert A. Heinlein short story "—All You ...more

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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

Released: 1995

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

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Triangle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Melissa George, Michael Dorman, Rachael Carpani

Released: 2009

Directed by: Christopher Smith

Triangle is a 2009 psychological horror thriller film written and directed by Christopher Smith. Jess (Melissa George) plays a single mother who goes on a boating trip with several friends. When ...more
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Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams

Released: 2016

Directed by: Scott Derrickson

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Happy Death Day 2U is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Suraj Sharma

Released: 2019

Directed by: Christopher B. Landon

Happy Death Day 2U is a 2019 American slasher film directed by Christopher B. Landon, and the sequel to the 2017 film Happy Death Day. After her horrific experience of dying over and over again, ...more
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About Time is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Rachel McAdams, Margot Robbie, Bill Nighy

Released: 2013

Directed by: Richard Curtis

About Time is a 2013 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Richard Curtis. A young man (Domhnall Gleeson) with the special ability to time travel tries to change his past in order to ...more

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Primer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Keith Bradshaw

Released: 2004

Directed by: Shane Carruth

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Harry Potter and the Pri... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

Released: 2004

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. ...more

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Timecrimes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Karra Elejalde, Nacho Vigalondo, Barbara Goenaga

Released: 2007

Directed by: Nacho Vigalondo

Timecrimes is a 2007 Spanish science-fiction thriller film directed by Nacho Vigalondo. A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour, starting a series f ...more
15
Déjà Vu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning

Released: 2006

Directed by: Tony Scott

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Run Lola Run is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Franka Potente, Armin Rohde, Moritz Bleibtreu

Released: 1998

Directed by: Tom Tykwer

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ARQ is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Robbie Amell, Rachael Taylor, Shaun Benson

Released: 2016

Directed by: Tony Elliott

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Before I Fall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Before I Fall Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller

Released: 2017

Directed by: Ry Russo-Young

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Project Almanac is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Project Almanac Sofia Black D'Elia, Amy Landecker, Gary Grubbs

Released: 2015

Directed by: Dean Israelite

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The Endless is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Chad Roberts added Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Callie Hernandez

Released: 2018

Directed by: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead

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Miss Peregrine's Home fo... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O'Dowd

Released: 2016

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Mark Hamill, Al Gore, Katey Sagal

Released: 2007

Directed by: Dwayne Carey-Hill

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23
Prince of Persia: The Sa... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Gemma Arterton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley

Released: 2010

Directed by: Mike Newell

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The Girl Who Leapt Throu... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Riisa Naka, Sachie Hara, Fumihiko Tachiki

Released: 2010

Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda, Masaaki Taniguchi

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Timecop is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Jody added Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver

Released: 1994

Directed by: Peter Hyams

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