film The Best Time Loop Movies  

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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, 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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Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Groundhog Day Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliott. It was written by Ramis and Danny Rubin, based on a story ...more

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Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Edge of Tomorrow Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American military science fiction thriller film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Doug Liman directed the film based on a screenplay adapted from the 2004 Japanese ...more

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Looper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Looper Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Looper is a 2012 American science fiction action thriller film written and directed by Rian Johnson and starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt. In the film, time travel is ...more

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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
12 Monkeys Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer 12 Monkeys, also known as Twelve Monkeys, is a 1995 American science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam, inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 short film La Jetée, and starring Bruce ...more

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Source Code is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
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 ...more

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Predestination is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Predestination Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor, Sarah Snook 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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Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Doctor Strange Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams Doctor Strange is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Scott Derrickson, based on the Marvel Comics character. After a career-ending car accident, brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon ...more

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Triangle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Triangle Melissa George, Michael Dorman, Rachael Carpani 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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Happy Death Day is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Happy Death Day Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine 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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About Time is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
About Time Rachel McAdams, Margot Robbie, Bill Nighy 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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Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman 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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Run Lola Run is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
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 ...more

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Timecrimes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Timecrimes Karra Elejalde, Nacho Vigalondo, Barbara Goenaga 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

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Déjà Vu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Déjà Vu Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning Déjà Vu is a 2006 American action thriller film with elements of science fiction, directed by Tony Scott, written by Bill Marsilii and Terry Rossio, and produced by Jerry ...more

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ARQ is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
ARQ Robbie Amell, Rachael Taylor, Shaun Benson ARQ is a 2016 American-Canadian science fiction film directed by Tony Elliott. Trapped in a lab and stuck in a time loop, an engineer (Robbie Amell) attempts to save his former lover (Rachael ...more

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Primer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Primer Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Keith Bradshaw Primer is a 2004 American science fiction drama film about the accidental discovery of a means of time travel. The film was written, directed, produced, edited and scored by Shane Carruth, who ...more

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Before I Fall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Before I Fall Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller Before I Fall is a 2017 American teen drama film directed by Ry Russo-Young, based on the novel by Lauren Oliver. Stuck reliving her last day over and over, Sam (Zoey Deutch) untangles the ...more

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Naked is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Naked Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall, Jonathan Todd Jackson Naked is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Michael Tiddes and a remake of the 2000 Swedish film Naken. Nervous about finally getting married, a guy (Marlon Wayans) is forced to relive the ...more

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Futurama: Bender's Big Score is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Futurama: Bender's Big Score Mark Hamill, Al Gore, Katey Sagal Futurama: Bender's Big Score is a 2007 American direct-to-video adult animated science fiction comedy-adventure film directed by Dwayne Carey-Hill, based on the animated series. Planet Express ...more

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Project Almanac is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Project Almanac Sofia Black D'Elia, Amy Landecker, Gary Grubbs Project Almanac is a 2015 American found footage science fiction thriller film directed by Dean Israelite and written by Jason Harry Pagan and Andrew Deutschman. Filmed in 2013 and originally ...more

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Repeaters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Repeaters Amanda Crew, Alexia Fast, Dustin Milligan Repeaters is a 2010 Canadian thriller film directed by Carl Bessai, written by Arne Olsen, and starring Dustin Milligan, Amanda Crew, and Richard de Klerk as young drug addicts who find ...more

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12:01 PM is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
12:01 PM Kurtwood Smith, Don Amendolia, Laura Harrington 12:01 PM is a 1990 short film starring Kurtwood Smith. Directed by Jonathan Heap, it originally aired on cable television in 1990 as part of the Showtime 30-Minute Movie anthology series. It was ...more

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Haunter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Haunter Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, Michelle Nolden Haunter is a 2013 Canadian supernatural horror film directed by Vincenzo Natali, written by Brian King, and starring Abigail Breslin. The film premiered at the 2013 South by Southwest Film ...more

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Mine Games is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Mine Games Briana Evigan, Julianna Guill, Alex Meraz Mine Games is a 2012 time loop thriller film directed by Richard Gray. The film stars Briana Evigan, Julianna Guill, and Joseph Cross.

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12:01 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
12:01 Jeremy Piven, Danny Trejo, Helen Slater 12:01 is a 1993 science fiction television film directed by Jack Sholder, and starring Helen Slater, Jonathan Silverman, Jeremy Piven, and Martin Landau. It originally aired on the Fox Network ...more

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Dead End is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Dead End Amber Smith, Lin Shaye, Alexandra Holden Dead End is a 2003 French horror film directed by Jean-Baptiste Andrea and Fabrice Canepa. Although Dead End only had a budget of $900,000 it made a total of $77 million from DVD sales.

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Pecu... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O'Dowd Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a 2016 American 3D dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and written by Jane Goldman, based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs.

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Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dr... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer Fumi Hirano, Toshio Fururkawa, Akira Kamiya Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer s a 1984 Japanese anime fantasy comedy film directed by Mamoru Oshii, based on the manga by Rumiko Takahashi. Problems arise when students preparing for ...more

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Retroactive is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Retroactive Jim Belushi, M. Emmet Walsh, Shannon Whirry Retroactive is a 1997 adventure science fiction action film directed by Louis Morneau.

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The Girl Who Leapt Through Tim... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Riisa Naka, Sachie Hara, Fumihiko Tachiki The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a 2006 Japanese-animated science fiction romance film produced by Madhouse, directed by Mamoru Hosoda and written by Satoko Okudera. Released by Kadokawa ...more

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Gemma Arterton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a 2010 American adventure action fantasy film written by Jordan Mechner, Boaz Yakin, Doug Miro, and Carlo Bernard; directed by Mike Newell; produced by ...more

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Christmas Every Day is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Christmas Every Day Bess Armstrong, Yvonne Zima, Erik von Detten Christmas Every Day is a 1996 American television movie, based on William Dean Howells's 1892 short story, "Christmas Every Day". It was directed by Larry Peerce, starred Erik von ...more

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Premature is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Premature Alan Tudyk, Katie Findlay, Carlson Young Premature is a 2014 comedy film written by Dan Beers and Mathew Harawitz and directed by Dan Beers.

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12 Dates of Christmas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
12 Dates of Christmas Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Jayne Eastwood, Richard Fitzpatrick 12 Dates of Christmas is a 2011romantic comedy drama TV movie directed by James Hayman.

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Salvage is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Salvage Lauren Currie Lewis, Chris Ferry, Cody Darbe Salvage is a 2006 horror film by the Crook Brothers. It was an official selection of the 2006 Sundance Festival. According to the directors' commentary, the film was shot for around $25,000. It ...more

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Movie Aoi Yûki, Chiwa Saitô, Emiri Kato Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Movie is a 2012 series of Japanese animated films, based on the anime series. There are certain creatures that can grant a chosen girl any wish they may desire, ...more

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Blood Punch is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Blood Punch Adelaide Kane, Milo Cawthorne, Ari Boyland Blood Punch is a 2013 horror thriller film and the directorial debut of Madellaine Paxson. The film had its world premiere on 26 Octover 2013 at the Austin Film Festival, where it won the Dark ...more

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Turn Back the Clock is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Turn Back the Clock Lee Tracy, Mae Clarke Turn Back the Clock is an MGM comedy-drama film directed by Edgar Selwyn, written by Edgar Selwyn and Ben Hecht, and starring Lee Tracy. The film also stars Mae Clarke. The Three Stooges ...more

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A Day is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
A Day Myung-min Kim, Yo-han Byeon, Hye-Sun Shin A Day is a 2017 South Korean mystery thriller film directed by Cho Sun-ho. A man who witnesses a car accident involving his daughter finds himself locked in a loop as the events repeat over and ...more

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If Only is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
If Only Jennifer Love Hewitt, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Nicholls If Only is a 2004 British-American romantic fantasy drama film directed by Gil Junger. It takes a tragedy to teach the young businessman Ian (Paul Nicholls) to put love ahead of work and open up ...more

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Stork Day is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Stork Day Goya Toledo, Antonio Albanese, Pepón Nieto Stork Day is a 2004 comedy fantasy film written by Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis, Valentina Capecci, Giulio Manfredonia, Andrés M. Koppel and Fabio Bonifacci and directed by Giulio

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Camp Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Camp Slaughter Matt Dallas, Brendan Bradley, Kyle Lupo Camp Slaughter is a 2005 science fiction horror film written and directed by Alex Pucci, and co-written by Draven Gonzales.

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Pete's Christmas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Pete's Christmas Zachary Gordon, Molly Parker, Rick Roberts | Pete's Christmas is a 2013 television movie directed by Nisha Ganatra. A put-upon teen (Zachary Gordon) finds himself reliving the same miserable Christmas day over and over again.

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Repeat Performance is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Repeat Performance Joan Leslie, Natalie Schafer, Richard Basehart Repeat Performance is a film of the film noir style starring Louis Hayward, Joan Leslie and Richard Basehart. The time travel picture combines elements of a 1940s drama with a science fiction ...more

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Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Milton Berle, Frank Welker, Jim Cummings Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas is a direct-to-video animated Christmas movie made by Walt Disney Home Video and won the Award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 5th Kecskemét Animation ...more

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Naken is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Naken Henrik Norberg, Lisa Kock, Martin Forsström Naken is a 2000 Swedish comedy film directed by Torkel and Mårten Knutsson. A naked man (Henrik Norberg) is caught in a time loop on the day of his wedding.

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The Last Day of Summer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
The Last Day of Summer James Woods, Jennette McCurdy, Bailee Madison The Last Day of Summer is a TV movie broadcast by Nickelodeon. It premiered on July 20, 2007. The film is inspired by the 1993 film Groundhog Day.