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The Best Time Loop Movies

Updated March 12, 2021 6.4k votes 1.1k voters 32.2k views56 items

List RulesMovies 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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    Groundhog Day

    Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell

    Released1993

    Directed byHarold Ramis

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    Edge Of Tomorrow

    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt

    Released2014

    Directed byDoug Liman

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    Palm Springs

    Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti

    Released2020

    Directed byMax Barbakow

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    Source Code

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan

    Released2011

    Directed byDuncan Jones

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    Happy Death Day

    Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard

    Released2017

    Directed byChristopher B. Landon

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    Looper

    Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt

    Released2012

    Directed byRian Johnson

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    12 Monkeys

    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis

    Released1995

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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    Predestination

    Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor

    Released2014

    Directed byMichael Spierig, Peter Spierig

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    Triangle

    Melissa George, Michael Dorman

    Released2009

    Directed byChristopher Smith

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    About Time

    Rachel McAdams, Margot Robbie

    Released2013

    Directed byRichard Curtis

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    Doctor Strange

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Released2016

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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    Happy Death Day 2U

    Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard

    Released2019

    Directed byChristopher B. Landon

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    Déjà Vu

    Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer

    Released2006

    Directed byTony Scott

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    Primer

    Shane Carruth, David Sullivan

    Released2004

    Directed byShane Carruth

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    Timecrimes

    Karra Elejalde, Nacho Vigalondo

    Released2007

    Directed byNacho Vigalondo

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    Run Lola Run

    Franka Potente, Armin Rohde

    Released1998

    Directed byTom Tykwer

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    The Endless

    Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead

    Released2018

    Directed byJustin Benson, Aaron Moorhead

    The Endless is a 2017 American horror film directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. Two...  more
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    Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2004

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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    Before I Fall

    Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage

    Released2017

    Directed byRy Russo-Young

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    ARQ

    Robbie Amell, Rachael Taylor

    Released2016

    Directed byTony Elliott

    ARQ is a 2016 American-Canadian science fiction film directed by Tony Elliott. Trapped in a...  more
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    Timecop

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara

    Released1994

    Directed byPeter Hyams

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    Released2016

    Directed byTim Burton

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    Project Almanac

    Sofia Black D'Elia, Amy Landecker

    Released2015

    Directed byDean Israelite

    Project Almanac is a 2015 American found footage science fiction thriller film directed by...  more
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    The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

    Riisa Naka, Sachie Hara

    Released2010

    Directed byMamoru Hosoda, Masaaki Taniguchi

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    Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

    Gemma Arterton, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2010

    Directed byMike Newell

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