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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 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
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
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. The film takes place in a future where Earth is ...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
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
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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Happy Death Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
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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Predestination is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
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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Triangle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
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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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
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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Happy Death Day 2U is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Suraj Sharma
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.

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Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
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 collision, brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon ...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
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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Timecrimes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
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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Primer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
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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Déjà Vu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
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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The Endless is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
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Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Callie Hernandez
The Endless is a 2017 American horror film directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. Two brothers return to the cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group's beliefs may be more ...more
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Harry Potter and the Pri... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
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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ARQ is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
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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Run Lola Run is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
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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Before I Fall is listed (or ranked) 19 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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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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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
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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Futurama: Bender's Big S... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
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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Prince of Persia: The Sa... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
Gemma Arterton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley
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Haunter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
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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The Girl Who Leapt Throu... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Time Loop Movies
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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