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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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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 1 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, ...more

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Speed is listed (or ranked) 2 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 ...more

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Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 3 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, ...more

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Taken is listed (or ranked) 4 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 ...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 ...more

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Run Lola Run is listed (or ranked) 6 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 ...more

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The Martian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
The Martian Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig

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WarGames is listed (or ranked) 8 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 ...more

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Escape from New York is listed (or ranked) 9 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 ...more

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Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 10 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 ...more

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The Ring is listed (or ranked) 11 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 ...more

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48 Hours is listed (or ranked) 12 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 ...more

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High Noon is listed (or ranked) 13 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 ...more

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A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added A Christmas Carol George C. Scott, Susannah York, David Warner A Christmas Carol is a 1984 television film adaptation of Charles Dickens' famous 1843 holiday novella of the same name. The film is directed by Clive Donner who had been an editor of the 1951 ...more

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Foul Play is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Foul Play Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Dudley Moore Foul Play is a 1978 American comic mystery/thriller film written and directed by Colin Higgins, and starring Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Dudley Moore, Burgess Meredith, Eugene Roche, Rachel ...more

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Frequency is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Frequency Jim Caviezel, Elizabeth Mitchell, Dennis Quaid Frequency is a 2000 American science fiction thriller film. It was co-produced and directed by Gregory Hoblit and written and co-produced by Toby Emmerich. The film stars Dennis Quaid and Jim ...more

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City of Ember is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added City of Ember Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Tim Robbins City of Ember is a 2008 American science fiction fantasy film based on the 2003 novel The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. It was directed by Gil Kenan from a screenplay by Caroline Thompson, and ...more

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The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added The Andromeda Strain Paula Kelly, David Wayne, Arthur Hill The Andromeda Strain is a 1971 American science fiction film produced and directed by Robert Wise. Based on Michael Crichton's 1969 novel of the same name and adapted by Nelson Gidding, the film ...more

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Lear... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known as Dr. Strangelove, is a 1964 political satire black comedy film that satirizes the cold war fears of a ...more

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The Man Who Knew Too Much is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added The Man Who Knew Too Much James Stewart, Doris Day, Alfred Hitchcock The Man Who Knew Too Much is a 1956 suspense thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring James Stewart and Doris Day. The film is a somewhat altered remake in widescreen VistaVision and ...more

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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added 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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25th Hour is listed (or ranked) 22 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 ...more

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 23 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, ...more

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The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 24 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, ...more

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Non-Stop is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Non-Stop Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Lupita Nyong'o Non-Stop is a 2014 mystery-action thriller film starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong'o and Scoot McNairy and directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. This is the first ...more

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Scrooged is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Scrooged Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum, Miles Davis Scrooged is a 1988 American Christmas comedy film, a modernization of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The film was produced and directed by Richard Donner, and the cinematography was by ...more

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Airplane II: The Sequel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Airplane II: The Sequel William Shatner, Leslie Nielsen, Sonny Bono Airplane II: The Sequel is a 1982 sequel to the 1980 American comedy film Airplane!. First released on December 10, 1982, the film was written and directed by Ken Finkleman and stars Robert ...more

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Phone Booth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Phone Booth Katie Holmes, Colin Farrell, Jared Leto Phone Booth is a 2002 American psychological thriller film about a man who is held hostage in a telephone booth by a sniper. It stars Colin Farrell, Forest Whitaker, Katie Holmes, Radha Mitchell ...more

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Outbreak is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Outbreak Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman Outbreak is a 1995 American medical disaster film directed by Wolfgang Petersen and based on Richard Preston's non-fiction book The Hot Zone. The film stars Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, and ...more

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventu... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a 1989 American science fiction comedy buddy film and the first film in the Bill & Ted franchise in which two slackers travel through time to assemble ...more

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Balto is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Balto Kevin Bacon, Phil Collins, Bridget Fonda Balto is a 1995 American live-action/animated historical adventure drama film directed by Simon Wells, produced by Amblin Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures. The film is loosely ...more

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Arlington Road is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Arlington Road Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack Arlington Road is a 1999 American mystery thriller film, which tells the story of a widowed George Washington University professor who suspects his new neighbors are involved in terrorism and ...more

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Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Airplane! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman Airplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster comedy film directed and written by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Robert Hays and ...more

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Ferris Bueller's Day Off Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller, who skips school and spends the day in ...more

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Beauty and the Beast Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more

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M is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added M Peter Lorre, Theo Lingen, Georg John M is a 1931 German drama-thriller film directed by Fritz Lang and starring Peter Lorre. It was written by Lang and his wife Thea von Harbou and was the director's first sound film. Now ...more

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Changing Lanes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Changing Lanes Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson, Amanda Peet Changing Lanes is a 2002 drama-thriller film directed by Roger Michell and starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson. The film was released on April 12, 2002 in North America by Paramount

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The Quick and the Dead is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added The Quick and the Dead Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone, Russell Crowe The Quick and the Dead is a 1995 western film directed by Sam Raimi and starring Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio. The story focuses on "The Lady", a ...more

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Premonition is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Premonition Sandra Bullock, Nia Long, Julian McMahon Premonition is a 2007 American supernatural thriller film directed by Mennan Yapo and starring Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon, and Amber Valletta. The film's plot depicts a depressed housewife ...more

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Three O'Clock High is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Three O'Clock High Jeffrey Tambor, Philip Baker Hall, Yeardley Smith Three O'Clock High is a 1987 high-school comedy film, directed by Phil Joanou, written by Richard Christian Matheson and Thomas Szollosi; the executive producer was Aaron Spelling. The plot is ...more

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Stranger than Fiction is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Stranger than Fiction Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah Stranger than Fiction is a 2006 American comedy-drama-fantasy film directed by Marc Forster, written by Zach Helm, and starring Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, ...more

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The Day After Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 42 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, ...more

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Below Zero is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Below Zero Edward Furlong, Michael Berryman, Kristin Booth Trapped in an abandoned slaughterhouse, a desperate screenwriter paralyzed by writer’s block is tormented by a horrific serial killer of his own creation. Locked in a freezer, he sinks into a ...more

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Unstoppable is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Unstoppable Denzel Washington, Rosario Dawson, Chris Pine Unstoppable is a 2010 American action thriller film directed by Tony Scott, written by Mark Bomback, and starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. The film, loosely based on the real-life CSX ...more

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30 Minutes or Less is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added 30 Minutes or Less Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson 30 Minutes or Less is a 2011 American action comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer starring Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari and Nick Swardson. It is produced by Columbia Pictures ...more

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The Purge is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added The Purge Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke, Adelaide Kane The Purge is a 2013 American social science fiction action horror film written and directed by James DeMonaco. It stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane and Max Burkholder. It is the ...more

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Nick of Time is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Nick of Time Johnny Depp, Christopher Walken, Charles S. Dutton Nick of Time, starring Johnny Depp, Christopher Walken, Charles S. Dutton and Courtney Chase, is a 1995 political thriller film. It was directed by John Badham. It is noteworthy for taking place ...more

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Cinderella June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the fairy tale "Cendrillon" by Charles Perrault, it is ...more

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Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added Sunshine Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Mark Strong Sunshine is a 2007 British science fiction thriller film directed by Danny Boyle. The film was adapted from a screenplay written by Alex Garland about the crew of a spacecraft on a dangerous ...more

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D.O.A. (1949, O'Brien, Adler, ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock