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25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock  

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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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The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
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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Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
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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Premonition is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added 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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Atlantis: The Lost Empire is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Michael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy, James Garner
Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a 2001 American traditionally animated action-adventure film created by Walt Disney Feature Animation—the first science fiction film in Disney's animated features ...more
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Crank is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Dwight Yoakam
Crank is a 2006 American black comedy/action film written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor and starring Jason Statham, Amy Smart and Jose Pablo Cantillo. The plot centers on a ...more
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The Guilty is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Johan Olsen
The Guilty is a 2018 Danish thriller film directed by Gustav Möller. A police officer (Jakob Cedergren) assigned alarm dispatch duty enters a race against time when he answers an emergency ...more
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Run Lola Run is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
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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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added 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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High Noon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
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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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Meg Jones added Mary Martin, Cyril Ritchard, Lynn Fontanne
Peter Pan is a 1960 TV film directed by Vincent J. Donehue.
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Frequency is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added 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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The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura
The Running Man is a 1987 American science fiction action film loosely based on the 1982 novel The Running Man, written by Stephen King and published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. ...more
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Logan's Run is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Farrah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov, Jenny Agutter
Logan's Run is a 1976 American science fiction film directed by Michael Anderson and starring Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, Roscoe Lee Browne, Farrah Fawcett and Peter Ustinov. ...more
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Hook is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Meg Jones added Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams
Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie. When Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan ...more
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A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added 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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30 Minutes or Less is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added 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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Scrooged is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added 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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Buried is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Ryan Reynolds, Samantha Mathis, Stephen Tobolowsky
Buried is a 2010 American thriller film directed by Rodrigo Cortés. It stars Ryan Reynolds and was written by Chris Sparling. The story is about Iraq-based American civilian truck driver ...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 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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Stranger than Fiction is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added 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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Balto is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added 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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Mile 22 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich, Lauren Cohan
Mile 22 is a 2018 American action thriller film directed by Peter Berg. An elite American intelligence officer (Mark Wahlberg), aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a ...more
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Changing Lanes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Siersha 2 added 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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Elysium is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga
Elysium is a 2013 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film written, directed, and co-produced by Neill Blomkamp, and starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga and Sharlto ...more
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The First Purge is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 25+ Great Movies That Have a Ticking Clock
Y'Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade
The First Purge is a 2018 American dystopian action horror film directed by Gerard McMurray, and the fourth installment in the series. To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of ...more