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The Best Time Travel Movies

Updated December 21, 2020 48.1k votes 5.0k voters 229.8k views103 items

List RulesVote for your personal favorite Time travel films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

If you're looking for the best time travel movies of all time, look no further. This list contains some great films about time traveling, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime, and can be sorted by cast, year, director and more, depending on what you're interested in. This list contains the best time travel movies ever made, as voted on by fans of the films, and you can click on the movie titles within this list for more information about the film

The films on this list cover the most famous time travel movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about time travel movie lists, and it’s sorted from best to worst, so vote for your favorite movies to help move them to the top of the list. You can also re-rank this list as your own, re-ordering it to what you think it should be, then share it on Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter.

If you don't like The Terminator or time travel comedies like Back to the Future, then vote them down -- otherwise, vote your faves up to help them move to the top of the list. And if we missed any time travel movies, please add them yourself, as this is an open list, which means you can add any movies whenever you like (but remember, choices are subject to moderation).

Whether you're at home and want to watch these time travel movies online, or perhaps you’d like to time travel yourself and rent them on DVD -- either way, this is a list of good time travel movies ranked from best to worst to help you decide what to watch! And after you crush all the time travel movies on this list, you might want to move onto our list of time loop movies and time travel TV shows!

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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong
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    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton
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    Back to the Future Part II

    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox
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    Groundhog Day

    Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell
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    12 Monkeys

    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis
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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin
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    Back to the Future Part III

    Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue
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    Edge of Tomorrow

    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt
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    Planet of the Apes

    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison
    Planet of the Apes is a 1968 American science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner...  more

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    Frequency

    Jim Caviezel, Elizabeth Mitchell
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    Interstellar

    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey
    Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher...  more

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    The Time Machine

    Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor
    The Time Machine – also known promotionally as H.G. Wells' The Time Machine – is a 1960...  more
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    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry
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    Minority Report

    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise
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    The Butterfly Effect

    Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart
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    Looper

    Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt
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    Avengers: Endgame

    Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin
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    It's a Wonderful Life

    James Stewart, Donna Reed
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    Star Trek

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison
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    The Time Machine

    Jeremy Irons, Guy Pearce
    The Time Machine is a 2002 American science fiction film loosely adapted from the 1895 novel...  more

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    Galaxy Quest

    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman
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    Star Trek: First Contact

    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell
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    Donnie Darko

    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale
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    Timecop

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara
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