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The Best Time Travel Movies

Updated December 21, 2020 50.4k votes 5.0k voters 228.2k 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!



  • Back to the Future1

    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd


    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty...  more
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  • The Terminator2

    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton


    Directed byJames Cameron

    The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction/horror action film directed by James...  more
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  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day3

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong


    Directed byJames Cameron

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written,...  more
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  • Back to the Future Part II4

    Back to the Future Part II

    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox


    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Back to the Future Part II is a 1989 American comic science fiction film and the second...  more
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  • Groundhog Day5

    Groundhog Day

    Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell


    Directed byHarold Ramis

    Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis. A derisive...  more
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  • 12 Monkeys6

    12 Monkeys

    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis


    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    12 Monkeys, also known as Twelve Monkeys, is a 1995 American science fiction film directed by...  more
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  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure7

    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin


    Directed byStephen Herek

    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a 1989 American science fiction comedy buddy film and the...  more
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  • Back to the Future Part III8

    Back to the Future Part III

    Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue


    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Back to the Future Part III is a 1990 American science fiction Western film. It is the third...  more
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  • Edge of Tomorrow9

    Edge of Tomorrow

    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt


    Directed byDoug Liman

    Legend of a Rabbit is a 2011 animation, action, family, comedy and adventure film written by...  more
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  • Frequency10


    Jim Caviezel, Elizabeth Mitchell


    Directed byGregory Hoblit

    Frequency is a 2000 American science fiction thriller film. It was co-produced and directed by...  more
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  • Planet of the Apes11

    Planet of the Apes

    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison


    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

    Planet of the Apes is a 1968 American science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner...  more
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  • X-Men: Days of Future Past12

    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry


    Directed byBryan Singer

    X-Men: Days of Future Past is a 2014 science fiction action film written by Jane Goldman,...  more
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  • Interstellar13


    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey


    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher...  more
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  • The Time Machine14

    The Time Machine

    Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor


    Directed byGeorge Pal

    The Time Machine – also known promotionally as H.G. Wells' The Time Machine – is a 1960...  more
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  • Minority Report15

    Minority Report

    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Minority Report is a 2002 American neo-noir science fiction mystery-thriller film directed by...  more
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  • Looper16


    Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt


    Directed byRian Johnson

    Looper is a 2012 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Rian Johnson. In...  more
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  • The Butterfly Effect17

    The Butterfly Effect

    Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart


    Directed byJ. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress

    The Butterfly Effect is a 2004 American psychological thriller film that was written and...  more
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  • Avengers: Endgame18

    Avengers: Endgame

    Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin


    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    Avengers: Endgame is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based...  more
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  • It's a Wonderful Life19

    It's a Wonderful Life

    James Stewart, Donna Reed


    Directed byFrank Capra

    It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and...  more
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  • Star Trek20

    Star Trek

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison


    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

    Star Trek is a 2009 science fiction film directed by J. J. Abrams, written by Roberto Orci and...  more
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  • The Time Machine21

    The Time Machine

    Jeremy Irons, Guy Pearce


    Directed bySimon Wells

    The Time Machine is a 2002 American science fiction film loosely adapted from the 1895 novel...  more
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  • Galaxy Quest22

    Galaxy Quest

    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman


    Directed byDean Parisot

    Galaxy Quest is a 1999 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Dean Parisot...  more
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  • Star Trek: First Contact23

    Star Trek: First Contact

    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell


    Directed byJonathan Frakes

    Star Trek: First Contact is a 1996 American science fiction film released by Paramount...  more
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  • Donnie Darko24

    Donnie Darko

    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale


    Directed byRichard Kelly

    Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly...  more
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  • Timecop25


    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara


    Directed byPeter Hyams

    Timecop is a 1994 science fiction action film directed by Peter Hyams and co-written by Mike...  more
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