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The Best Time Travel Movies

Updated December 21, 2020 50.4k votes 5.0k voters 228.1k 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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  • Back to the Future1
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • The Terminator2
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    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton

    Released1984

    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
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    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
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    Back to the Future Part II

    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox

    Released1989

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Groundhog Day5
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    Groundhog Day

    Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell

    Released1993

    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
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    12 Monkeys

    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis

    Released1995

    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
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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin

    Released1989

    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
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    Back to the Future Part III

    Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

    Released1990

    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
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    Edge of Tomorrow

    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt

    Released2014

    Directed byDoug Liman

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  • Frequency10
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    Frequency

    Jim Caviezel, Elizabeth Mitchell

    Released2000

    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
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    Planet of the Apes

    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison

    Released1968

    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
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    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry

    Released2014

    Directed byBryan Singer

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  • Interstellar13
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    Interstellar

    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2014

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • The Time Machine14
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    The Time Machine

    Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor

    Released1960

    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
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    Minority Report

    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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

    Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt

    Released2012

    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
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    The Butterfly Effect

    Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart

    Released2004

    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
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    Avengers: Endgame

    Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin

    Released2019

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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  • It's a Wonderful Life19
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    It's a Wonderful Life

    James Stewart, Donna Reed

    Released1946

    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
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    Star Trek

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison

    Released2009

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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  • The Time Machine21
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    The Time Machine

    Jeremy Irons, Guy Pearce

    Released2002

    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
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    Galaxy Quest

    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman

    Released1999

    Directed byDean Parisot

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  • Star Trek: First Contact23
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    Star Trek: First Contact

    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell

    Released1996

    Directed byJonathan Frakes

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  • Donnie Darko24
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    Donnie Darko

    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale

    Released2001

    Directed byRichard Kelly

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  • Timecop25
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    Timecop

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara

    Released1994

    Directed byPeter Hyams

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