Entertainment

The Best Time Travel Movies  

Reference
Originally by
Updated October 11, 2019 48.5k votes 4.5k voters 218.4k views 118 items

List Rules Vote 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!

Woody Allen and Alexander Payne have both directed Time travel movies, as have many other great directors.

list ordered by
1
Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Released: 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into ...more
2
Terminator 2: Judgment D... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1991

Directed by: James Cameron

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
3
Back to the Future Part ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue

Released: 1989

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Back to the Future Part II is a 1989 American comic science fiction film and the second installment of the Back to the Future trilogy. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, who directed all three ...more
4
The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1984

Directed by: James Cameron

The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction/horror action film directed by James Cameron, written by Cameron and the film's producer Gale Anne Hurd. Schwarzenegger plays the Terminator, a ...more
5
Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon

Released: 1993

Directed by: Harold Ramis

Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliott. It was written by Ramis and Danny Rubin, based on a story ...more
6
12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

Released: 1995

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

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
7
Bill & Ted's Excelle... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin

Released: 1989

Directed by: Stephen Herek

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
8
Back to the Future Part ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd

Released: 1990

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Back to the Future Part III is a 1990 American science fiction Western film. It is the third and final installment of the Back to the Future trilogy. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and ...more
9
Looper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
MariaCarras-Woollard added Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Released: 2012

Directed by: Rian Johnson

Looper is a 2012 American science fiction action thriller film written and directed by Rian Johnson and starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt. In the film, time travel is ...more
10
Legend of a Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
Sean Dugalin added Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

Released: 2014

Directed by: Doug Liman

Legend of a Rabbit is a 2011 animation, action, family, comedy and adventure film written by Zou Jing Zi and directed by Sun Lijun.
11
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young

Released: 1960

Directed by: George Pal

The Time Machine – also known promotionally as H.G. Wells' The Time Machine – is a 1960 Metrocolor time travel science fiction film based on the 1895 novel of the same name by H. G. Wells in ...more
12
X-Men: Days of Future Pa... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

Released: 2014

Directed by: Bryan Singer

X-Men: Days of Future Past is a 2014 science fiction action film written by Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn; directed by Matthew Vaughn.
13
The Butterfly Effect is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Logan Lerman

Released: 2004

Directed by: J. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress

The Butterfly Effect is a 2004 American psychological thriller film that was written and directed by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber. The title refers to the butterfly effect, a popular ...more
14
Frequency is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
Jim Caviezel, Elizabeth Mitchell, Dennis Quaid

Released: 2000

Directed by: Gregory Hoblit

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
15
Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
Sean Dugalin added Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

Released: 2014

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine. The film ...more
16
It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

Released: 1946

Directed by: Frank Capra

It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story "The Greatest Gift", which Philip Van Doren ...more
17
Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
schuechen added Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

Released: 2001

Directed by: Richard Kelly

Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Noah Wyle, Jena ...more
18
Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

Released: 1968

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

Planet of the Apes is a 1968 American science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring Charlton Heston. Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, and James ...more
19
Star Trek: First Contact... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

Released: 1996

Directed by: Jonathan Frakes

Star Trek: First Contact is a 1996 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the eighth feature film based on Star Trek, and the first film to feature no cast members ...more
20
Harry Potter and the Pri... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

Released: 2004

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. ...more
21
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
Jeremy Irons, Guy Pearce, Sienna Guillory

Released: 2002

Directed by: Simon Wells

The Time Machine is a 2002 American science fiction film loosely adapted from the 1895 novel of the same name by H. G. Wells and the 1960 film screenplay by David Duncan. It was ...more
22
Hot Tub Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
Chevy Chase, Lyndsy Fonseca, Lizzy Caplan

Released: 2010

Directed by: Steve Pink

Hot Tub Time Machine is a 2010 American science fiction adventure comedy film directed by Steve Pink. It stars John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Crispin Glover, Lizzy Caplan, ...more
23
Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
Sean Dugalin added Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Minority Report is a 2002 American neo-noir science fiction mystery-thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and loosely based on the short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick. It is set ...more
24
Army of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

Released: 1992

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Army of Darkness is a 1992 American dark fantasy action comedy film directed by Sam Raimi. It is the third installment of The Evil Dead franchise. The film was written by Sam Raimi and his ...more
25
Time Bandits is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Time Travel Movies
Sean Connery, John Cleese, Ian Holm

Released: 1981

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

Time Bandits is a 1981 British fantasy film co-written, produced, and directed by Terry Gilliam, and starring Sean Connery, John Cleese, Shelley Duvall, Ralph Richardson, Katherine Helmond, Ian ...more