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Best Time Travel Movies Ever Made

The Top 30 Time-Travel Movies in Cinema History.

Time travel is a tough concept in movies. It's hard to make a good, compelling movie with the time-travel concept. Usually the plot gets bogged down or predictable. Sometimes, however, a good movie rises to the occasion. We've found 30 such gems, with an equal mix of comedy and sci-fi action. Here are the top 30 time-travel movies of all time:

1 – Back to the Future (1985) The most famous comedy of the 80s. Michael J. Fox gets thrown back into the 50's and accidentally changes his own future. He must repair the time damage and get back to his own time.

2 – Time Bandits (1981) A boy joins a band of dwarves on a mission to plunder across time.

3 – Groundhog Day (1993) A cynical man must relive 1 day over and over.

4 – The Terminator (1984) A machine travels from the future to kill a rival commander's mother-to-be.

5 – Planet of the Apes (1968) Astronauts travel into the future (is that a spoiler?).

6 – The Returner (2002) aka Returner. Japan, starring Takeshi Kaneshiro. A girl travels back in time to convince a hit man to help her stop the alien invasion.

7 – Donnie Darko (2001) A troubled teen is manipulated into committing crimes.

8 – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) The crew travel back in time to bring whales to the future.

9 – X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Wolverine is sent to the past to stop the Sentinels, who are killing mutants and humans in the present.

10 – The Time Machine (1960) A man travels to the futures and finds that man has divided into two species at war.

11 – Time After Time (1979) A fictional account of H.G. Wells pursuing Jack the Ripper through time. Malcom McDowell, David Warner star.

12 – Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Tom Cruise. A soldier relives Earth's last day in a battle against aliens, over and over, trying to find a weakness in the enemy.

13 – Looper (2012) Bruce Willis and Joseph-Gordon Levitt. In 2074 the mob gets rid of enemies by sending them to the past, where they are killed and buried.

14 – The Butterfly Effect (2004) A young man finds a way to go back in time, make changes, then return to the future, his new present. He makes things worse each time.

15 – 12 Monkeys (1995) Stars Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis.US interpretation of “La Jetée.” a 1962 French film about post-apocalyptic future in which scientists send a man back in time to find the cause and a solution to the world's end.

16 – The Jacket (2005) Adrien Brody is given experimental drugs and placed in a straight jacket in a morgue. While there, he is able to travel 15 years into the future, for short time bursts.

17 – Timecrimes (2007) Spanish sci-fi film with 4 characters and a nifty plot twist.

18 – Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) Comedy starring Nicholas Cage and Kathleen Turner. A 40-something woman is returned to her high school as a teen in 1960.

19 – Source Code (2011) Jake Gyllenhaal relived the days before an explosion.

18 – Primer (2004) Low budget movie with a good story, acclaimed film.

20 – The Final Countdown (1980) A US battleship travels back in time to 1941 Pearl Harbor and has to decide whether or not to change the events.

21 – Flight of the Navigator (1986)

22 – Deja Vu (2006) Denzel Washington

23 – Millennium (1989) An air crash investigator finds that time travelers are involved.

24 – Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) John Cusack stars in this silly, but funny time-travel comedy.

25 – The Langoliers (1995) Adaptation of Stephen King's story.

26 – Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

27 – A Sound of Thunder (2005) A “butterfly effect” movie, a crew goes back in time and changes the future/present.

28 – The Visitors (Les Visiteurs) a 1993 French comedy.

29 – Trancers (1995) A drug can make you travel in time.

30 – Time Cop (1994) Jean-Claude van Damme is a cop who chases time-travel criminals.

Top 2040.com Honorable mention: Men in Black 3 sends an agent back to the 60's, and Austin Powers sent the intrepid spy into the present from the hazy 60's.
“The Yesterday Machine” (1963) A Nazi scientist invents a time machine and travels back in time to change the outcome of WWII. It's not great, but is worth a peek.

Most disappointing time travel movie: Timeline (2003)

Who are the biggest time travelers? Bruce Willis and Jake Gyllenhaal each appear in 2 time travel movies.

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