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Top 100 Best Time Travel Movies Of All Time

Shivam ParasharShivam-Updated Jan 19, 2022


Time travel movies

There is no denying the fact that movies love to "time travel". As humans, while we don't get to travel back through time to undo the things that we did, films do provide the viewers with that rare opportunity to do the same and contemplate.

 

No matter how much our society progresses or to what extent our technology develops, people think about time travel over and over again.

 

Needless to say, time travel is indeed an enigma that the world cannot do without.

 

That said, the characters in the motion pictures, whose plot revolves around time-traveling, spend the whole film traveling across time multiple times to multiple places; or, sometimes, to just one specific destination, depending on the script's demand.

 

Often, the characters are only just seen talking about it. Be that as it may, these films can give an insight into the striking characteristics of being human that propels us to believe in the power of the unthinkable.

 

It is not surprising then that the genre of time travel often gives us the most mind-bending films with paradoxes in abundance.

 

However, it is these contradictions, coupled with a rare opportunity to travel back and forth in time, that gives these feature films a definitive edge.

 

Therefore, with an ambitious aim to time travel, let us now take a look at 100 of the best "time travel" feature films that have succeeded in making their audience live beyond the present.

 

 

100. Another Time (2018)

 

Another Time (2018)

 

Written and helmed by Thomas Hennessy, 'Another Time' tells the story of a top investment manager who is assigned to help the beautiful owner of a recently acquired company at his firm.

 

He soon acknowledges that he has fallen for her, and, therefore, has to go back in time to meet her before she becomes engaged.

 

The screenplay starts slowly but eventually manages to build up to meet a quick-paced ending.

 

At heart, this motion picture is more of a romantic drama than a tale of science fiction or fantasy.

 

That said, this movie is a sentimental journey with all the right themes for those who wish to savor such stories and see through them, obviously, with a touch of time travel to boot.

 

 

 

99. The Butterfly Effect 2 (2006)

 

The Butterfly Effect 2 (2006)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Butterfly Effect 2
Year 2006
Watch time 92 min
Directors John R. Leonetti
Cast Eric Lively, Erica Durance, Dustin Milligan, Gina Holden
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 4.5
Metascore ---
Writers Michael D. Weiss
Music By Michael Suby
Cinematography By Brian Pearson
Costume By Cynthia Ann Summers

 

Director John R. Leonetti's 'The Butterfly Effect 2' tracks how after his girlfriend dies in a tragic accident; Nick Larson finds out that he has the ability to travel back in time.

 

Needless to say, he sets out to stop the unfortunate incident from happening. This motion picture isn't necessarily a sequel in the true sense of the word.

 

Even though it uses the same basic concept of a young man discovering that he can change the past, it is entirely unrelated to the original movie.

 

That said, one major drawback of this flick is that the alternate realities cease to be interesting after a point.

 

However, this film does carry the notion of belonging to a franchise whose first film was truly admired.

 

 

 

98. Paradox (2016)

 

Paradox (2016)

 

Entity Detail
Title Paradox
Year 2016
Watch time 90 min
Directors Michael Hurst
Cast Zoë Bell, Malik Yoba, Adam Huss, Bjørn Alexander
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 4.6
Metascore ---
Writers Michael Hurst
Music By Alexander Bornstein
Cinematography By Eric Gustavo Petersen
Costume By Elizabeth Magallanes

 

Written and directed by Michael Hurst, this science-fiction venture traces how after traveling sixty minutes through time, a scientist returns to instruct his colleagues to shut down the secret project or perish within the hour.

 

Given the fact that it is a time travel flick, it comes with its set of creative liberties.

 

That said, if one is willing to sit through and watch the film without overanalyzing or judging it, it would turn out to be an enjoyable experience for its restrained cost of production.

 

The title in this mildly engrossing thriller suggests the paradox of time travel and about changing the past.

 

All in all, 'Paradox' is a very tricky feature film, looping in on itself multiple times with numerous twists, which would certainly appease a section of time travel movie fans.

 

 

 

97. Altered Hours (2016)

 

Altered Hours (2016)

 

In this Bruce Wemple directorial venture, a young insomniac's black-market sleep aid sends his mind time-traveling one day into the future, where he is the suspect in the disappearance of a girl he has not met, yet.

 

This feature film has a promising premise, but it somehow ceases to utilize its full potential.

 

That said, this motion picture banks on its eeriness and lighting to make an impression.

 

The music in the film does not seem out of place and the lead performer is decent enough to be seen.

 

It is not a dull project by any means but one that continues to attempt to intrigue you, without coming across as bland or predictable.

 

Although the script feels undercooked, the start of the film is promising and a lot of things make sense by the time it reaches its climax.

 

 

 

96. Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision (2003)

 

Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision (2003)

 

In this confusing Steve Boyum directorial venture, Timecop Ryan Chang (Jason Scott Lee) is sent to 1940s Germany where his colleague, Miller Branson, (Thomas Ian Griffith) is about to change history by assassinating Adolf Hitler.

 

However, while stopping Branson, things go haywire and Chang ends up killing Branson's wife, resulting in Branson wanting his revenge.

 

Therefore, Branson keeps on skipping through time in order to try to change situations for his own benefit while Chang keeps pursuing him to rectify things.

 

This motion picture comes across as neat, if not terrific. It is not horrible, but it does not look very cinematic either.

 

When it comes to the action sequences, the film is good at demonstrating fast-paced action.

 

And, even though the cinematography is a notch below its predecessor, 'Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision' still manages to at least construct a few impressive set-pieces.

 

 

 

95. Curvature (2017)

 

Curvature (2017)

 

Entity Detail
Title Curvature
Year 2017
Watch time 90 min
Directors Diego Hallivis
Cast Lyndsy Fonseca, Linda Hamilton, Glenn Morshower, Noah Bean
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 4.8
Metascore 38
Writers Brian DeLeeuw
Music By Adam Taylor
Cinematography By Noah Rosenthal
Costume By Kay Wolfley

 

'Curvature' has been directed by Diego Hallivis and tracks how after receiving a phone call from herself, a scientist breaks into a top-secret facility to travel back in time to prevent a killing.

 

This indie film stars Lyndsy Fonseca in the lead. She plays Helen - a young widow who is trying to get to the bottom of her scientist husband's premature and baffling demise.

 

This motion picture is reasonably creative, well-crafted, and a heavy on science time-travel thriller that is trying to carve a niche for itself in the world of big science fiction blockbusters.

 

It is rare to find a time travel flick, let alone one that is modestly budgeted and delivers on most of what it tries to pack in its storytelling.

 

Curvature manages to do that, and for that very reason, it deserves its place on this list.

 

 

 

94. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)

 

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)

 

Entity Detail
Title Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Year 2015
Watch time 93 min
Directors Steve Pink
Cast Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam Scott
Box Office $12.28M
IMDb Rating 5.1
Metascore 29
Writers Josh Heald
Music By Christophe Beck
Cinematography By Declan Quinn
Costume By Tim Cohn

 

Helmed for the screen by Steve Pink, this feature film traces the journey of Nick and Jacob, who decide to help their friend, Lou, who lands in trouble.

 

They try to make use of a time machine to travel back in time. However, things do not go as originally intended.

 

This is a goofy comedy with a touch of time travel. It is hilarious in parts which makes it a definite guilty pleasure watch.

 

That said, it is almost certain that this movie will not appeal to everyone, but it never promises to in the first place.

 

What the viewers have to understand is the fact that 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2' is not about quality, but about watching and enjoying the antics of a group of people who gather together to have a whole lot of fun on the screen.

 

 

93. Time Changer (2002)

 

Time Changer (2002)

 

Entity Detail
Title Time Changer
Year 2002
Watch time 95 min
Directors Rich Christiano
Cast D. David Morin, Gavin MacLeod, Hal Linden, Jennifer O'Neill
Box Office $1.28M
IMDb Rating 5.2
Metascore 26
Writers Rich Christiano
Music By Jasper Randall
Cinematography By Philip Hurn
Costume By Charles Lake

 

Written and helmed by Rich Christiano, this motion picture tracks the journey of a Bible professor from 1890 who is taken 100 years into the future by one of his compatriots to show him the influences his manuscript has had on the world.

 

Once there, he is outraged and appalled at the uninformed and depraved human lifestyle, and, therefore, takes severe measures to try and teach the invaluable themes of religious scriptures.

 

This motion picture is a sharp and insightful fantasy drama that puts an effective spin on time travel and human nature.

 

While 'Time Changer' is definitely not everyone's cup of tea, it certainly is an unexpectedly moving, and at times a bleak view of what is wrong with the world today.

 

 

92. See You Yesterday (2019)

 

See You Yesterday (2019)

 

Entity Detail
Title See You Yesterday
Year 2019
Watch time 84 min
Directors Stefon Bristol
Cast Eden Duncan-Smith, Dante Crichlow, Astro, Marsha Stephanie Blake
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 5.2
Metascore 74
Writers Fredrica Bailey
Music By Michael Abels
Cinematography By Felipe Vara de Rey
Costume By Amanda Bennett

 

This Stefon Bristol directorial venture tells the story of two teenage science prodigies who spend every spare minute working on their latest homemade invention: backpacks that enable time travel.

 

However, when one of their older brothers is killed, they put their unfinished project to the test to save him.

 

This motion picture has some neat little story pointers and morally ambiguous intentions sprinkled all over its screenplay.

 

Even though the characters are a bit paper-thin, it is the story or rather the idea that matters at the end of the day.

 

This science-fiction feature film has an interesting plot, which even though not very original, carries a strong anti-racism message that forms an organic part of the story.

 

That said, what is most notable about 'See You Yesterday' is the fact that it strives to mix the fantastic time-travel genre with a social issue in order to make an impact.

 

 

91. Freejack (1992)

 

Freejack (1992)

 

Entity Detail
Title Freejack
Year 1992
Watch time 110 min
Directors Geoff Murphy
Cast Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins
Box Office $17.13M
IMDb Rating 5.4
Metascore 34
Writers Robert Sheckley
Music By Trevor Jones
Cinematography By Amir Mokri
Costume By

Bruce A. Gibeson

 

This Geoff Murphy directorial venture tracks the journey of Alex, who is brought into the future a split second before perishing in an accident.

 

He finds himself hunted by Victor, a mercenary, who schemes to install an influential man's personality into his body.

 

Starring Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Banks, and David Johansen in crucial roles, 'Freejack' relies on its spectacular effects, good performances by all the principal players, and an interesting plot to make an impression.

 

That said, it is also worth seeing for Mick Jagger alone, who plays the bad guy.

 

Overall, this motion picture is both noisy and energetic enough to be termed a true "guilty pleasure" time travel watch.

 

 

90. Naked (2017)

 

Naked (2017)

 

Entity Detail
Title Naked
Year 2017
Watch time 96 min
Directors Michael Tiddes
Cast Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall, Dennis Haysbert, J.T. Jackson
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 5.4
Metascore 36
Writers Rick Alvarez
Music By David Newman
Cinematography By David Ortkiese
Costume By Thurston Edwards

 

Directed by Michael Tiddes, this motion picture tells the story of a guy who is nervous about finally being able to tie the knot.

 

As a consequence, he is forced to relive the same nerve-wracking hours over and over again until he gets things right on his wedding day.

 

This movie is pleasantly surprising and can leave its viewers asking for more. Even though it aspires to be a little more than just a popcorn entertainer, it is hard to take its message seriously in the context that it presents.

 

The story in 'Naked' is actually a reasonably good combination of comedy and a decent story arc, which makes for a rather good viewing experience.

 

The storyline, the characters, the events of the story and how they unfold, and the dialogues work well together to appease the viewers.

 

Add to that the fact that the talented cast includes names like Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall, Dennis Haysbert, and Loretta Devine.

 

 

89. The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations (2009)

 

The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations (2009)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations
Year 2009
Watch time 90 min
Directors Seth Grossman
Cast Chris Carmack, Rachel Miner, Melissa Jones, Kevin Yon
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 5.6
Metascore ---
Writers Holly Brix
Music By Ádám Balázs
Cinematography By Dan Stoloff
Costume By

Roemehl Hawkins

 

In director Seth Grossman's 'The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations', the story follows Sam Reide; someone who uses his power to time travel to unravel the mystery of his girlfriend's demise.

 

Chris Carmack plays a time traveler hunting a serial killer in this third and final installment of the "Butterfly Effect" franchise.

 

When it comes to the plot structure, the franchise’s final offering does attempt to do things a little differently, rather than just turn out to be a re-hash of its predecessors.

 

The performances are good here, and definitely an improvement on the previous sequel. Chris Carmack does well in the lead, while Rachel Miner is fabulous as Jenna.

 

That said, what is important to note is the fact that the only thing in common between the three films of the franchise is that the lead character can travel to the past, and every single time that he wants to fix an event from his days of yore, he ends up messing up the future.

 

 

88. Synchronicity (2015)

 

Synchronicity (2015)

 

Entity Detail
Title Synchronicity
Year 2015
Watch time 101 min
Directors Jacob Gentry
Cast Chad McKnight, Brianne Davis, AJ Bowen, Scott Poythress
Box Office $0.00M
IMDb Rating 5.5
Metascore 39
Writers Jacob Gentry
Music By Ben Lovett
Cinematography By Eric Maddison
Costume By David Mathew Weeks

 

This Jacob Gentry-helmed feature film tracks the journey of a physicist who invents the time machine and must travel back to the past to unearth the truth about his creation and the woman who has been trying to steal it.

 

This motion picture is built upon the idea that an infinite number of universes exist, which encompasses all kinds of different possibilities.

 

It is a low-intensity, low-budget science-fiction drama that can be enjoyed by the fans of another time travel film, 'Primer'.

 

Even though the time travel mechanism can come across as a bit contrived in this one, the film does benefit from its visuals and the pleasingly fitting music.

 

Having said that, the story in this feature film has potential and is rightfully aided by the decent acting performances by its cast members.

 

 

87. Time Freak (2018)

 

Time Freak (2018)

 

Entity Detail
Title Time Freak
Year 2018
Watch time 104 min
Directors Andrew Bowler
Cast Asa Butterfield, Sophie Turner, Skyler Gisondo, Will Peltz
Box Office $0.01M
IMDb Rating 5.8
Metascore ---
Writers Andrew Bowler
Music By Andrew Lockington
Cinematography By Luke Geissbuhler
Costume By Jacqueline Newell

 

Even though there are better science fiction time travel movies than this one in the list, 'Time Freak' is probably one of the most relatable ones of the lot.

 

This is because the story of this motion picture follows how after being dumped by his girlfriend a year ago, a young physics genius travels back in time to alter the past and win her heart again.

 

Written and directed by Andrew Bowler and starring Asa Butterfield, Sophie Turner, Skyler Gisondo, Will Peltz, and Aubrey Reynolds in significant roles, this flick has to be appreciated for not taking itself too seriously.

 

There are some genuine laugh-out-loud and enjoyable moments that are aided by fair acting performances from all three main characters.

 

That said, the chemistry between the struggling couple is electric and very relatable, and the banter and rapport shared between the two friends in the story are both amusing.

 

The makers of this film try to send out a message that if we do not make mistakes and struggle in life, then we would cease to learn or grow practically.

 

 

86. Timecop (1994)

 

Timecop (1994)

 

Entity Detail
Title Timecop
Year 1994
Watch time 99 min
Directors Peter Hyams
Cast Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver, Bruce McGill
Box Office $44.85M
IMDb Rating 5.9
Metascore 48
Writers Mark Verheiden
Music By Mark Isham
Cinematography By Peter Hyams
Costume By Annmarie Corbett

 

Helmed for the screen by Peter Hyams, this film stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ron Silver, and Mia Sara in crucial roles.

 

The story follows how in the future year of 2004, a wicked US Senator (Ron Silver) time-travels to change the past and boost his career.

 

Jean-Claude Van Damme features in this film as the time-traveling government agent who is tasked with stopping him.

 

Reportedly based on the Dark Horse comic book series of the same name, 'Timecop' is worth seeing, courtesy of its intelligent writing and repeat value.

 

Timecop, even though cliched and inconsistent, is a highly entertaining watch. However, like in most Jean-Claude Van Damme movies, a lot many scenes in this motion picture are written solely to explore his skill with fights; or at least it seems so.

 

On the other hand, Ron Silver performs his trademark villain role effectively in this science-fiction actioner.

 

 

85. The Time Machine (2002)

 

The Time Machine (2002)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Time Machine
Year 2002
Watch time 96 min
Directors Simon Wells
Cast Guy Pearce, Yancey Arias, Mark Addy, Phyllida Law
Box Office $56.68M
IMDb Rating 6
Metascore 42
Writers H.G. Wells
Music By Klaus Badelt
Cinematography By Donald McAlpine
Costume By Victor J. Zolfo

 

Directed by Simon Wells and Gore Verbinski, this science fiction film features an ensemble cast headlined by actors like Guy Pearce, Samantha Mumba, Orlando Jones, Mark Addy, and Jeremy Irons.

 

The movie tracks how scientist Alexander Hartdegen's determination to prove his theory of time travel turns into an obsession when he chooses to go back in time to save his girlfriend from dying.

 

Loosely adapted from the 1895 novel of the same name by H. G. Wells and the screenplay of the 1960 film of the same name, 'The Time Machine' is more than 90 minutes of pure fun.

 

Guy Pearce is well-cast as the slightly-nerdy mathematician, Alexander Hartdegen, and is ably assisted by not only the supporting cast but also the special effects in the motion picture.

 

This feature film is a fine illustration of how remakes should be made. It not only keeps the concept and elements of the original intact but also tries to bring something new to the familiar material.

 

 

84. The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)

 

The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Philadelphia Experiment
Year 1984
Watch time 102 min
Directors Stewart Raffill
Cast Michael Pare, Nancy Allen, Eric Christmas, Bobby Di Cicco
Box Office $8.10M
IMDb Rating 6.1
Metascore 44
Writers Michael Janover
Music By Kenneth Wannberg
Cinematography By Dick Bush
Costume By Joanna Palace

 

This Stewart Raffill directorial venture traces the journey of a United States Navy destroyer escort that participates in a Navy "invisibility" experiment that inadvertently sends two sailors forty years into the future.

 

Although the basic premise is far-fetched, it is acceptable for a story that talks about two sailors traveling forward in time to discover bizarre occurrences and, consequently, save the world.

 

The screenplay in this feature film is full of intrigue, uncertainty, thrills, and boisterous action.

 

The special effects used here are decent for their time and coupled with the fair performances, they manage to keep the motion picture afloat.

 

All in all, 'The Philadelphia Experiment' is a decent science fiction flick that can be seen for its praiseworthy attempt.

 

 

83. Continuum (2013)

 

Continuum (2013)

 

Written and directed by Richie Mehta, this motion picture tracks how after the disappearance of a young scientist on a business trip, his son and wife struggle to cope, only to make an outrageous discovery years later; one that may finally bring him home.

 

This motion picture starts slowly but manages to draw the viewer in soon enough. Not only does it deal with the concept of time travel, but also with the ramifications of a situation altering because of time travel.

 

While the climax manages to offer some surprises, the acting is also very good, with Haley Joel Osment turning in a top performance and Gillian Anderson being a pleasant surprise. 'Continuum' is a fair mix of drama, anticipation, and an emotional quagmire, along with its exciting elements of science fiction.

 

Also, one could even say that Haley Joel Osment comes out as the central character in this tale of love, desire, and human ingenuity.

 

 

82. Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

 

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

 

Entity Detail
Title Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Year 1970
Watch time 95 min
Directors Ted Post
Cast James Franciscus, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, Linda Harrison
Box Office $19.00M
IMDb Rating 6.1
Metascore 46
Writers Paul Dehn
Music By Leonard Rosenman
Cinematography By Milton R. Krasner
Costume By Ellis Burman Jr.

 

This Ted Post-helmed feature film tells the story of astronaut Brent, the sole survivor of a crash-landed spaceship who believes that he is on another planet, unaware of the fact that he has traveled to earth's distant future.

 

This is a decent science fiction motion picture with plenty of transcendental significance and thoughtful reflection about the origin of human beings and nuclear catastrophe.

 

That said, it also packs a fair bit of action, adventures, and intrigue in its screenplay to provide good entertainment to its viewers.

 

The plot here has been broadened to retain the essence of the original story by going into the forbidden zone and uncovering its enigmas.

 

It can be said that 'Beneath the Planet of the Apes' is different from the original from the aforementioned juncture, thus, making it enjoyable in a different way.

 

 

81. Warlock (1989)

 

Warlock (1989)

 

Entity Detail
Title Warlock
Year 1989
Watch time 103 min
Directors Steve Miner
Cast Julian Sands, Lori Singer, Richard E. Grant, Mary Woronov
Box Office $9.09M
IMDb Rating 6.2
Metascore 44
Writers David Twohy
Music By Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography By David Eggby
Costume By Jennifer Williams

 

Directed by Steve Miner, 'Warlock' tells the horror tale of a 17th-century warlock who is transported into contemporary Los Angeles.

 

He attempts to reunite fractions of a Devil's Book that can obliterate mankind, and a witch hunter is out to deter him.

 

Even though it is not the finest film in the genre, Warlock does present some fascinating ideas about time travel.

 

While director Steve Miner keeps the screenplay moving at a nice pace, a large chunk of the credit has to go to the performances.

 

The three leads are a lot of fun to watch together and there is no denying the fact that they help in keeping the viewers attracted.

 

Furthermore, the horror elements are aided by a fair bit of comedy and adventure in the story.

 

The cinematography is also noteworthy and so are the special effects.

 

 

80. 13 Going on 30 (2004)

 

13 Going on 30 (2004)

 

Entity Detail
Title 13 Going on 30
Year 2004
Watch time 98 min
Directors Gary Winick
Cast Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy Serkis
Box Office $57.23M
IMDb Rating 6.2
Metascore 57
Writers Josh Goldsmith
Music By Theodore Shapiro
Cinematography By Don Burgess
Costume By Garreth Stover

 

Starring Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, and Andy Serkis in prominent roles, this Gary Winick directorial venture follows the story of Jenna Rink, who makes an unusual wish on her birthday.

 

Miraculously, her wish comes true and the 13-year-old Jenna wakes up as a 30-year-old woman the next day.

 

Lead actors Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo work well in this good old-school family flick and help the screenplay keep the momentum up until the very warm finale.

 

Needless to say, this motion picture is well worth seeing for Jennifer Garner alone who has been perfectly cast as Jenna Rink.

 

Having said that, one would also admire the costumes and the funny and often quirky script.

 

All in all, '13 Going on 30' is a little predictable when it comes to its plotline, but it is still a charming and entertaining feature film worthy of your visit.

 

 

79. The Last Mimzy (2007)

 

The Last Mimzy (2007)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Last Mimzy
Year 2007
Watch time 90 min
Directors Robert Shaye
Cast Joely Richardson, Rainn Wilson, Timothy Hutton, Chris O'Neil
Box Office $21.47M
IMDb Rating 6.2
Metascore 59
Writers Bruce Joel Rubin
Music By Howard Shore
Cinematography By J. Michael Muro
Costume By Barry Chusid

 

Director Robert Shaye's 'The Last Mimzy' tracks the journey of Noah and Emma, who encounter a high-tech device from the future in the form of a stuffed rabbit.

 

They soon possess dominant abilities with its aid and choose not to tell their parents about it.

 

The Last Mimzy doesn't necessarily just pander to the needs of its core audience, but it does appeal to adults, or at least the viewers who have passed the age of innocence and look back on childhood with a certain level of nostalgia.

 

The premise of the story is compelling and the idea that kids have a greater understanding of certain things while the adults are prone to discrediting them is a very powerful one.

 

Overall, this is a delightful and refreshing science fiction story that provides fantastic entertainment for the whole family.

 

Not only that, but it also strives to remind its viewers of the importance of humanity in this high-tech world.

 

 

78. Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

 

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

 

Entity Detail
Title Alice Through the Looking Glass
Year 2016
Watch time 113 min
Directors James Bobin
Cast Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway
Box Office $77.04M
IMDb Rating 6.2
Metascore 34
Writers Linda Woolverton
Music By Danny Elfman
Cinematography By Stuart Dryburgh
Costume By

Dan Hennah

 

This live-action/animated fantasy adventure film has been helmed by James Bobin and is based on the characters created by Lewis Carroll.

 

A sequel to the 2010 flick 'Alice in Wonderland', the motion picture features Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen in pivotal roles.

 

The story follows how with the White Queen and her friends' assistance, Alice attempts to save Wonderland in order to protect the Mad Hatter from the vicious Red Queen, even if she is required to go back in time.

 

As the feature film moves forward, only Alice can save all of time, space, and dimension and realizes one only has one family.

 

Even though this film lacks the action, drama, and adrenaline flow of the first one, it does manage to give us the background information of the queens and why their relationship as sisters fell apart through the time travel sequences.

 

That said, in a race to turn back time, Alice goes on a voyage and learns that some things about the past cannot be changed, but they can impact the present positively.

 

 

77. The Infinite Man (2014)

 

The Infinite Man (2014)

 

Written and helmed for the screen by Hugh Sullivan, the story in this film follows an imaginative yet eccentric scientist who struggles to create the ultimate romantic weekend for his girlfriend using time travel.

 

However, the simple longing to alter the past traps his lover in a recurring temporal loop.

 

A hybrid of the genres of romantic comedy and time travel, this feature film overcomes its noticeable budget constraints to become an interesting love story that is mostly watchable.

 

All in all, 'The Infinite Man' is a decently engaging attempt to relieve the past that features a humorous and often inventive script that is brought to life by its likable characters.

 

 

76. 41 (2012)

 

41 (2012)

 

In this remixed version of 'The Butterfly Effect' that has been directed by Glenn Triggs, a man stumbles upon a hole in the ground that takes him back to the previous day.

 

Not many are aware of this low-budget indie science fiction drama, but it is a fun watch for anyone who genuinely relishes scrutinizing concepts of time travel.

 

This is an excellent and entertaining film that has been both well written and scored.

 

The dialogues in the screenplay are often thought-provoking and sufficiently engaging to keep the viewers hooked through to the end.

 

Overall, this is a surprisingly entertaining time travel flick that will manage to grab the attention of its viewers.

 

 

75. Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)

 

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)

 

Entity Detail
Title Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
Year 1991
Watch time 93 min
Directors Peter Hewitt
Cast Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, William Sadler, Joss Ackland
Box Office $38.04M
IMDb Rating 6.3
Metascore 60
Writers Chris Matheson
Music By David Newman
Cinematography By Oliver Wood
Costume By David L. Snyder

 

This Peter Hewitt-helmed motion picture stars Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, William Sadler, Joss Ackland, and George Carlin in prominent roles.

 

The story tracks the journey of two robots named Evil Bill and Evil Ted who are sent by Chuck De Nomolos to the 20th century where they try to stop their doppelgangers Bill and Ted respectively from winning a band competition.

 

While not as incredible as the original Bill and Ted movie, this feature film still is great fun to watch.

 

Also, it seems to improve on its entertainment factor with repeated viewing. In addition to a lot of giggles, this film features some excellent music; something that many viewers claim is better than the one in the first film.

 

Both Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are, of course, excellent, and needless to say, fit their characters flawlessly.

 

To conclude, it is safe to state that there is nothing bogus about 'Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey.'

 

 

74. Shrek Forever After (2010)

 

Shrek Forever After (2010)

 

Entity Detail
Title Shrek Forever After
Year 2010
Watch time 93 min
Directors Mike Mitchell
Cast Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas
Box Office $238.37M
IMDb Rating 6.3
Metascore 58
Writers Josh Klausner
Music By Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography By Yong Duk Jhun
Costume By Peter Zaslav

 

Helmed by Mike Mitchell, 'Shrek Forever After' is loosely based on the1990 picture book "Shrek!" by William Steig.

 

The film tracks how Shrek is offered a shady deal by Rumpel after the former realizes that no one fears him.

 

Thereafter, he gets cast in an alternate reality where everybody is scared of him but Fiona does not recognize him.

 

The fourth installment in the Shrek film franchise and the sequel to 'Shrek the Third', this animated motion picture thrives on its splendid animation that is very colorful and lively.

 

The backgrounds and the soundtrack are both reasonably good and the jokes are fresher and wittier than in its predecessor, with the Donkey character getting the best of the lot.

 

In addition, the characters are still friendly, the pace of the film is snappy, and the writing is humorous, to say the least.

 

Also, the voice acting by Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, and Eddie Murphy is top-notch. Actor Antonio Banderas also makes a welcome return as Puss in this one.

 

 

73. 12 Dates of Christmas (2011)

 

12 Dates of Christmas (2011)

 

This James Hayman directorial venture traces the journey of Kate, a young woman who wakes up one morning reliving a terrible blind date on Christmas Eve.

 

The screenplay follows how she endeavors to find a way to break away from the loop.

 

Even though the script of this motion picture is predictable, it is not littered with clichés to make an impact.

 

Amy Smart, who portrays an unhappy, lonely young woman determined to win her ex-boyfriend back on Christmas Eve, has enough vitality and does justice to her role.

 

This film is full of funny lines that one would like to rewind and playtime and again.

 

That said, every single time that a viewer tries to watch this film, they discover more to notice and appreciate.

 

Also, the fact that it has been shot around New York in bright December sunlight makes it even more attractive to the eyes.

 

 

72. Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

 

Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

 

Entity Detail
Title Escape from the Planet of the Apes
Year 1971
Watch time 98 min
Directors Don Taylor
Cast Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman, Natalie Trundy
Box Office $12.30M
IMDb Rating 6.3
Metascore 69
Writers Paul Dehn
Music By Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography By Joseph F. Biroc
Costume By Stuart A. Reiss Walter M. Scott

 

Directed by Don Taylor, this second sequel to 'Planet of the Apes' tracks how three apes flee their world before it is demolished, and travel back in time to present-day America.

 

However, when the human beings learn that the trio is intelligent and capable of speech, they start to treat them as experimental research animals until they struggle to escape.

 

The script is superb in this intense and haunting drama that comprises beautiful and tragic character sketches.

 

While the screenplay is injected with a decent amount of tension in it, it does not fail to be entertaining without coming across as outlandish.

 

That said, just like in the first feature film, 'Escape from the Planet of the Apes' ends at a "wow" juncture and makes everyone in the audience stay quiet and digest everything that they have just seen.

 

 

71. Time Trap (2017)

 

Time Trap (2017)

 

Entity Detail
Title Time Trap
Year 2017
Watch time 87 min
Directors Mark Dennis, Ben Foster
Cast Reiley McClendon, Cassidy Gifford, Brianne Howey, Olivia Draguicevich
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 6.3
Metascore 46
Writers Mark Dennis
Music By Xiaotian Shi
Cinematography By Mike Simpson
Costume By

Wayne Dalchau

 

Helmed by directors Ben Foster and Mark Dennis, this feature film tells the story of a group of students who face their worst nightmares when they understand that are trapped in a cave where time does not work the way that they think it does.

 

First things first, given the low budget of this film, the special effects and a fresh and unique approach to the science fiction genre are more than welcome.

 

This motion picture is one of those time travel ventures that allows human beings to figure out things in a simplistic way in order to survive.

 

The suspense in the screenplay manages to carve an intriguing and captivating final couple of scenes.

 

Overall, 'Time Trap' is a slightly different movie that is also decently entertaining.

 

 

70. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

 

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

 

Entity Detail
Title Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Year 2003
Watch time 109 min
Directors Jonathan Mostow
Cast Arnold Schwarz, Nick Stahl, Kristanna Loken, Claire Danes
Box Office $150.37M
IMDb Rating 6.3
Metascore 66
Writers John Brancato
Music By Marco Beltrami
Cinematography By Don Burgess
Costume By Jeff Mann

 

Directed by Jonathan Mostow, 'Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines' features Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, and Kristanna Loken in crucial roles.

 

The story tracks how a twice-thwarted Skynet once again sends a Terminator (portrayed by Kristanna Loken) into the past - this time to the year 2003 - to slay members of the Human Resistance that the machines are at war with.

 

Even though Nick Stahl's John Connor overcomes death with the help of Arnold Schwarzenegger in this one, there is no happy ending to take home for the viewers.

 

However, this is a visually well-made film with a nice atmosphere and appropriate darkness to it.

 

Not only is it stylishly shot and edited, but the special effects are solidly constructed too.

 

In addition, the pulsating musical score has the right amount of energy and Jonathan Mostow directs the movie competently.

 

 

69. Don't Let Go (2019)

 

Don't Let Go (2019)

 

Entity Detail
Title Don't Let Go
Year 2019
Watch time 103 min
Directors Jacob Estes
Cast David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Mykelti Williamson, Alfred Molina
Box Office $4.69M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 49
Writers Jacob Estes
Music By Ethan Gold
Cinematography By Sharone Meir
Costume By Celine Diano

 

In director Jacob Aaron Estes's 'Don't Let Go', David Oyelowo portrays an LA cop who discovers his brother’s family killed in a home invasion; then fields a cellphone call from his dead niece from a few days in the past.

 

The screenplay follows if he can unravel the dilemma in time to stop the tragic event from happening in the first place.

 

This motion picture may not be a threat to other time travel feature ventures but when it comes to time-travel plots, it is certainly more surprising than many science fiction movies.

 

Overall, this is a complicated thriller with an overlay of science fiction and time travel 'communication' that keeps the uncertainty in the storytelling intact.

 

Writer/director Jacob Aaron Estes delivers a satisfactory mystery tale and keeps the suspense untouched; both around who the killer is and the one concerning warped time.

 

 

68. Project Almanac (2015)

 

Project Almanac (2015)

 

Entity Detail
Title Project Almanac
Year 2015
Watch time 106 min
Directors Dean Israelite
Cast Amy Landecker, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Virginia Gardner, Jonny Weston
Box Office $22.35M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 47
Writers Jason Pagan
Music By Matthew J. Lloyd
Cinematography By Martin Bernfeld Julian Clarke
Costume By David Smith

 

This Dean Israelite directorial venture is a found footage science-fiction flick that tells the story of David Raskin and his friends, who discover his dead father's time machine's layout.

 

Somehow, they get the machine started, but their satisfaction soon turns to horror when they find out the consequences of their immature actions.

 

It is truly stimulating to watch David and his companions rewrite the past, deal with the outcomes, and then desperately strive to rectify things without inflicting any more harm. 'Project Almanac' is an amalgamation of so many other time travel movies; something that makes it come across as predictable, while at the same time making it watchable.

 

Overall, it is a pleasing, if low-profile and low-key, teen sci-fi movie that is hands down entertaining.

 

 

67. ARQ (2016)

 

ARQ (2016)

 

Entity Detail
Title ARQ
Year 2016
Watch time 88 min
Directors Tony Elliott
Cast Robbie Amell, Rachael Taylor, Shaun Benson, Gray Powell
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore ---
Writers Tony Elliott
Music By Keegan Jessamy Bryce Mitchell
Cinematography By Daniel Grant
Costume By Oleg M. Savytski

 

Written and helmed by Tony Elliott, the story of this film follows an engineer (Robbie Amell), whose innovation causes a time loop during a robbery attempt.

 

Armed with this tech, he tries to protect his former lover (Rachael Taylor), while trying to unearth the mystery of who attacked him at the same time.

 

The narrative of 'ARQ' is very complicated, even though it takes place on the same day.

 

Furthermore, what makes it even more tricky is the fact that the viewers would have to try to keep a track of everything that has happened before and everything that happens next.

 

The movie draws the viewers into a storyline of endless time-loops in a fast and efficient manner, all while trying to keep them intrigued by the story unfolding in the background.

 

Even though the screenplay can come across as repetitive, the acting talents cast for the roles do a fine job each at making the viewers stick to their seats.

 

 

66. Kate & Leopold (2001)

 

Kate & Leopold (2001)

 

Entity Detail
Title Kate & Leopold
Year 2001
Watch time 118 min
Directors James Mangold
Cast Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Breckin Meyer
Box Office $47.12M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 44
Writers Steven Rogers
Music By Rolfe Kent
Cinematography By Stuart Dryburgh
Costume By Mark Friedberg

 

Starring Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Breckin Meyer, Natasha Lyonne, Bradley Whitford, and Philip Bosco in crucial roles, this James Mangold-helmed feature film tells the story of how Hugh Jackman's Leopold, the third Duke of Albany, is inadvertently dragged to modern-day New York where he falls for Meg Ryan's Kate McKay; a 21st-century woman who is driven to succeed in the corporate world.

 

This science-fiction romantic comedy owes much of its charisma to the performance of its leading man; an actor of impressive skill whose hunky screen presence dominates much of the movie and overshadows almost everything else in the screenplay.

 

On the other hand, Meg Ryan holds her own and the leading pair ensures to deliver traditional romance with a fair touch of time travel.

 

Needless to say, this film has a certain style and appeal to it courtesy of James Mangold's handling of the subject.

 

 

65. Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

 

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

 

Entity Detail
Title Peggy Sue Got Married
Year 1986
Watch time 103 min
Directors Francis Ford Coppola
Cast Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage, Barry Miller, Catherine Hicks
Box Office $41.38M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 74
Writers Jerry Leichtling
Music By John Barry
Cinematography By Jordan Cronenweth
Costume By Dean Tavoularis

 

Director Francis Ford Coppola's 'Peggy Sue Got Married' stars Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage, Barry Miller, and Catherine Hicks in significant roles and tells the story of how at a high school reunion, a housewife on the brink of divorce is thrust back in time to her senior year.

 

While there, she endeavors to change the moments that caused her unhappiness but ends up confusing things further.

 

Even though this is not the best film of the popular filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, it still can and should be seen for its lovely cinematography, remarkable soundtrack, an immersive storyline, and a good mix of fun and emotional sequences.

 

This one is a charming motion picture that provides a decent viewing experience to the viewers banking on the hard work and decent performances of its ensemble cast.

 

 

64. When We First Met (2018)

 

When We First Met (2018)

 

Entity Detail
Title When We First Met
Year 2018
Watch time 97 min
Directors Ari Sandel
Cast Adam Devine, Alexandra Daddario, Shelley Hennig, Andrew Bachelor
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 36
Writers John Whittington
Music By Eric V. Hachikian
Cinematography By David Hennings
Costume By Gae S. Buckley

 

Director Ari Sandel's 'When We First Met' stars Adam DeVine, Alexandra Daddario, Shelley Hennig, Andrew Bachelor, and Robbie Amell in prominent roles.

 

The film tracks how after spending a night with the girl of his dreams only to become just friends, a man gets the chance to travel through time and modify that night over and over again until he gets everything perfect.

 

What the viewers would relish about this motion picture is the fact that it does feel romantic and quite genuine as well.

 

The screenplay attempts to demonstrate how people would just go out of their way for love.

 

It also tries to tell that people are often uncomfortable in their own skin because they think they are not attractive enough, and that is something that is not true and even demoralizing.

 

Furthermore, the characters are very charming and easy to watch on the screen. While this feature film may not be a high point in the time travel genre, it is pleasant enough.

 

 

63. Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

 

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

 

Entity Detail
Title Hot Tub Time Machine
Year 2010
Watch time 101 min
Directors Steve Pink
Cast John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke
Box Office $50.29M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 63
Writers Josh Heald
Music By Christophe Beck
Cinematography By Jack N. Green
Costume By Bob Ziembicki

 

In this screwball comedy featuring John Cusack and Rob Corddry, a malfunctioning time machine (built into a hot tub) carries a group of skiers back to the year 1986 to relive their youth.

 

Directed by Steve Pink, 'Hot Tub Time Machine' shows a slightly different strategy to time travel; something that happens in a hot tub that leads to all sorts of confusion and humor.

 

This film should be watched not only because one would cherish the sort of comedy that Cusack, Corddry, and Robinson bring to their parts, but also because the film marks an appreciable shift in the genre of science fiction.

 

Overall, Hot Tub Time Machine relies heavily on its funny moments and showcases the usual time travel conundrum problems that the protagonists face in such motion pictures.

 

 

62. Click (2006)

 

Click (2006)

 

Entity Detail
Title Click
Year 2006
Watch time 107 min
Directors Frank Coraci
Cast Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, David Hasselhoff
Box Office $137.36M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 45
Writers Steve Koren
Music By Rupert Gregson-Williams
Cinematography By Dean Semler
Costume By Perry Andelin Blake

 

Director Frank Coraci's 'Click' features a cast headlined by talented performers like Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, Henry Winkler, David Hasselhoff, Julie Kavner, and Sean Astin.

 

The film traces the journey of a workaholic architect who finds a universal remote that enables him to fast-forward and rewind to different parts of his life.

 

However, complications arise when the remote starts to overrule his choices. The concept of the story is a good one and has been put to a decent amount of use.

 

There are parts where the screenplay can make one laugh, and there is an emotional core that does manage to leave a lump in your throat towards the end.

 

Click is nice to look at and comprises decent performances and a promising soundtrack. Overall, this story of a man striving to find his way to reconnect with his family is a rousing and heart-warming one.

 

 

61. Grand Tour: Disaster in Time (1991)

 

Grand Tour: Disaster in Time (1991)

 

Entity Detail
Title Grand Tour: Disaster in Time
Year 1991
Watch time 99 min
Directors David Twohy
Cast Jeff Daniels, Ariana Richards, Emilia Crow, Jim Haynie
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore ---
Writers Henry Kuttner
Music By Gerald Gouriet
Cinematography By Harry Mathias
Costume By Michael Novotny

 

Before they can complete renovations on their new inn, Widower (Ben Wilson) and daughter (Hillary Swanson) are called upon by a woman seeking sudden lodging for her unusual group of travelers.

 

Why they decided not to stay at the hotel in town is just the first of many quandaries encircling the group that leads Ben Wilson to a shocking discovery; one that could directly impact his family and neighbors.

 

This one is an underrated little feature film that is full of engaging ideas. The filmmakers have tried to do a lot with a restricted budget here, primarily by hinting at bigger things and banking on the good old tension, dilemma, and likable characters to ensure that the viewers continue to sit throughout the movie.

 

Also, Jeff Daniels stars as the central protagonist in this David Twohy directorial venture that is a low-key character-driven science fiction drama.

 

 

60. Time Lapse (2014)

 

Time Lapse (2014)

 

Entity Detail
Title Time Lapse
Year 2014
Watch time 104 min
Directors Bradley King
Cast Danielle Panabaker, Matt O'Leary, George Finn, John Rhys-Davies
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 50
Writers Bradley King
Music By Andrew Kaiser
Cinematography By Jonathan Wenstrup
Costume By Traci Hays

 

Written and directed by Bradley King, 'Time Lapse' tells the story of three friends who discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures twenty-four hours into the future and collude to use it for personal gain until troublesome and dangerous images begin to develop.

 

The viewers who prefer to get spooked out easily might categorize this feature film as a full-blown indie horror flick worth checking out.

 

That said, the one major drawback of this movie is the fact that the three leading actors lack warmth or even basic chemistry from the very start; making it difficult for the audience to trust their faint arrangement of the time-travel rules.

 

However, the shaky start of the film does not rule out the fact that the screenplay is indeed well penned and that it progresses at a reasonable pace.

 

 

59. Before I Fall (2017)

 

Before I Fall (2017)

 

Entity Detail
Title Before I Fall
Year 2017
Watch time 98 min
Directors Ry Russo-Young
Cast Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Cynthy Wu, Medalion Rahimi
Box Office $12.24M
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 58
Writers Maria Maggenti
Music By Adam Taylor
Cinematography By Michael Fimognari
Costume By Paul Joyal

 

Directed by Ry Russo-Young and written by Maria Maggenti and Gina Prince-Bythewood, this motion picture is based on Lauren Oliver's novel of the same name.

 

The film stars Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley, Elena Kampouris, Diego Boneta, and Jennifer Beals in prominent roles.

 

It traces the journey of Samantha; someone who seems to have an ideal life until she finds herself stuck in a time loop after an unfortunate tragedy one day.

 

She attempts to unravel the mystery and uncovers more about herself in the process. 'Before I Fall' may be about time loop, but it is remarkable how the film teaches its viewers about the many things that they could understand if they were able to live the same day over and over again.

 

This is a surprisingly decent teen motion picture that shows the story of a teenage girl who is trapped on the last day of her life.

 

Based on the Sisyphus legend, the central protagonist here has the possibility to make corrections to her fruitless life by being kind to people who adore her and by becoming a better person before moving on for good.

 

 

58. Terminator Salvation (2009)

 

Terminator Salvation (2009)

 

Entity Detail
Title Terminator Salvation
Year 2009
Watch time 115 min
Directors McG
Cast Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood
Box Office $125.32M
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 49
Writers John Brancato
Music By Danny Elfman
Cinematography By Shane Hurlbut
Costume By Martin Laing

 

This McG directorial venture is a post-apocalyptic feature film set in the year 2018. It focuses on the war between Skynet's machine network and humanity, as the remnants of the world's armies have unified to form the Resistance to fight against Skynet.

 

Superstar Christian Bale portrays John Connor, a Resistance fighter and important character, while Sam Worthington plays cyborg Marcus Wright.

 

On the other hand, Anton Yelchin plays a young Kyle Reese, a character that was first inducted in 'The Terminator'; and the film illustrates the inceptions of the T-800 Terminator effectively and efficiently.

 

McG manages to induce a great color palette and terrific action sequences in this science fiction flick. 'Terminator: Salvation' is a fine-looking film that banks on its strikingly atmospheric post-apocalyptic scenery, solid special effects, trendy photography, and decent editing to make an impact; all while staying true to its renowned franchise.

 

 

57. The Endless (2017)

 

The Endless (2017)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Endless
Year 2017
Watch time 111 min
Directors Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead
Cast Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson, Callie Hernandez, Tate Ellington
Box Office $0.27M
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 80
Writers Justin Benson
Music By Jimmy LaValle
Cinematography By Aaron Moorhead
Costume By Ariel Vida

 

Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's 'The Endless' tracks the journey of Justin and Aaron who receive a cryptic message, making them revisit a cult they had evaded years ago.

 

However, things soon start taking a turn for the worse as they try to find the reason for some bizarre phenomena.

 

The special effects in this feature film are truly subtle and not there just for the sake of it.

 

This is a movie that needs to be watched with an open mind for one to appreciate the high quality of the production.

 

Having said that, it is also a motion picture that has a few funny and harrowing moments in equal measure, thus, making it one of the most distinctive films to be featured in this coveted list.

 

 

56. Star Trek: Generations (1994)

 

Star Trek: Generations (1994)

 

Entity Detail
Title Star Trek: Generations
Year 1994
Watch time 118 min
Directors David Carson
Cast Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell, Jonathan Frakes
Box Office $75.67M
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 55
Writers Gene Roddenberry
Music By Dennis McCarthy
Cinematography By John A. Alonzo
Costume By Herman F. Zimmerman

 

Helmed by David Carson, this motion picture traces the journey of Captain Picard and his crew who come across Dr.

 

Soran, a renegade scientist who has ominous plans. He must take the help of Kirk, who is reckoned to be dead, in order to stop Soran.

 

This science-fiction adventure drama encompasses experimental technology and temporal disturbances. That said, the screenplay also allows Captains James Tiberius Kirk (William Shatner) and Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) to finally meet.

 

Needless to say, time travel is indeed there to make that extraordinary moment happen; making both Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Captain James T. Kirk our time travelers this time around. Even though some of the story execution could have been better, the plot does manage to hold up really well and has enough memorable moments for the audience to take home.

 

In addition, this motion picture is spectacularly made and benefits from its elaborate settings, expressive and immersive photography, and first-class special effects.

 

Also, the musical score is good and has been cleverly incorporated into the film.

 

 

55. Happy Death Day (2017)

 

Happy Death Day (2017)

 

Entity Detail
Title Happy Death Day
Year 2017
Watch time 96 min
Directors Christopher Landon
Cast Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken
Box Office $55.68M
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 58
Writers Scott Lobdell
Music By Bear McCreary
Cinematography By Toby Oliver
Costume By Cece Destefano

 

Directed by Christopher Landon, 'Happy Death Day' tracks the journey of a college student who must relive the day of her murder over and over again, in a loop that will come to an end only when she discovers her killer's identity.

 

This motion picture has altered its image from being a comedic slasher to a fascinating adventure of the science fiction genre.

 

The film reveals its true charm by showing that it is refreshingly conscious of its standard-ness and superficiality and acknowledges it; something that helps the story come across as a lot of fun and unpretentious.

 

Not to forget the fact that this feature film can also afford to get shockingly creepy and surprisingly thought-provoking, all while trying to be gruesomely amusing as well.

 

All in all, Happy Death Day is a watchable little high-concept horror in which Jessica Rothe shines.

 

 

54. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

 

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

 

Entity Detail
Title Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Year 1999
Watch time 95 min
Directors Jay Roach
Cast Mike Myers, Heather Graham, Michael York, Robert Wagner
Box Office $206.04M
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 59
Writers Mike Myers
Music By George S. Clinton
Cinematography By Ueli Steiger
Costume By Rusty Smith

 

Helmed for the screen by Jay Roach and featuring Mike Myers, Heather Graham, Michael York, Robert Wagner, Seth Green, and Elizabeth Hurley in pivotal roles, this time travel spy venture follows how the criminal Dr. Evil goes back to the 1960s after stealing Austin Powers's magical charm, from which he derives his sexual prowess.

 

However, Austin, along with Felicity, a CIA agent, soon decides to pursue him to regain it.

 

Even though not a great film to begin with, 'Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me' is quite relaxed in its style and approach.

 

The sets and costumes here are gorgeous to look at, the soundtrack is funky and of the sort that manages to take you back to the period effectively.

 

Besides this, moments of glowing wit and a fast-paced screenplay also work to the movie's advantage.

 

Add to that the fact that performances from Mike Myers, Michael York, and Rob Lowe are top-notch as well.

 

 

53. Idiocracy (2006)

 

Idiocracy (2006)

 

Entity Detail
Title Idiocracy
Year 2006
Watch time 84 min
Directors Mike Judge
Cast Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, Terry Crews
Box Office $0.44M
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 66
Writers Mike Judge
Music By Theodore Shapiro
Cinematography By Tim Suhrstedt
Costume By Darren Gilford Jeffery Noble

 

Headlined by Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, and Dax Shepard, this Mike Judge directorial venture tells the story of Joe; someone whose life transforms when he is chosen to be a guinea pig for a secret hibernation experiment.

 

However, after he wakes up from 500 years of sleep, he realizes that he is the smartest man on the planet, and quite possibly the only one who can save it.

 

Mike Judge’s science fiction satire tries to imagine what the United States might look like in the year 2505.

 

Even though it is a low-budget movie, the story of 'Idiocracy' has enough twists and turns.

 

In addition to being a warning of our mindless future, this motion picture was also a stab at the present in several ways.

 

Needless to say, the DVD sales of this time travel comedy-drama grew to more than 20 times its box office as the viewers began to acknowledge that its director might just have given a glimpse into the future with superhero-like precision.

 

 

52. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

 

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Year 2005
Watch time 109 min
Directors Garth Jennings
Cast Martin Freeman, Yasiin Bey, Sam Rockwell, Zooey Deschanel
Box Office $51.09M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 63
Writers Douglas Adams
Music By Joby Talbot
Cinematography By Igor Jadue-Lillo
Costume By Joel Collins

 

This science-fiction adventure drama has been directed by Garth Jennings and tells the story of how one early morning, Arthur's friend, who's actually an alien, notifies him of Earth's impending destruction and whisks him away in a spaceship.

 

While Arthur deals with his agonies, he also has a great adventure. This film pertains to the idea of time traveling in the sense that it is a story of two human beings who withstand the Earth's senseless demolition, and their adventures in space and time while trying to realize the true meaning of life.

 

There is a sarcastic sense of humor and an underlying sense of the absurd that this motion picture is trying to transfer from the book; something that is more than evident from the execution of its screenplay.

 

The film looks great visually and the creatures and effects all work and grasp the tone of the original vision wonderfully.

 

 

51. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

 

Entity Detail
Title Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Year 2016
Watch time 127 min
Directors Tim Burton
Cast Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench
Box Office $87.24M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 57
Writers Ransom Riggs
Music By Michael Higham
Cinematography By Bruno Delbonnel
Costume By Gavin Bocquet

 

When Asa Butterfield's Jacob uncovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

 

However, the threat deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.

 

Soon, he must help protect their home from frightening enemies called Hollowgasts. It would be polarizing to claim that one will be left scratching their head after watching 'Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children'.

 

The story is more or less quite simple to follow, even with all the time loops, and makes sense in the fictitious world that the viewers are watching.

 

In addition, the soundtrack is quite decent and would make the audience want to stay till the credits finish rolling to enjoy the music.

 

This, along with the adequate camera work and Tim Burton's mystical direction, help in making this film even more watchable.

 

Add to that the fact that this motion picture comprises a cast headlined by actors like Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, and Judi Dench.

 

 

50. The Final Countdown (1980)

 

The Final Countdown (1980)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Final Countdown
Year 1980
Watch time 103 min
Directors Don Taylor
Cast Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross, James Farentino
Box Office $16.65M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 51
Writers Thomas Hunter
Music By John Scott
Cinematography By Victor J. Kemper
Costume By Dennis W. Peeples

 

This Don Taylor directorial venture stars Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross, James Farentino, Ron O'Neal, and Charles Durning in crucial roles.

 

The story follows a Pacific aircraft carrier that penetrates a time warp and finds itself transported from 1980 to 1941 - just before the assault on Pearl Harbor.

 

The captain is compelled to decide whether to strike at the nearing Japanese fleet and alter the entire course of the Second World War.

 

This is an incredibly good drama that thrives on its various twists and turns, and particularly on the call-it-off ending; each of which contributes to the overall drama and moral dilemmas injected into the script.

 

Overall, 'The Final Countdown' is a good science fiction feature film that raises some interesting conundrum-like concerns and leaves one scratching their head for days after they have seen it.

 

 

49. 12:01 (1993)

 

12:01 (1993)

 

This Jack Sholder directorial venture is an adaptation of Richard Lupoff's short story, "12:01 PM".

 

The film traces the journey of Barry Thomas (Jonathan Silverman), who lives a monotonous life as an office worker at a science lab where he has fallen in love with a brilliant and striking young scientist named Lisa Fredericks (Helen Slater).

 

However, Barry is shattered when he witnesses Lisa's murder in the office parking lot. But, when he understands that a strange electrical emergency at his company's lab has left him in a 24-hour "time loop," he endeavors to protect Lisa and return to a normal timeline as soon as possible.

 

The well-constructed plot and connecting characters make this unknown little gem an unforgettable watch. Released in the same year as the blockbuster 'Groundhog Day', '12:01' is almost as engaging with decent performances and characters and relatable situations working in its favor.

 

 

48. Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

 

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

 

Entity Detail
Title Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Year 2014
Watch time 92 min
Directors Rob Minkoff
Cast Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann
Box Office $111.51M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 59
Writers Jay Ward
Music By Danny Elfman
Cinematography By Mike Andrews
Costume By Timothy Lamb

 

Helmed by Rob Minkoff, this motion picture tracks the time-traveling adventures of an advanced canine and his adopted son, as they struggle to fix a time rift that they created.

 

Peabody is a talented anthropomorphic dog who lives in a penthouse in New York City.

 

He raises his adopted human son, 7-year-old Sherman, and mentors him by traveling throughout history using the WABAC, pronounced "way back", a time machine; a plot device that is utilized to transfer the two titular characters back in time to visit critical events in human history.

 

Banking on great vocal talent and a story that has a message that would be appreciated by parents, 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' also encompasses several historical references to make an impact. While the zany energy and characters keep the kids fascinated, the screenplay might also end up giving them a lesson or two in history.

 

Furthermore, the superb animation and beautifully textured and rich colors also help the feature film look appealing to the eyes.

 

 

47. The Lake House (2006)

 

The Lake House (2006)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Lake House
Year 2006
Watch time 99 min
Directors Alejandro Agresti
Cast Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Christopher Plummer, Ebon Moss-Bachrach
Box Office $52.33M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 52
Writers David Auburn
Music By Rachel Portman
Cinematography By Alar Kivilo
Costume By Nathan Crowley

 

This Alejandro Agresti directorial venture is a remake of the South Korean motion picture, 'Il Mare'.

 

The story of this flick revolves around an architect (Keanu Reeves) living in 2004 and a doctor (Sandra Bullock) living in 2006, who meet via letters left in the mailbox of a lake house where they both lived at different points in time.

 

They remain in touch for two years while continuing to stay segregated by the time difference.

 

Actors Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock reunite for this fantasy romantic drama that thrives majorly on the attractiveness and performances of its lead stars.

 

When it comes to storytelling, the information traveling to the past creates temporal problems in understanding how certain events unfold.

 

That said, this film is more about time travel of a sort that relates to time trying to block you from meeting the one that you love.

 

Even though there are several complicated twists and turns in the screenplay, 'The Lake House' does benefit from its elegant selection of wardrobe, decent setting, and a genuinely good background score.

 

 

46. Men in Black 3 (2012)

 

Men in Black 3 (2012)

 

Entity Detail
Title Men in Black 3
Year 2012
Watch time 106 min
Directors Barry Sonnenfeld
Cast Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement
Box Office $179.02M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 58
Writers Etan Cohen
Music By Danny Elfman
Cinematography By Bill Pope
Costume By Bo Welch

 

Director Barry Sonnenfeld's 'Men in Black 3' features Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Emma Thompson in crucial roles.

 

The film tracks how after Boris, an alien criminal, flees a high-security prison, Agent J is tasked to bring him back.

 

For that purpose, he has to go back in time and find a younger Agent K to help him with his mission.

 

Men in Black 3's main accomplishment and a credible cue of its return to form are the scenes that are set in the past.

 

Even though the time travel components in the story might come across as a bit sloppy, it is not something that holds the film back.

 

Having said that, a talented actress like Emma Thompson seems to have been wasted in a far too brief role that she doesn't look entirely comfortable playing.

 

However, it does not negate the fact that this motion picture is a good-looking, well-photographed time travel science fiction film that benefits from its creative production design, make-up, and sophisticated visual effects.

 

Furthermore, the adrenaline-pumping action and atmospheric music blend well with the storytelling.

 

 

45. Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)

 

Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)

 

Entity Detail
Title Slaughterhouse Five
Year 1972
Watch time 104 min
Directors George Roy Hill
Cast Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Eugene Roche, Sharon Gans
Box Office $0.57M
IMDb Rating 6.9
Metascore 66
Writers Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Music By Glenn Gould
Cinematography By Miroslav Ondrícek
Costume By Henry Bumstead

 

Directed for the screen by George Roy Hill, 'Slaughterhouse-Five' is a comedy-drama military science fiction film that is based on Kurt Vonnegut's novel of the same name.

 

The feature film follows the journey of Billy Pilgrim; someone who has mysteriously become unstuck in time.

 

He goes on a hysterical trip back and forth from his birth in New York to life on a distant planet, and then back again to the horrors of the 1945 fire-bombing of Dresden.

 

Just like in the book, the movie is able to strengthen a non-linear narrative by using time travel.

 

Not surprisingly then, the viewers have to watch Billy’s life as a series of episodes without any chronological nature.

 

Even though this motion picture is the director's interpretation of the book, it is certainly a brilliant one at it.

 

In addition, the musical score in this anti-war satire is decent both in its tone and substance.

 

 

44. Primer (2004)

 

Primer (2004)

 

Entity Detail
Title Primer
Year 2004
Watch time 77 min
Directors Shane Carruth
Cast Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya
Box Office $0.42M
IMDb Rating 6.9
Metascore 68
Writers Shane Carruth
Music By Shane Carruth
Cinematography By Troy Dick
Costume By Shane Carruth

 

Written, directed, edited, starring, and produced by Shane Carruth, this feature film revolves around the accidental discovery of time travel.

 

The story follows intellectual engineers Aaron and Abe, who build and sell error-checking technology with the help of their friends Robert and Phillip.

 

However, when Aaron and Abe accidentally develop what they believe is a time machine, the latter ends up building a version that is competent enough to transport a human and, consequently, puts the device to test.

 

As the two friends obsess over their innovation, they soon learn the dark consequences of their actions.

 

Most of the events that take place in this cult film make rational sense, but only if one takes the trouble to figure them out.

 

However, the feeling of disorientation that 'Primer' initially elicits is willful. Overall, it is a highly provocative and unsettling low-budget flick that deserves to catch more attention.

 

 

43. Flight of the Navigator (1986)

 

Flight of the Navigator (1986)

 

Entity Detail
Title Flight of the Navigator
Year 1986
Watch time 90 min
Directors Randal Kleiser
Cast Joey Cramer, Paul Reubens, Cliff De Young, Veronica Cartwright
Box Office $18.56M
IMDb Rating 6.9
Metascore 64
Writers Mark H. Baker
Music By Alan Silvestri
Cinematography By James Glennon
Costume By William J. Creber

 

This Randal Kleiser directorial venture tells the story of David, a 12-year-old boy who mysteriously loses consciousness near his home.

 

However, once he is awake, he finds out that he is eight years into the future without having aged a single day; something that leads to a series of dilemmas and expeditions, culminating in his decision to go back in time to the point from which he originally left, so that no one would ever realize that he had been gone for real.

 

This one is a fun science fiction-family motion picture that carries the nostalgic vibe of the '80s.

 

The film tells a good story banking on its respectable special effects and a lot of heart.

 

Also, the cast members are quite watchable in their respective roles and deliver fair performances each.

 

The viewers should watch out for the second half that showcases an exhilarating fantasy set piece in which the lead character is seen taking a journey around the world in a really cool-looking UFO.

 

 

42. Triangle (2009)

 

Triangle (2009)

 

Written and directed by Christopher Smith, the psychological thriller, 'Triangle', is an under-appreciated gem that examines the themes of sin and punishment in a steadily changing plot that keeps the audience immersed and guessing every step of the way.

 

The motion picture follows a group of passengers who jump on board a ship after a storm upturns their yacht.

 

However, they soon understand that they are in greater threat aboard the mysterious vessel. Melissa George plays the lead character Jess, and while the movie’s plot plunges into a time loop, the audience observes the main protagonist's struggle to somehow evade the loop and make it back home securely.

 

The screenplay is driven forward by Christopher Smith's adroit direction that makes everything as claustrophobic and thrilling as possible, even as things continue to get more confusing.

 

Overall, it would not be an exaggeration to claim that the film will leave an impact on the minds of the viewers who sit through it.

 

 

41. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

 

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

 

Entity Detail
Title Safety Not Guaranteed
Year 2012
Watch time 86 min
Directors Colin Trevorrow
Cast Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni
Box Office $4.01M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 72
Writers Derek Connolly
Music By Ryan Miller
Cinematography By Benjamin Kasulke
Costume By Ben Blankenship

 

Headlined by Mark Duplass, Aubrey Plaza, Jake Johnson, and Karan Soni in significant roles, this Colin Trevorrow directorial venture tracks the journey of three magazine employees who head out on an assignment to interview a guy who has placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel.

 

A romantic comedy of sorts, but a witty and original one at that, this film is one indie treasure that continues to remain rather underappreciated.

 

This motion picture is not easy to forget and provides great fun that can leave one uplifted and optimistic; thus, making this a movie filled with genuine and positive energy.

 

Both the characters and concept are great in this feature film that is a little weird and real at the same.

 

All in all, 'Safety Not Guaranteed' is a quirky low budget independent venture whose last act makes it even more appealing.

 

 

40. Time Bandits (1981)

 

Time Bandits (1981)

 

Directed by Terry Gilliam, 'Time Bandits' tracks the journey of a youngster who gets accidentally involved with a group of dwarfs who are on a mission to steal treasures from various historical eras.

 

Starring Sean Connery and Shelley Duvall in the lead roles, this feature film is full of astonishing sequences, especially during the climax.

 

Also, the likable characters, a fun and wondrous soundtrack, and the marvelous cast make the movie work very well.

 

This story of an 11-year-old ancient-Greek-history buff, who travels through space and time with the support of several dwarves and their space-and-time-traveling map, works big time.

 

Overall, this motion picture comes across as an episodic adventure fantasy drama that is both surreal and imaginative in equal measure.

 

 

39. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

 

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

 

Entity Detail
Title Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Year 1989
Watch time 90 min
Directors Stephen Herek
Cast Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, Terry Camilleri
Box Office $40.49M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 50
Writers Chris Matheson
Music By David Newman
Cinematography By Tim Suhrstedt
Costume By Roy Forge Smith

 

This Stephen Herek directorial venture traces the journey of high school teenagers, Bill and Ted, who struggle to finish a history assignment.

 

Soon after, when they encounter a man from the future, the two friends get his assistance in completing their assignment.

 

In this motion picture, Bill and Ted are the primary time travelers, but they happen to acquire quite a few celebrated faces in their exceptional adventure through the past; picking them up and taking them to the present to get help for their history presentation.

 

That said, what makes this film even more relatable is the fact that 'Bill' and 'Ted' come across as your ordinary teenage boys.

 

The screenplay is pretty simple, entertaining, and straightforward, and carries interesting suggestions about time travel worthy of our consideration.

 

 

38. Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009)

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009)

 

This Gareth Carrivick directorial venture tracks the journey of Ray, who stumbles into a time portal and envisions his demise in the future.

 

He, along with his two friends, unravels the baffling rules of time travel and tries to return safely to the present.

 

Thankfully and refreshingly, director Gareth Carrivick's feature debut is dark, rousing, and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny.

 

The character development is great here, the dialogues are humorous, and the story is well planned; each of which makes this movie come off as a treat for the fans of the science fiction genre, as well as for the people who are generally into space and time travel.

 

In addition, the competent direction, good music, spirited acting performances, and a thrilling finale help in making this motion picture even more fun and relaxing to watch.

 

 

37. The Jacket (2005)

 

The Jacket (2005)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Jacket
Year 2005
Watch time 103 min
Directors John Maybury
Cast Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Daniel Craig, Kris Kristofferson
Box Office $6.30M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 44
Writers Tom Bleecker
Music By Brian Eno
Cinematography By Peter Deming
Costume By Alan Macdonald

 

Starring Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Kris Kristofferson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kelly Lynch, Brad Renfro, and Daniel Craig in crucial roles, this John Maybury directorial venture is partially based on Jack London's novel, The Star Rover.

 

The film traces the journey of a Gulf war veteran who is mistakenly sent to a mental institution for insane criminals, where he becomes the object of a doctor's experiments, and his life is completely affected by them.

 

In 'The Jacket', Adrien Brody's Jack Starks attempts to reverse his own death. The film features terrific performances by both Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley, and the characters and dialogues are much more believable and real here when compared to other films revolving around time travel.

 

Add to that the fact that the direction, cinematography, special effects, and editing are each well done in this motion picture.

 

 

36. Time After Time (1979)

 

Time After Time (1979)

 

Entity Detail
Title Time After Time
Year 1979
Watch time 112 min
Directors Nicholas Meyer
Cast Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen, David Warner, Charles Cioffi
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 69
Writers Karl Alexander
Music By Miklós Rózsa
Cinematography By Paul Lohmann
Costume By Edward C. Carfagno

 

Directed by Nicholas Meyer, 'Time After Time' is based on the premise from Karl Alexander's novel Time After Time, and on a story by Alexander and Steve Hayes.

 

The film tracks how H. G. Wells follows Jack the Ripper to the 20th Century when the serial murderer uses the future writer's time machine to evade his time period.

 

This movie has one of the most absurd but riveting plots of any feature film that one is ever likely to come across.

 

Even though it has fallen from the public consciousness in recent decades, it continues to remain one of the most underrated and interesting science fiction projects of the 20th century.

 

The director shows his understanding of the genre in this motion picture and he is aided by his performers in doing so; all of whom help sell Time After Time's several moments of darkness, romance, and comedy effectively.

 

 

35. The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

 

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Time Traveler's Wife
Year 2009
Watch time 107 min
Directors Robert Schwentke
Cast Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston, Michelle Nolden
Box Office $63.41M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 47
Writers Bruce Joel Rubin
Music By Mychael Danna
Cinematography By Florian Ballhaus
Costume By Jon Hutman

 

Helmed by Robert Schwentke, this science-fiction drama film is based on Audrey Niffenegger's novel of the same name.

 

The motion picture stars Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, and Ron Livingston in significant roles and follows the story of Henry DeTamble; a Chicago librarian with a rare genetic disorder that causes him to randomly time travel as he tries to build a romantic relationship with Clare Abshire, who would become his wife.

 

'The Time Traveler’s Wife' follows through on its premise in a realistic way and sees its lead stars Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams share wonderful chemistry; something that their respective performances make even more believable.

 

However, it is the little girl Brooklynn Proulx who pitches in a scene-stealing performance in this one.

 

The cinematography in this time travel feature film is competent and sharp, and the scenery is stunning.

 

Moreover, the strong and intriguing storyline is aided by good direction and beautiful music; of which the incidental music is often even better.

 

 

34. Deja Vu (2006)

 

Deja Vu (2006)

 

Entity Detail
Title Deja Vu
Year 2006
Watch time 126 min
Directors Tony Scott
Cast Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Jim Caviezel, Val Kilmer
Box Office $64.04M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 59
Writers Bill Marsilii
Music By Jared Lee Gosselin
Cinematography By Paul Cameron
Costume By Chris Seagers

 

This Tony Scott directorial venture stars Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Jim Caviezel, and Van Kilmer in crucial roles and tracks how after a ferry is bombed in New Orleans, an A. T. F. agent joins a unique investigation using experimental surveillance technology to find the bomber.

 

However, he soon finds himself becoming obsessed with one of the victims. In 'Deja Vu', the viewers get the identical treatment of time travel movies, but with a credible idea of being able to observe the past in real-time.

 

Director Tony Scott maintains a thick air of tension in the screenplay; something that is evident even during the quiet moments because there is always a sense of impending danger.

 

Even though Denzel Washington scores big time with his performance in this one, it is the mystery of the feature film that gives it a definitive edge.

 

Also, dominant themes of fatalism vs. free will, acceptance vs. action, and even a restrained portion of logic vs. spiritualism seem to have been injected into the storytelling.

 

 

33. Sleeper (1973)

 

Sleeper (1973)

 

Entity Detail
Title Sleeper
Year 1973
Watch time 89 min
Directors Woody Allen
Cast Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck, Mary Gregory
Box Office $2.91M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 77
Writers Woody Allen
Music By Woody Allen
Cinematography By David M. Walsh
Costume By Dale Hennesy

 

Although not a conventional time travel movie, 'Sleeper' is Woody Allen’s science-fiction comedy that is bizarre, gleeful, and strangely poignant; all in equal measure.

 

It tells the story of Miles Monroe; a jazz performer and health-food-store owner who wakes up in the 22nd century after a botched gall bladder operation.

 

The world that he wakes up in is quite different, and Monroe is a hilarious companion for the viewers to explore it with.

 

The unifying thread of time travel and romance makes this a solidly entertaining outing. While the script and gags here are among Woody Allen's funniest, the jazz score is also wonderfully done.

 

Woody Allen directs this movie confidently and gives a great comedic performance as well. On the other hand, Diane Keaton is at her charming best and her comic timing does not disappoint either.

 

 

32. Coherence (2013)

 

Coherence (2013)

 

Entity Detail
Title Coherence
Year 2013
Watch time 89 min
Directors James Ward Byrkit
Cast Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen
Box Office $0.07M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 65
Writers James Ward Byrkit
Music By Kristin Øhrn Dyrud
Cinematography By Arlene Muller
Costume By Doug Blake

 

This James Ward Byrkit-helmed feature film is not only a time-splitting movie but also a reality-splitting venture about a comet that breaks reality for a group of people at a party.

 

It is a bizarrely entertaining story of eight friends who meet for dinner on the night the Miller's Comet is passing over the Earth. 'Coherence' must be more than welcomed as a low-budget science fiction movie for this day and age.

 

The screenplay manages to hold one's attention and delivers much more than most viewers would initially expect.

 

It is competently penned and well-executed to draw the viewer in; an endeavor in which it banks heavily on its mystery and tension.

 

Also, it utilizes its acting and setting really well. Overall, Coherence is a satisfying watch and one would like to stumble upon more such science fiction motion pictures.

 

 

31. Somewhere in Time (1980)

 

Somewhere in Time (1980)

 

Entity Detail
Title Somewhere in Time
Year 1980
Watch time 103 min
Directors Jeannot Szwarc
Cast Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, Teresa Wright
Box Office $9.71M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 29
Writers Richard Matheson
Music By John Barry
Cinematography By Isidore Mankofsky
Costume By Seymour Klate

 

This Jeannot Szwarc directorial venture is an on-screen adaptation of Richard Matheson's novel, titled Bid Time Return.

 

The film features Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Plummer in prominent roles and tracks how in 1972, playwright Richard Collier is left mesmerized with a photo of Elise McKenna; a distinguished American stage actress of the 1900s.

 

He uses hypnosis-enabled time travel intending to go back to that era to meet her.

 

Even though it was savaged at the box office back when it was released, 'Somewhere in Time' has grown in stature and has established itself as a cult favorite among the viewers today.

 

A special treat for the fans of romance, science fiction, and fantasy genres respectively, this time travel motion picture is quite frankly a love story that suggests that time itself cannot be a barrier against true love.

 

 

30. Frequency (2000)

 

Frequency (2000)

 

Entity Detail
Title Frequency
Year 2000
Watch time 118 min
Directors Gregory Hoblit
Cast Dennis Quaid, Jim Caviezel, Shawn Doyle, Elizabeth Mitchell
Box Office $45.01M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 67
Writers Toby Emmerich
Music By Michael Kamen
Cinematography By Alar Kivilo
Costume By Paul Eads

 

This science-fiction thriller drama has been directed by Gregory Hoblit. It tells the story of a son who stumbles upon a radio that enables him to communicate with his dead father.

 

He soon tries his best to save his father's life without understanding that his actions will change the course of history.

 

The concept of altering the past with an aim to influence the future may not be a new concept to a film, but 'Frequency' takes the credit for handling it with heart and a certain amount of audacity.

 

The acting in this motion picture is superb and the plot comes across as airtight.

 

Not only does this movie manage to keep you on your toes with its twists, but it also allows you to involve yourself with the characters emotionally.

 

Furthermore, the past and present connections are fascinating; especially the single-flash cuts at key moments in the screenplay.

 

This is one of the few science fiction ventures that can truly make you both laugh and cry, all while managing to leave you scared as well.

 

 

29. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

 

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

 

Entity Detail
Title Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Year 1986
Watch time 119 min
Directors Leonard Nimoy
Cast William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan
Box Office $109.71M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 71
Writers Gene Roddenberry
Music By Leonard Rosenman
Cinematography By Donald Peterman
Costume By Jack T. Collis

 

This science-fiction film was directed by Leonard Nimoy and is based on the television series, Star Trek.

 

The fourth installment in the Star Trek franchise, and a sequel to 'Star Trek III: The Search for Spock', this film finishes the story arc that began in 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan', and continued in The Search for Spock.

 

The screenplay here traces the journey of the former crew of the USS Enterprise that is determined to return home to Earth to face trial for their actions in the previous film.

 

However, the crew members soon find out that the planet is in serious danger from an alien probe endeavoring to contact now-extinct humpback whales.

 

The team then travels to Earth's past to find whales who can answer the probe's call.

 

Star Trek IV does have some truly engaging views on time travel, and how CGI is used to depict such events.

 

That said, what actually works in its favor is the fact that the time travel in 'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home' is not very complicated; the reason why it continues to be enjoyed by Star Trek fans even today.

 

 

28. Tenet (2020)

 

Tenet (2020)

 

Entity Detail
Title Tenet
Year 2020
Watch time 150 min
Directors Christopher Nolan
Cast John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Juhan Ulfsak
Box Office $58.46M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 69
Writers Christopher Nolan
Music By Ludwig Göransson
Cinematography By Hoyte Van Hoytema
Costume By Nathan Crowley

 

Written and directed by the unparalleled Christopher Nolan, 'Tenet' features John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, and Elizabeth Debicki in significant roles.

 

The film tells the story of how having been armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight realm of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something that is beyond the comprehension of real-time.

 

Christopher Nolan’s preoccupation with time is truly proven in this motion picture in which he allows “time inversion” to drive the plot and construct a palindromic structure; something that perhaps even comes at the cost of concise plotting.

 

However, the complete team of Tenet has to be given due credit for being able to submerge their story in the world of time travel in the form of something that has never been witnessed on-screen before - the concept of time inversion.

 

 

27. Back to the Future III (1990)

 

Back to the Future III (1990)

 

Entity Detail
Title Back to the Future Part III
Year 1990
Watch time 118 min
Directors Robert Zemeckis
Cast Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F. Wilson
Box Office $87.73M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 55
Writers Robert Zemeckis
Music By Alan Silvestri
Cinematography By Dean Cundey
Costume By Rick Carter

 

This Robert Zemeckis-helmed feature film tells the story of Marty McFly, who, even though is stranded in 1955, learns about the death of Doctor Emmett Brown in 1885 and travels back in time to save him.

 

With no fuel readily attainable for the DeLorean, the two must work out how to escape the Old West before Doctor Emmett Brown meets his premature end.

 

The third installment of the Back to the Future trilogy is very well written and is blessed with rich characters and clever dialogues to continue to appeal to its ardent fans.

 

Director Robert Zemeckis brilliantly picks up the movie from where the second one concluded and ensures that the cast members deliver a memorable performance each.

 

This film not only goes back to the Old West to develop an enjoyable storyline, but it also pokes fun at some of the western traditions in its own way.

 

Like its predecessors, 'Back to the Future III' is also a solid family picture with an easy time travel plot to pursue.

 

 

26. Looper (2012)

 

Looper (2012)

 

Entity Detail
Title Looper
Year 2012
Watch time 113 min
Directors Rian Johnson
Cast Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano
Box Office $66.49M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 84
Writers Rian Johnson
Music By Nathan Johnson
Cinematography By Steve Yedlin
Costume By Ed Verreaux

 

Written and helmed by Rian Johnson, this motion picture stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, and Paul Dano in prominent roles.

 

The film tracks how in the year 2074 when the mob needs to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day understands that the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.

 

'Looper' is one of those films that should be appreciated not only for its concept and its execution for the screen but also for the message that it strives to convey.

 

It uses the effective medium of science fiction, covered with action and surprises, to communicate the wonderful message of self-sacrifice and positive reinforcement parenthood.

 

Furthermore, the makers also ascertain that the story comes across as plausible and that it is aided by a solid cast of actors.

 

 

25. Palm Springs (2020)

 

Palm Springs (2020)

 

Entity Detail
Title Palm Springs
Year 2020
Watch time 90 min
Directors Max Barbakow
Cast Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons, Peter Gallagher
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 83
Writers Andy Siara
Music By Matthew Compton
Cinematography By Quyen Tran
Costume By Jason Kisvarday

 

This Max Barbakow directorial venture stars Cristin Milioti and Andy Samberg in pivotal roles and traces the journey of two wedding guests who develop a budding romance while living the same day over and over again.

 

The screenplay is set in a time loop where Andy Samberg's Nyles and Cristin Milotti's Sarah are frequently compelled to relive the wedding day of Sarah's sister, Tala, over the course of a supposedly infinite number of days.

 

As the characters in the story discover, The Palm Springs time loop is not based on any kind of moral judgment but rather induced by an opening in a nearby desert cave; revealed by an earthquake during the day of the wedding.

 

This motion picture is an enjoyable time loop romantic comedy in which the two leads share good chemistry and deliver decent performances each.

 

 

24. Army of Darkness (1992)

 

Army of Darkness (1992)

 

Entity Detail
Title Army of Darkness
Year 1992
Watch time 81 min
Directors Sam Raimi
Cast Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie
Box Office $11.50M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 59
Writers Sam Raimi
Music By Joseph LoDuca
Cinematography By Bill Pope
Costume By Anton Tremblay

 

Starring Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, and Marcus Gilbert in pivotal roles, this comedy-horror epic film has been directed, co-written, and co-edited by Sam Raimi.

 

The film tracks the journey of a sarcastic hardware store clerk who is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must retrieve the Necronomicon and fight an army of the dead so that he can return home. 'Army of Darkness' has become a cult favorite of sorts, courtesy of its depiction of relentless terror, sarcasm, graphic horror, and tongue-in-cheek humor.

 

This popular cult feature film falls more in the supernatural horror genre than in sci-fi.

 

That said, the principles of time travel apply to this movie regardless of the method displayed for moving through time.

 

While Sam Raimi's execution is confident, it goes without saying that it is Bruce Campbell who keeps the story going with his zany and amusing performance.

 

Needless to say, this motion picture is well worth watching for terror, gore, and time travel lovers.

 

 

23. Source Code (2011)

 

Source Code (2011)

 

Entity Detail
Title Source Code
Year 2011
Watch time 93 min
Directors Duncan Jones
Cast Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright
Box Office $54.71M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 74
Writers Ben Ripley
Music By Chris Bacon
Cinematography By Don Burgess
Costume By Barry Chusid

 

This Duncan Jones-helmed feature film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan in the lead roles and traces the journey of a soldier who wakes up in someone else's body to discover that he is part of an experimental government undertaking to find the bomber of a commuter train within 8 minutes.

 

However, the simulation repeats itself and each time he gets to know more about the people on the train and possible suspects.

 

The film thrives on its wonderful performances, remarkable direction, and a thrill-a-minute script; each of which helps this become a must-see among time travel flicks.

 

The story here benefits from a great idea and the film looks good, courtesy of its atmospheric cinematography and use of lighting.

 

In addition, the issues of loss and responsibility give the screenplay some emotional weight and make it even more relatable to the average viewer of science fiction cinema.

 

Even though 'Source Code' may not come across as entirely original, it is most definitely an entertaining ride.

 

 

22. Predestination (2014)

 

Predestination (2014)

 

Entity Detail
Title Predestination
Year 2014
Watch time 97 min
Directors Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Cast Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, Madeleine West
Box Office $0.07M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 69
Writers Michael Spierig
Music By Peter Spierig
Cinematography By Ben Nott
Costume By Matthew Putland

 

Directors Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig's 'Predestination' track the journey of a temporal agent who is commissioned to travel back in time and prevent a bomb attack in New York in 1975 as his final assignment.

 

The hunt, however, turns out to be beyond the bounds of possibility. This feature film follows the lead of some of the finest motion pictures about time travel by embracing their essence in its storytelling rather smartly.

 

Predestination deals with the predestination paradox that is the most flabbergasting among all paradoxes associated with the concept of time travel.

 

Also known as the causal loop paradox, this phenomenon talks about how a person traveling back in time becomes a part of past events.

 

This motion picture is a thinking person's science fiction that also banks on its acting performances, writing, and direction to make an impact on the minds of its viewers.

 

 

21. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

 

Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

 

Entity Detail
Title Star Trek: First Contact
Year 1996
Watch time 111 min
Directors Jonathan Frakes
Cast Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton
Box Office $92.00M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 71
Writers Gene Roddenberry
Music By Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography By Matthew F. Leonetti
Costume By Herman F. Zimmerman

 

In this Jonathan Frakes directorial venture, the crew of the USS Enterprise-E travels back in time from the 24th century to the mid-21st century to stop the cybernetic Borg from dominating Earth by rewriting their past.

 

While the icons of Star Trek have traditionally been the ones to commence the usage of time travel, 'Star Trek: First Contact' sees its miscreants starting this round of temporal warfare.

 

Following a huge battle with the Borg above 24th century Earth, one of the most prominent villains in the history of the film series plays the time travel card, in a frantic bid for total dominance.

 

In addition to the fine performances from the crew members - headlined by Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard - the supporting cast is more than equal to the task.

 

That said, this one is one of the better-looking Star Trek films; one that feels more comprehensive and cinematic courtesy of the significant technological improvements.

 

The cinematography, which is intimate, colorful, and immersive, is aided by the sets that are rich in detail and special effects that induce a real sense of awe in the average filmgoer.

 

 

20. The Time Machine (1960)

 

The Time Machine (1960)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Time Machine
Year 1960
Watch time 103 min
Directors George Pal
Cast Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux, Sebastian Cabot
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 67
Writers David Duncan
Music By Russell Garcia
Cinematography By Paul Vogel
Costume By F. Keogh Gleason

 

Based on H. G. Wells's novella of the same name that was influential on the development of science fiction, this motion picture tracks the journey of George; a scientist who invents the time machine and utilizes it to examine the distant future.

 

However, as he travels forward into time, he gets taken aback after discovering some startling aspects of society. 'The Time Machine' earned an Academy Award for special effects for its time-lapse photography portraying the world-changing quickly as time passes by.

 

The story here is brilliantly told, the execution is sharply done, and the overall product is quite interesting.

 

Add to that the fact that the brisk pacing and confident direction also make it a film to watch out for in the genre of science fiction or time travel movies.

 

This motion picture was truly ahead of its time.

 

 

19. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

 

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Butterfly Effect
Year 2004
Watch time 113 min
Directors Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber
Cast Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Melora Walters, Elden Henson
Box Office $57.94M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 30
Writers J. Mackye Gruber
Music By Michael Suby
Cinematography By Matthew F. Leonetti
Costume By Douglas Higgins

 

Written and directed by J. Mackye Gruber and Eric Bress, this feature film tells the story of Evan Treborn; someone who suffers from blackouts during important events of his life.

 

As he grows up, he uncovers a way to recollect these lost memories and a supernatural way to modify his life by skimming through his journal. 'The Butterfly Effect' works in illustrating an invariably dark and melancholic atmosphere, and does not allow the menacing nature of the screenplay to be weighed down by the occasional comic comfort.

 

The intriguing storytelling does allow both Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart to stretch out their acting skills.

 

Needless to say, this is an astonishingly smart time travel film that tries to deal with hard time travel concepts where you enter a world of multiverses; one of the split prospective events, and chaos theory, all while emphasizing whether one can successfully alter certain traumatic episodes from their respective lives.

 

 

18. Deadpool 2 (2018)

 

Deadpool 2 (2018)

 

Entity Detail
Title Deadpool 2
Year 2018
Watch time 119 min
Directors David Leitch
Cast Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison
Box Office $324.59M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 66
Writers Rhett Reese
Music By Tyler Bates
Cinematography By Jonathan Sela
Costume By Sandy Walker

 

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, and Morena Baccarin in crucial roles, this David Leitch-helmed motion picture tracks the journey of Deadpool, who protects a young mutant Russell from the authorities and gets thrown in prison.

 

However, he soon escapes and forms a squad of mutants to prevent a time-traveling mercenary from killing Russell.

 

While time travel is used in 'Deadpool 2' as a key plot instigator, the techniques have been kept deliberately vague and contradictory.

 

This is primarily because the needs of the story and jokes take precedent. This motion picture is stylish, has haunting music, and banks on its sharp and assuring direction; something that keeps the screenplay well in balance.

 

In addition, the action is dynamically choreographed and exciting, and the humor more than works.

 

Overall, this is a highly entertaining feature film and a sequel that ticks most of the right boxes.

 

 

17. Midnight in Paris (2011)

 

Midnight in Paris (2011)

 

Entity Detail
Title Midnight in Paris
Year 2011
Watch time 94 min
Directors Woody Allen
Cast Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Kurt Fuller
Box Office $56.82M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 81
Writers Woody Allen
Music By Darius Khondji
Cinematography By Alisa Lepselter
Costume By Jean-Yves Rabier

 

Written and directed by popular filmmaker Woody Allen, 'Midnight in Paris' features an ensemble cast headlined by names like Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Owen Wilson, and Tom Hiddleston.

 

The film tracks the journey of Gil, who arrives with his fiancee and her family in Paris for a vacation, even as he struggles to complete his debut novel.

 

Soon after, he is enthralled by the city, which takes him to a time past, away from his fiancee.

 

Woody Allen does time travel with Owen Wilson and makes an intriguing and satisfying film that takes us to some of the most famous moments in one of the most famous cities in the world.

 

The story also introduces us to some of the city's most distinguished personalities, so that its lead character can understand something about living in the past.

 

That said, there is no denying the fact that Midnight in Paris retains the magic of the midnight hour beautifully.

 

 

16. Back to the Future II (1989)

 

Back to the Future II (1989)

 

Entity Detail
Title Back to the Future Part II
Year 1989
Watch time 108 min
Directors Robert Zemeckis
Cast Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson
Box Office $118.50M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 57
Writers Robert Zemeckis
Music By Alan Silvestri
Cinematography By Dean Cundey
Costume By Linda DeScenna

 

This Robert Zemeckis directorial venture traces the journey of Marty Mcfly, who travels back in time with the help of Dr. Emmett Brown and poses as his own son to prevent his incarceration. However, all his endeavors turn futile as the future threatens to alter the present.

 

The story focuses on Marty McFly's future; picking up right from where we left off in the first movie.

 

This is a great sequel to a great time travel feature film. A fun continuation of the first installment, it tries to keep the inventiveness and novelty of its predecessor intact; arguably the reason most responsible for its success.

 

In addition, 'Back to the Future II' tries to offer something new despite having a far-fetched and slightly familiar plot.

 

Also, it thrives on its special effects and decent performances; each of which only helps it justify its position in this list.

 

 

15. About Time (2013)

 

About Time (2013)

 

Entity Detail
Title About Time
Year 2013
Watch time 123 min
Directors Richard Curtis
Cast Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Lydia Wilson
Box Office $15.32M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 55
Writers Richard Curtis
Music By Nick Laird-Clowes
Cinematography By John Guleserian
Costume By John Paul Kelly

 

Written and helmed by Richard Curtis, this motion picture stars Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, and Tom Hollander in prominent roles, and Margot Robbie in an extended cameo role.

 

The story follows the journey of Tim Lake, who, like all the men members in his family, holds the power to travel in time.

 

With the advice of his father, he uses his extraordinary ability to woo his romantic interest, Mary.

 

The meaning behind Tim's travel through time is sweet and is, therefore, rooted in the emotional journey of his character.

 

Needless to say, he travels back and forth through his private timeline, with the most distant trip being one to a boyhood day at the beach.

 

Richard Curtis builds one of the better time-traveling romantic comedies that cinema has ever seen.

 

While Gleeson is quite likable as Tim, Rachel McAdams is magically adorable herself as Mary in this one.

 

 

14. Arrival (2016)

 

Arrival (2016)

 

Entity Detail
Title Arrival
Year 2016
Watch time 116 min
Directors Denis Villeneuve
Cast Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg
Box Office $100.55M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 81
Writers Eric Heisserer
Music By Jóhann Jóhannsson
Cinematography By Bradford Young
Costume By Patrice Vermette

 

There have been several discussions about whether director Denis Villeneuve's science-fiction drama, 'Arrival', should even have a place on the list of time travel motion pictures.

 

Starring, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Tzi Ma in crucial roles, the film tracks the journey of a linguist who works with the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world.

 

Arrival's unusual handling of time features no physical time traveling. However, the idea of time's fluidity does play an increasingly larger role throughout its screenplay and ultimately makes it one of the more memorable works of science fiction this century.

 

Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner are the first-rate performers here and they are effectively aided by Jóhann Jóhannsson's moody musical score and Denis Villeneuve's brilliant handling of the subject.

 

 

13. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

 

Entity Detail
Title X-Men: Days of Future Past
Year 2014
Watch time 132 min
Directors Bryan Singer
Cast Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy
Box Office $233.92M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 75
Writers Simon Kinberg
Music By John Ottman
Cinematography By Newton Thomas Sigel
Costume By

Eve Boulonne

 

Helmed by Bryan Singer, 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' tells the story of how the X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a frantic effort to rewrite history and impede an event that results in ruin for both the humans and mutants.

 

Headlined by Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellen, this science-fiction drama talks about Wolverine traveling back in time through painful but powerful means.

 

The screenplay tracks a resistance that is flourishing in the shadows, but the lead character needs some time travel to set things straight in this one.

 

The story here is packed with likable characters and noteworthy action and is told rather well.

 

Add to that the fact that each of the characters and the actors portraying the same has been allotted the right amount of screen time in accordance with the need of the story.

 

 

12. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

 

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

 

Entity Detail
Title Edge of Tomorrow
Year 2014
Watch time 113 min
Directors Doug Liman
Cast Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson
Box Office $100.21M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 71
Writers Christopher McQuarrie
Music By Christophe Beck
Cinematography By Dion Beebe
Costume By Oliver Scholl

 

Based on the Japanese novel 'All You Need is Kill' by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, this Doug Liman directorial venture stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, and Brendan Gleeson in prominent roles and traces the journey of Major William Cage; a man who is forced onto the front lines for a major military operation against intruding aliens known as "Mimics."

 

However, since he is both untrained and unprepared for the battle, Cage is killed within minutes - only to wake up 24 hours earlier with no choice but to relive the same day over and over again.

 

The thrilling action sequences, clever sense of humor, and surprisingly intellectual storyline make 'Edge of Tomorrow' a fantastic film to be featured in this list.

 

Like numerous time travel or time loop stories, this film also banks on its heady exhibition and mind-bending science fiction notions that may perplex certain cine-goers.

 

 

11. Star Trek (2009)

 

Star Trek (2009)

 

Entity Detail
Title Star Trek
Year 2009
Watch time 127 min
Directors J.J. Abrams
Cast Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Leonard Nimoy
Box Office $257.73M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 82
Writers Roberto Orci
Music By Michael Giacchino
Cinematography By Dan Mindel
Costume By Scott Chambliss

 

Space was considered to be the final frontier until director J. J. Abrams's 'Star Trek' started toying around with the concept of time.

 

The film follows the story of James Kirk, an arrogant young man, and Spock, an alien with human and Vulcan blood; both of whom join the crew of the USS Enterprise to combat Nero, a member of the Romulan race who wants to demolish multiple planets.

 

In this latest example of the cinematic clock turning, the fundamentals of Gene Roddenberry’s iconic squad are disputed, thanks to some theory of alternate history infused in the screenplay.

 

This is a satisfying fast-paced feature film that will have the viewers cheering. The special effects here are mostly wonderful and can manage to leave the viewers in awe.

 

In addition, there is audacious and appropriately somber cinematography that works for the better part of the story.

 

 

10. Planet of the Apes (1968)

 

Planet of the Apes (1968)

 

Entity Detail
Title Planet of the Apes
Year 1968
Watch time 112 min
Directors Franklin J. Schaffner
Cast Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans
Box Office $33.40M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 79
Writers Michael Wilson
Music By Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography By Leon Shamroy
Costume By Norman Rockett

 

This Franklin J. Schaffner directorial venture makes the viewer imagine a world where apes run the show and humans are barbaric creatures stuffed in museums.

 

That is what welcomes a group of astronauts led by Taylor (Charlton Heston), who travel 2,006 years ahead, to the year 3978 A.D. However, they find themselves on a new planet where everything is overturned. This science-fiction flick paved the way for its cutting-edge makeup and prosthetics and set quite a benchmark for others to follow.

 

The depiction of Earth's distant future, where apes rule the planet, is done well in this motion picture.

 

It is inventive, enthusiastic, and concludes with one of the most visually impressive scenes in the history of science fiction cinema.

 

The direction here is as engaging as it is focused, and the background score is terrific, to say the least.

 

 

9. Groundhog Day (1993)

 

Groundhog Day (1993)

 

Entity Detail
Title Groundhog Day
Year 1993
Watch time 101 min
Directors Harold Ramis
Cast Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky
Box Office $70.91M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 72
Writers Danny Rubin
Music By George Fenton
Cinematography By John Bailey
Costume By David Nichols

 

Time travel doesn’t necessarily have to span hundreds of years to be a substantial plot aspect in a movie.

 

It can be for a few hours or just for a handful of seconds. In this Harold Ramis-helmed motion picture that stars Bill Murray in the lead, the screenplay follows Phil, a selfish weatherman, who goes to the town of Punxsutawney for an assignment.

 

However, he is left stunned when he wakes up the next morning and realizes that he is caught in a loop and that he is reliving the same day over and over again.

 

Even though the time travel in this Bill Murray comedy is limited to a single day, it does make the viewers contemplate as to what it is that they would do differently if they were given a chance to relive their past lives for the second time.

 

The simple but effective plot here is assisted brilliantly by Bill Murray's outstanding performance.

 

 

8. 12 Monkeys (1995)

 

12 Monkeys (1995)

 

Entity Detail
Title 12 Monkeys
Year 1995
Watch time 129 min
Directors Terry Gilliam
Cast Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Joseph Melito
Box Office $57.14M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 74
Writers Chris Marker
Music By Paul Buckmaster
Cinematography By Roger Pratt
Costume By Jeffrey Beecroft

 

This Terry Gilliam directorial venture is a critically acclaimed project that traces the journey of James Cole, a convict, who decides to volunteer for a mission wherein he has to travel back in time to learn about the central reason behind the outbreak of a virulent holocaust.

 

The feature film, which shows prisoners being used as "volunteers" and sent back in the past to try and save the future, has references to time, time travel, and monkeys are scattered throughout its screenplay.

 

Headlined by Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, and Madeleine Stowe, the plot of this science fiction motion picture has many details that require the viewer to sit through it more than once to fully comprehend the storyline.

 

Also, it goes without saying that '12 Monkeys' benefits from a splendid star cast, imaginative direction, and an atmospheric musical score; each of which works to its advantage.

 

 

7. The Terminator (1984)

 

The Terminator (1984)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Terminator
Year 1984
Watch time 107 min
Directors James Cameron
Cast Arnold Schwarz, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield
Box Office $38.40M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 84
Writers James Cameron
Music By Brad Fiedel
Cinematography By Adam Greenberg
Costume By Maria Caso

 

Director James Cameron's 'The Terminator' tells the story of a cyborg killer who is sent back in time to kill Sarah, a waitress, in a bid to stop her son who will wage a long war against his enemy in the future unless the course of history is amended for good.

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose stardom got an enormous push following the release of the Terminator series of movies, plays a killer cyborg who comes from the future to kill Linda Hamilton's Sarah so that she cannot give birth to the eventual leader of the human resistance.

 

Besides making James Cameron a huge name in the world of cinema, this motion picture also gave new meaning to a possible dark future that has the ability to give us nightmares.

 

This feature film has everything: action, romance, horror, sci-fi, some dark humor, and a well-built Arnold Schwarzenegger traveling back in time.

 

 

6. Donnie Darko (2001)

 

Donnie Darko (2001)

 

Entity Detail
Title Donnie Darko
Year 2001
Watch time 113 min
Directors Richard Kelly
Cast Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne
Box Office $1.48M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 88
Writers Richard Kelly
Music By Michael Andrews
Cinematography By Steven Poster
Costume By Alec Hammond

 

This Richard Kelly directorial venture tells the story of Donnie Darko, an awkward teenager who befriends Frank, a figure in a bunny costume whom only he can see.

 

The figure soon informs Donnie that the world will end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds.

 

This motion picture has been created in such a way that multiple explanations and fan theories have come up trying to decipher the sequence of events that ensue in the screenplay.

 

However, one primary explanation heavily revolves around the book Donnie gets from his teacher, 'The Philosophy of Time Travel', written by Roberta Sparrow.

 

Even though a difficult film to follow, this motion picture, besides pushing future star Jake Gyllenhaal into the mainstream, also meant a lot of different things to different viewers, thus, cementing its status as a cult time travel project.

 

 

5. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)

 

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)

 

Directed by Jay Oliva, 'Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox' is a direct-to-video animated film adaptation of the comic book crossover "Flashpoint" by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert.

 

The film traces the journey of The Flash, who finds himself in a war-torn alternate timeline and teams up with alternate versions of his fellow heroes to return home and restore the timeline. 'Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox' works brilliantly and is one of the better animated straight-to-video superhero movies of all time.

 

The colors used in this film are atmospheric, the music is haunting and elegant at the same time; giving power to the action scenes and more weight to the personal and rather dramatic events as they unfurl.

 

While the punchlines are smart and well written, the story is compelling right up to the very end and packs a solid emotional punch.

 

In addition, the action sequences have a great spirit to them, and the moral vagueness seen in the characters and storyline is interwoven very well.

 

 

4. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

 

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

 

Entity Detail
Title Avengers: Endgame
Year 2019
Watch time 181 min
Directors Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Cast Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
Box Office $858.37M
IMDb Rating 8.4
Metascore 78
Writers Christopher Markus
Music By Alan Silvestri
Cinematography By Trent Opaloch
Costume By Charles Wood

 

Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, 'Avengers: Endgame' is one of the biggest blockbusters in the history of movie-making.

 

This tent-pole feature film traces how after Thanos, an intergalactic warlord, disintegrates half of the universe, the Avengers are forced to reunite and assemble again to revitalize their trounced allies and restore balance.

 

Time travel in this extremely popular motion picture is based on a popular time travel theory in the field of quantum physics.

 

Even though the time travel plot might irk a few, one cannot help but enjoy the way it gives the characters a chance to revisit their earlier productions.

 

The climactic action is well worth the wait and beats the best of the best in terms of pure CGI spectacle and remarkable execution.

 

In addition, the emotional resolutions are great in this movie if you allow it to entertain you the way that it wants to.

 

 

3. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

 

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

 

Entity Detail
Title Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Year 1991
Watch time 137 min
Directors James Cameron
Cast Arnold Schwarz, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick
Box Office $204.84M
IMDb Rating 8.5
Metascore 75
Writers James Cameron
Music By Brad Fiedel
Cinematography By Adam Greenberg
Costume By Joseph C. Nemec III

 

The original Terminator had a great premise, but just seven years later, director James Cameron came with its sequel, 'The Terminator 2: Judgement Day', and blew everyone's mind again.

 

This feature film follows how a terminator is sent on a mission to kill Sarah's son, John Connor.

 

However, another cyborg, who was once after Sarah's life, has now been authorized to protect her son.

 

Needless to say, James Cameron upped the stakes in the second installment of The Terminator series, and rightfully so.

 

There was not just the blowing out of retinas with huger explosions and more CGI in this one, but there was also an attempt to grapple with the philosophical enigma of knowing if the future can discard humanity’s free will.

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Robert Patrick deliver a strong performance in this fantastic sequel that deserves its distinction as one of the best sequels ever produced.

 

 

2. Back to the Future (1985)

 

Back to the Future (1985)

 

Entity Detail
Title Back to the Future
Year 1985
Watch time 116 min
Directors Robert Zemeckis
Cast Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover
Box Office $210.61M
IMDb Rating 8.5
Metascore 87
Writers Robert Zemeckis
Music By Alan Silvestri
Cinematography By Dean Cundey
Costume By Lawrence G. Paull

 

This Robert Zemeckis-helmed cult classic tells the story of Marty; someone who travels back in time using a bizarre scientist's time machine.

 

However, he has to now make his high-school-aged parents fall in love with each other in order to return to the present.

 

Often called "the perfect film", 'Back to the Future' is regarded as one of cinema's most iconic time travel stories; one that still makes everyone inevitably come back to it while discussing matters of a worldly nature.

 

While Robert Zemeckis's direction is very good, the cinematography, scenery, and costumes are also wonderful as well.

 

That said, this motion picture doesn't necessarily adhere to reality, but, in fact, creates its own set of rules and follows them unfailingly.

 

And, this is precisely what makes Back to the Future a more than successful time travel story.

 

 

1. Interstellar (2014)

 

Interstellar (2014)

 

Entity Detail
Title Interstellar
Year 2014
Watch time 169 min
Directors Christopher Nolan
Cast Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy
Box Office $188.02M
IMDb Rating 8.6
Metascore 74
Writers Jonathan Nolan
Music By Hans Zimmer
Cinematography By Hoyte Van Hoytema
Costume By Nathan Crowley

 

This ambitious Christopher Nolan project is lauded as one of the finest motion pictures of the decade.

 

It tracks the exhilarating journey of a team of explorers that travels through a wormhole in space in an attempt to secure humanity's survival.

 

Featuring a cast headlined by popular actors like Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain, 'Interstellar' presents arguably the best manifestation of time travel demonstrated in any film.

 

However, it does give birth to a question that coerces the viewers into contemplating if the situation encountered by the lead character could be called time travel at all.

 

That said, Christopher Nolan also manages to forge a causal loop in the screenplay that appears to be self-explanatory.

 

Besides the concept and the performances, this feature film also banks on its excellent visual effects and an atmospheric soundtrack by Hans Zimmer to captivate the audience.

 

Also, the story and characters are the best that one could have thought of making them in this mind-blowing drama.

 

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