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Top 10 Time Travel Movies

5. Somewhere in Time

This is grade-A barf level romance here, but it features a pre-accident Christopher Reeves in a non-Superman role and the concept of meditation time travel and transporting the mind rather than the body is unique and clever. Plus, that moment when he sees the penny … how can you not gasp?

4. 12 Monkeys

One of the quirkiest, creepiest time travel movies ever. Bruce Willis is brilliant as the borderline insane convict from the future and Brad Pitt is Oscar-worthy as the undeniably insane mental patient who brings about the end of the world.

3. Flight of the Navigator

If you were a kid in the 80s, this film blew your mind. Not only was it as finger-snapping fun as the Beach Boy’s song “I Get Around” that plays over an important scene, it also opened young minds to the concept of aliens, time travel, growing up, and childhood abandonment. YEAH Disney!

2. Primer

My personal favorite time travel movie, this flick was made for pennies and was written, directed, and starred the same dude from Texas. But this is no M. Night Shaymalan piece of garbage, this is a twisted, confusing, well-researched character drama inspired by the entrepreneurial geniuses who built the first personal computers in their garage. The time travel is practical and the implications and ramifications of their actions are awesome.

1. Back to the Future (Trilogy)

Come on, did you not see this coming? This is one of the best trilogies ever made. Does the science make sense? No, but time travel is impossible anyway, so let Robert Zemeckis take you on a skate-boarding, car-flying, time-traveling adventure with some of the best characters and moments ever put on film.

Honorable Mention
Star Trek VI: The Voyage Home – Because, who can resist a Star Trek slapstick comedy about saving whales?

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  • dnwilliams said
  • dalmatianjaws said

    Whoa, I totally forgot I wrote this list. A LOOOONG time ago, which is fitting.

    Time Crimes would totally get an honorable mention if I wrote it today … as would Hot Tub Time Machine

    And it’s a gross oversight that I didn’t include Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure … oh well.

    Why Bogus, DNW?

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  • Edge of Etiquette said

    ‘I hate you. I berate you.’

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Why, Edge of Etiquette?

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      • gd smith said

        Edge of Etiquette is the fictitious band responsible for the immortal “I hate You”. It was written for the Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home because the producers had wanted the punker to be listening to Duran Duran and one of the people involved in the soundtrack balked, saying they could make an authentic sounding hardcore punk record, that would be better and would save money on copyright control. They played the result to Leonard Nimoy and he loved it. It was also used in another film, though I’m not sure what it’s called.
        It features some very funny lines and is available on YouTube.

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  • dalmatianjaws said

    Just got out of Looper … DAMN that’s a good movie.

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  • dalmatianjaws3000 said

    Dear DalmatianJaws,

    I am you – but from the year 3000. Don’t ask me how you end up living so long. That’s not important right now.

    What IS important, is that you eat at Subway tomorrow. At precisely 12:46pm have a turkey-ham, on wholewheat, with a drizzle of honey mustard dressing, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

    A TASTE adventure.



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    • dalmatianjaws said


      That sounds incredible. My mouth looks forward to the future.



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  • mysteryinc. said

    Must give hnourable mention to “Frequency” which provides warnings about playing with the past.

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