Time travel is a plot device used in countless forms of media, often because it allows the writers to change and reroute the story as much as they want without any real consequences, which means that it’s fairly easy to find a time travel theme in bad films. At the same time, when done correctly, time travel can used to create a unique, compelling story that has the viewer second-guessing everything that’s being shown to them.
For those wanting to watch a good film based on the premise of travelling through space and time, these are some of the very best.
5. The Terminator
No time travel list would be complete without the famous action series, one that still very much holds up to this day. The titular Terminator, played by the brilliant Arnold Schwarzenegger, is sent back in time in order to kill his target in the first movie, and then to save him in the second.
The action sequences are second to none, the characters are unforgettable, and it’s a true action classic that anyone that’s a fan of 80s cinema will want to give a watch.
4. Back To The Future
Back To The Future is considered a true science fiction classic, and follows the adventures of Doc and Marty as they do everything they can to fix the past by fixing the past.
It’s a light-hearted comedy starring the excellent Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd as they fly through time using the DeLorean. Marty is tasked with making his parents fall in love once again in order to repair the present and set things right.
3. Edge of Tomorrow
A newer sci-fi film that mixes time travel with action with a start-studded lead, Edge of Tomorrow is the story of a deserting soldier that’s forced to fight in a war against an alien species.
The main character, played by Tom Cruise, is killed during his first day out but quickly finds himself being sent back an entire day. Every time he dies, he’s sent back, and he quickly finds out that he’s been given a unique power that may allow him to change the outcome of the war with the help of some allies.
2. Planet of The Apes (1968)
Planet Of The Apes is regarded by many as one of the greatest movies ever made, and offers a twist ending that was unheard of at the time, and which so many other films and entertainment options have tried to replicate, although usually without the same success.
Set on a world controlled by intelligent apes, we follow an astronaut as he gets captured and then fights his way to freedom, only to find out at the end of the movie that he wasn’t quite on the alien planet that he had initially thought he had crash landed on.
1. Groundhog Day
With Bill Murray at the lead, Groundhog Day is not just a movie about a man repeating the same day over and over, but one that also offers its viewers a few different lessons to learn.
It’s a funny, endearing movie that offers Bill Murray at his best along with plenty of memorable scenes.