The Best Time Travel Films

Welcome to the best Time Travel films list! These sci-fi/fantasy films are always popular with proper film buffs, especially if it involves imagining how the future would be like, but also taking a glimpse into the past. Find your favourite films and characters in our Time Travel films list, and if you want more you can always check out the extensive library of Science Fiction & Fantasy films. We've compiled a list with some of the best Time Travel films, and we guarantee you'll find something you like. Between classics and some newly released films, you can enjoy in the stories to the fullest.
  • Back to the Future: Part 1 (1985)

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    1h 51min

    Back to the Future trilogy could be the ultimate fun-filled time travel package. Set, and released, in 1985, teenager Marty McFly is about to go on an unexpected adventure across time - or better said back in time to 1955.  Aboard the plutonium-powered DeLorean created by eccentric genius Doc Emmett Brown, Marty accidentally keeps his parents-to-be from falling in love... and it's up to him to change the course of history! This film is truly one of the modern comedy classics and one of director Robert Zemeckis's best-known works which also won Academy Award for Best Sound Effects Editing.

  • Galaxy Quest (1999)

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    1h 42min

    While Galaxy Quest started as a Star Trek parody, the film gained a quick cult following and is beloved by most of the sci-fi fans out there. The story follows a cast of a cancelled sci-fi series. Twenty years later, aliens under attack have mistaken the Galaxy Quest television transmissions for "historical documents" and beamed up the crew of has-been actors to save the universe. This is probably the film with the least time travel potential on the list as the Omega 13 device sends its user 13 seconds into the past but it's a comedy that should be on everyone's to watch list. Find out more about the fictional crew with featurette 'Never Give Up. Never Surrender: The Intrepid Crew of the NSEA Protector'.

    Director:
    Dean Parisot
    Cast:
    Tim Allen, Joe Frank, Sigourney Weaver
    Genre:
    Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

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    99 minutes

    If you had a chance to start over would you do things differently? Time travel films often play with this concept in different ways. One of those films is Peggy Sue Got Married, a comedy drama directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Kathleen Turner. Peggy Sue gets the chance to dwell on her life when she faints at a high school reunion and in her own past, just before she finished school. This is the period when we make a lot of choices that later affect our lives, so will Peggy Sue take the chance and change hers... Rent Peggy Sue Got Married on DVD and find out! The film was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Actress, Best Cinematography, and Best Costume Design.

  • Midnight in Paris (2011)

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    90 minutes

    At first you may wonder is Midnight in Paris a time travel film, but the answer is yes. That is why this Woody Allen's title is on the best Time Travel films list. Some of the great cast members worth mentioning are Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Adrien Brody, and so on.  A successful Hollywood screenwriter (Wilson) is struggling with his first novel while on vacation in Paris with his fiancé (McAdams). Where's the time travel you might say... Well, every day at midnight he finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s where he meets extraordinary people including Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald. The film is enchanting and according to many critics, Allen's best work in recent years.

    Director:
    Woody Allen
    Cast:
    Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates
    Genre:
    Romance
    Availability:
    DVD
  • Timecop (1994)

    94 minutes

    Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as Max Walker in this sci-fi thriller entry to the best Time Travel films list. Walker is an officer for a security agency that regulates time travel. The film mixes action with special effects, romance and murder, ideal for an action/time travel film night. Timecop was released in 1994, and the plot is set in 2004 where time travel is not only a reality, but an opportunity to alter the past for power and profit. Unfortunately for many, this still isn't possible. Interesting fact: Timecop remains Van Damme's highest-grossing film, and a direct-to-DVD sequel Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision was later released, starring Jason Scott Lee and Thomas Ian Griffith.

    Director:
    Peter Hyams
    Cast:
    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver
    Genre:
    Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

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    94 minutes

    Imagine if your hot tub became a time machine, and you'll imagine a bit of what this film brings to the best Time Travel films list. Hot Tub Time Machine is a comedy starring John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke. Four friends share a crazy night of drinking in a malfunctioning ski resort hot tub, revisiting the place that once was their number 1 place to party because they're bored with their adult lives, only to wake up in 1986. This is their opportunity to kick some past and change their futures. A sequel, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, was released five years after the original with the mainly same cast.

    Director:
    Steve Pink
    Cast:
    John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson
    Genre:
    Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

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    103 minutes

    Romantic film and time travel? Yes, please! We've got it all on the best Time Travel films list. Eric Bana plays Henry DeTamble, a man who has a gene that allows him to involuntarily time travel. Rachel McAdams is Clare Abshire, an artist who shares deep emotional bond with Henry. Claire as his wife must deal with Henry's frequent absences and dangerous experiences. This romantic drama is based on Audrey Niffenegger's novel of the same name. The film is directed by Robert Schwentke who later went on to directed The Divergent series among other projects. Check out Blu-ray for the very special feature of an unconventional love story – Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana explore the defining moments in their characters' relationship.

    Director:
    Robert Schwentke
    Cast:
    Eric Bana, Michael Bell, June Christopher
    Genre:
    Drama, Romance
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Jacket (2005)

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    98 minutes

    Next up on the best Time Travel films list is The Jacket, psychological thriller/horror film partly based on the Jack London novel of the same name. Gulf War veteran Jack Starks (Adrien Brody) returns to his native Vermont suffering from amnesia. Upon his return, he is wrongly accused of murdering a police officer and sent to a mental institution for insane criminals, where he becomes the object of Dr. Becker's (Kris Kristofferson) experiments. The Jacket has a quite talented cast including Keira Knightley, Daniel Craig, and Jennifer Jason Leigh; a strong point for sci-fi and fantasy films. Get it on DVD and indulge even more with The Look of The Jacket: Special Effects Featurette.

    Director:
    John Maybury
    Cast:
    Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Daniel Craig
    Genre:
    Thrillers, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
    Availability:
    DVD
  • The Butterfly Effect (2004)

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    1h 55min

    The Butterfly Effect is a psychological thriller that focuses on Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher) who has lost crucial memories, scarred by terrifying situations. Since childhood, Treborn suffers blackouts during significant events of his life, but he also realises that by reading his diaries he can go back in time. The title refers to the butterfly effect, an example of chaos theory which illustrates how small differences may lead to unforeseen consequences. As Evan tries to change events in the past, he starts to lose grip of reality. Alongside Kutcher, Amy Smart stars as Evan's childhood sweetheart Kayleigh Miller. Rent it on DVD and Blu-ray to unlock more interesting content such as Beyond the Movie: The Science and Psychology of the Chaos Theory - The History and Allure of Time Travel Fact Track.

    Director:
    Eric Bress
    Cast:
    Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Melora Walters
    Genre:
    Collections, Thrillers, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Lake House (2006)

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    94 minutes

    The Lake House is one of the more unusual entry for the best Time Travel films list. This is a romantic drama starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. A lonely doctor Kate Forster starts to correspond with the architect, both owners of the lake house at one time. With every letter feelings between the two grow stronger, but it's quite a long-distance relationship, to say the least. Somehow, they live two years apart. The film is a remake of the South Korean motion picture Il Mare, and it reunites Reeves and Bullock for the first time since they co-starred in Speed. The Lake house is ideal for a film night with plenty of feel-good romance, and if you more check out DVD and Blu-ray editions that include additional scenes and outtakes.

    Director:
    Alejandro Agresti
    Cast:
    Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Christopher Plummer
    Genre:
    Drama
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
We hope you'll enjoy in these titles as we believe these are some of the best Time Travel films out there. If you're in need of more science fiction and fantasy fun, try browsing our extensive collection of over 90,000 titles, and don't forget you can rent DVD and Blu-ray with our Free Trial offer!

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