10 Time Travel Movies That Will Make You Question Everything
We've rounded-up 10 thrillers, comedies and romances to help you grapple with the big question: would you change the past if you could?
If you were the only person capable of stopping a tyrant, would you? Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star as the same mob hitman at different ages in this time travel crime film. Looper goes from good-to-great when the two unexpectedly meet up after crashing into the same timeline. Emily Blunt rounds out the cast in this thrilling look at how the trauma of the past can have devastating consequences on the future.
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About Time (2013)
Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) learns about the talent he’s inherited from the men in his family: the ability to time travel. But there’s a catch: he can only go back to a time he has been to before. This skill makes for gleeful living as he romances love interest Rachel McAdams, but things get harder when he has to face the rules and consequences of seriously altering timelines. Tear-jerking, sweet and thought-provoking, About Time is everything you need to contemplate life.
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12 Monkeys (1995)
Based on the famous French art film La Jetée, this one-of-a-kind Bruce Willis thriller sees the iconic ’90s action star trying his best to prevent a global health pandemic with apocalyptic consequences. All his zipping through time has allowed him to witness his desperate future, but if you see violence happen in advance, are you still able to prevent it?
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The Terminator (1984)
This sci-fi classic made stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton—as well as writer-director James Cameron—household names. The Austrian strongman plays a ruthless cyborg assassin sent back in time to prevent the young hero of a future rebellion from ever being born. His mission: to kill the boy’s mother, Sarah Conner (Hamilton).
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Somewhere in Time (1980)
Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour moved audiences in this romance about an actress and a playwright brought together in a hotel that seems to offer a portal through time. Reeve plays the modern man who feels a sense of déjà vu when he gazes on Seymour’s photo, an actress from a bygone era. He finds himself obsessed with meeting her and gets the chance after researching time travel via hypnosis. Watch out for your heartstrings when the two encounter one another in unexpected ways.
Source Code (2011)
Jake Gyllenhaal plays a man on a train who’s inexplicably forced to relive the same terrorist attack over and over again. As he struggles to figure out the mastermind behind the terrible event, another passenger (Michelle Monaghan) becomes a part of his pursuit.
The Lake House (2006)
At the lake house she is renting for the summer, a doctor (Sandra Bullock) discovers that she can correspond with the property’s previous tenant, an architect (Keanu Reeves), through the mailbox. The twist? The two would-be lovers are actually living at separate points in time: he in 2004 and she in 2006. Things get even more complicated when the lost souls hatch a plan to meet one another.
Infamous for its complex plot, Interstellar is nevertheless enjoyable because of its mix of sci-fi action and unpredictable twists. While featuring space ships, portals, wormholes and yes, time travel, Interstellar is really anchored by the relationship between Joseph Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and his daughter Murphy (Jessica Chastain and Mackenzie Foy), who are both tasked with saving the human race.
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Back to the Future (1985)
This ’80s classic is forever beloved and always watchable. Everyone has fun watching Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) come face-to-face with his parents back when they were in high school. Things get awkward when his own mom (Lea Thompson) starts to fall for him. This trip back to the ’50s offered nostalgic fun and Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown plays up crazy scientist antics perfectly.
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Midnight in Paris (2011)
This nostalgic love story follows Gil Pender (Owen Wilson), an American screenwriter and aspiring novelist who idealizes the past. Pender wanders around Paris before being mysteriously transported to the city in the 1920s. Soon, he finds himself hobnobbing with Gertrude Stein, Salvador Dali, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Midnight in Paris is a charming and melancholy look at always longing for a place and time beyond the one you’re in.
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