25 Best Time Travel Movies of All Time

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best time travel movies of all time

The time travel genre is a unique concept that fills the mind with mystery and science fiction mayhem. Time travel films allow audiences to visualize exotic locales and distant eras that they only read about in text books. Although technology hasn’t advanced enough for time travel in reality, this genre is supported by a constant flow of movies that keep enthralling masses. Here today we have compiled a list of the best time travel movies of all time that will surely mystify you in every way:


25. The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)

The Philadelphia Experiment

A critically acclaimed film, as well as reported to be based on a true story, this film’s true strength lies in its engaging plot, known to be far ahead of its time.

An escort to a United States Navy destroyer ship takes part in an experiment to test invisibility. However, two unsuspecting sailors caught in the cloaking get four decades into the future.


24. The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)

The Time Traveler’s Wife 2009

The Time Traveler’s Wife is a romantic sci-fi film based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Audrey Niffenegger. It is a touching story of romance between a librarian with a genetic mutation that causes him to time travel randomly and a girl that he meets during one of his trips to the past.

The films beautifully showcases the intertwined lives of the two lovers, and the unique complications of their marriage.


23. Déjà Vu (2006)

Déjà Vu

Another exquisite and beautifully crafted story, this movie certainly doesn’t disappoint at all. The story follows BATF agent Doug Carlin who is sent back four days in time to stop a devastating explosion, who decides to rescue the woman whose truck was used in the explosion, falling in love with her in the process.

It’s a film that is easy to get emotionally invested in.


22. Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

 Hot Tub Time Machine

The first comedy of this list, Hot Tub Time Machine features two friends and one of their nephews on holiday at a ski resort who are sent back in time due to a malfunction in a time machine.

Now the friends must do everything in their power to keep everything about this night exactly the same, so as not to interfere with the birth of the nephew.


21. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure 1989

The second comedy on this list, and a surprise hit of the late 1980’s, this film follows two apparently dumb high school students who are assigned a historical presentation. To prepare for this and complete the assignment, the two friends travel back in time to witness history being written firsthand.

A PG comedy, its amusing dialogue and witty jokes coupled with some fine acting make this film worthwhile.


20. Primer (2004)


Four friends and aspiring entrepreneurs, set out on a quest to build bigger and more technologically advanced and creative machines than the spell check they’ve invented together, begin to disagree over their new potential masterpiece.

A slightly more technical film, this is science fiction at its purest. It is mind-boggling to see the level of cinematic excellence that can be achieved with a mere $7,000 film budget.


19. Army of Darkness (1992)

Army of Darkness 1992

A sequel to the two Evil Dead movies, the series reprises Ash as the protagonist, who is sent back to the middle ages (around 1300 AD) to battle an army of the fallen and the dead so he can retrieve the lost treasure which is the Necronomican and finally return to his own time.

An interesting blend of horror and comedy, Army of Darkness was directed by none other than Sam Raimi – the same person who would go on to make the highly successful Spider Man trilogy and the critically acclaimed, Drag Me to Hell.


18. Triangle (2009)

Triangle 2009

A mystery-crime drama that exceeded expectations, Triangle is an original, well-written, and well-directed film that features an extremely tenebrous plot that forced audiences worldwide  to watch the film multiple times, simply to get a glimpse of what actually is happening.

The films starts with a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean that is subjected to some unexpected and mysterious weather conditions. The passengers board another boat but discover they are plagued by greater and graver danger on the open sea.


17. The Time Machine (1960)

The Time Machine 1960

An adventure and romance movie based on the novel of the same name by fantasy novelist extraordinaire HG Wells, the movie stars an Englishman of the Victorian era who travels to the distant future, only to discover there is a great divide between two factions of humankind.

A great film of its time; however, today sadly it might not live up to expectations because of its relatively poor animation and comically colorful costumes.


16. Time Crimes (2007)

Time Crimes

One of the more realistic (as far as time travel goes) movies of this list, Timecrimes is a thriller that shows the travel of a man back exactly one hour in time. The simple shift in the natural order of things causes a landslide of unforeseeable consequences.

This movie is perfect in the sense that every plot hole is covered with special attention to each and every detail, as well as accurately depicting the consequences of time travel.