Top 10 Time Travel  Movies: A Look at Best Time Travel You Need To Watch Right Now

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Time is one of the very few constants in life and a fascinating subject for both scientists and writers. While humans have been fascinated with the concept of time for as long as we have existed, the first book to mention the concept of time travel was published back in 1895 by H.G Wells called ‘The Time Machine’. While filmmakers wanted to implement such stories in movies for a long, due to technical difficulties, it was simply not possible at the time. However, since visual effects became a prominent part of movies, creative heads in Hollywood started experimenting with the concept of time in their stories and delivered some of the greatest movies made to date. Here, we will take you through the best time travel movies that you need to watch right now.

Back to the Future

IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

How can we start this list with any other movie than Back to the Future. When this movie came out back in 1985, it was way ahead of its time and created this entire genre by itself. This Science-Fiction film tells the story of Marty McFly, a teenager who travels back in time to 1955, accidentally preventing his parents from meeting. This changes the course of history, transforming his hometown into a dystopian society in the present day. Apart from being a great time travel movie, this happens to be one of the best comedy movies, and if you ask any kid from the 1980s (now in their 40s/late 30s) what their favorite movie was, there is a good chance that Back to the Future will be their go-to answer.

Cast Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, Christopher Lloyd as Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown, Lea Thompson as Lorraine Baines McFly, Crispin Glover as George McFly, Thomas F. Wilson as Biff Tannen, Claudia Wells as Jennifer Parker
Director Robert Zemeckis
Release date July 3, 1985
Running time 1 hour 56 minutes


IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

When Ethan Hawke’s name is attached to a project, you already know that it can’t be a regular movie. Predestination is a Science-Fiction film that tries to explore the mind-bending world of time travel like never before. The movie’s plot revolves around a time-traveling bartender, played by Ethan Hawke, on a mission to stop a terrorist. The film discusses the paradoxes associated with time travel and even challenges the concept of free will and determinism, leaving viewers to question whether their actions are truly their own or predetermined. Let us give you a heads-up that this movie is complex and not the kind where you can do other activities while watching. To keep track of the plot and appreciate its creativity, you will have to actively watch this one.

Cast Ethan Hawke as The Bartender, Sarah Snook as The Unmarried Mother, Noah Taylor as Mr. Robertson, Elise Jansen as Young Jane, Christopher Kirby as Agent Miles, Madeleine West as Mrs. Stapleton, Freya Stafford as Alice.
Director Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Release date March 8, 2014
Running time 1 hour 37 minutes


IMDb Rating: 7.4/10

Looper is one of those movies where the story itself is the hero, and everything else is just cherry on top. Set in the dystopian future of 2074, Looper shows a world where time travel has become a reality, but only for the criminal underworld. “Loopers” are hired assassins who use time machines to dispose of targets from the future. Their job essentially involves killing the target from the future and collecting the bounty for it. Joe, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a young looper, ends up getting the task to kill his future self, played by Bruce Willis, and what happens the rest is the story. While not being as complicated as some other time travel movies, this one delivers big time.

Cast Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Joe (Young), Bruce Willis as Joe (Old), Emily Blunt as Sara

Paul Dano as Seth, Noah Segan as Kid Blue, Piper Perabo as Suzie, Jeff Daniels as Abe, Pierce Gagnon as Cid

Director Rian Johnson
Release date September 6, 2012
Running time 1 hour 59 minutes

Men in Black 3

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10

While the Men in Black series is fondly remembered for the aliens, cool weapons, and well. Will Smith, the third installment in the series, explored the concept of time travel. In the movie, Agent J (Will Smith) has to travel back in time to save his partner, Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones), from an alien named Boris the Animal, who traveled back in time to 1969 and killed Agent K, changing the course of history. J follows Boris back to 1969 and teams up with a younger version of K (Josh Brolin) to prevent the assassination that would change everything. Men in Black 3 cleverly blends action, comedy, and science fiction. It explores themes of friendship and sacrifice while delivering plenty of laughs and memorable moments.

Cast Will Smith as Agent J, Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K, Josh Brolin as Young Agent K, Jemaine Clement as Boris the Animal, Emma Thompson as Agent O, Michael Stuhlbarg as Griffin, Alice Eve as Young Agent O
Director Barry Sonnenfeld
Release date May 14, 2012
Running time 1 hour 46 minutes

Edge of Tomorrow

IMDB Rating: 7.9/10

If you’ve ever had a recurring dream, you’d love this movie. In this Sci-Fi action movie, Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is trapped in a time loop, reliving the same day over and over again as he fights an alien invasion. Every time he dies, he has to restart the day. At first, Cage believes he is going crazy, but he soon realizes that he is trapped in a time loop. Then, he begins to use the loop to his advantage by learning from his mistakes and trying to find a way to defeat the Mimics. Cage also teams up with Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), a skilled soldier who has also been trapped in the loop. The unconventional storytelling makes for an exciting watch.

Cast Tom Cruise as Major William Cage, Emily Blunt as Sergeant Rita Vrataski, Bill Paxton as Master Sergeant Farrell, Brendan Gleeson as General Brigham, Noah Taylor as Dr. Carter, Kick Gurry as Griff, Jonas Armstrong as Skinner.
Director Doug Liman
Release date May 28, 2014
Running time 1 hour 53 minutes


IMDb Rating: 7.3/10

Tenet is the most mind-bending movie from Cristopher Nolan made to date and that is one difficult list to be at the top. The film follows The Protagonist (John David Washington), an unnamed CIA agent who is recruited by a mysterious organization called Tenet. This organization’s mission is to prevent a future world war that could bring about the end of time. To do this, they have to master the art of inversion, a process that allows objects and people to move backward in time. Let us clarify this up front: there is a chance that you might watch the whole movie and still not understand it fully till you rewatch it a couple of more times. Also, online research after the movie might help you digest its extremely complex plot. However, it is all worth it as the movie shows Nolan’s fascination with the concept of time and how he plays around with it is a work of art.

Cast John David Washington as The Protagonist, Robert Pattinson as Neil, Elizabeth Debicki as Kat

Kenneth Branagh as Andrei Sator, Dimple Kapadia as Priya, Michael Caine as Sir Michael Crosby, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Ives, Himesh Patel as Mahir.

Director Cristopher Nolan
Release date August 22, 2020
Running time 2 hours 30 minutes

Hot Tub Time Machine

IMDb Rating: 6.4/10

While the rest of the movies on this list are relatively serious (except Back to the Future), comedy movies have also explored the concept of time travel to great effect. The Hot Tub Time Machine follows four men who travel back in time to 1986 when they enter a time machine through a hot tub. They relive their glory days and try to fix their lives in the present. The film explores themes of friendship, second chances, and the consequences of one’s actions. The four men learn to appreciate each other more and realize that they can change their lives for the better. If you’re looking for a light-hearted movie with an interesting concept, this could be it.

Cast John Cusack as Adam Yates, Rob Corddry as Lou Dorchen, Craig Robinson as Nick Webber, Clark Duke as Jacob Yates, Chevy Chase as Repairman, Crispin Glover as Phil Wedmaier, Lizzy Caplan as April Drennan.
Director Steve Pink
Release date March 17, 2010
Running time 1 hour 39 minutes


IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

Interstellar is one of Cristopher Nolan’s most celebrated works to date and one of the movies that explores multiple scientific theories, most famously including time as a physical dimension. It depicts a group of astronauts who travel through a wormhole in space in search of a new home for humanity. While time traveling concept in this movie is not a conventional one, it does show how time spent in a particular physical space can pass at a different speed for someone in comparison to time spent for another person in a different physical space. As a result, the protagonist in this movie is able to meet his future generations despite staying roughly the same age. Interstellar is one of those movies that you keep thinking about much after the credits have rolled, and that’s a great compliment in itself.

Cast Matthew McConaughey as Joseph “Joe” Cooper, Anne Hathaway as Dr. Amelia Brand

Jessica Chastain as Murphy “Murph” Cooper (adult), Casey Affleck as Tom Cooper, Mackenzie Foy as Murphy “Murph” Cooper (young), John Lithgow as Donald, Michael Caine as Professor John Brand.

Director Cristopher Nolan
Release date October 26, 2014
Running time 2 hours 49 minutes

Deja Vu

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

Déjà vu is an intriguing movie that follows Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington), an ATF agent who is investigating a ferry bombing in New Orleans. He is soon recruited by a team of scientists who have developed a technology that allows them to see four days into the past. Using this technology, Carlin is able to identify the bomber and tries to stop him from carrying out his attack. The film’s time travel aspect is handled in a way that is both believable and suspenseful, and the film’s conclusion is both surprising and satisfying. While Denzel Washington displays his usual acting brilliance in the role of Doug, the direction in this movie is pretty on point as well.

Cast Denzel Washington as Doug Carlin, Paula Patton as Claire Kuchever, Val Kilmer as Agent Paul Pryzwarra, Jim Caviezel as Carroll Oerstadt, Adam Goldberg as Denny Zeitlin, Bruce Greenwood as Jack McCready, Elle Fanning as Abbey Atkins.
Director Tony Scott
Release date November 20, 2006
Running time 2 hours 6 minutes

The Adam Project

IMDb Rating: 6.7/10

One of the movies in this genre that often flies under the radar is The Adam Project. In this film, Adam Reed (Ryan Reynolds) is a time-traveling fighter pilot from 2050 who travels back in time to 2022 to meet his younger self (Walker Scobell). Together, they team up to save the future from a ruthless organization that is planning to destroy time travel. The film’s time travel aspect is based on the idea of wormholes, which are theoretical passages through spacetime that connect two different regions of spacetime. The film’s wormholes are depicted as being created by a technology that allows for travel to both the past and future. With a talented cast and an engaging storyline, this movie is a good watch.


Ryan Reynolds as Adam Reed, Mark Ruffalo as Adam Reed (older), Jennifer Garner as Ellie Reed (Adam’s wife), Walker Scobell as Young Adam Reed, Catherine Keener, Alex Mallari Jr.

Director Shawn Levy
Release date February 28, 2022
Running time 1 hour 46 minutes

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