T3’s Top 10 Time Travel Movies

July 6, 2020

What is your favorite movie about time travel?

Time travel is an aspect that has been used by Hollywood in multiple movies since its inception. But only a few manage to weave in a compelling narrative all while making it entertaining and easy to understand at the same time.

It is also an element on film that is at times difficult to make, considering that you should take care of possible plotholes that you may encounter.

With Back to the Future’s 35th anniversary, we’ve rounded up some of the best movies that dealt with time travel. Most of these movies use time travel as a central plot and some of them actually reveal time travel was essential to the story without it being presented – so expect some spoilers if you haven’t seen some of these movies. 

X-Men: Days of Future Past – One of the best in the franchise, the movie masterfully brings back the characters from the old and new franchise in a fight for their survival.

Edge of Tomorrow – While it didn’t earn much at the box office, this movie about a man waking up in the past every time he dies never felt repetitive and managed to keep us on the ‘edge’ of our seats until the end.

Back to the Future Trilogy – Undoubtedly one of the best movies about time travel, many consider the first to be the best (which I agree), but I can’t just watch the first movie without watching the entire trilogy.

Avengers: Endgame – As a grand finale to the Infinity Saga storyline from Marvel Studios, it was time travel that enabled the heroes to bring back fallen comrades in a bid to finally defeat Thanos.

Happy Death Day – This clever, funny and at times scary narrative takes on a similar tone to Edge of Tomorrow, but with a lighter (and scarier) tone.

Interstellar – Nothing goes as scientific on time travel as Interstellar. This Nolan epic keeps the story grounded on science as a basis for time travel presented on a grand scale that only he can do.

The Terminator/Terminator 2: Judgement Day – This James Cameron action thriller became the pinnacle of how action movies were made in the 90s and of course doesn’t need any introduction.

Arrival – Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi film perfectly hides time travel as its main element on the plot. Instead, it will distract you with other plotlines, and by the time you put them together in the end, you’d be surprised how time travel was used.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – One of the highest rated movies in the franchise and directed by the incredible Alfonso Cuaron, this third movie in the billion-dollar franchise uses time travel as a primary element in its plot.

Looper – This Rian Johnson thriller brings a fresh take on action movies centered on time travel. Add to that the great performances of Joseph Gordon-Levitt who plays a yonder Bruce Willis and you got yourself a movie that thrills from start to finish.

I’m sure you have other time travel movies that you want to add to this list. Share them with us in the comments!

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.