As a big fan of space and movies about time travel, you could say I am a self-professed expert on the matter. Time travel movies are some of the most watched and loved genres of films so there were no shortage of amazing candidates. They transcend the idea of the present and show us an alternative reality, the future, the past and even another dimension of a world we never even thought to have imagined.
Some of the most iconic movies in history are time travel movies. With a good time travel movie often comes the premise of an apocalypse or destruction of some kind. Each time travel movie plays on the same idea of the "what" question. "What if" dinosaurs never went extinct? "What will" happen if we all move to the moon? Even if it has a dramatic or thrilling narrative, humor can also be peppered in throughout the best time travel movies. Either way, traveling in time is hilarious, dangerous and innovative. To be more clear, it truly is awesome.
One of the reasons why this genre is so appealing is because it can seem so real. It seems that if you can believe it enough that maybe this idea, in the movie, will actually be our past, present or future one day. This genre shows us the endless possibilities of perhaps a glimpse of our own reality! Cool, right?
The next time you want to binge watch time travelling movies, this list is all you need! If I haven't sold you, you'll never be sold, but you'll be missing out on some of cinema's classics, as time travel movies are the best.
Below I've complied a list of the top 10 greatest time travel movies EVER. While there are actually tons more, here are my personal favorites!
10 Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
9 Donnie Darko (2001)
8 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
7 Planet of the Apes (2001)
6 Midnight in Paris (2011)
5 Groundhog Day (1993)
4 12 Monkeys (1995)
3 Star Trek (2009)
2 The Terminator (1984)
1 Back to the Future (1985), Back to The Future Part 2 (1989), Back to the Future Part 3 (1990)
Could you imagine a time travel list without a movie that literally has future in the title? #1 on the list goes to Back to The Future (...and Back to The Future Part 2 and Back to the Future Part 3). Director Robert Zemeckis does an absolutely fantastic job by essentially creating one of the first time traveling to the future movies! This movie is about a young man (Michael J. Fox) who is, by accident sent back thirty years into the past in a "time-traveling" DeLorean invented by Dr. Emmett Brown. However, while in the past, Fox threatens the relationship of his high school parents and thus puts his very existence in jeopardy! In a race to unite his parents, Fox is able to change aspects of the past, though he doesn't necessarily create a better future.
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