10 Best Time Travel Movies of All Time

The one aspect of science which has intrigued humans since science has flourished is time travel. Still after so many centuries of advancements and delving deep into extremes of discoveries, time travel has not been possible practically. But we did it in our minds. And so did some intelligent filmmakers, who not only imagined it, but also, put their vision on screen.

Let’s turn the pages of history and list down the list of best time travel movies of all time. You might be able to find some these good time travel movies on Netflix. You would see films from years 2014, 2011 etc. No films from recent years 2016, 2017 or 2018 feature on this list.


10. Donnie Darko (2001)

This Richard Kelly-directed-film tells us about a carefree teenager, who sees a big rabbit, who informs him about the universe. The film, on a whole, is more a problem, which has to be solved by the audiences, than an experience. The movie is full of twists and turns, which has garnered a cult following for itself, and has risen Jake Gyllenhaal as an actor, after his ‘October Sky’.

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9. Midnight in Paris (2011)

The film knits together time travel and romance as closely as it can. We see two characters – Gil (Owen Wilson) and Inez (Rachel McAdams) in a relationship and a few weeks away from marriage, but they can hardly understand that they are not slightly like each other, Gil being more romantic, who is satisfied by subtle feelings and long night walks, and Inez more materialistic, being attracted to rich men and extravagant things. After then, what happens is way beyond what we could have imagined. Gil travels back in time to the era where Fitzgerald and Hemingway lived and gets addicted to it, whereas Inez goes to parties and makes merry with other men. Gil and Inez slowly get separated and they call off their relationship. And we are left to think that perhaps, this has been good for both of them. Allen writes, directs, films and makes a movie, which has nothing to be disliked in it.

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8. Predestination (2014)

Predestination is a narrative that boldly emphasizes on the pun; Time travel never gets old. Born of German, the young directors, Spierig brothers constructed a timeless in the form of Predestination which garnered ridicules, but not before being called zeitgeists. The extent to which the Germans were willing to risk their careers bore so high to them that they created an almost surreptitiously magnificent examinee. Adapted from the 1959 short novel by Robert Heinlein, the film bares impeding resemblance to Spielberg’s Minority Report, based on a 1956 Philip Dick story. It’s venerably interesting to note how both movies drew timeline from the 1960’s. One of the underrated but top time travel movies.

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7. Source Code (2011)

From Duncan Jones, who previously directed ‘Moon’, ‘Source Code’ is such a science fiction movie which leaves us more than perplexed at the end. Jake Gyllenhaal’s Colter Stevens is a pilot and a part of secret program of the government, by which he is given to relive the last few minutes in the life of another man, who died in a train explosion. Stevens is needed to learn the identity of the bomber, but when he takes up the task, he sees many things are at stake, the least available being time. ‘Source Code’ gives a new twist to the time travel movies we are used to seeing, and does so brilliantly.

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6. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Chaos theory is such a mind-boggling theory when it comes to Mathematics, which tells us that a small event at some place could lead to influential events far away. And when Eric Bress and Mackye Gruber made this theory into a film, obviously that was going to be something we hadn’t seen before. We see Evan (Ashton Kutcher), a teenager, who frequently blacks out due to unbearable headaches and is transferred to the past, where he can make alterations to his life and of others too. But when he finds out that small changes in the past can drastically change the present, Evan finds himself in macabre parallel realities. It is not a perfect film, but it is a damn interesting one.

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