Time – the destroyer of youth; Milk spoiler; The oldest and deadliest enemy of humanity. Yet in films we can easily win time: running it back and forth, observing the future or the past through a simple edit Filmmakers travel constantly, so there are so many films where this trick becomes intriguing.

But unfortunately for their protagonist, the best time travel films often show us that the prison of time is inappropriate. When these heroes seem to have found a way, from natural worms to constructive machines, their faces are usually shown to be predetermined: often they get stuck in the loops of time, or just die. Time and death are close companions.

Of course, this chaos translates into mind-blowing entertainment for the viewer, so without further ado, let’s present our picks for the best time travel movies.

Terminators 1 and 2

Terminator . Others 2 There are really quite different movies. At first, Arnie – the Terminator – is a bad guy. She has been sent in time by our Machine Oral Ordnance to kill a woman who will give birth to a child who will lead human resistance to victory. The human resistance is sent back to stop Arnie. It’s a dark and strange story: a classic action film made on a strict budget. The second, by contrast, is the big-budget extravagance, which shows the biggest special effects in movie history compared to their time. Here, Arnie, now a blockbuster star, sought to play the role of a good man: he’s still a robot, but he’s defending the key-baby from the icy, and more advanced, T-1000 robot.

La Jetty

The most famous art house film about time travel, La Jetty To save the future, and to find the truth behind the traumatic memory of his past, he follows a man sent back from a post-World War II distopia. Just 28 minutes long, the film is a simple series of black and white photographs placed on a smoking narrative, yet it is captivating. Terry Gilliam turned it around 12 monkeys, A poisonous, colorful caper starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt, the same weird but different film nowadays.


This modern scientific classic follows the alien “arrival” of the giant, peaceful, royal-embedded squid. Before geopolitical squabbles could escalate the situation into a nuclear exchange, Amy Adams should translate Squid’s royal petitions into American English. (Spoiler: It deals with time travel.) This is visually stunning film based The story of your life, Ted Chiang’s short, one of the best living scientific writers. The movie is a great introduction to his writing.

Groundhog Day

A classic featuring Bill Murray in his Baked Best. Murray plays a jerky newsman who wakes up one morning to find that he’s stuck in a time loop on Groundhog Day (and, yes, that’s the word he’s from). Fear now gives way to joy as he realizes that he is now omniscient. He then gives way to boredom because he lives in an infinite number on the same day, and why Murray should be given out. Yet a moving and thoughtful caddy.


If you really want to get into the nuts and bolts of time travel, this is really the time travel movie to beat it all. Two engineers accidentally find an “A-to-B” functional loop side effect: they can basically travel short distances, and start using it to make a lot of money in the stock market. It takes a lot of technical and philosophical on the effects of the subsequent travel period.


Looper There is only one tight, weird film action film in the air: an exciting world, with fun and interesting characters, sketched just under two hours. Joseph Gordon Levitt plays the role of a contract killer who kills and disposes of his targets in the past, in order to avoid future investigations. Bruce Willis plays his old man, who is tasked with killing Levitt. The fact that the aspect of time travel is real is not really the point of the film: it is a direct contradiction of the writer Ryan Johnson. Primer, Where the rules of time travel are so important; Looper Instead it was intended as a character-driven thriller.

your name

One of the highest grossing anime films ever, your name A crisp, always a little hollow affair, but neo skeptical fantastic entertainment. Two school children exchange corpses every day, quarrel over scattering each other’s lives, then eventually fall in love. They must fight over time to save the city from a catastrophic disaster. The animation is gorgeous, painterly and fluid, the music of the Redwims is a bright earworm pop, and the story is a real blur.

Inland area

Where time travels Tenet In most cases was not explained Inland area Nolan seems really interested in teaching his audience, and does an admirable job showing some of the effects of Inines’ general relativity theory. The dialogue of the movie may be a little saccharine and vidipid, but a visit to the mountain-planet of the waves, where years go by for a minute, is a great part of the cinema, worth the entrance alone.

Donnie Darko

A cult classic that brought Jack Gillenhall great fame. It’s one of those high-concept films that bombards you with Laurie, but not really as smart as he thinks. It’s better to just sit back and let it wash over you, of course, including Frank, the iconic black rabbit, who tells Gilenhal that the world will end in 28 days. It is also an important work of art in a particular section of millennial culture: any General Z cultural critique trying to understand millennial neuroses should definitely add this film to their research.

Planet of the Apes

Original Planet of the Apes There’s a weird weird movie – now there’s something ambiguous about ape: artificial makeup techniques by artist John Chambers were revolutionary at the time. But while the predecessor with Andy Circus is definitely full of more action, the original has to make the list because it has the most iconic time travel “twist” in cinema. Charlton Heston’s final revelation when he broke his fist on the beach at the end of the film was loudly markedly dead. The Simpsons. (Which also made a wonderful musical adaptation of the film.)

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