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Films about Time Travel

Even though just about anybody believes that time travel is scientifically impossible, it is one of the most famously captivating themes for fantasy stories out there. Ever since H.G. Wells' The Time Machine (and the many subsequent movie versions), dream-makers have been returning to this fantastic theme again and again. The Back to the Future series revived the genre, and as huge a franchise as it was, didn't exhaust the potential at all.

The theme of time travel is an endless well of story ideas. It also provides you with a whole toolbox of plot devices - will you travel back to the past and meet yourself, as in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure? Will you explore what could have happened such as with Peggy Sue Got Married? Have to flee a terrifying killer robot from the future as in Terminator? Try desperately to save the world like in Twelve Monkeys? Or just join a rampaging horde of dwarfs as they ransack history for treasure, like in Time Bandits? Even with all these classics already done, there's still perhaps as many more unique stories in this genre yet to be told.

  • 1995 12 Monkeys
    12 Monkeys Director: Terry Gilliam
    Starring: Joseph Melito, Bruce Willis, Jon Seda, Michael Chance, Vernon Campbell
  • 2013 About Time
    About Time Director: Richard Curtis
    Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Lindsay Duncan
  • 1985 Back to the Future
    Back to the Future Director: Robert Zemeckis
    Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson
  • 1989 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Director: Stephen Herek
    Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, Terry Camilleri, Dan Shor
  • 2006 Click
    Click Director: Frank Coraci
    Starring: Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, Henry Winkler, David Hasselhoff
  • 2007 Premonition (2007)
    Premonition (2007) Director: Mennan Yapo
    Starring: Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon, Amber Valletta, Shyann McClure, Courtney Taylor Burness
  • 1978 Superman (1978)
    Superman (1978) Director: Richard Donner
    Starring: Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Ned Beatty
  • 2009 Time Traveler's Wife, The
    Time Traveler's Wife, The Director: Robert Schwentke
    Starring: Eric Bana, Rachel Mcadams, Ron Livingston, Jane Mclean, Arliss Howard
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