Time travel involves moving either forward or backwards in time with the use of a time machine of some kind, especially in movies and books. There have been many great time travel movies over the years. This is a list comprised of just 8 of the best.
The List (in no particular order):
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. It’s fun seeing the crew of the star-ship Enterprise wander through modern day, 1986 America (modern for the time period during which this film was made), which was the past for them. They journey back in time to bring back two humpback whales to 2286 so that the Earth isn’t destroyed because of a probe that traveled to Earth to speak to a humpback whale and it wasn’t leaving until it did speak to one. However, under time constraints, the crew was able to get back to their time period, to allow the whales to speak to the probe. The probe then left and no longer threatened the Earth.
Back to the Future Trilogy (1985, 1989, 1990). A classic series, known for it’s use of a DeLorean sports car and the phrase “Great Scott”. The films are based around messing something up in the past (or in the second film’s case, the future) and having to go back/forward to fix it. The third film focuses on Marty going all the way back to 1885 to save Doc and bring him back to 1985. Michael J. Fox’s film career was started off the success of these movies.
Terminator 1 & 2 (1984 & 1991) Another classic series, well the first two installments of the series anyway. This series is centered around Skynet and their use of cyborgs. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a cyborg, T-800, sent back in time to kill the mother of John Connor. In the second movie, he plays the same character but with the exact opposite goal, saving John Connor from the T-1000 played by the talented Robert Patrick.
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Time Bandits (1981) Kevin, the main character, gets kidnapped by some dwarves. He also gets to meet some historical people, like Napoleon, Agamemnon, and Robin Hood. Kevin finds out that Robin Hood is a bit of a jerk.
Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness (1993) The Necronomicon sends main character Ash back in time to the Middle Ages. He’s able to battle the undead with the help of some science textbooks in the trunk of his car. His trusty chainsaw and shotgun come in handy too.
Groundhog Day (1993) Phil, played by Bill Murray, gets stuck in a time loop and is the only one aware of it. The fact that he has to live the same day over and over again depresses him. He starts to get more and more desperate trying to end the loop.
Edge of Tomorrow (2014) This movie is like a video game. Only there’s no chance to save your progress. Every time you die, you have to redo everything you went through already. You feel William Cage’s pain every time he dies when you hear some of the same dialogue and he has to go through meeting the same people again and again.
The Time Machine (1960) based off the novel by H.G. Wells, the book got everyone curious about time travel, and the movie set the tone for all later time travel movies.
I realize this list has more than 8, but with so many awesome time travel movies, it’s hard to only come up with 8 films.