10 Best Time-Travel Movies

Looper is just the latest in a long tradition of movies that have challenged the boundaries of the space-time continuum (and our brains).
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Looper is just the latest in a long tradition of movies that have challenged the boundaries of the space-time continuum (and our brains).
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Looper is just the latest in a long tradition of movies that have challenged the boundaries of the space-time continuum (and our brains).

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Best Badass Retro Flick

Planet of the Apes (1968): Incontrovertible proof that any movie can work, provided it stars Charlton Heston as an astronaut (and monkeys).

Best Movie, Period

Back to the Future (1985): Hoverboards! Cowboys! The constant threat of incest! We defy you to name one awesome thing this trilogy did not have.

Best for Bros

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989): In case you’ve always wondered what The Matrix might have been like if Neo had taken the blue pill, and that pill had turned out to be acid, here you go.

Best for Edward Furlong Fans

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991): This movie makes us wish we could go back in time just to warn everyone that the Terminator would one day rule California. When Schwarzenegger said “I’ll be back," that is totally not what we thought he meant.  

Best for Chainsaws

Army of Darkness (1992): The third installment of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy starred the mighty Bruce Campbell and his even mightier chin, traveling into the past to do battle with the deadites. It's not traditionally considered a time travel movie in its own right, but fuck tradition - we'll always find an excuse to include Evil Dead on any list.

Best Cheesy ActionFlick

Timecop (1994): Jean-Claude Van Damme this movie was good! (Ugh, sorry. We're the worst.)

Best Classic

12 Monkeys (1995): This will always be the best Bruce Willis time-travel film, no matter how many Loopers sequels he does—and we’re fairly sure there’s a clause in his contract that requires a minimum of 4.

Best for Introverted Creeps

Donnie Darko (2001): All those weird, lonely members of the trenchcoat mafia can’t be wrong, right? RIGHT?

Best Movie Featuring Eric Stoltz as a Child Molester

The Butterfly Effect (2004): We were surprised to see an Ashton Kutcher movie on a best-of list, too. Though in reality we just needed 10 items for this list, and Hot Tub Time Machine wasn’t cutting it.

Best for People Who Like Bad Movies

Source Code (2011): Thanks, Source Code, for ruining train rides for us forever. This movie was like a crappy, un-funny version of Groundhog Day. WE DIDN'T THINK THAT WAS POSSIBLE.

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