Top 15 Must-Watch Time Travel Movies Of All Time: Doctor Strange, Interstellar And More

Aesha |Dec 04, 2019

Want some recommendations for films of science-fiction genre? Check out top 15 time travel movies that are considered the most iconic of all time.

Time travel is among the most fascinating topics since the beginning of mankind. When humans started forming the notion of future and memory from the past, it lessens the desire to stay in the now.

Doctor Strange

Everybody has always aspired to go back to some points in their life where they can undo the old actions and fix things they find flawed. They also have that urge to travel forward in the future to foresee what would happen, because human’s nature is curiosity, isn’t it? Sci-fi movies have, therefore, harped on the time machines concept which is able to assist man to achieve those dreams.

Take a look at top 15 time-travel movies that have hit the screens and created a buzz among the audience.

1. Donnie Darko


The main character of the film, Donnie Darko, is an odd kid from high school who befriends with a rabbit that can be seen by only him. The bunny tells Donnie that the world is going to an end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds.

The movie stars top brilliant actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ashley Tisdale, and Seth Rogen.

2. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

Bill And Teds Excellent Adventure

Another time travel story of highschool kids wherein they do not find studying interesting. Hence, they try to create a time machine in order to go back in time and alter the history report so they would not be sent to military school.  A lot of huge historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon, Genghis Khan, Socrates and more are relived in this movie.

The movie assures you an amazing experience as the cast includes the ever adored actor Keanu Reeves.

3. Doctor Strange

Just like the concept of all Marvel movies, Doctor Strange is about carrying out an important mission of saving the world. Then again, you are assured with a visual effect treat like all of the rest. Another thing that makes the Benedict Cumberbatch starrer interesting is the skill to control time and use it as the superpower.

4. Flight of the Navigator

Flight Of The Navigator

A 12-year-old kid named David is knocked out and then wakes up realizing the surprising fact that it is already eight years later. What confusing is David does not age even a little. A scientist from NASA is the person who finds out the reality.

5. X-Men: Days of Future Past


For this installment, Wolverine is delivered back to the past so as to forfend the zombie apocalypse. It is not really a unique storyline but still, the movie is a fun one to watch.

6. Star Trek: First Contact

Star Trek First Contact

The negative character Borg goes backward in time attempting to prevent the interaction between humans and aliens. Captain Picard, the protagonist, along with his crew tries to turn the tables.

7. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Mokoto Konno, a girl studying in high school, finds a time machine which she begins to use for fun and other adventures in high school like avoiding some specific situations, passing tests… It is later on that she realizes it affects other things and people around her.

The 2006 animated sci-fi movie deciphers the meaning of friendship as well as the pain of loss.

8. Avengers: Endgame

Avengers Endgame Poster Top Half
Source: Marvel Studios

The witted but evil Thanos wants to halve the whole universe for good. However, the Avengers commit to reuniting the two parts of the universe and retrieve the requisite balance of life.

The film digs in time travel aspect and with the outstanding plot and acting as well as spectacular action sequences. Avengers: Endgame has risen as the highest-grossing film of all time.

9. Looper

Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the lead roles.

Looper tells the tale of the near-future in which time travel is considered illegal. In the film, a mob sends the victim to the past so the loopers can execute them. Nevertheless, one among the loopers becomes the target of his very own actions.

10. Interstellar

Joseph Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) sees that it’s time they need to discover other liveable planets for the humankind. But after the NASA pilot has to deal with some hardships out of space, he sends his daughter who is on Earth a message in order to save the world.

The film sees the participation of talented and quality-guaranteed actors such as Michael Cane, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, and Mackenzie Foy.

11. Edge of Tomorrow


Created based on All You Need Is Kill, a famous Japanese novel, the movie centers around Bill Cage who gets stuck in a time loop. He will have to keep reliving the day he died on the battlefield unless he finds out how to both survive and to defeat all the alien invaders.

Edge of Tomorrow is the movie that united many credited Hollywood stars such as Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton and Charlotte Riley.

12. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

In the third part of the famous series, Harry Potter along with one of his best friends Hermione use Time Turner to travel back in time and save Hogwarts when everything was going downfall.

The movie gives the audience a sense of relief when the friends manage to get everything into perspective in the end.

13. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Star Trek Iv The Voyage Home

The Captain with the crew has no choice but to go 200 years back to the past recuperate a whale that becomes extinct henceforth so that they can stave off an alien ambush on Earth.

14. Back to the Future

Back To The Future

Marty goes back to time on the time machine of a quirky scientist. In spite of that, he has to make his parents who are high school students fall for each other so that he can come back to the present.

15. Planet of the Apes

Planet Of The Apes

While most movies of this popular franchise are of time travel genre, the first installment is actually stellar. The movie is still an icon despite the fact that it was out way back in 1968.

It is not until he travels at the speed of light that colonel George Taylor sets foot on a planet of the unknown.


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