Best Travel Movies

  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future (PG, 1985)

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson
    Contemporary high schooler Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) doesn't have the most pleasant of lives. Bro... read morewbeaten by his principal at school, Marty must also endure the acrimonious relationship between his nerdy father (Crispin Glover) and his lovely mother (Lea Thompson), who in turn suffer the bullying of middle-aged jerk Biff (Thomas F. Wilson), Marty's dad's supervisor. The one balm in Marty's life is his friendship with eccentric scientist Doc (Christopher Lloyd), who at present is working on a time machine. Accidentally zapped back into the 1950s, Marty inadvertently interferes with the budding romance of his now-teenaged parents. Our hero must now reunite his parents-to-be, lest he cease to exist in the 1980s. It won't be easy, especially with the loutish Biff, now also a teenager, complicating matters. Beyond its dazzling special effects, the best element of Back to the Future is the performance of Michael J. Fox, who finds himself in the quagmire of surviving the white-bread 1950s with a hip 1980s mindset. Back to the Future cemented the box-office bankability of both Fox and the film's director, Robert Zemeckis, who went on to helm two equally exhilarating sequels. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
  • Primer

    Primer (PG-13, 2004)

    Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya, Carrie Crawford
    The debut feature from filmmaker Shane Carruth -- who wrote, directed, photographed, edited, scored,... read more and stars -- Primer is a psychological sci-fi thriller about a group of four tech entrepreneurs. Toiling away in a garage, the quartet have successfully created error-checking systems for their clients. But their recent work seems to have created an unexpected and seemingly impossible side-effect. Suddenly, two members of the group realize they are in possession of a device that can double, or perhaps even quadruple, the space-time continuum of anything that enters it. What at first seems like a windfall of astronomical proportions eventually proves to be much more than they bargained for, as the duo attempt to manipulate time to their financial -- and emotional -- benefit. Also starring Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya, and Carrie Crawford, Primer premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the coveted Grand Jury Prize for dramatic film. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
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      fb1077523731: I sought out this film, because it was highly lauded by movie buffs as one of the most complex time travel films of all time. Since I'm very interested in good time travel stories, this definitely piq
      Reviewed 8 months days ago
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      fb100000097897705: Pretty good time travel film, made me think more about time travel, and although it gets a little complicated at the
      Reviewed 14 months days ago
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      Second: We're looking at a drama about time travel that has the main drama happen offscreen in a series of events that we never see or understan
      Reviewed 17 months days ago
  • Déjà Vu

    Déjà Vu (PG-13, 2006)

    Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Val Kilmer, Jim Caviezel, Adam Goldberg
    Déjà vu: that flash of memory when you meet someone new who you feel you've known all your life or w... read morehen recognize a place although you've never been there before. What if these feelings are actually warnings sent from the past or clues to the future? It is déjà vu that guides ATF agent Doug Carlin through an investigation into a shattering crime. Called in to recover evidence after a cataclysmic bomb explosion on a New Orleans Ferry, Carlin discovers that what most people believe "is only in their heads" is something far more powerful--something which will lead him on a mind-bending race to save hundreds of innocent people.
  • Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys)

    Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) (R, 1995)

    Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer, David Morse
    An intense film about time travel, this sci-fi entry was directed by Terry Gilliam, a member of the ... read morecomedy troupe Monty Python. The film stars Bruce Willis as James Cole, a prisoner of the state in the year 2035 who can earn parole if he agrees to travel back in time and thwart a devastating plague. The virus has wiped out most of the Earth's population and the remainder live underground because the air is poisonous. Returning to the year 1990, six years before the start of the plague, Cole is soon imprisoned in a psychiatric facility because his warnings sound like mad ravings. There he meets a scientist named Dr. Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe) and Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt), the mad son of an eminent virologist (Christopher Plummer). Cole is returned by the authorities to the year 2035, and finally ends up at his intended destination in 1996. He kidnaps Dr. Railly in order to enlist her help in his quest. Cole discovers graffiti by an apparent animal rights group called the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, but as he delves into the mystery, he hears voices, loses his bearings, and doubts his own sanity. He must figure out if Goines, who seems to be a raving lunatic, holds the key to the puzzle. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi
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      fb1077523731: . I'm naturally inclined to enjoy 12 Monkeys because time travel is easily my favorite plot device for a film. I love how Bruce Willis' actions each time he t
      Reviewed 13 days days ago
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      fb100001276915292: . Willis and Pitt are great, as Gilliam creates a alternate reality on the flip side of time travel.
      Reviewed 5 months days ago
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      zachman1498: A very good time travel film. It explores the effects of time travel and, if time travel were possible, then I'm sure
      Reviewed 9 months days ago
  • The Butterfly Effect

    The Butterfly Effect (R, 2004)

    Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, William Lee Scott, Elden Henson, Melora Walters
    Final Destination 2 screenwriters Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber make their directorial debut with ... read morethe sci-fi thriller The Butterfly Effect. Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher with facial hair) wants to free himself from his disturbing childhood memories. As a kid, he often blacked out for long periods of time and tried to detail his life in a journal. As a young adult, he revisits the journal entries to figure out the truth about his troubled childhood friends Kayleigh (Amy Smart), Lenny (Elden Henson), and Tommy (William Lee Scott). When he discovers he can travel back in time in order to set things right, he tries to save his beloved friends. However, he finds out that relatively minor changes can make major problems for the future. The Butterfly Effect also stars Eric Stoltz, Ethan Suplee, and Melora Walters. The title was inspired by the story A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
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      mcbainsj21: . The story's ok lots of twists and time travel turns. An easy watch
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
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      fb100000138127441: . Not unlike time travel when tangents have to be explained, no?
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb1042818162: . This is what all time-travel movies should be.
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • Donnie Darko

    Donnie Darko (R, 2001)

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Maggie Gyllenhaal
    Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a bright and charming high-school student who also has a dark and willfu... read morelly eccentric side; he does little to mask his contempt for many of his peers and enjoys challenging the authority of the adults around him. Donnie is also visited on occasion by Frank, a monstrous six-foot rabbit that only Donnie can see who often urges him to perform dangerous and destructive pranks. Late one night, Frank leads Donnie out of his home to inform him that the world will come to an end in less than a month; moments later, the engine of a jet aircraft comes crashing through the ceiling of Donnie's room, making him think there might be something to Frank's prophesies after all. The rest of Donnie's world is only marginally less bizarre, as he finds himself dealing with his confused parents (Mary McDonnell and Holmes Osborne), his college-age sister (Maggie Gyllenhaal), his perplexed analyst (Katherine Ross), a rebellious English teacher (Drew Barrymore), a sleazy self-help expert (Patrick Swayze), and the new girl at school who is attracted by Donnie's quirks (Jena Malone). Donnie Darko was the first feature film from writer and director Richard Kelly; Drew Barrymore, who plays teacher Karen Pomeroy, also lent her support to the project as executive producer. A director's cut played in select theaters on a limited basis in the summer of 2004, featuring original music cues and trimmed scenes originally in Kelly's first cut of the film. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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      Frank is killed in the TU and therefore becomes one of the Manipulated Dead. He travels back in time and helps Donnie with his quest to return the Artifact. The first thing he must
      Reviewed 7 months days ago
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      fb100001431208373: film that you have to watch a second time to understand the theories of tangent universes and time travel. Acting was spot on especially the chemistry between brother and sister Jake and Maggie Gylle
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
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      fb511895794: . It's a bit of a psychological thriller, a bit sci-fi at times, it even goes over time travel at one point. Jake Gyllenhaal does a great job as the super weird kid Donnie Darko who has vi
      Reviewed 8 months days ago
  • Hot Tub Time Machine

    Hot Tub Time Machine (R, 2010)

    John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Crispin Glover
    "Hot Tub Time Machine" follows a group of best friends who've become bored with their adult lives: A... read moredam has been dumped by his girlfriend; Lou is a party guy who can't find the party; Nick's wife controls his every move; and video game-obsessed Jacob won't leave his basement. After, a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub, the men wake up, heads' pounding, in the year 1986. This is their chance to kick some past and change their futures - one will find a new love life, one will learn to stand up for himself with the ladies, one will find his mojo, and one will make sure he still exists!
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    The Time Traveler's Wife (PG-13, 2009)

    Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana, Arliss Howard, Ron Livingston, Stephen Tobolowsky
    A Chicago librarian suffers from a rare genetic disorder that sends him hurtling through time whenev... read moreer he is under extreme duress; despite the fact that he vanishes at inordinately frequent and lengthy intervals, he attempts to build a stable future with the beautiful young heiress he loves. Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams star in this dramatic fantasy, which is directed by Robert Schwentke and based on the best-selling book by author Audrey Niffenegger. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb505351127: I thought it was pretty good minus the random time travel... u never know how it fit on the stories timeline! and it just seemed to miss something!?!
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb701891158: . Folks will
      hate it's sentimentality , but wtf.. that's all part n parcel of time travel.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb776549125: . Or vice versa. Who knows with time travel...
      Reviewed 24 months days ago
  • Back to the Future Part II

    Back to the Future Part II (PG, 1989)

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson, Harry Waters Jr.
    Things have barely settled from the excitement and resolve of the original Back to the Future, when ... read morein pops that crazy inventor Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) with news that in order to prevent a series of events that could ruin the McFly name for posterity, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox ) and his girlfriend are whisked into the future to the year 2015, where Marty must tangle with a teen rogue named Griff, who's obviously the descendant of Biff, the first Future film's bully. Marty foils Griff and his group when he jumps on an air-foil skateboard that flies him through town at rakish speeds with the loser bullies beaten again. Marty gets a money-making brainstorm before hopping in the time-traveling DeLorean, and he purchases a sports almanac. He figures that back in 1985 he'll be able to place sure-fire bets using the published sports scores of the games that are yet to happen. Unfortunately for Marty, Dr. Brown disapproves of his betting scheme -- he feels too much messing with time is very dangerous -- and he tosses the almanac. A hidden Biff overhears the discussion about the almanac, sees it get tossed out, and grabs it. Thus begins a time-traveling swirl to make the head spin. Biff swipes the DeLorean, heads back to 1955, and with the help of the unerring almanac, bets his way to power. The now-altered "Biff world" has turned into a nightmarish scene with Biff the mogul, residing in a Vegas-styled pleasure palace and running everything. It's all our hero Marty can do to pull the pieces together this time, as he must jump between three generations of intertwined time travel. The end of Back to the Future, Part 2 introduces its sequel as the zany professor has already time-dashed away to the Wild West of the late 1800s and invites Marty into a new adventure. ~ Rovi
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      marniejac8: While the first transcended its original release year as the best time travel flick of all time, part two is just too cheesy to be taken seriously in the modern day.
      Reviewed 2 months days ago
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      fb100002254792123: The greatest time travel sequel ever! Just as brilliant as part 1.
      Reviewed 16 months days ago
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      fb1077523731: As a fan of this series of movies and a fan of time travel in general it really pains me to admit this, but...this movie isn't very good. I liked the id
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Source Code

    Source Code (PG-13, 2011)

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright, Michael Arden
    When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown m... read morean, he discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he's ever known, he learns he's part of a government experiment called the Source Code, a program that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack. -- (C) Summit
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      fb100001854799399: . The went ha already occurred but he has 8 minutes to travel back in time and save as many people as he can. Not repetitive, full of action and heart beat
      Reviewed 15 months days ago
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      fb613262227: Well made movie time travel with some action in it and good cast worth a look glad I DVr it ! !!
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
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      fb517225086: . True love overcomes time travel thingy!?
      Reviewed 2 years days ago