Special Report

23 Best Movies About Time Travel

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18. Tenet (2020)
> Director: Christopher Nolan
> Cast: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki
> Domestic box office: $57.9 million

“Tenet” is a Christopher Nolan-helmed thriller about espionage in which a man time travels to prevent World War III. The name of the protagonist, the secret agent (John David Washington), is never revealed throughout the movie. About 70% of critics gave the film a positive review, compared to 76% of audiences.

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17. Back to the Future Part II (1989)
> Director: Robert Zemeckis
> Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
> Domestic box office: $118.5 million

The sequel to the runaway success of the first film reunites Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and Lea Thompson. According to Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes, the sequel is filled with “madcap highs” that outweigh its “overstuffed plot.” “Back to the Future Part II” holds a Tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes of 66%. However, 85% of audience members gave the sequel a positive review.

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16. Back to the Future Part 3 (1990)
> Director: Robert Zemeckis
> Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen
> Domestic box office: $88.1 million

Released just a year after the second — and lowest rated — Back to the Future movie, the third and last part of the sci-fi series has a Freshness score of 80%. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) travels back to 1885 to save Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) from imminent death. The two have to find a way to repair the DeLorean and escape before Brown is murdered.

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15. The Time Machine (1960)
> Director: George Pal
> Cast: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux
> Domestic box office: N/A

The 1960’s version of “The Time Machine” follows a scientist who travels into different time periods of the future to observe various outcomes, including a post-apocalyptic world. The movie was better received than the 2002 version, directed by Simon Wells, with 76% of critics and 79% of audiences giving it a positive rating. The movie won an Oscar for special effects.

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14. Predestination (2014)
> Director: Michael Spierig
> Cast: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor
> Domestic box office: $70,000

A temporal agent (Ethan Hawke) accepts a final assignment to travel in time to prevent a crime that may result in thousands of people killed. The sci-fi film has a Certified Fresh status on Rotten Tomatoes, with 84% of critics giving it a positive review, compared to 75% of audience members.