The best movies and TV series about TIME TRAVELS, TIME LOOPS and TIME MACHINES

Must-see movies, TV series, and some exciting other stories about time distortions.

Andrea Marchiotto
Mar 4, 2018 · 14 min read
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If you only had one chance, would you travel back in time or would you prefer to see the future?

Dear reader,

With this article, I try to answer the following questions:

  • What are the best time travel movies?
  • What are the must-watch TV series about time loops?
  • What are the newest and coolest sci-fi movies and TV series to watch that involves time machines and teleportation?

Ready? Check it out.


On top of being passionate about eCommerce and new technologies (see my other “serious” previous posts here), I am also a big fan of sci-fi, teleportation, time loops and the idea of traveling back and forth in time to change the course of events. I guess the reason why I am a big fan of this genre is because it stimulates my creativity (very important for my job and my well being). As my head is often in the clouds, I like to think about the consequences of each “what if” scenario.

Although time travel is not yet available for common folks, this does not stop many fanatics and crazy folks to claim that actually traveling in time is indeed possible. You can see one example here below, and many more are available on YouTube for your pleasure and «despair».

Time Traveler Has Been To The Year 2030 Share His Experiences

There is also one guy claiming to be a time traveler from an alien planet in the year 6491. This fellow, James Oliver, said that he is an archaeologist of the future, stuck on Earth after the Super Blue Blood Moon interrupted a transmission on his ship that he used to travel faster than the speed of light. You can find more details and a short clip here.

Interesting facts

Time travel-related keyword searches on Google have been quite flat worldwide over the past five years, except for two huge spikes on the “time machine” keyword, happened on Feb. 2nd 2014 (100% likely because of a Super Bowl Ad, see more below) and on Mid Feb. 2015 (cause unknown). It is worth noticing that Canada, South Africa, US, UK, Australia and the Nordics are interested about time travel, whilst Kenya and Tunisia are more into the teleportation topic. Europe, Russia and LATAM are all over time machines, whereas Asian don’t really give a sxxt about all this cxxp… :D

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Google Trends: “time machine”, “time loop”, “teleportation”, “time travel” keywords

Also, it seems that for “teleportation”, there is a lot of interest around and the . Good to know that many people are trying to crack the formula. Please let me know when ready.

It is also interesting to notice that some big brands tried to leverage this concept to make more money and increase brand awareness. A clear example comes from Doritos, with its Doritos Time Machine Ad shown during the 2014 US Super Bowl. Here you have it:

Doritos Time Machine 2014 Super Bowl Ad

Finally, since I am going to talk about movies, here’s the latest disruptive news: apparently, JJ Abrams is ready to introduce time travels in his new Star Wars saga. The possibilities are endless, and also a bit scary for Star Wars hard core fans. Find all the details here.

Now, after this long dissertation and without further ado, please find below, in completely random order, my personal selection* of great time travel, time loop movies and TV series. I am quite confident you (reader) won’t know them all.

Movies and TV Series List

Flight of the Navigator (Movie, 1986). .

IMDB Score: 6.9/10 _ Genres: Adventure | Family | Sci-Fi

I have very good memories about this movie. It is old but, as I watched it when I was very young, I remember it really impressed me: all the creatures and the spaceship were simply awesome.

Favorite quote:

Flight Of The Navigator Trailer

The Lost Room (TV Mini Series, 2006). .

IMDB Score: 8.1/10 _ Genres: Action | Fantasy | Mystery | Sci-Fi

This is one of my favorites. I think I watched it at least three times and every time it’s a surprise. Do not miss it.

Favorite quote:

The Lost Room Theme

The Butterfly Effect (Movie, 2004). .

IMDB Score: 7.7/10 _ Genres: Sci-Fi | Thriller

Critics did not like it, but it became a must see for all youngsters like me born in the ‘80s or ’90s :). Ladies will appreciate Ashton Kutcher as main character.

Favorite quote:

The Butterfly Effect Movie Clip

Run Lola Run (Movie, 1998). .

IMDB Score: 7.7/10 _ Genres: Crime | Drama | Thriller

Another «old skool» movie, packed with action, action and more action. Delightful, even if a bit dated. This movie won plenty of awards, by the way.

Favorite quote:

Doctor Strange (Marvel Movie, 2016). .

IMDB Score: 7.5/10 _ Genres: Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Excellent! One of the best Marvel movies. If you like wizards, arrogant super heroes and journeys from 0 to savvy mother-fuxxer time traveler, do not miss this one.

Favorite quote:

Doctor Strange Trailer

Predestination. (Movie, 2014). .

IMDB Score: 7.5/10 _ Genres: Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Top pick!!! This is a great movie with a great actor (Ethan Hawke, in case you were wondering) that will let you think quite a lot, especially at the end. A must watch for time travel aficionados. Do not watch the trailer below! There are some spoilers…

Favorite quote:

Predestination Official Trailer + Trailer Review

Frequency (Movie, 2000). .

IMDB Score: 7.4/10 _ Genres: Crime | Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

If you love or you think about your dad, this might make you cry a little. Very enjoyable and watchable movie. Released when Dennis Quaid was still on top of the game. Apparently Netflix released some sort of TV series remake, but I did not watch yet. Not planning to actually.

Favorite quote:

Frequency Teaser Trailer

Looper (Movie, 2012). .

IMDB Score: 7.4/10 _ Genres: Action | Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

This is a very cool movie. Amazing actors (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt) and a nice plot. Loved it! Well done Director Rian Johnson.

Favorite quote:

Looper Trailer

Back To The Future I, II, III (Movies, 1985/1989/1990). BTTF I plot: .

IMDB Score: 8.5/10 _ Genres: Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi

BTTF II plot: .

IMDB Score: 7.8/10 _ Genres: Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi

BTTF III plot: .

IMDB Score: 7.4/10 _ Genres: Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi

What can I say? This is a masterpiece, a classic, a cult movie. Especially the first. A must see for all generations (side note: we are still waiting for the hoverboard…)

Favorite quote:


Back To The Future I Theatrical Trailer

Curvature (Netflix, Movie, 2017). .

IMDB Score: 4.3/10 _ Genres: Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Despite the low rating on IMDB this movie did not disappoint me. Certainly not the best movie out there, but still interesting the way it unravels. Okay performance by the main character Lyndsy Fonseca, much less by the supporting actors. Totally disappointing the super short appearance of Linda Hamilton, main female character of The Terminator here listed!!!

Curvature Trailer

ARQ (Netflix, Movie, 2016). .

IMDB Rating: 6.4/10 _ Genres: Sci-Fi | Thriller

Nice! Do not miss this one as it has a great time loop concept.

ARQ Official Trailer

Project Almanac (Movie, 2015). .

IMDB Rating: 6.4/10 _ Genres: Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

A good teen movie with time travel at its core. It is pretty enjoyable so you might want to check this one out too.

Favorite quote:

Project Almanac Trailer

Primer (Movie, 2004). .

IMDB Rating: 6.9/10 _ Genres: Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

I lied. Forgive me, mother! I don't know about this movie. Actually a nice discovery. Based on the rating on IMDB, I am giving it trust so will add to my playlist. Here the link to the trailer.

Lucy (Movie, 2014). .

IMDB Rating: 6.4/10 _ Genres: Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Ok. Fair enough. It’s not like this movie is about time travel, but the theme is in the air. It’s a pretty sci-fi movie and legit so I think it is okay to accept it here.

Favorite quote:

Lucy Trailer

Deja Vu (Movie, 2006). .

IMDB Rating: 7.0/10 _ Genres: Action | Crime | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Apart from the fact that Denzel Washington is one of my favorite actors, this is a decent movie. When there’s Denzel, you are always safe.

Favorite quote:

Deja Vu Trailer

Edge Of Tomorrow (Movie, 2014). .

IMDB Rating: 7.9/10 _ Genres: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt together for an action packed super cool movie about time loops. Unmissable.

Favorite quote:

Edge Of Tomorrow HD Teaser Trailer

X-Men: Days Of Future Past (Movie, 2014). .

IMDB Rating: 8.0/10 _ Genres: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller

One of the best X-Men movies out there. Every fan and non-fan should watch it. Characters are amazing, special fx super cool, actors top quality. This is a really cool movie.

Favorite quote:

X-Men: Days Of Future Past Official Trailer

Dark (Netflix, TV Series). .

IMDB Score: 8.7/10 _ Genres: Crime | Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Brand new German TV series made by Netflix. Season One just finished. It is very intriguing and I highly, highly recommended it.

Dark Season 1 Official Trailer

Sliding Doors (Movie, 1998). .

IMDB Rating: 6.8/10 _ Genres: Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Romance

“What if?” Have you ever wondered what would have happened if you just chose to do something or not do something that time? This movie will let you think about the choices you make in life.

Favorite quote:

Sliding Doors Trailer

Family Man (Movie, 2000). .

IMDB Rating: 6.7/10 _ Genres: Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Romance

A Christmas classic with Nicolas Cage. Another “What if?” movie. Have you ever wondered what would have happened if you just chose to follow your heart rather than money, that time? This is another movie that will let you think about the choices you make in life. Téa Leoni is beautiful in this movie.

Favorite quote:

The Family Man Strong Coffee Short Clip

11.22.63 (TV Mini Series, 2016). .

IMDB Rating: 8.2/10 _ Genres: Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

This TV Mini series is inspired by the homonym book by Stephen King. It is really, really good. I also highly recommend to read the book which is short and super awesome.

11.22.63 Hulu Trailer

Day Break (TV Mini Series, 2006–2007). .

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10 _ Genres: Action | Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Exceptional and super intruguing TV series about time loops. An absolute must-watch. Follow the “adventures” of the Detective Brett Hopper.

Favorite quote:

Day Break Season 1 Trailer

Journey Man (TV Series, 2007). .

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10 _ Genres: Fantasy | Romance | Sci-Fi

Following the engaging Day Break, another little gem, lasted only one season. Probably difficult to find these days. But if you do, please watch it without hesitating.

Journey Man Trailer

Lost (TV Series, 2004). .

IMDB Rating: 8.4/10 _ Genres: Adventure | Drama | Fantasy | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Forget the disappointing ending. LOST is an incredible journey with great characters. My favorite? Desmond.

This is a masterpiece, a cult TV series. Do not miss it. You’ll be scared, you’ll cry, you will experience tons of different emotions. This show is gonna stick with forever.

Favorite quote:


Lost ABC Promo

The Terminator (Movie, 1984) and Terminator II: Judgment Day (Movie, 1991). The Terminator plot: .

IMDB Score: 8.0/10 _ Genres: Action | Sci-Fi

Terminator II plot: .

IMDB Score: 8.5/10 _ Genres: Action | Sci-Fi

Simply two of the best movies of all time. If you did not watch them, you know nothing about life and you deserve to be hunted by SkyNet itself (cit.).

Favorite quote:

Terminator 2 Movie Clip

Source Code (Movie, 2011). .

IMDB Score: 7.5/10 _ Genres: Mystery | Romance | Sci-Fi | Thriller

This movie is decent, and watchable. Not the best of the best, but still okay for time travel lovers. Jake Gyllenhaal is solid and a believable character.

Favorite quote:

Source Code Trailer

Donnie Darko (Movie, 2001). .

IMDB Score: 8.1/10 _ Genres: Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Since I just wrote about Jake Gyllenhaal, I cannot miss to mention this trippy and super weird movie. Something you might want to watch a couple of times to make sure you really grasp what’s going on. On top of being a good time movie about time travel, this is considered as a cult movie. If you never seen it before, please watch it asap. But before, just prepare yourself for a fuxxed up mind trip.

Favorite quote:

Donnie Darko Trailer

Interstellar (Movie, 2014). .

IMDB Score: 8.6/10 _ Genres: Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi

I very much like movies of Director Christopher Nolan and in general I also like Matthew McConaughey. The movie is a bit slow pace and boring at times, but the truth behind the interstellar trip is fascinating.

Favorite quote:

Interstellar Official Teaser Trailer

That’s all folks! Are you passionate about time travel, time loops, portals, time machines? Do you eat TV series and movies for breakfast? Do you have any cool movies to recommend?

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