Just a few days ago, October 21, 2015, was the day that Marty McFly ended up in during Back to the Future Part II. The occasion brought back many fond and amazing memories of the trilogy. But a friend who says that they hate the film got me thinking: Just what other movies about time travel are out there?
So, here's ten other time travel movies for your adventurous spirit!
Terminator 2: Judgement (1991)
In this sequel set eleven years after "The Terminator," young John Connor (Edward Furlong), the key to civilization's victory over a future robot uprising, is the target of the shape-shifting T-1000 (Robert Patrick), a Terminator sent from the future to kill him. Another Terminator, the revamped T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger), has been sent back to protect the boy. As John and his mother (Linda Hamilton) go on the run with the T-800, the boy forms an unexpected bond with the robot.
This is truly Arnie at his best. Sarah Conner is one of the greatest action heroes in all of film's history, too. Terminator 2 builds on the first installment and turns the franchise into one of the strongest in cinema. It's an action film that deals with the actual problems of time travel. What's not to love?
12 Monkeys (1995)
Traveling back in time isn't simple, as James Cole (Bruce Willis) learns the hard way. Imprisoned in the 2030s, James is recruited for a mission that will send him back to the 1990s. Once there, he's supposed to gather information about a nascent plague that's about to exterminate the vast majority of the world's population. But, aside from the manic Jeffrey (Brad Pitt), he gets little in the way of cooperation, not least from medical gatekeepers like Dr. Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe).
Bruce Willis is a time traveler stuck in a mental institution during the '90s, but he's from 2035. That is an amazing sentence. The film begins in a devastated world wracked after a virus killed millions. Willis plays Cole, a guy trying to stop that very virus from happening. The movie focuses on what it is like to be a time traveler and having everyone thinking you're a lunatic for it.
Groundhog Day (1993)
Phil (Bill Murray), a weatherman, is out to cover the annual emergence of the groundhog from its hole. He gets caught in a blizzard that he didn't predict and finds himself trapped in a time warp. He is doomed to relive the same day over and over again until he gets it right.
A Bill Murray classic, some might not even call it a time traveling movie. But I am counting it, because if you haven't seen this movie, you really need to fix that. It is Bill Murray at his finest. It strips back the glamour of the bells and whistles and brings us a very mundane story about a man reliving the same day over and over again.
Time Bandits (1981)
Young history buff Kevin (Craig Warnock) can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson), they've purloined a map charting all of the holes in the fabric of time and are using it to steal treasures from different historical eras. Taking Kevin with them, they variously drop in on Napoleon (Ian Holm), Robin Hood (John Cleese) and King Agamemnon (Sean Connery) before the Supreme Being catches up with them.
The first movie in the "trilogy of imagination," Time Bandits is about the battle between good and evil, God and the Devil. The film captures the feeling of being a kid again and all the times one would pretend to be fighting evil.
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
Peggy Sue Bodell (Kathleen Turner) attends her 25-year high school reunion after separating from her cheating husband, Charlie (Nicolas Cage). She regrets the decisions she has made in her life, such as getting pregnant by Charlie in high school. When she faints at the reunion, she awakens in 1960. Given the chance to relive her life, she changes many things. However, some choices are more complicated, as she begins to see young Charlie's charm and true feelings.
Coming a year after Back to the Future, Peggy Sue Got Married was another movie about a traveling back to high school. Francis Ford Coppola's movie hits all the right notes of nostalgia and a sense of something bittersweet, along with some great laughs. Youngsters Jim Carrey, Nic Cage, and Kathleen Turner make the movie what it is.
Army of Darkness (1993)
3rd Evil Dead movie. Ash (Bruce Campbell) finds himself trapped in medieval times. He must quest for the Necronomicon, a book of evil which can return him to his time. Unfortunately, he releases the evil trapped inside the book and unleashes an army of the dead.
Fighting deadites in 1300 AD, Bruce Campbell's Ash is using his chainsaw and "boomstick." Also, science books in his car save the day, too. It might not be the best film, but it sure is a fun film!
The Time Machine (1960)
Scientist H. George Wells (Rod Taylor) builds a time machine, and despite the warning from his friend David (Alan Young) against "tempting the laws of providence," decides to visit the future. Jumping ahead 14 years, he observes changes in women's fashion. Jumping ahead 40, he meets David's son (also Young) amid a terrible war. Finally, he travels thousands of years ahead to discover a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by humanoid Eloi and the monstrous Morlocks that feed on them.
Being one of the first films about time travel, it is still one of the best. It was based on the book by H.G. Wells and the movie did right by the book. It also happens to be one of the most beautiful movies about time travel ever.
About Time (2013)
When Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) is 21, his father (Bill Nighy) tells him a secret: The men in their family can travel through time. Although he can't change history, Tim resolves to improve his life by getting a girlfriend. He meets Mary (Rachel McAdams), falls in love and finally wins her heart via time-travel and a little cunning. However, as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds that his special ability can't shield him and those he loves from the problems of ordinary life.
A quirky rom-com, About Time stars Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams. Gleeson plays a man who comes from a family where the males can time travel. The way the film uses his power is great. And how it shows the consequences is unique and so familiar at the same time. It is a cute little film that is a good pallet cleanser after some dark films.
Donnie Darko (2001)
In a funny, moving and distinctly mind-bending journey through suburban America, one extraordinary but disenchanted teenager is about to take Time's Arrow for a ride. After surviving a freak accident, Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) begins to explore what it means to be alive, and in short order to be in love, he uncovers secrets of the universe that give him a tempting power to alter time and destiny.
A cult classic film that even the director is not sure what was going on in. It confuses me, but I got to give it to the film for its audacity. It crams so many things together, like a love story, science fiction, superheroes, and jet engines—and it works in a weird way. Patrick Swayze and Jake Gyllenhaal lead a stellar cast. This is one film you have to see to understand.
Intellectual engineers Aaron (Shane Carruth) and Abe (David Sullivan) build and sell error-checking technology with the help of their friends Robert (Casey Gooden) and Phillip (Anand Upadhyaya). But when Aaron and Abe accidentally invent what they think is a time machine, Abe builds a version capable of transporting a human and puts the device to the test. As the two friends obsess over their creation, they discover the dark consequences of their actions.
Primer is a film with a simple premise that gets complicated. It is about two friends making a time machine and doing what you think regular people would do if they made said time machine. Of course, things go wrong and actually turns into a pretty depressing film. You should probably watch About Time or Groundhog Day after this one...