Time -loops -slips -paradoxes -travel... ⭐ rated

by kevin_k3v1n | created - 03 Apr 2018 | updated - 4 days ago | Public

Not an exhaustive list... some obvious films are missing... a work-in-progress

The Time -... aspect of these films are central - but a few are slipped in (because they are great films) that have maybe a more subtle but, nonetheless, significant impact

This list is for enthusiasts of this genre, so I'd recommend ⭐⭐⭐ and above (your mileage may vary)

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1. Run Lola Run (1998)

R | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri

Votes: 179,240 | Gross: $7.27M

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ fun & easy to follow plot, inspired film making

2. Your Name. (2016)

PG | 106 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

Two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart?

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita, Aoi Yûki

Votes: 134,740 | Gross: $5.02M

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ story telling at its finest

3. Groundhog Day (1993)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

72 Metascore

A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky

Votes: 541,843 | Gross: $70.91M

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ nothing to add, a classic

4. Arrival (II) (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

A linguist works with the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 516,485 | Gross: $100.55M

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ a rare thoughtful sci-fi movie

5. A Day (2017)

90 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A mystery drama revolving around a father who commits an unethical act in an attempt to save his daughter's life. Three years later, his actions return to haunt him, trapping him in an endless time loop.

Director: Sun-ho Cho | Stars: Myung-Min Kim, Yo-han Byun, Hye-Sun Shin, Eun-hyung Jo

Votes: 820

⭐⭐⭐⭐ great film that keeps on building

6. Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009)

PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

While drinking at their local pub, three social outcasts attempt to navigate a time-travel conundrum.

Director: Gareth Carrivick | Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Marc Wootton, Dean Lennox Kelly, Anna Faris

Votes: 30,386

⭐⭐⭐⭐ low budget maybe, but smart and very funny

7. Triangle (2009)

R | 99 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

A group of friends suffer a yachting accident and take refuge on a cruise drifting on the open sea, but quickly realize they were better off on the upturned yacht

Director: Christopher Smith | Stars: Melissa George, Joshua McIvor, Jack Taylor, Michael Dorman

Votes: 90,075

⭐⭐⭐⭐ great film for this genre

8. Donnie Darko (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

88 Metascore

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Votes: 698,479 | Gross: $1.48M

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 2 viewings and some googling - and now I get it (directors cut)

9. Timecrimes (2007)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.

Director: Nacho Vigalondo | Stars: Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernández, Bárbara Goenaga, Nacho Vigalondo

Votes: 52,428 | Gross: $0.04M

⭐⭐⭐⭐ surely a modern day classic already

10. Source Code (2011)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

74 Metascore

A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 452,400 | Gross: $54.71M

⭐⭐⭐⭐ great + Gyllenhaal

11. Looper (2012)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano

Votes: 501,032 | Gross: $66.49M

⭐⭐⭐⭐ a simple premise told well

12. Blood Punch (2014)

Not Rated | 104 min | Horror, Thriller

A young man is lured into a dangerous love triangle that begins to take a series of shocking and grisly supernatural turns.

Director: Madellaine Paxson | Stars: Milo Cawthorne, Olivia Tennet, David Whaley, Bloss Flores

Votes: 2,020

⭐⭐⭐⭐ dark humour - blood everywhere - enjoy!

13. 41 (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 80 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A young man discovers a hole in the floor of a local motel that leads to yesterday.

Director: Glenn Triggs | Stars: Chris Gibson, Dafna Kronental, David Macrae, Shane Lee

Votes: 995

⭐⭐⭐⭐ can the past be changed?

14. Time Traveller (2010)

Not Rated | 122 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

A high-school girl acquires the ability to time travel.

Director: Masaaki Taniguchi | Stars: Riisa Naka, Akiyoshi Nakao, Munetaka Aoki, Anna Ishibashi

Votes: 1,475

⭐⭐⭐⭐ obviously I am a sucker for this genre

15. Predestination (I) (2014)

R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. The chase turns into a unique, surprising and mind-bending exploration of love, fate, identity and time travel taboos.

Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, Madeleine West

Votes: 225,650 | Gross: $0.07M

⭐⭐⭐ good film - mind-bending finale

16. Coherence (2013)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

Strange things begin to happen when a group of friends gather for a dinner party on an evening when a comet is passing overhead.

Director: James Ward Byrkit | Stars: Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen

Votes: 89,646 | Gross: $0.07M

⭐⭐⭐ unusual premise - executed well

17. Primer (2004)

PG-13 | 77 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

68 Metascore

Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.

Director: Shane Carruth | Stars: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya

Votes: 89,855 | Gross: $0.42M

⭐⭐⭐ zero budget - good film well crafted - a tad confusing - but google helps afterwards :)

18. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)

Not Rated | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A high-school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda | Stars: Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida, Mitsutaka Itakura, Ayami Kakiuchi

Votes: 52,518

⭐⭐⭐ really good fun anime

19. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 546,906 | Gross: $100.21M

⭐⭐⭐ big budget, big action

20. Happy Death Day (2017)

PG-13 | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

58 Metascore

A college student must relive the day of her murder over and over again, in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer's identity.

Director: Christopher Landon | Stars: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken

Votes: 87,733 | Gross: $55.68M

⭐⭐⭐ slasher movie - dark humour

21. Time Lapse (2014)

Not Rated | 104 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

50 Metascore

Three friends discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures twenty-four hours into the future, and conspire to use it for personal gain, until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop.

Director: Bradley King | Stars: Danielle Panabaker, Matt O'Leary, George Finn, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 37,714

⭐⭐⭐ really enjoyable take on the genre

22. Secret (2007)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

Ye Xiang Lun, a talented piano player is a new student at the prestigious Tamkang School. On his first day, he meets Lu Xiao Yu, a pretty girl playing a mysterious piece of music.

Director: Jay Chou | Stars: Jay Chou, Lun-Mei Kwei, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Ming-Ming Su

Votes: 7,111

⭐⭐⭐ you have to give a lot of 'grace' in this genre - (tongue firmly in cheek) but really... we have to just accept they'd do that to that building! ...that apart, a solid movie :)

23. Ditto (2000)

110 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

Two students, separated in time, are somehow able to talk to each other using amateur radio, one in 1979 and the other in 2000.

Director: Jeong-kwon Kim | Stars: Ji-tae Yu, Ha-neul Kim, Ji-won Ha, Sang-won Kim

Votes: 1,727

⭐⭐⭐ perfect for rainy Sunday afternoon

24. Time Jumpers (2018)

Not Rated | 79 min | Sci-Fi

When a young man finds a time machine device, his life spins out of control.

Director: Svend Ploug Johansen | Stars: Taylor Gerard Hart, Mathilde Norholt, Petra Staduan

Votes: 573

⭐⭐⭐ 4 engaging enough short stories - strictly for fans of this genre

25. The Endless (I) (2017)

Not Rated | 111 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

As kids, they escaped a UFO death cult. Now, two adult brothers seek answers after an old videotape surfaces and brings them back to where they began.

Directors: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead | Stars: Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson, Callie Hernandez, Tate Ellington

Votes: 21,328 | Gross: $0.27M

⭐⭐⭐ hmmmm - I'm conflicted on this one

26. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

30 Metascore

Evan Treborn suffers blackouts during significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life by reading his journal.

Directors: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber | Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Melora Walters, Elden Henson

Votes: 421,806 | Gross: $57.94M

⭐⭐ my rating is at odd's with most - but it just didn't really connect.

27. +1 (2013)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

Three college friends hit the biggest party of the year, where a mysterious phenomenon disrupts the night, quickly descending into a chaos that challenges their friendships - and whether they can stay alive.

Director: Dennis Iliadis | Stars: Rhys Wakefield, Logan Miller, Ashley Hinshaw, Natalie Hall

Votes: 7,347

⭐⭐ awkward plot leads to a contrived film trying to make a concept work

28. Project Almanac (2015)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

47 Metascore

A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control.

Director: Dean Israelite | Stars: Amy Landecker, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Virginia Gardner, Jonny Weston

Votes: 71,546 | Gross: $22.33M

⭐⭐ you may love this movie - I didn't

29. Click (2006)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

45 Metascore

A workaholic architect finds a universal remote that allows him to fast-forward and rewind to different parts of his life. Complications arise when the remote starts to overrule his choices.

Director: Frank Coraci | Stars: Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, David Hasselhoff

Votes: 283,765 | Gross: $137.36M

⭐⭐ there is a real human story here - but this rendition just wasn't it :(

30. Parallels (I) (2015)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Sci-Fi

A mysterious building is the gateway to infinite parallel Earths.

Director: Christopher Leone | Stars: Mark Hapka, Jessica Rothe, Eric Jungmann, Constance Wu

Votes: 12,730

⭐ a "pilot" pretending to be a movie

31. Time Rush (2016)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action

Alex, stuck in a repeating loop of time, must navigate his way through the bustling streets of Bangkok with mysterious men on his heels trying to kill him. Parkour, martial arts, shoot outs... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Zirilli | Stars: Hari Das Ahatefu, Dean Alexandrou, Michael Aston, Srisuwan Asuchewakamjohn

Votes: 348

⭐ time-loop martial arts film with a good-ish concept but executed so so poorly... if you make it to the end all will be explained to you :((



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