How Would You Travel Through Time?

by john-hitchcock | created - 07 Jan 2014 | updated - 02 Jun 2014 | Public

What's that? You want to go on an adventure through space and time. Well that might be a bit difficult since first we'll need some way of getting out of the present. Now how do you propose to do that?

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1. Blackadder Back & Forth (1999)

33 min | Short, Comedy, History

At a New Millennium Eve party, Blackadder and Baldrick test their new time machine and ping pong through history encountering famous characters and changing events rather alarmingly.

Director: Paul Weiland | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie

Votes: 14,518

Have your dim-witted servant build a fake time machine to make some money using Leonardo Da Vinci's plans. It might just work by accident.

2. Doctor Who (1963–1989)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The adventures in time and space of the Doctor, a Time Lord who changes appearance and personality by regenerating when near death, and is joined by companions in battles against aliens and other megalomaniacs.

Stars: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker

Votes: 35,711

Befriend an alien and convince him to take you on adventures in his blue box.

3. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

50 Metascore

Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, Terry Camilleri

Votes: 121,886 | Gross: $40.49M

Talk to some guy from the future who will give you a time machine you can use.

4. The Time Machine (I Found at a Yardsale) (2011)

84 min | Sci-Fi

Robert Moore [Johnny James Gatyas] buys a box at a yard sale that turns out to be a time machine. He travels to the future and rescues a slave named She-Ba [Amy Henry]. Together, they go on many futuristic adventures.

Director: Steven A. Sandt | Stars: Johnny James Gatyas, Amy Henry, Steven Ronald Brattman, Julia Gonzalez

Votes: 162

Make a deal with some shady guy at a garage sale who wants to sell you a time machine for some reason.

5. 12 Monkeys (1995)

R | 129 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

74 Metascore

In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Joseph Melito

Votes: 587,812 | Gross: $57.14M

Allow yourself to be placed into a complicated and extremely unreliable device that might not even send you to the right period, not to mention potentially leaving you questioning your sanity.

6. Back to the Future (1985)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

87 Metascore

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Votes: 1,087,757 | Gross: $210.61M

Steal a time travelling DeLorean after your crazy scientist friend who built it gets attacked by terrorists.

7. The Time Tunnel (1966–1967)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Two scientists with a secret time travel project find themselves trapped in the time stream and appearing in notable periods of history.

Stars: James Darren, Robert Colbert, Whit Bissell, John Zaremba

Votes: 3,255

Fund a multi-million dollar government project to build a tunnel by which to travel through time.

8. Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A secret military team, SG-1, is formed to explore other planets through the recently discovered Stargates.

Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge

Votes: 85,464

Janus's Time Travelling Puddle Jumper

9. The Time Machine (1960)

G | 103 min | Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

A man's vision for a utopian society is disillusioned when travelling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society.

Director: George Pal | Stars: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux, Sebastian Cabot

Votes: 36,917

Just build the darn machine yourself.

10. Time Bandits (1981)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

79 Metascore

A young boy accidentally joins a band of time travelling dwarves, as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, John Cleese, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 59,965 | Gross: $42.37M

Forget about a time machine! All you need is a map of the universe pointing out where you can find all the time holes.

11. Somewhere in Time (1980)

PG | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

29 Metascore

A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to travel back in time and meet the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, Teresa Wright

Votes: 27,417 | Gross: $9.71M

Who needs a time machine when you can just use self-hypnosis?

12. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

PG | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

71 Metascore

To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral James T. Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to San Francisco in 1986 to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it: humpback whales.

Director: Leonard Nimoy | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 80,428 | Gross: $109.71M

Get a spaceship and fly really fast around the sun.

13. The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

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

47 Metascore

A Chicago librarian has a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, creating complications in his marriage.

Director: Robert Schwentke | Stars: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston, Michelle Nolden

Votes: 143,453 | Gross: $63.41M

Develop an unusual body condition that makes you jump back and forth through time at random intervals.



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