11 Best Time Travel Movies of the 21st Century
Time travel movies have been popular for decades, but there are a few that stand out from the pack. Check out our list of 11 best time travel movies of the 21st century:
1) Primer (2004)
As one reviewer put it, “Primer is an indie sci-fi film so mind-bending and complex–both narratively and philosophically–that I’m not sure I’ll ever fully grasp it.” The movie’s about two entrepreneurs who invent a machine that can send objects back in time, with unexpected consequences. It was filmed on a budget of $7000 and has since become something of a cult classic.
2) Looper (2012)
Starring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis, Looper is another indie sci-fi classic. The movie features time travel via “time travel drugs,” which transport people to the past for 30 years before transporting them back to their future (however, they still age while in the past). It’s a great concept and a great movie, and many people love it.
3) The Butterfly Effect (2004)
The protagonist in this film finds that with every decision he makes, the future changes in dramatic ways. But when he realizes his power to change the past through time travel, will he use it for good or ill? Time travel films don’t always have to be serious–this one is a good mix of drama, humor, and action.
4) The Jacket (2005)
Based on a novel by sci-fi writer Harry Adam Knight, The Jacket stars Adrien Brody as a Gulf War veteran who’s committed to an insane asylum after killing his wife. There he meets Dr. Becker, who has developed time travel drugs and plans to send him back in time so he can change the past and save his wife–but things don’t go as planned.
5) Deja Vu (2006)
This time travel film starts with a terrorist attack, and the government’s desperate attempt to stop it. To do so, they send an engineer back in time to gather more information on the bomber–but due to complications with his own past, he finds himself falling in love.
6) Star Trek (2009)
Starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, this reboot is a great mix of action, drama, and humor. In it, the two find themselves stranded in the middle of an interstellar war between the Federation and Romulan Empire–and they realize that time travel is their best chance to stop it.
7) Timecrimes (2007)
This Spanish time travel film is about a man who accidentally travels back in time and becomes embroiled in a complex conspiracy. It’s been called “a mind-bending time-travel thriller” by Variety, and was nominated for the prestigious Golden Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival.
8) Triangle (2009)
This British horror film is about a group of friends who take a yacht trip and find themselves in the middle of a deadly storm. When they come ashore, they realize they’re not alone–and that their nightmare has only just begun.
9) Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)
Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in this action-packed film about a soldier who finds himself in a time loop, where he dies each day but wakes up the next with no memory of what happened. It’s based on the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill, and was a box office success.
10) The Time Machine (2002)
This remake of the 1960 classic stars Guy Pearce as a scientist who invents a time machine and travels to the future, only to find that it’s a nightmarish world where the human race has been enslaved by evil creatures.
11) Predestination (2014)
Based on a short story by sci-fi legend Robert A. Heinlein, this Australian film was praised for its “complex, multi-layered narrative” and “a twist ending that’s guaranteed to surprise.” It tells the story of a time agent who must take down an elusive criminal–who turns out to be the agent himself.
So there you have it: 11 of the best time travel movies of the 21st century. Whether you’re a fan of action, drama, or comedy, there’s something for everyone in this list.
And with new time travel films being released all the time, there’s sure to be even more great movies to come. Thank you for reading!