What is your favorite time-travel movie?
Back to the Future (Any)
44.4% (123)
44.4% (123)
12 Monkeys
12.6% (35)
12.6% (35)
Looper
7.6% (21)
7.6% (21)
Planet of the Apes
1.4% (4)
1.4% (4)
Terminator (Any)
8.7% (24)
8.7% (24)
Primer
7.9% (22)
7.9% (22)
Star Trek (Any)
2.5% (7)
2.5% (7)
Other
14.1% (39)
14.1% (39)
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Poll: The Best Time-Travel Movie

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So last night I saw the film Looper with some friends, and by God was I impressed. It took a really interesting take on time travel (I won't explain the plot, there's wikipedia for that), and it really got me thinking of all the other time-travel movies I'd seen, to which I realized how much I apparently enjoy the sub-genre.

So Escapists, what is your favorite time-travel film?

(Obviously there are a lot, so I'll just list a few of the bigger-named films in the poll. For the time-travel series, just get specific in the comments)

It's got to be Back to the Future, with 12 Monkeys coming in a close second. I'm also going to say that Jumper was pretty good, even though that was more about teleportation he would technically have been time-travelling due to breaking the laws of relativity...

Nooooooooooooooooooooooo, Looper had one good concept but when you try and put it in the real world you have to ask - why the fuck won't they do the infinite other activities you can do with this device? I mean - it's already illegal, what's stopping people (criminals) from doing what the hell they wanted? It's so narrow in the way it looks at the concept.

12 Monkeys was just an evil movie.
Planet of the Apes made little sense to me.
Terminator was the epiphany of a mediocre movie made on a flimsy budget (Thus making it even more awesome) getting over-hyped and having three more sequels added to it after it became a bloody cult classic.
Primer had a very neat system but suffered a bit from its structure. Yes, not exploding car chases and titties flying around, but it still lacked something.
StarTrek? seriously?

I voted Terminator because as a franchise, I feel it upholds its vision of time travel very well, handling and working with the flaws that might be present in sending back 3 murderous robots

What a coincidence. I'm going to go see Looper in a few hours! xD

I'm totally psyched now, like a Yuri Prime. :D

The Girl who Leapt Through Time is my favorite, as of right now. I love the way time travel works in this movie. I watched it on a recommendation from a friend, and it's the best time travel movie as well as animated movie I have seen so far. :)

TheIronRuler:
StarTrek? seriously?

I checked some 'Top 20' lists online in case I'd forgotten any obvious choices. Star Trek appeared on every list, however, I've only seen one Star Trek movie in my life.

It's such a huge brand name I assumed I would get called out for not including it or something. My ignorance shines.

SanAndreasSmoke:

TheIronRuler:
StarTrek? seriously?

I checked some 'Top 20' lists online in case I'd forgotten any obvious choices. Star Trek appeared on every list, however, I've only seen one Star Trek movie in my life.

It's such a huge brand name I assumed I would get called out for not including it or something. My ignorance shines.

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There is time travel in Star Trek but it's... eh... just watch it yourself. You'll see what I'm trying to tell you.

Other. Why?

Because your list left out this most excellent movie.

To go with my love of cheesy movies.

The sequel to Waxwork is my favourite time travel movie.

Waxwork 2 - Lost in Time.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105792/

Back to the Future is probably my favorite movie where the plot revolves entirely around time travel, but Terminator 2: Judgement Day is one of my favorite movies of all time so I'd have to say Terminator.

This also helps:

My favourite "light" time-travel film is Les Visiteurs:

Some people may be more familiar with it's more modern re-make, Just Visiting (which isn't too bad, as far as unnecessary American re-makes go), but the original is much better.

My favourite serious time-travel film, and probably my favourite Sci-Fi film is The Man From Earth:

Some may argue that it's not really a time-travel film, but I think it qualifies as it's about the experiences of someone from one time period set against the backdrop of another time period, it's just that the protagonist travels forward through time at a ratio of 1:1.

Back to the Future, hands down... though Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure is pretty good too.

Yeah, I might agree with Looper. Loved it.

Aylaine:
The Girl who Leapt Through Time is my favorite, as of right now. I love the way time travel works in this movie. I watched it on a recommendation from a friend, and it's the best time travel movie as well as animated movie I have seen so far. :)

I'd agree with this =) If time travel existed, Id like to imagine that this is how it would work. I normally avoid anything involving time travel like the plague but it made sense in this one!

EDIT: Its also just an awesome movie! In succeeded in making me laugh out loud at something that happened, and 10 minutes later making me say "Oh shit!" out loud... at 1am when everyone else in the house was asleep. No film has ever done that!

To be honest, the whole Time Travel element of The Lake House. No PERSON is time travelling, its just an instance where someone from the future/past is able to communicate with another person of the opposite end, similiar to the movie "Frequency."

I like those.

Despite the gaping plot holes, BTTF is an awesome time travel trilogy.

Aylaine:

The Girl who Leapt Through Time is my favorite, as of right now. I love the way time travel works in this movie. I watched it on a recommendation from a friend, and it's the best time travel movie as well as animated movie I have seen so far. :)

Also this. Such a great film.

I'll go with Back to the Future.

But for some obscure fun, Doug Campbell's The Tomorrow Man is also pretty good.

TheIronRuler:
12 Monkeys was just an evil movie.

What? Seriously what was evil about 12 Monkeys?

Axolotl:

TheIronRuler:
12 Monkeys was just an evil movie.

What? Seriously what was evil about 12 Monkeys?

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It fucks with your mind. Ni hope, no chance for reversal, just the inevitable. I would have been angry at the movie if I didn't like it so much.

I bias to say Back to the Future (I grew up watching those films!) despite that time travel theory is unlikely to be real (the whole you will disappear if you mess up your parent meeting each other).

No Bill And Ted? No sale!

Boo!

I'm going with The Girl Who Leapt Through Time too. Though I recently watched it again and foud it pretty dull the second time around, it still has my favorite use of time travel in a movie.

Timecop! It is clearly the superior film!

Auron225:
SNOOP DOG

Agreed on all parts. I actually need to see if they have an English version of it out now. :)

King of Asgaard:
Despite the gaping plot holes, BTTF is an awesome time travel trilogy.

Aylaine:

The Girl who Leapt Through Time is my favorite, as of right now. I love the way time travel works in this movie. I watched it on a recommendation from a friend, and it's the best time travel movie as well as animated movie I have seen so far. :)

Also this. Such a great film.

I...IM NOT ALONE. <3

It's refreshing to see people who like that movie too! Most of the people I ask just tilt their heads. :)

Also, an update: I watched Looper. Without a doubt one of the better time travel films I've seen. Probably second or third to TGWLTT. :)

Aylaine:

Auron225:
SNOOP DOG

Agreed on all parts. I actually need to see if they have an English version of it out now. :)

King of Asgaard:
Despite the gaping plot holes, BTTF is an awesome time travel trilogy.

Aylaine:

The Girl who Leapt Through Time is my favorite, as of right now. I love the way time travel works in this movie. I watched it on a recommendation from a friend, and it's the best time travel movie as well as animated movie I have seen so far. :)

Also this. Such a great film.

I...IM NOT ALONE. <3

It's refreshing to see people who like that movie too! Most of the people I ask just tilt their heads. :)

Also, an update: I watched Looper. Without a doubt one of the better time travel films I've seen. Probably second or third to TGWLTT. :)

I completely understand this. Not one person I talk to aside from my brother has ever heard of this little gem.
What I like the most about it is how it portrays time travel. It is pretty much exactly how I would want to time travel. No one time use magic spell or time machine, just jump to another time.
Also, it has one of the few female protagonists who's done well, to the point where I care about what happens to her.

Time Chasers (also known as Tangents)! A proud member of the "so bad it's good" family of indie films. I think this is my favorite time travel movie because the plot is so ridiculous, the villain is stupidly evil and even though it's a crappy film, you can really tell the cast and crew put a lot of effort into it.

I'm confused... Are you asking for a good movie with time travel or a movie with good time travel.

The Back to the Future franchise was a good, but had horrible time travel.
The Terminator franchise and 12 Monkeys were mediocre, but with good time travel.

Captcha: bowties are cool ... Wrong, Captcha. Wrong.
Bowties are stupid! Multicolored scarves. That's what cool is.

I would say Back to the Future, closely fallowed by The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. If it was not only movies I would say Quantum Leap.

I thought looper was a really great movie.

As for my favourite, I'm not 100% sure what's my favourite, but I really enjoyed The Time Traveller's Wife. I thought that was a good movie.

My favorite of those would be the first Terminator. Although not for the time travel; I just think it's the best movie of those (from what I've seen/remember, anyway).

You did NOT just create a thread about time travel movies and leave out The Time Machine.

That's like asking for an Alien Invasion movie and leaving out War of the Worlds or the best vampire movie and leaving off Dracula... Naw just kidding, it's cool I get it.

Well 12 Monkey's is the very best TT movie in my opinion. I love the way it cleverly combines time travel and mental insanity resulting in a sort of solipsism for the protaginist only to shatter the bubble at the end. A bit artsy fartsy at times but the movie's intelligent and clever enough to make it feel warranted and the actors really sell the premise well.

I also liked a little film called Time Crimes, a low budget flick that explores the concept quite interestingly with several cool twists and things that require re-watching. The hard part of recommending a time travel movie is often that it's hard to explain what's good about it without spoiling all the neat twists and that's definitely true of Time Crimes. Let's just say the protagonist becomes his own worst enemy.

Primer is a great little rubiks cube of a movie. One of those ones everyone should see just because of how different it is. That movie makes Memento look strait forward, but even outside it's deliberately convoluted plot it's actually a pretty good movie for it's realistic take on time travel and the overall message it gives.

My favourite movie with time travel has to be Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. That book/movie is brilliant.

TheIronRuler:

Axolotl:

TheIronRuler:
12 Monkeys was just an evil movie.

What? Seriously what was evil about 12 Monkeys?

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It fucks with your mind. Ni hope, no chance for reversal, just the inevitable. I would have been angry at the movie if I didn't like it so much.

That's part of what makes it so great. There are very few stories in movies/books/games where the bad guy wins, and while it feels weird, it's also good because it rarely happens. Sometimes, you get sick of the hero always winning, it gets boring. It's what killed Superman for me, you KNOW he's ALWAYS going to win.

So 12 Monkeys is my vote.

12 Monkeys is my choice. My man love for Bruce Willis aside, it's time travel the way I think it would be.


As mentioned above, it's too artsy for my fancy, and I'm not sure if I like the female protagonist(can't recall her name) or not, however I still enjoy watching the movie a lot.

I love Back to the Future is a ridiculously fun trilogy and I've watched it too many times to count, but my favourite has to be 12 Monkeys because that film had me gripped from beginning to end, and the twists were wonderful, also I loved Brad Pit's performance in that film, also loved the whole let's call it "psychological" aspect to not spoil anything, seriously I loved that thing, it had me guessing from beginning to end.

Aylaine:
The Girl who Leapt Through Time is my favorite, as of right now. I love the way time travel works in this movie. I watched it on a recommendation from a friend, and it's the best time travel movie as well as animated movie I have seen so far. :)

Huh... I keep hearing about this film, I don't really know much about it other than it's animated and apparently very good, it seems like I must watch this film.

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