10 Great Time-Travel Movies to Enter Your Post-Loki Era in Grace
These movies transformed time-traveling into cinematic gold.
Time travel is a concept that has always fascinated us, whether it's the possibility of rewriting history or glimpsing into the future. Movies have tackled this theme in countless ways, but some stand out for their creativity and sheer entertainment value.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
This 1989 sci-fi comedy is about two not-so-bright high school buddies, Bill and Ted, facing a future where they flunk their history class. But here comes a time-traveling phone booth that takes them on a ride through history.
What makes this movie awesome isn't just the hilarious antics of Bill and Ted, but how it plays with time travel. It's like a history lesson with a heavy dose of fun.
Back to the Future (1985)
This is the movie that made us all want a DeLorean. Marty McFly, a regular teen, who accidentally ends up in the 1950s thanks to a time machine created by the eccentric Doc Brown. He's got to make sure his parents fall in love, or he'll cease to exist.
This movie is a time-travel gem. It’s got humor, heart, and it’s simply fun. And it’s got that classic line: "Where we're going, we don't need roads."
For something a bit heavier – Predestination. It’s a brain-twisting, complex, and gripping tale. The story revolves around a time-traveling agent on his final mission to stop a notorious bomber. But as the story unfolds, it also touches upon themes of identity, fate, and paradoxes.
Predestination stands out because of its intricate plot and the way it plays with the concept of time loops. Definitely a must-watch if you love a good mind-bending story.
Time Bandits (1981)
Imagine being a kid and stumbling upon a time portal. That's exactly what happens in Time Bandits. This movie is packed with humor, adventure, and a quirky take on history.
The story follows a young boy who joins a group of dwarf bandits hopping through time, meeting famous historical figures and causing chaos along the way.
About Time (2013)
If you're into something more heartwarming, About Time is your choice. It’s not just a time-travel movie; it’s a beautiful story about life and love. The protagonist finds out he can travel in time and decides to improve his life by finding a girlfriend.
Sounds simple, but it's so much more. This film teaches us about the preciousness of everyday moments and the importance of living life to the fullest.
Frequency is a sci-fi gem that you don't want to miss. It’s about a guy who discovers he can communicate with his deceased father through an old ham radio.
They end up working together across time to solve a murder mystery. The way Frequency mixes the past and present in a unique way. Plus, the suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Edge of Tomorrow ( 2014)
This movie isn't just about aliens and time loops, as you might have initially thought. Tom Cruise starts as a public relations officer, a total non-combatant, thrown into a chaotic war against an alien race known as Mimics.
Each time he dies in battle, the day resets, giving him another chance. With the help of a legendary soldier played by Emily Blunt, Cruise's character evolves from a clueless rookie to a skilled warrior.
The film brilliantly combines humor, action, and a touch of romance. It's a clever take on the classic "learn from your mistakes" theme, with a sci-fi twist.
This Spanish-language film is a masterpiece of suspense and intricate storytelling. Directed by Nacho Vigalondo, it tells the story of Hector, an ordinary man who accidentally enters a time loop and faces the bizarre and terrifying consequences of his own actions in the past.
The brilliance of Timecrimes lies in its simplicity and tight plot. The movie's ability to maintain suspense and keep viewers guessing, despite its minimalist setting and small cast, is just impressive.
Set in a future where time travel exists but is outlawed, the film explores the moral and ethical dilemmas faced by the loopers, who know that their job will inevitably lead to their own death.
The confrontation between the younger and older selves, portrayed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, respectively, raises deep questions about regret, redemption, and the desire to change one's destiny.
12 Monkeys (1995)
Directed by Terry Gilliam, this movie stands out for its unconventional narrative and haunting imagery. Bruce Willis plays James Cole, a prisoner sent back in time to gather information about a virus that's destined to decimate humanity.
The film is a whirlwind of surreal scenes, psychological drama, and a heart-wrenching portrayal of a future gone awry. The film's non-linear storytelling and hauntingly ambiguous ending leave a lasting impression.