With Avengers: Endgame come and gone, it is time to have a serious discussion about time travel. Whether you believe in it as possible or are left with more questions than answers after watching Endgame, time travel has played a big part in pop culture dating back to the 1880s. Film has featured many versions of the fabled technology. Some made it pretty believable. Others were called Looper. Just kidding. Looper was a decent movie minus the horrible facial prosthetics on JGL.
5) Timecop (1994)
Every movie is made better with Jean-Claude Van Damme. But adding elements of time travel to the mix makes a spicy dish. Timecop is a unique film that tackles the topic of time travel from an original angle. That angle is by infusing the motivations of government agencies to police the potentially corrupt practice. Wait, that makes it sound boring. Roundhouse kick!
4) Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
There is so much golden about this movie. First of all, it acts as a time capsule for all of history to remember what a phone booth was. Think about it. If a kid these days watches that movie, they will have no idea what a phone booth is. Crazy!
Yes, this could potentially be higher on the list. But it is riddled with questions that plague the entire franchise. With that being said, Terminator is awesome and leads into one of the best sequels of all time. The basic principals of time travel are in play, but it doesn’t take into consideration the ripple effect of its own actions.
2) 12 Monkeys (1995)
Perhaps a reach at number 2. But it’s my list, so 12 Monkeys is finishing high. I love the way this film handles the way time travel interacts with itself. Because if something happens during time travel, then that action is stamped into reality. This means that the time traveler will be burned into the true reality of anyone who sees him. Hence the powerful airport scene. Gosh does that just warp my mind. Future episode for sure!
How in the world can there be a time travel list without Back to the Future. For what it’s worth, this isn’t the first time this film rounds out the top of one of our top 5 lists. This movie has been called the perfect time travel movie. I think the way it deals with how travel effects the future and the past that it really resonates as tangible with audiences. And if you couldn’t tell, Back to the Future is one of our favorite films!