46 Good Time travelling movies

List by john Last updated August 16, 2017

Here is my list of good movies that either have the theme of, or are based on the concept of time travel. If I am missing any titles please comment below.


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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

Science Fiction Adventure
The key to saving the future can only be found in the past.

Fugitives of the Federation for their daring rescue of Spock from the doomed Genesis Planet, Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) and his crew begin their journey home to face justice for their actions. But as they near Earth, they find it at the mercy of a mysterious alien presence whose signals are slowly destroying the planet. In a desperate attempt to answer the call of the probe, Kirk and his crew race back to the late twentieth century. However they soon find the world they once knew to be more alien than anything they've encountered in the far reaches of the galaxy!

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Vote count 423 Vote avg 68 Release date 1986-11-25

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Flight of the Navigator (1986)

Family Science Fiction Adventure
Come along on the greatest adventure of the summer!

In Flight of the Navigator, 12-year old David Freeman goes missing in 1978, only to reappear in 1986. In the eight years that have passed, he hasn't aged. It's no coincidence that at the time he comes back, a flying saucer is found. David feels inexplicably connected to the fantastic machine...

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Vote count 186 Vote avg 68 Release date 1986-07-30

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Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

Comedy Drama Fantasy
Knowing what you know now, what would you do differently?

Peggy Sue faints at a Highschool reunion. When she wakes up she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.

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Vote count 111 Vote avg 58 Release date 1986-10-05

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Back to the Future (1985)

Adventure Comedy Science Fiction
He's the only kid ever to get into trouble before he was born.

Eighties teenager Marty McFly is accidentally sent back in time to 1955, inadvertently disrupting his parents' first meeting and attracting his mother's romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by rekindling his parents' romance and - with the help of his eccentric inventor friend Doc Brown - return to 1985.

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Vote count 4,875 Vote avg 79 Release date 1985-07-03

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The Terminator (1984)

Action Thriller Science Fiction
Your future is in his hands.

In the post-apocalyptic future, reigning tyrannical supercomputers teleport a cyborg assassin known as the "Terminator" back to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is destined to lead insurgents against 21st century mechanical hegemony. Meanwhile, the human-resistance movement dispatches a lone warrior to safeguard Sarah. Can he stop the virtually indestructible killing machine?

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Vote count 3,465 Vote avg 73 Release date 1984-10-26

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The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)

Adventure Drama Fantasy
Will you survive?

Based on an "actual event" that took place in 1943. About a US Navy Destroyer Escort that disappeared from the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, and sent two men 40 years into the future to 1984.

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Vote count 86 Vote avg 60 Release date 1984-08-03

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Time Bandits (1981)

Family Fantasy Science Fiction
All the dreams you've ever had and not just the good ones.

A boy escapes from his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarves, and meets Napoleon, Robin Hood, King Agamemnon and other famous figures.

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Vote count 220 Vote avg 65 Release date 1981-07-13

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Superman (1978)

Adventure Fantasy Action
You'll Believe a Man Can Fly!

Mild-mannered Clark Kent works as a reporter at the Daily Planet alongside his crush, Lois Lane − who's in love with Superman. Clark must summon his superhero alter ego when the nefarious Lex Luthor launches a plan to take over the world.

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Vote count 784 Vote avg 68 Release date 1978-12-14

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Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)

Comedy Drama Fantasy
Billy Pilgrim lives - from time to time.

"Listen: Billie Pilgrim has come unstuck in time." Slaughterhouse-Five is an award-winning 1972 film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's novel of the same name. Director Hill faithfully renders for the screen Vonnegut's obsessive story of Pilgrim, who survives the 1945 firebombing of Dresden, then lives simultaneously in his past, present, and future.

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Vote count 39 Vote avg 63 Release date 1972-03-15

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Planet of the Apes (1968)

Adventure Drama Action
Somewhere in the Universe, there must be something better than man!

An U.S. Spaceship lands on a desolate planet, stranding astronaut Taylor in a world dominated by apes, 2000 years into the future, who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon Taylor finds himself among the hunted, his life in the hands of a benevolent chimpanzee scientist.

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Vote count 735 Vote avg 75 Release date 1968-02-07

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The Time Machine (1960)

Thriller Adventure Fantasy
You Will Orbit into the Fantastic Future!

A Victorian Englishman travels to the far future and finds that humanity has divided into two hostile species.

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Vote count 183 Vote avg 75 Release date 1960-08-17

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Looper (2012)

Action Thriller Science Fiction
Hunted By Your Future, Haunted By Your Past

In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a looper, a hired gun, like Joe is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good until the day the mob decides to close the loop, sending back Joe's future self for assassination.

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Vote count 4,149 Vote avg 66 Release date 2012-09-26

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Midnight in Paris (2011)

Fantasy Comedy Romance

A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.

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Vote count 1,558 Vote avg 73 Release date 2011-05-11

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Source Code (2011)

Thriller Science Fiction Mystery
Make Every Second Count

Decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in the body of an unknown man, discovering he's involved in a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. He learns he's part of a top-secret experimental program that enables him to experience the final 8 minutes of another person's life. Colter re-lives the train incident over and over again, gathering more clues each time. But can he discover who is responsible for the attack before the next one happens?

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Vote count 2,219 Vote avg 71 Release date 2011-03-30

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

Adventure Fantasy Action
Defy the Future

A rogue prince reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time – gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.

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Vote count 1,921 Vote avg 61 Release date 2010-05-19

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Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

Science Fiction Comedy Adventure
Kick some past

A malfunctioning time machine at a ski resort takes a man back to 1986 with his two friends and nephew, where they must relive a fateful night and not change anything to make sure the nephew is born.

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Vote count 770 Vote avg 60 Release date 2010-03-26

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Star Trek (2009)

Science Fiction Action Adventure
The future begins.

The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, a Vulcan, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before. The human adventure has begun again.

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Vote count 4,019 Vote avg 73 Release date 2009-05-06

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The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

Drama Romance Fantasy

Due to a genetic disorder, handsome librarian Henry DeTamble involuntarily zips through time, appearing at various moments in the life of his true love, the beautiful artist Clare Abshire.

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Vote count 659 Vote avg 67 Release date 2009-08-14

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Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009)

Drama Comedy Science Fiction
Three guys. One pub. Too much time on their hands.

Three men walk into a bar; two geeks and a cynic. They are three ordinary blokes who all have dreams and hopes for an exciting and better future

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Vote count 160 Vote avg 71 Release date 2009-04-24

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Stargate: Continuum (2008)

Adventure Science Fiction
History may never repeat itself again.

Ba'al travels back in time and prevents the Stargate program from being started. SG-1 must somehow restore history.

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Vote count 120 Vote avg 66 Release date 2008-07-29

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Premonition (2007)

Fantasy Drama Mystery
Reality is only a nightmare away

A depressed housewife who learns her husband was killed in a car accident the day previously, awakens the next morning to find him alive and well at home, and then awakens the day after to a world in which he is still dead.

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Vote count 312 Vote avg 58 Release date 2007-02-08

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Timecrimes (2007)

Science Fiction Thriller
A trip back in time from the present to...

A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.

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Vote count 258 Vote avg 70 Release date 2007-09-20

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Déjà Vu (2006)

Action Thriller Science Fiction
If you think it's just a feeling, go back... and look again.

Called in to recover evidence in the aftermath of a horrific explosion on a New Orleans ferry, Federal agent Doug Carlin gets pulled away from the scene and taken to a top-secret government lab that uses a time-shifting surveillance device to help prevent crime.

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Vote count 1,219 Vote avg 66 Release date 2006-11-21

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Adventure Fantasy Family
Something wicked this way comes.

Harry, Ron and Hermione return to Hogwarts for another magic-filled year. Harry comes face to face with danger yet again, this time in the form of escaped convict, Sirius Black – and turns to sympathetic Professor Lupin for help.

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Vote count 4,558 Vote avg 75 Release date 2004-05-31

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The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Science Fiction Thriller
Such minor changes, such huge consequences.

A young man struggles to access sublimated childhood memories. He finds a technique that allows him to travel back into the past, to occupy his childhood body and change history. However, he soon finds that every change he makes has unexpected consequences.

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Vote count 1,576 Vote avg 72 Release date 2004-01-22

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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

Action Thriller Science Fiction
The Machines Will Rise.

It's been 10 years since John Connor saved Earth from Judgment Day, and he's now living under the radar, steering clear of using anything Skynet can trace. That is, until he encounters T-X, a robotic assassin ordered to finish what T-1000 started. Good thing Connor's former nemesis, the Terminator, is back to aid the now-adult Connor … just like he promised.

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Vote count 1,771 Vote avg 59 Release date 2003-07-02

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The Time Machine (2002)

Science Fiction Adventure Action
The greatest adventure THROUGH all time!

Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds humankind divided into two warring races.

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Vote count 499 Vote avg 57 Release date 2002-03-04

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Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

Science Fiction Comedy Crime
He's still evil... He's still deadly... and he's still surrounded by frickin' idiots!

The world's most shagadelic spy continues his fight against Dr. Evil. This time, the diabolical doctor and his clone, Mini-Me, team up with a new foe -- '70s kingpin Goldmember. While pursuing the team of villains to stop them from world domination, Austin gets help from his dad and an old girlfriend.

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Vote count 808 Vote avg 59 Release date 2002-07-26

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Donnie Darko (2001)

Fantasy Drama Mystery
Dark. Darker. Darko.

After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.

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Vote count 2,590 Vote avg 76 Release date 2001-01-18
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Planet of the Apes (2001)

Thriller Science Fiction Action
You'll be sorry you were ever born human

After a spectacular crash-landing on an uncharted planet, brash astronaut Leo Davidson finds himself trapped in a savage world where talking apes dominate the human race. Desperate to find a way home, Leo must evade the invincible gorilla army led by Ruthless General Thade.

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Vote count 994 Vote avg 55 Release date 2001-07-25

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Kate & Leopold (2001)

Comedy Fantasy Romance
If they lived in the same century they'd be perfect for each other.

When her scientist ex-boyfriend discovers a portal to travel through time -- and brings back a 19th-century nobleman named Leopold to prove it -- a skeptical Kate reluctantly takes responsibility for showing Leopold the 21st century. The more time Kate spends with Leopold, the harder she falls for him. But if he doesn't return to his own time, his absence will forever alter history.

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Vote count 345 Vote avg 59 Release date 2001-12-25

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Frequency (2000)

Crime Drama Science Fiction
The future is listening.

When a rare phenomenon gives police officer John Sullivan the chance to speak to his father, 30 years in the past, he takes the opportunity to prevent his dad's tragic death. After his actions inadvertently give rise to a series of brutal murders he and his father must find a way to fix the consequences of altering time.

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Vote count 368 Vote avg 70 Release date 2000-04-28

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Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

Crime Adventure Action
I'm back, baby!

When diabolical genius, Dr. Evil travels back in time to steal superspy Austin Powers's ‘mojo’, Austin must return to the swingin' '60s himself – with the help of American agent, Felicity Shagwell – to stop the dastardly plan. Once there, Austin faces off against Dr. Evil's army of minions and saves the world in his own unbelievably groovy way.

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Vote count 845 Vote avg 62 Release date 1999-06-08

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Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

Science Fiction Action Adventure
Resistance is futile.

The Borg, a relentless race of cyborgs, are on a direct course for Earth. Violating orders to stay away from the battle, Captain Picard and the crew of the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise E pursue the Borg back in time to prevent the invaders from changing Federation history and assimilating the galaxy.

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Vote count 591 Vote avg 69 Release date 1996-11-21

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Twelve Monkeys (1995)

Science Fiction Thriller Mystery
The future is history

In the year 2035, convict James Cole reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to discover the origin of a deadly virus that wiped out nearly all of the earth's population and forced the survivors into underground communities. But when Cole is mistakenly sent to 1990 instead of 1996, he's arrested and locked up in a mental hospital. There he meets psychiatrist Dr. Kathryn Railly, and patient Jeffrey Goines, the son of a famous virus expert, who may hold the key to the mysterious rogue group, the Army of the 12 Monkeys, thought to be responsible for unleashing the killer disease.

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Vote count 1,963 Vote avg 74 Release date 1995-12-29

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Star Trek: Generations (1994)

Science Fiction Action Adventure
Boldly go.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-D find themselves at odds with the renegade scientist Soran who is destroying entire star systems. Only one man can help Picard stop Soran's scheme...and he's been dead for seventy-eight years.

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Vote count 397 Vote avg 64 Release date 1994-11-17

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Timecop (1994)

Thriller Science Fiction Action
They killed his wife ten years ago. There's still time to save her. Murder is forever... until now.

An officer for a security agency that regulates time travel, must fend for his life against a shady politician who has a tie to his past.

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Vote count 239 Vote avg 55 Release date 1994-09-15

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Groundhog Day (1993)

Romance Fantasy Drama
He's having the worst day of his life... over, and over...

A narcissistic TV weatherman, along with his attractive-but-distant producer and mawkish cameraman, is sent to report on Groundhog Day in the small town of Punxsutawney, where he finds himself repeating the same day over and over.

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Vote count 1,910 Vote avg 74 Release date 1993-02-11

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The Visitors (1993)

Fantasy Comedy Science Fiction
They Weren't Born Yesterday!

This outrageous time-travel comedy follows the misadventures of a wacky medieval knight (Jean Reno) and his faithful servant when they are accidentally transported to contemporary times by a senile sorcererMayhem rules as these 12th-century visitors try adapting to the wildly confusing modern world. To avoid being stuck here for good, however, they soon begin an all-out cosmic assault on their former castle -- now a luxury hotel -- in their quest to return to the past

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Vote count 314 Vote avg 70 Release date 1993-01-27

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Army of Darkness (1992)

Fantasy Horror Comedy
Trapped in time. Surrounded by evil. Low on gas.

A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home.

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Vote count 695 Vote avg 73 Release date 1992-10-09

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Action Thriller Science Fiction
It's nothing personal.

Nearly 10 years have passed since Sarah Connor was targeted for termination by a cyborg from the future. Now her son, John, the future leader of the resistance, is the target for a newer, more deadly terminator. Once again, the resistance has managed to send a protector back to attempt to save John and his mother Sarah.

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Vote count 3,569 Vote avg 77 Release date 1991-07-01

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Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)

Adventure Fantasy Comedy
Once... they made history. Now... they are history.

Amiable slackers Bill and Ted are once again roped into a fantastical adventure when De Nomolos, a villain from the future, sends evil robot duplicates of the two lads to terminate and replace them. The robot doubles actually succeed in killing Bill and Ted, but the two are determined to escape the afterlife, challenging the Grim Reaper to a series of games in order to return to the land of the living.

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Vote count 258 Vote avg 59 Release date 1991-07-19

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Back to the Future Part III (1990)

Adventure Action Comedy
They've saved the best trip for last... But this time they may have gone too far.

The final installment of the Back to the Future trilogy finds Marty digging the trusty DeLorean out of a mineshaft and looking up Doc in the Wild West of 1885. But when their time machine breaks down, the travelers are stranded in a land of spurs. More problems arise when Doc falls for pretty schoolteacher Clara Clayton, and Marty tangles with Buford Tannen.

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Vote count 2,322 Vote avg 71 Release date 1990-05-25

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Back to the Future Part II (1989)

Adventure Comedy Family
Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads!

Marty and Doc are at it again in this wacky sequel to the 1985 blockbuster as the time-traveling duo head to 2015 to nip some McFly family woes in the bud. But things go awry thanks to bully Biff Tannen and a pesky sports almanac. In a last-ditch attempt to set things straight, Marty finds himself bound for 1955 and face to face with his teenage parents -- again.

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Vote count 3,109 Vote avg 73 Release date 1989-11-20

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

Adventure Comedy Science Fiction
History is about to be rewritten by two guys who can't spell.

In the small town of San Dimas, a few miles away from Los Angeles, there are two nearly brain dead teenage boys going by the names of Bill S, Preston ESQ. and Ted Theodore Logan, they have a dream together of starting their own rock and roll band called the "Wyld Stallyns". Unfortunately, they are still in high school and on the verge of failing out of their school as well, and if they do not pass their upcoming history report, they will be separated as a result of Ted's father sending him to military school. But, what Bill and Ted do not know is that they must stay together to save the future. So, a man from the future named Rufus came to help them pass their report. So, both Bill and Ted decided to gather up historical figures which they need for their report. They are hoping that this will help them pass their report so they can stay together.

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Vote count 378 Vote avg 66 Release date 1989-02-17

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Warlock (1989)

Comedy Adventure Fantasy
Satan also has one son.

A warlock flees from the 17th to the 20th century, with a witch-hunter in hot pursuit. A Warlock (Julian Sands) is taken captive in Boston, Massachusetts in 1691 by a witch-hunter Giles Redferne (Richard Grant). He is sentenced to death for his activities, including the bewitching of Redferne's bride-to-be, but before the execution a demon appears and propels the Warlock forward in time to 20th century Los Angeles, California. Redferne follows through the portal. The Warlock attempts to assemble The Grand Grimoire, a Satanic book that will reveal the "true" name of God. Redferne and the Warlock then embark on a cat-and-mouse chase with the Grand Grimoire, and Kassandra (Lori Singer), a waitress who encounters Giles while he's attempting to find Warlock.

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Vote count 83 Vote avg 58 Release date 1989-06-01

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