Time Travel Movies

At some point in their lives, just about everyone wishes they could change something about the past -- or get a glimpse of the future. Whether they involve alternate timelines, fancy time machines, or wrongs being righted, these mind-bending movies help us scratch that itch. From poking fun at historical figures to playing fast and loose with the space-time continuum, these are fun picks for time-travel fans. Just remember to avoid paradoxes! For more great choices, try our Sci-Fi Movies and Science Fiction TV lists.

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Time Bandits

age 9+

Fun fantasy has a bit of bite.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1981)
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Back to the Future Part III

age 9+

Wild West-themed final installment is fine for older tweens.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1990)
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Back to the Future

age 10+

'80s time-travel favorite; some violence, bullying, cursing.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1985)
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Back to the Future Part II

age 10+

Amusing futuristic sequel more dated, edgier than original.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1989)
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Bill & Ted Face the Music

age 10+

Funny, satisfying threequel wraps series with family focus.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

age 10+

Fantastic, but kids are older, themes are darker.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2004)
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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

age 10+

Buoyant, farcical time-travel Enterprise escapade.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1986)
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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

age 11+

Silly time-capsule comedy ideal for older tweens.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1989)
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The Flight of the Navigator

age 10+

'80s time-travel adventure has some cursing.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1986)
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Interstellar

age 12+

Ambitious intergalactic drama focuses on a father's promise.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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Planet of the Apes (1968)

age 12+

Original Apes mixes smart sci-fi and fighting, sexy stuff.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1968)
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Somewhere in Time

age 12+

Moony time travel tale is best for incurable romantics.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1980)
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Star Trek

age 12+

Classic franchise gets new life; OK for older kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2009)
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

age 13+

Fun coming of age time-traveling anime with some romance.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2008)
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Peggy Sue Got Married

age 13+

'80s time-warp tale is meaty teen-parent viewing.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1986)
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Primer

age 13+

Brainy, fascinating time-travel tale has violence, language.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2004)
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Speed of Life

age 13+

Well-acted, original sci-fi indie is short and sweet.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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X-Men: Days of Future Past

age 13+

Time-traveling superhero sequel has lots of action violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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Tenet

age 14+

Nolan's violent, elaborate epic is best for deep thinkers.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Synchronic

age 15+

Dark but solid time-travel story has violence, language.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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