Your Top Three: Time-Travel Movies

Your Top Three: Time-Travel Movies

May 23, 2014

Your Top Three is a series here at where we choose a topic and you give us your top three picks.

I dig just about any movie involving time travel, even those starring Jean-Claude Van Damme or Mick Jagger. So, I got very excited about the X-Men movie franchise dipping into that territory for its latest installment, X-Men: Days of Future Past. It's like an episode of Quantum Leap starring Wolverine. That's a hard premise to ignore. 

And it made me wonder what other series could use a blast of the past or the future. Imagine, say, The Fast and the Furious and the Future or a James Bond installment where he goes back to the '60s -- oh yeah, that was an Austin Powers movie. But imagine if Star Wars used time travel in a movie. Star Trek has done it, after all.

But that's really a discussion for another time. For now, I think we're overdue for a survey of everyone's favorite time-travel movies. It's that simple. 

Here are my top three time-travel movies:

12 Monkeys (1995)

If I wanted to seem highbrow, I might instead say Chris Marker's La Jetee, which was the inspiration for this Terry Gilliam movie. But the remake is more entertaining, and that's important for me. At the same time, it's not even remotely a dumbing down of Marker's idea. This was the first movie where I couldn't leave when it was over; I love it so much I had to rewatch it again immediately.


Time Bandits (1981)

Yes, another Gilliam, and the one I grew up on. As a time-travel movie, it is admittedly kind of dumb, to the point that it mixes in fictional characters and settings alongside historical ones. But it's silly and magical as only a Monty Python-ish family film could be, and for that it is absolutely wonderful. 


The Final Countdown (1980)

I'm putting aside the obvious choices like Back to the Future and The Terminator, among others that I also think are great, because I've actually seen this less yet thought about it more. It stars Kirk Douglas as the captain of a modern aircraft carrier that goes back to the days just before the bombing of Pearl Harbor and he then has to decide whether to interfere. 


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