23 Best Movies About Time Travel

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3. The Terminator (1984)
> Director: James Cameron
> Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn
> Domestic box office: $38.0 million

“The Terminator” was an early directorial effort from James Cameron. The film quickly became an iconic action movie thanks to its inventive plot. A human soldier and a killing cyborg are sent back from the future — one to protect a woman and her unborn child, the other to kill them. The movie has a perfect 100% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has spawned several sequels and a short-lived television series.

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2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
> Director: James Cameron
> Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong
> Domestic box office: $203.5 million

James Cameron’s “Terminator 2” excels in many of the aspects that action movie fans appreciate most, such as visual effects and tense action sequences. It stands apart from the average action flick thanks to its refined characters and philosophically intelligent storyline. The movie — which received a 93% rating from critics and a 94% rating from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes — is a haunting tale of post-apocalyptic possibilities and a perfect popcorn action movie rolled in one.

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1. Back to the Future (1985)
> Director: Robert Zemeckis
> Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
> Domestic box office: $212.3 million

Michael J. Fox stars as Marty McFly, a time-traveling high school student, in this 1980s comedy classic from director Robert Zemeckis. The movie is loved by both critics and audiences for its humor, science fiction-based inventiveness, and irresistible energy. The first installment of the Back to the Future series is also the highest rated — 96% of critics and 94% of fans gave it a positive review.