Top 10 Time Travel Movies of all….TIME #topten

This is probably the hardest top ten list I’ve ever had to make, because I never realized how many time travel movies I like.  Someone once said that Time Travel movies make no money, and I can see how easy it might be to screw something like that up.  A time travel movie better be well-written, or the plot is going to be hard to follow, but even Donnie Darko (2001) is sorta confusing, and that’s still a great movie.  It’s a great movie, but these ten are even GREATER, right?

10. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – This movie sneaks in at number ten just based on sure longevity.  It is a Christmas classic that forces a man to wonder what the world would be like without him.  I haven’t seen it in a while, and for good reason.  It’s corny and old-fashioned, but it’s a great story and has a good concept, there’s no doubt about that.

9. Star Trek IV (1986) – This is one of the best Star Trek movies ever written and it shows.  The movie feels very comfortable and all the comedy works pretty well, even if it’s a little over-the-top silly.  I still like it.  I like Mr. Spock in his role as an outsider learning human nature again, which is a deptarture from his usual know-it-all persona.  Even he has a joke in the movie.  And everyone has something to do, which is great.  BEAM ME UP.
8. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) –  This movie is a guilty pleasure and one of the more off-the-wall comedies ever made.  It only works because of the stupid dialogue, which is fun to chuckle at, though I shake my head at the same time.  BOGUS.

7. 12 Monkeys (1995) – On the opposite end of the spectrum from Bill & Ted, 12 Monkeys is a hardcore serious movie, but it’s still well-written, just like all the others on the list.  How bout that, what a surprise.  I think this is one of Brad Pitt’s best roles, and he plays a character that doesn’t fit his usual style, which I think works very well.  It looks like he’s into it.  Because of Pitt’s performance, Bruce Willis comes across better, because his performance doesn’t overshadow everyone else and he finally has a supporting cast.  The themes, the music, the setting, the acting—almost everything works in this movie.

6. Planet of the Apes (1968) – The original Planet of the Apes starring Charlton Heston is a classic.  Unlike Bruce Willis in 12 Monkeys, Heston’s performance overshadows everyone else, but that’s okay because he’s in every scene dominating the screen with his dialogue and his yelling and his wild craziness.  The sets are great, and it feels different, which is a good thing.  YOU DAMN APES.

5. Groundhog Day (1993) – It’s funny how many comedies are on this list.  This is one of the better comedies, mainly because of Bill Murray.  The man is deadpan funny in every scene.  The dialogue is just hilarious and I can’t get over some of the lines.  The movie has become so popular that “Groundhog Day” is a reference in popular culture to things we’re repeating over and over.
army14. Army of Darkness (1992) – Is this a comedy too?  Army of Darkness definitely has a lot of funny stuff in it.  The biggest complaint about this movie is it’s pacing, but I think it’s just fine, and Ash has plenty to do to move the plot along.  I think the skeletons work the best, but any scene with the chainsaw is great too.  CLASSIC.

3. The Time Machine (1960) – This is not a comedy.  It’s still a classic though.  The original Time Machine has a slower pace than most of the movies on this list, but it has an amazing story.  You’re right there with the main character as he discovers time travel and it’s secrets, which is great.  He pulls a lever and he’s in the future.  How cool is that?

2. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) – This is the best Terminator movie, though it’s a close call.  The sequel has a deeper story and better themes, like those about fate, destiny, and technology.  The script is very well constructed and all the action works, especially the chase scene.  In fact, the whole movie is one big chase, only with some breaks for some character crap.  Linda Hamilton’s character is great, much better and more developed than in the first movie.  And the special effects are a highlight.  IT’S A WARZONE DOWN THERE.

1.  Back to the Future (1985) – The best Time Travel movie ever made really doesn’t have a main character that learns much of anything.  Actually, Marty learns how to help people out, I guess.  Either way, Michael J. Fox’s comedy timing couldn’t be any more perfect in this movie.  Unlike a lot of others on this list, the music and the soundtrack is a real strength, but it’s number one because of Michael J. Fox.