A list of Time Machine movies

N.B: These are my movie grades - not the average grades!


Movies with a Time Machine as a vehicle

The Time Machine (George Pal 1960)
Time Machine movie prop (classic style machine):

The Time Machine (Simon Wells 2002)
Time Machine movie prop (steampunk style machine):

Time after Time (Nicholas Meyer 1979)
Time Machine movie prop (Jules Verne-style machine):

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Leonard Nimoy 1986)
Time Machine movie prop (Klingon space ship):

Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis 1985)
Time Machine movie prop (DeLorean car):

Back to the Future Part III (Robert Zemeckis 1990)
Time Machine movie prop (DeLorean car):

Back to the Future Part II (Robert Zemeckis 1989)
Time Machine movie prop (DeLorean car):

Austin Powers in Goldmember (Jay Roach 2002)
Time Machine movie props (Volkswagen Beetle and 1975 Cadillac Eldorado Fleetwood cars. See also below):

The Time Machine (TV-movie) (Henning Schellerup 1978)
Time Machine movie prop (white, geometric style machine):

The Philadelphia Experiment (Stewart Raffill 1984)
Time Machine movie prop (Navy ship):

The Philadelphia Experiment II (Stephen Cornwell 1993)
Time Machine movie prop (Stealth fighter):

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (Stephen Herek 1989)
Time Machine movie prop (phone booth, but with a complex antenna on the top):

Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey (Peter Hewitt 1991)
Time Machine movie prop (same phone booth as above):

Meet the Robinsons (Stephen J. Anderson 2007)
Time Machine movie props (two time machines that look like hover cars):


Movies with a Time Machine as a stationary Time Portal making apparatus

The Terminator (James Cameron 1984)
Time apparatus movie prop not shown

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (James Cameron 1991)
Time apparatus movie prop not shown

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Jonathan Mostov 2003)
Time apparatus movie prop not shown

Terminator: Genisys (Alan Taylor 2015)
Time apparatus movie prop (Time Displacement Equipment, TDE, or Time Door):

Deja Vu (Tony Scott 2006)
Time apparatus movie prop:

Timecop (Peter Hyams 1994)
Time apparatus movie prop (TEC LV-4):

Men in Black 3 (Barry Sonnenfeld 2012)
Time apparatus movie prop:

Twelve Monkeys (Terry Gilliam 1995)
Time apparatus movie prop:

Galaxy Quest (Dean Parisot 1999)
Time apparatus movie prop (the Omega 13 device):

Dr. Plonk (Rolf de Heer 2007)
Time apparatus movie prop (old school time machine):

Time Changer (Rich Christiano 2002)
Time apparatus movie prop (another old school time machine):

Looper (Rian Johnson 2012)
Time apparatus movie prop (a sphere with tubes and pipes):

Austin Powers in Goldmember (Jay Roach 2002)
Time apparatus movie prop (a spinning time portal device. See also above):

Primer (Shane Carruth 2004)
Time apparatus movie prop (home-made device in a container):

Retroactive (Louis Morneau 1997)
Time apparatus movie prop (an experimental machine in the lab):

Returner (Takashi Yamazaki 2002)
Time apparatus movie prop (a big cylindrical machine to jump in):

Land of the Lost (Brad Silberling 2009)
Time apparatus movie prop (tachyon amplifier):

Freejack (Geoff Murphy 1992)
Time apparatus movie prop (a black coffin on a truck - not the race-car):

A Sound of Thunder (Peter Hyams 2005)
Time apparatus movie prop:

Timeline (Richard Donner 2003)
Time apparatus movie prop (something with a lot of mirrors):
(N.B.: The book Timeline by Michael Crichton is much, much better ...)


Movies with other form of Time Travel

The Planet of the Apes (Franklin J. Schaffner 1968)
(space ship)

Demolition Man (Marco Brambilla 1993)
(cryogenic pod)

Kung Fury (David Sandberg 2015) N.B.: Short film (30 min)
(hacking time with home computers from the 1980's)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Alfonso Cuar´┐Żn 2004)
(the Time-Turner thing)

Time Bandits (Terry Gilliam 1981)
(God's time map)

Thermae Romae (Hidei Takeuchi 2012)
(time tunnels of streaming water)

Tomorrowland (Brad Bird 2015)
(a souvenir badge from Tomorrowland)

Time at the Top (Jim Kaufman 1999)

Interstellar (Christopher Nolan 2014)

Safety Not Guaranteed (Colin Trevorrow 2012)
(a device placed in a vessel for safety reasons)

About Time (Richard Curtis 2013)
(dark places, like closets)

Kate & Leopold (James Mangold 2001)
(time tunnel at Brooklyn Bridge)

The Butterfly Effect (Eric Bress & J. Mackye Gruber 2004)

Forever Young (Steve Miner 1992)
(cryogenic pod)

Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets (Luc Besson 2017)
(a market/shopping place which exists in two different time lines)

Predestination (Michael and Peter Spierig 2014)
(a coordinate transformer field kit)

Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly 2001)
(tubes of fluid light extending out of Donnie's family's chests and a time tunnel over the town)

Lost in Space (Stephen Hopkins 1998)
(a vortex generated by the space ship's engines and controlled by the navigation array)

Source Code (Duncan Jones 2011)
(the memory of a surviving victim of a bombed Chicago commuter train)

Frequency (Gregory Hoblit 2000)
(an accidental cross-time radio link)

Young Sherlock Holmes (Barry Levinson 1985)
(time tunnel in London)

The Final Countdown (Don Taylor 1980)
(big anomaly in the Sea)

Cocoon (Ron Howard 1985)
(cocoons in a pool making old people younger)

Somewhere in Time (Jeannot Szwarc 1980)
(an 70-year old painting of an actress which Reeves fall in love in)

The Lake House (Alejandro Agresti 2006)
(common mailbox)

Genesis II (John Llewellyn Moxey 1973)
(a suspended animation experiment gone wrong, supposed to be an 8 day trial for astronauts and there was an earthquake that buried the chamber in a cavern and it was not found for 154 years)

Planet Earth (Marc Daniels 1974)
(a sequel to Genesis II (here above) with John Saxon as Dylan Hunt in place of Alex Cord)

The Time Travellers Wife (Robert Schwentke 2009)
(the Time Traveller himself)

Slipstream (David van Eyssen 2005)
(a Temporal Displacement Device which looks like a cell phone)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (Stuart Gillard 1993)

Hot Tub Time Machine (Steve Pink 2010)

Trancers (Charles Band 1984)
(a police officer's mind sent back in time and implanted into someone else's body)


TV series with Time Travel

Stargate SG-1
Time Machine movie prop (the Stargate, used as a time portal, f.ex. in the episode "1969"):

Dr. Who
Time Machine movie prop (the Tardis, a blue Police phone booth):

Babylon 5
Time Machine movie prop (the Great Machine of Epsilon III, a massive, massive underground machine
- which is an homage to the Krell machine from "Forbidden Planet" (1956)):

Star Trek (1967)
Time Machine movie prop (click to see more info offsite here):

Star Trek Voyager
Time Machine movie prop (the spaceship USS Relativity from the 29th Century):

The Girl from Tomorrow
Time Machine movie prop (the Time Capsule, a vehicle):

Seven Days
Time Machine movie prop (the Chronosphere, a vessel):

Twilight Zone (1960 and 1963)
Time Machine movie prop (click to see more info offsite here and here):

Voyagers (not seen yet, only the prop)
Time Machine movie prop (the Omni, a little handheld device, like a pocket watch):

The Time Tunnel (Irwin Allen, 1966-67)
Time Machine movie prop (the Time Tunnel, a great machine/portal):

Sliders (not seen yet)
Time Machine movie prop (a portal to a parallel universe)

Quantum Leap (not seen yet)
Time Machine movie prop (this is debatable as the person do not physically travel)



More Time Travel Movies not seen yet

X-Men: Days of Future Past (Bryan Singer 2014)
Marvel superheroes changing the past to make an alternate future

Safety Not Guaranteed (Colin Trevorrow 2012)
what if you see an announcement in the newspaper about to participate in time travel?

The Time Guardian (Brian Hannant 1987)
a city from the year 4039 travels through time to evade army of killer cyborgs

Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (William Dear 1982)
a motocross biker is accidentaly sent back in time to the Old West, circa 1875

Time Runner (Michael Mazo 1993)
fleeing an exploding space station in 2022, when Earth is under alien attack, to 1992

Time Trackers (Howard R. Cohen 1989)
an evil genius determined to use time travel to alter history in his favor

Yesterday's Target (Barry Samson 1996)
three persons threatened by the Syndicate, are sent back in time but they lose their memories

The Time Travelers, a.k.a. The Return of the Time Travelers (Ib Melchior 1964)
a group of scientists create a portal that takes them to a barren, mutant inhabited, Earth in the year 2071

Morlocks, a.k.a. Time Machine: Rise of the Morlocks (Matt Codd 2011)
an experimental time machine opens a window into the future and mutated monsters (not the original Morlocks!) use it to come back to the present and go on a murderous rampage

Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time (Sylvio Tabet 1991)
Dar the warrior is forced to travel to Earth to stop his evil brother from stealing an atomic bomb in the past and turning their native land from a desert into, well - a desert

The Philadelphia Experiment (Paul Ziller 2012)
a cloaking device (to render warships invisible) brings back the original ship (the Eldridge) that disappeared during the first test in 1943 - which brings death and destruction to the 21st century

Journey to the Center of Time, a.k.a. Time Warp (David L. Hewitt 1967)
cheap time travel adventure using plot elements from The Time Travelers

Adamu to Ivu, a.k.a. Adam & Eve: Time Travelers from the Future (1992) N.B.: Short film
short Japanese anime (comedy)

The Time Traveler's Apprentice (Seth Hill 2010) N.B.: Short film (30 min)
students at the Institute Of Time Travel ignore their professor and trigger an historic catastrophe

Time Travelers - The Pattern (Russel Boyd 2012) N.B.: Short film
what happens in the Future has its origins in the Present; they learn the story behind The Pattern


And I also spotted a danish site with a much much longer time travel movie list:


"Sometimes you must see some bad movies, that you really can enjoy the good ones"
Md. Dr. Jovan Petojevic (my beloved father) when we went to the movies in 1986 and saw Born American


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Sandra Petojevic, Master of Arts, May 27 2006 (Updated October 30, 2017)