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1. Men in Black 3 (2012)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.8
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58 Metascore

Agent J travels in time to M.I.B.'s early days in 1969 to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement

Votes: 315,921 | Gross: $179.02M

2. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

6.7
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57 Metascore

When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench

Votes: 143,561 | Gross: $87.24M

3. Back to the Future Part II (1989)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.8
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57 Metascore

After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985...without interfering with his first trip.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson

Votes: 435,297 | Gross: $118.50M

4. Happy Death Day 2U (2019)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

6.2
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57 Metascore

Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.

Director: Christopher Landon | Stars: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Suraj Sharma

Votes: 36,150 | Gross: $28.05M

5. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

6.9
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44 Metascore

Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, Terry Camilleri

Votes: 102,276 | Gross: $40.49M

6. Kung Fury (2015)

Not Rated | 31 min | Short, Action, Comedy

8.0
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In 1985, Kung Fury, the toughest martial artist cop in Miami, goes back in time to kill the worst criminal of all time - Kung Führer, a.k.a. Adolf Hitler.

Director: David Sandberg | Stars: David Sandberg, Jorma Taccone, Steven Chew, Leopold Nilsson

Votes: 52,829

7. Deja Vu (2006)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

7.0
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59 Metascore

After a ferry is bombed in New Orleans, an A.T.F. agent joins a unique investigation using experimental surveillance technology to find the bomber, but soon finds himself becoming obsessed with one of the victims.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Jim Caviezel, Val Kilmer

Votes: 278,863 | Gross: $64.04M

8. Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.2
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34 Metascore

Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to help the Mad Hatter.

Director: James Bobin | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway

Votes: 81,920 | Gross: $77.04M

9. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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71 Metascore

The Borg travel back in time intent on preventing Earth's first contact with an alien species. Captain Picard and his crew pursue them to ensure that Zefram Cochrane makes his maiden flight reaching warp speed.

Director: Jonathan Frakes | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton

Votes: 111,470 | Gross: $92.00M

10. Timeline (2003)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.6
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28 Metascore

A group of archaeologists become trapped in the past when they go there to retrieve a friend. The group must survive in 14th century France before they can escape back to the 21st Century.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Paul Walker, Gerard Butler, Billy Connolly, Frances O'Connor

Votes: 57,815 | Gross: $19.48M

11. Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)

PG | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

6.3
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60 Metascore

A tyrant from the future creates evil android doubles of Bill and Ted and sends them back to eliminate the originals.

Director: Peter Hewitt | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, William Sadler, Joss Ackland

Votes: 58,843 | Gross: $38.04M

12. Project Almanac (2015)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.4
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47 Metascore

A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control.

Director: Dean Israelite | Stars: Amy Landecker, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Virginia Gardner, Jonny Weston

Votes: 72,199 | Gross: $22.33M

13. The Final Countdown (1980)

PG | 103 min | Action, Sci-Fi

6.7
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51 Metascore

A modern aircraft carrier is thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross, James Farentino

Votes: 19,496 | Gross: $16.65M

14. A Christmas Carol (2009)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Drama, Family

6.8
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55 Metascore

An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Steve Valentine

Votes: 92,841 | Gross: $137.86M

15. Batman Ninja (2018)

PG-13 | 85 min | Animation, Action

5.6
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Batman, along with a number of his allies and adversaries, finds himself transplanted from modern Gotham City to feudal Japan.

Director: Junpei Mizusaki | Stars: Kôichi Yamadera, Wataru Takagi, Ai Kakuma, Rie Kugimiya

Votes: 14,640

16. Land of the Lost (1974–1977)

30 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.1
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A family is thrown back in time and must survive in a dinosaur dominated land.

Stars: Wesley Eure, Kathy Coleman, Spencer Milligan, Phillip Paley

Votes: 2,273

17. Goodnight Sweetheart (1993–2016)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.5
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British sitcom in which an unhappily married man discovers he can time travel back to 1940s war-torn London where he masquerades as an MI5 agent and part-time songwriter whilst courting the local barmaid.

Stars: Nicholas Lyndhurst, Victor McGuire, Christopher Ettridge, Elizabeth Carling

Votes: 2,124

18. Black Knight (2001)

PG-13 | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

4.9
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32 Metascore

Martin Lawrence plays Jamal, an employee in Medieval World amusement park. After sustaining a blow to the head, he awakens to find himself in 14th century England.

Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Marsha Thomason, Tom Wilkinson, Vincent Regan

Votes: 35,864 | Gross: $33.42M

19. Waxwork (1988)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Horror

6.2
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A wax museum owner uses his horror exhibits to unleash evil on the world.

Director: Anthony Hickox | Stars: Zach Galligan, Deborah Foreman, Jennifer Bassey, Joe Baker

Votes: 9,675 | Gross: $0.81M

20. A Christmas Carol (1951)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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Old bitter miser Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns

Votes: 18,195

21. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

G | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.7
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64 Metascore

The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.

Director: Brian Henson | Stars: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 43,144 | Gross: $27.28M

22. Detention (2011)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

5.7
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45 Metascore

As a copycat killer named after movie villain Cinderhella stalks the student body at Grizzly Lake High School, a group of co-eds band together to survive while serving detention.

Director: Joseph Kahn | Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Shanley Caswell, Spencer Locke, Dane Cook

Votes: 14,334

23. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

Unrated | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.6
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Time travelers use Godzilla in their scheme to destroy Japan to prevent the country's future economic reign.

Director: Kazuki Ohmori | Stars: Kosuke Toyohara, Anna Nakagawa, Megumi Odaka, Katsuhiko Sasaki

Votes: 5,082

24. A Christmas Carol (1984 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.8
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An old bitter miser who rationalizes his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three spirits visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: George C. Scott, Frank Finlay, Angela Pleasence, Edward Woodward

Votes: 10,994

25. A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995)

PG | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

4.7
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A Little League player is sent back into medieval times where he is given the task of saving Camelot.

Director: Michael Gottlieb | Stars: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Joss Ackland, Art Malik, Paloma Baeza

Votes: 5,364 | Gross: $13.41M

26. Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time (1991)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

4.0
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Dar is a warrior who can talk to the beasts. He is forced to travel to Earth to stop his evil brother from stealing an atomic bomb and turning their native land from a desert into, well - a desert.

Director: Sylvio Tabet | Stars: Marc Singer, Kari Wuhrer, Sarah Douglas, Wings Hauser

Votes: 2,729 | Gross: $0.87M

27. Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982)

PG | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.4
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A maverick motorbike racer wanders into a top-secret time-travel research test site which unintentionally teleports him to the mid-1800s and ends up having to fight violent outlaws for his survival.

Director: William Dear | Stars: Fred Ward, Belinda Bauer, Peter Coyote, Richard Masur

Votes: 1,840

28. Back to the Future (1991–1993)

TV-Y | 23 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.3
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The time travelling adventures of Doc Brown, his family, and his friend, Marty McFly.

Stars: David Kaufman, Dan Castellaneta, Bill Nye, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 1,249

29. Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

5.5
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In this sequel, a couple must use a portal through time to defeat evil.

Director: Anthony Hickox | Stars: Zach Galligan, Monika Schnarre, Martin Kemp, Bruce Campbell

Votes: 3,708

30. Cyborg 2087 (1966)

86 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

5.2
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Earth's civilization of the future sends a cyborg back to the 1960s to change the future.

Director: Franklin Adreon | Stars: Michael Rennie, Karen Steele, Wendell Corey, Warren Stevens

Votes: 329

31. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures (1990–1991)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.4
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The further time travelling adventures of those two most excellent dudes.

Stars: Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Evan Richards

Votes: 1,502

32. Cavegirl (1985)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Fantasy

3.7
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On a class excursion to a cave with stone age paintings the clumsy Rex gets lost. A mysterious crystal opens a gateway in time and sets him back to the stone ages, where he meets a group of... See full summary »

Director: David Oliver Pfeil | Stars: Daniel Roebuck, Cynthia Thompson, Darren Young, Saba Moor-Doucette

Votes: 686

33. The Jews (2016)

111 min | Comedy

5.4
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A French-Jewish actor seeks counseling and discusses a number of stereotypes concerning Jewish people. Told in the form of short stories that accompany each stereotype.

Director: Yvan Attal | Stars: Yvan Attal, François Bureloup, Tobie Nathan, Benoît Poelvoorde

Votes: 945

34. It's About Time (1966–1967)

30 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.0
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Two astronauts, traveling faster than light, go back in time to prehistoric Earth. Unable to return, they make friends with the "natives."

Stars: Frank Aletter, Jack Mullaney, Imogene Coca, Joe E. Ross

Votes: 402

35. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.6
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A singing mechanic from 1912 finds himself in Arthurian Britain.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, Cedric Hardwicke, William Bendix

Votes: 2,026

36. Visit to a Small Planet (1960)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.1
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The weirdest alien of the galaxy pays a visit to Earth...

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Joan Blackman, Earl Holliman, Fred Clark

Votes: 1,020

37. Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)

G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.0
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The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece.

Directors: Burny Mattinson, Richard Rich | Stars: Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith, Will Ryan

Votes: 9,023 | Gross: $21.00M

38. The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang (1980–1981)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

5.3
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Richie, Ralph, The Fonz and his dog Mr. Cool meet a time traveler named Cupcake and accidentally get stuck in her time machine. The group has various adventures in different times and ... See full summary »

Stars: Henry Winkler, Ron Howard, Don Most, Didi Conn

Votes: 178

39. House of Time (2015)

86 min | Comedy, Mystery, Sci-Fi

5.8
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Robert d'Eglantine invites five of his friends to spend a week-end in his castle, lost in the woods. He explains to them that he studied secret documents on nazi scientific research during ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Helpert | Stars: David Atrakchi, Laura Boujenah, Esther Comar, Maxime Dambrin

Votes: 38

40. Chasing Christmas (2005 TV Movie)

PG | 120 min | Comedy, Fantasy

5.2
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In a world where the holidays are run by the efficient Bureau of Yuletide Affairs, a bitter and burned-out Ghost of Christmas Past decides to go AWOL while on a "mission" and leave his "target" stranded in 1965.

Director: Ron Oliver | Stars: Tom Arnold, Andrea Roth, Leslie Jordan, Brittney Wilson

Votes: 649

41. Unidentified Flying Oddball (1979)

G | 93 min | Comedy, Family, Adventure

5.3
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An astronaut and his android double travel back to the time of King Arthur.

Director: Russ Mayberry | Stars: Dennis Dugan, Jim Dale, Ron Moody, Kenneth More

Votes: 840

42. Dead of Night (1977 TV Movie)

76 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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This anthology tells three stories: one of time travel, one of vampires, and one of a mother wishing her drowned son back to life.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Ed Begley Jr., E.J. André, Ann Doran, Christina Hart

Votes: 829

43. The Time Machine (1978 TV Movie)

99 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.2
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A scientist builds a machine that will enable him to travel back and forth in time, but when he puts it in motion, he gets more than he bargained for.

Director: Henning Schellerup | Stars: John Beck, Priscilla Barnes, Andrew Duggan, Rosemary DeCamp

Votes: 308

44. Escape to Grizzly Mountain (2000)

G | 95 min | Family, Western

5.8
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Jimmy, a young boy trying to gain acceptance from his peers, is horrified when he sees a circus trainer abusing a bear cub. One of the circus employees tells Jimmy that there is a magic ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Dalesandro | Stars: Dan Haggerty, Jan-Michael Vincent, Miko Hughes, Cody McMains

Votes: 231

45. The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible (1985– )

Animation, Action, Adventure

7.5
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These are kid stories from the Bible. They cover such stories as creation, Noah, Esther, et cetera.

Stars: Darleen Carr, Rob Paulsen, Terence McGovern, Michael Rye

Votes: 50

46. It's Christmas, Carol! (2012 TV Movie)

TV-G | 87 min | Family, Fantasy

5.9
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The story of driven, heartless, publishing executive Carol Huffler, who on Christmas Eve is visited by the ghost of her former boss, Eve. Eve tells Carol that she has lost sight of the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Scott | Stars: Emmanuelle Vaugier, Carrie Fisher, Olivia Cheng, Tygh Runyan

Votes: 620

47. The Time Crystal (1981 TV Movie)

97 min | Action, Family, Adventure

6.0
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A lad finds himself magically sent back to ancient Egypt where he and the young King Tut team up to stop their evil and overly ambitious elders.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Chris Barnes, Hans Conried, Vic Tayback, Olivia Barash

Votes: 105

48. Grizzly Mountain (1996)

G | 96 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

5.4
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Present-day Portland suburbs kids Dylan and Nicole go on the camping trip with their family, and when they enter a mysterious cave in the mountains, they're transported back in time to 1870... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Haft | Stars: Dan Haggerty, Dylan Haggerty, Nicole Lund, Kim Morgan Greene

Votes: 191 | Gross: $0.34M

49. Time Travelers (1976 TV Movie)

78 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.0
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During an outbreak of a contagious disease in 1976, two scientists are sent back in time to 1871, when a Chicago doctor apparently had the cure for it.

Director: Alexander Singer | Stars: Sam Groom, Tom Hallick, Francine York, Booth Colman

Votes: 374

50. Visitors from the Arkana Galaxy (1981)

82 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.9
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A science fiction writer is gifted with the ability to materialize his thoughts and inadvertently brings a group of aliens to Earth.

Director: Dusan Vukotic | Stars: Zarko Potocnjak, Lucie Zulová, Ksenia Prohaska, Jasminka Alic

Votes: 298



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