Watching time-travel movies definitely requires a big stretch of the imagination. From “The Terminator” to “Back to the Future” to “Hot Tub Time Machine”, it’s usually best to put all logic aside and just go along with it.
But then there are the films that bend time in a different way. The kind that warm your heart, stir your soul, and truly make you wonder… what if?
About Time (2013)
A naive young man discovers that all the men in his family can travel in time. With his newfound ability, he sets out to change his own past along with the lives of everyone he loves.
What starts off as a simple story of a young man trying to find a girlfriend turns into a heart-warming tale about his journey through life. It tells us that despite the profound state of uncertainty in our lives, we still choose to believe in fate.
Starring Domhall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, and Bill Nighy.
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
A memorable classic from the 80’s, this isn’t exactly a time-travel film, but more of a fantasy about second chances. The story is about an unhappy wife and mother who faints at her 25-year high school reunion and wakes up to find herself back in 1960 as a high-school senior.
If you could live your life over, would you change anything?
Starring Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage, and Joan Allen.
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a man who claims he has traveled into the future and is now looking for someone to go with him on his next trip.
From the very beginning of the movie, we’re invited not to believe. Then we’re encouraged to listen to what our hearts tell us. And just when we think we know what will happen, the movie overwhelms us with the most unexpected and beautiful ending.
Starring Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, and Jake Johnson.
The Lake House (2006)
A troubled architect and a lonely doctor – living 2 years apart – exchange letters in each others’ present.
Although the plot is based heavily on the idea of time travel, this romantic fantasy makes it easy for us to suspend our disbelief. Even though time keeps them apart, destiny brings them together.
Starring Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, and Christopher Plummer.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
During a trip to Paris with his fiance and her family, an unfulfilled screenwriter finds himself transported back to the 1920s everyday at midnight. There, he gets to meet people he has always idolized, including Josephine Baker, Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway.
A touching, nostalgic story that makes you re-examine your life, put things into perspective, and maybe appreciate the things you have a little more.
Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, and Kathy Bates.
Kate and Leopold (2001)
Through a rip in time, a Duke from 19th century England is inadvertently transported to 21st century New York where he falls for the sister of the man who brought him there.
A light-hearted comedy with a cute little twist at the end.
Starring Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman, and Liev Schreiber.
Often times, it’s the little things that make us happy. If you could fast forward through all the hardships in your life, but have to miss out on those extraordinary little moments along the way, not matter how fleeting – would it be worth it?
On the surface, this looks like just another silly Adam Sandler movie, but this one is special. It has heart. It makes you laugh, then it makes you cry, then it reminds you that life is good… even when it’s bad.
Starring Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, and Christopher Walken.