20 films about time loops

A time loop is an artistic technique when a character relives a certain episode of his life. It is often used in fantasy paintings. In the best films about time loops, the characters need to fix the wrong of the past or simply survive in order to break the vicious circle. It is always interesting to watch the development of the plot, even knowing the plot.

Groundhog Day (1991)

In Harold Ramis’ fantasy comedy, meteorologist Phill Connors finds himself in a time loop. To get out of the trap of time, he has to rethink his attitude to life. The moral transformation of the hero is used in psychology and philosophy as an ideal illustration. The name of the film has long become synonymous with monotonous life and routine.

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Original title:
Groundhog Day

Actors:
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliot …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
12+


Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Doug Liman’s time loop movie script is based on Hiroshi Sakurazaki’s light novel of the same name. Events unfold in the near future after the invasion of Earth by aliens. Major Cage dies in one of the battles, but finds himself in a time loop. Over and over again, he lives this segment until he can defeat the enemy.

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Original title:
Edge of Tomorrow

Actors:
Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.9

Age Limits :
12+


Source Code (2011)

Duncan Jones’s film is a whimsical blend of science fiction, war fiction and spy thriller. Soldier Coulter is caught in a time loop. He ends up in another person’s body minutes before the train explodes. He needs to catch the terrorist and prevent the explosion in order to escape from the trap.

Original title:
Source Code

Actors:
Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monahan, Vera Farmiga…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Run Lola Run (1998)

Another good film about a time loop is made by German director Tom Tykwer. He has won 25 awards at prestigious competitions and received 13 more nominations. Lola’s boyfriend loses a bag with a huge amount of bandits’ money. The girl has only 20 minutes to get the right amount and save their lives.

Original title:
Lola rennt

Actors:
Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Matryoshka Life (TV series) (2019)

In a fantasy comedy series, Nadya is a girl in a time loop. While celebrating her birthday, the heroine goes in search of a cat when she is hit by a passing car. But mystically, Nadia finds herself at the party again. Events are repeated several times until the girl understands the reason.

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Original title:
Russian Doll

Actors:
Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee, Rebecca Henderson …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Time Loop (2012)

Directed by Rian Johnson, the sci-fi time-loop film takes place in the 21st century, when time travel became possible. Solving their problems, influential people send people they don’t like into the past. There, the unfortunate victims are already waiting for the killer to erase their trace from history.

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Original title:
Looper

Actors:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt…

Country:
USA, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Triangle (2009)

Christopher Smith’s mystical thriller begins like a regular drama. Jess accepts an invitation from friends to go sailing. During a storm, the ship capsizes. Caught in the water, people are saved on a huge ocean liner. At first it seems that it is empty. But gradually it becomes clear that there is someone else on the ship.

Original title:
Triangle

Actors:
Melissa George, Liam Hemsworth, Michael Dorman…

Country:
Great Britain, Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

The list of good films about the time loop deservedly includes Tim Burton’s film, based on the novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs. It received positive reviews from film critics and was liked by the audience. Boy Jacob, after the death of his grandfather, goes in search of a mysterious house where children with unusual abilities live.

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Original title:
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Actors:
Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson …

Country:
USA, UK, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Failure in Time (1997)

Directed by Louis Monroe, the action-adventure takes place in a lonely gas station in the middle of the American desert. Girl Karen becomes an accidental witness to the murder of several people. Fleeing from imminent death, she finds herself in a time loop. Again and again she lives this segment of her life, trying to figure out how to prevent murder.

Original title:
Retroactive

Actors:
James Belushi, Kylie Travis, Shannon Whirry …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.2

Age Limits :
16+


Time Loop (2007)

The list of the best films about the time loop includes an interesting science fiction thriller by Nacho Vigalondo. An unremarkable man, Hector, notices a scantily clad woman in the forest. Driven by curiosity, the man goes after her and stumbles upon a man with his face covered with bloody bandages. Hector tries to escape from him and gets into a time machine.

Original title:
Los cronocrímenes

Actors:
Carra Elejalde, Candela Fernandez, Barbara Goenaga…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Happy Death Day (2017, 2019)

Comedy horror film by Christopher Bo Landon is based on the famous Groundhog Day. Party queen Trish lives through her birthday and death at the hands of a masked killer over and over again. Death and resurrection are repeated endlessly until the girl reconsiders her views on life and calculates the villain.

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Original title:
Happy Death Day

Actors:
Jessica Roth, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modin…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


ARQ (2016)

The events of the fantastic thriller Tony Elliott take place in the near post-apocalyptic future. Only a new source of energy can save the planet. Renton and Hanna are stuck in a time loop in the lab. The lovers are trying to escape the rebels and save the power source. It would seem that salvation is close, but they are killed again.

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Original title:
ARQ

Actors:
Robbie Amell, Rachel Taylor, Sean Benson…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.4


Already yesterday (2004)

Italian comedy – a remake of the famous American film “Groundhog Day”. Filippo travels to the Canary Islands to film a report on storks. A reporter is stranded on an island due to a storm and is caught in a time loop. The same day repeats itself until Filippo reconsiders his attitude to life.

Original title:
È già ieri

Actors:
Antonio Albanese, Fabio De Luigi, Goya Toledo …

Country:
Italy, Spain, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Time Matrix (2017)

The fantasy drama by Ree Russo-Young is based on the novel Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. The girl Samantha is in high school. Returning home after another party, a schoolgirl has an accident and dies. But the next morning he wakes up and sees yesterday’s date on the calendar. Now Samantha needs to understand what to change in herself in order to break out of the trap.

Original title:
Before I Fall

Actors:
Zoey Deutch, Holston Sage, Logan Miller …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Repeating reality (2010)

In a fantasy action movie with elements of drama, the action takes place in a rehabilitation center. Three of his patients are stuck in a time loop. Every day they become participants in the chase, brutal robberies and murders. The task of friends is to survive this nightmare and hope that tomorrow it will not happen again.

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Original title:
Repeaters

Actors:
Dustin Milligan, Amanda Crew, Richard de Klerk …

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Limb (2013)

The plot of Vincenzo Natali’s fantasy horror film is in many ways reminiscent of Ingmar Bergman’s Persona and the American comedy Groundhog Day. Lisa’s family has been living in a time loop for many days, but no one understands this, except for the girl. Soon, strange things begin to happen in the house. Gradually, Lisa discovers the terrible truth.

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Original title:
Haunter

Actors:
Abigail Breslin, Peter Outerbridge, Michelle Nolden …

Country:
Canada, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Detonator (2004)

Shane Carruth’s low-budget sci-fi film has won several awards and even gained a cult following despite being difficult to understand. Friends create a time machine in the garage. The invention opens up new possibilities for mankind. But the inventors soon realize that experimenting with time has dangerous side effects.

Original title:
Primer

Actors:
Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Loop (2016)

Day small drug dealer Adam did not work out. He framed his boss and lost his pregnant bride. The guy is caught in a time loop. Living through the events once again, he notices a side effect of interfering with time. Adam needs to overcome changes in reality in order to save his bride.

Original title:
Hurok

Actors:
Dénes Száraz, Dorina Martinovich, Zholt Anger …

Country:
Hungary

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Time Trap (2005)

Inventor Stuart Conway designed a pocket time machine. Now he has the opportunity to relive the best days of his life. Stuart goes to the bank to empty his bank account multiple times. But at the crucial moment, armed robbers and FBI agents intervene. Each new jump into the past leads to a series of unpredictable events that threaten the life of the inventor.

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Original title:
Slipstream

Actors:
Sean Astin, Ivana Milicevic, Vinnie Jones…

Country:
USA, South Africa, Zambia, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 4.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Naked (2017)

In Michael Tiddes’ sci-fi comedy film, hapless fiancé Rob Anderson is caught in a time loop. His wedding turns into a real “Groundhog Day”. The matter is complicated by the fact that the guy wakes up on the floor of the elevator completely naked and unconscious. In order to restore the events of the past and break out of the time loop, Rob has only an hour left.

Original title:
Naked

Actors:
Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall, Dennis Haysbert …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.4

Age limits :
16+


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