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5 Time Travel Love Films

5 Time Travel Love Films, Time travel films

Science fiction movies are usually among the most demanding and costly films to produce which make them more interesting and worth your money to check out by paying for a movie ticket. Science fiction with a time travel plot are usually twice the thrill and excitement anybody could expect in watching films of the type. So just consider all these movie categories rolled into one with the added love story twist.

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Time After Time (1979) – This movie was released in August 1979 and stars Malcolm McDowell, David Warner and Mary Steenburgen. The story takes the plot that H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) actually gained his hands on a functional time machine as described in his novel “The Time Machine”. The sad twist however was that Jack the Ripper identified as one of the writer’s friend, a surgeon by the name John Leslie Stevenson (David Warner) utilized it to continue his killing spree in the future (1979). The time machine however has a default setting to travel back where it came from, a reverse mechanism which his friend failed to disable allowing the device to return in the past where H.G. Wells managed to trace what point in time his friend has gone as recorded on the destination time at the device. As H.G. Wells managed to travel forward in 1979, he falls in love with a bank teller, Amy Robbins (Mary Steenburgen) who unfortunately was to be the ripper’s next victim. As the writer was about to do his best to save Amy, he was picked up by the police as a probable suspect and the thrill of the story takes its course. In real life, Amy Robbins was H.G. Wells' second wife.

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Somewhere in Time (1980) - Imagine a love affair blossoming between a lady of the past and a man of the future. With the lead characters of Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve) and Elise McKenna (Jane Seymour) this impossible love affair between a bygone past and a future just unfolding had been brought to light. Collier was a playwright in the present (1980) while McKenna was a known actress during her time (1912). Enchanted by an old picture of a beautiful woman in a hotel, Collier manages to will himself to travel back in time through self hypnosis back in 1912 where he managed to meet the lady in the picture. The trick however was to travel back in time without carrying any material object from the present that would remind the subject and ultimately lose the spell of hypnosis which Richard Collier failed to do. As he was enjoying the moment in the company of Elise McKenna he had somehow felt something from his suit pocket and searched with his hand to discover a 1979 Lincoln penny which randomly sent him off hypnosis leaving his beloved lady in the past as the course of the events pulled him back to the year 1980. The film did not perform well in the box office but has been considered a classic among time travel enthusiasts.

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Back to the Future III (1990) – Most film enthusiasts knew what happened in Back to the Future I and II. The concluding part makes it even more exciting as Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown (Christopher Lloyd) meets the love of his life in Clara Clayton (Mary Steenburgen) a schoolteacher. If you noticed it, Mary Steenburgen is a veteran time traveller in her movie roles (after 11 years since Time After Time) and from 1979 (in previous movie) she gets transported back in 1885 in this particular film story to go time travelling with Doc in their specially designed locomotive equipped with a flux capacitor with their children, Jules and Verne in joining back Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) in 1985 at the ending of this film just to show that everything went well after his departure from 1885. The train which was also equipped with anti-gravity to set it hovering like the DeLorean, gained altitude as Doc’s family bid Marty farewell sending them whichever timeline they may have opt for. The film ranked as the 6th top grossing film of 1990 earning $244,527,583 worldwide out of a $40 million budget.

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Kate and Leopold (2001) - Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) tries their chemistry in this movie which seemed to work out. Hugh Jackman plays a Duke of Albany from from 1876 pressured by his uncle to get married to a rich woman as their family riches is running down. Travelling in time to 21st century New York through a time portal he discovered by following physicist Stuart Besser (Liev Scrieber), Leopold Alexis Elijah Walker Thomas Gareth Mountbatten (Jackman) meets Kate McKay (Meg Ryan) after getting out of a time portal and falls in love with her. So just imagine the controversy of time issues from 1876 to the present setting of the film and how the relationship between the man from the past won the heart of the lady of the present allowing the former to take the lady back in time where he came.

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The Time Traveller’s Wife (2009) - Imagine you have the natural ability to travel forward and back in time as it is built into your genes. Eric Bana (Incredible Hulk) stars as Henry De Tamble, the time traveller in this movie with the natural ability to travel back and forth in time which is a kind of a physical abnormality considering it often happens at random without his control and the twist having that when he arrives at the destination, his clothes fail to travel with him leaving him naked upon arrival compelling him to steal some for cover. He meets and falls in love with Clare (Rachel McAdams) in the present time and eventually marries her. Clare actually having played earlier roles in his time travelling as he discovered specific dates in her diary recording the time of his arrivals from his travels in the past. He noted the dates and forwarded it to the young Clare so she could be out waiting with clothes on specified dates of his travels. The film was positively received by critics having grossed $101,229,792 worldwide out of $39 million budget.


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Comments (13)

I love four of five of these movies. For some reason I have not seen time travelers wife. Wonder why? What is it's rating, I only watch PG-13 or less. But I have seen the others many times. Love them.

Somewhere in Time is my absolute favorite in this genre. I tried reading The Time Travellers Wife, but it was hard to get into. Maybe I'll have to rent the movie. Nice review!

funny you should write this.. for some reason I was thinking about time travel this morning - convinced it can never happen because somebody would have already come back to tell us about it.. unless you can only go forward through time.. OH BUT WAIT!!! we already are!

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Glad to see Somewhere in Time in this list.

These are really nice Will. I like Back to the Future the most!

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Thanks for the comments, everyone. Back to the Future of course is the most famous of them all, Phoenix. Somewhere in Time is also a great film considering its soundtrack which fits the story. Susan, Time Traveller's Wife was rated PG-13 and Brenda time travel is a fact because we are already doing it, just the traditional way of course, no going back.

All of these movies are very good. I don't why but I really enjoy watching Kate and Leopold very much. May be because of Meg Ryan! I enjoyed this article my friend!

GREAT write Will, "somewhere in time" - how I wish I can turn back time.

Cool! Seen them all and liked most of them.

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Back to the future...nice film...i like the films of Michael J Fox sad he was stricken by Parkinson's disease

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I have seen all except time after time. I really liked Somewhere in Time until the ending as it was so depressing. I am a happy ending girl when it comes to romance. I really enjoyed time traveler's wife and kate and leopold of course. back to the future is a classic.I also really like Timeline. Gerard Butler's love story is so adorable there...

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oh, and I stumbled this up:))

My favorite of all Somewhere in time and Kate and Leopold for the chivalry and gallant manner. Love the conversation and the meaningful quotes....