Making a great time-travel movie, as it turns out, is not very easy. Quite a few films have tried and failed for a variety of reasons. There’s the logic, obviously, which can become an issue, but oftentimes a story might rest too heavily on the plot device, resulting in a lack of rich or memorable characters. But there are some truly phenomenal movies involving time travel that seize upon the premise and craft unforgettable and inventive stories, many of which have long stood the test of time.
One such film is Groundhog Day, which obviously takes place on Groundhog Day—which is today! So in celebration of that film’s upcoming 25th anniversary on February 12th (it’s back in theaters now for a limited time, and a 25th anniversary Blu-ray has been released), I’ve looked back at the lexicon of films involving time-travel and curated a list of the best of the best. Some are silly, some are sweet, and some are just a hell of a lot of fun. As with all lists, this one’s subjective, and there will undoubtedly be one or two of your favorites that don’t make this cut, but I’ve done my best to make the case for why these 15 films in particular are the best time-travel movies ever made.
Related: Complex’s List of Best Time Travel Movies