List of films featuring time loops

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This list of films featuring time loops where characters experience the same period of time repeatedly. The list provides the names and brief synopses of films in which time loops are a prominent plot device.

Film Year Description
12 Dates of Christmas 2011 Kate finds herself reliving Christmas Eve (including a blind date with a man named Miles) over and over again. She must discover how to break the cycle – should she attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend Jack, or should she pursue Miles, or something else? [1]
12:01 1993 Office worker Barry Thomas is forced to relive the worst day of his life.[2]
12:01 PM 1990 This is the first film adaptation of the short story "12:01 PM" by Richard A. Lupoff, which was published in 1973 in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. It originally aired on cable television as part of the Showtime 30-Minute Movie anthology series. It was nominated for an Academy Award.[3]
About Time 2013 Romantic comedy-drama film about a young man with the special ability to time travel who tries to change his past in order to improve his future.[4]
Camp Slaughter (also known as Camp Daze) 2005 A slasher film in which a group of present day teenagers are sent back to 1981, and discover a summer camp which is stuck reliving the day a demented killer went on a rampage.[5]
Christmas Do-Over 2006 In this movie starring Jay Mohr, a remake of Christmas Every Day, a father has to repeat Christmas Day over and over until he realizes how selfish he has become and changes his ways.[6]
Christmas Every Day 1996 An American television movie based on William Dean Howells's 1892 short story "Christmas Every Day". A selfish teenager is forced to relive the same Christmas every day.[7][8]
Edge of Tomorrow 2014 Maj. William "Bill" Cage and Special Forces soldier Rita Vrataski team up to fight a hostile alien race known as Mimics, with Cage continually returning to a repeating battle through a time loop.[9]
È Già Ieri (Stork Day) 2004 An Italian television star who is filming a documentary in Tenerife relives August 13 over and over. Based on Groundhog Day.[10][11]
Groundhog Day 1993 Self-centered television weatherman Phil Connors is forced to relive the same day over and over again.[12]
The Last Day of Summer 2007 In this Nickelodeon TV movie, 11-year-old Luke gets his wish that every day could be the last day of summer.[13][14]
Looper 2012 Joe is a contract killer sent victims from a future in which time travel is illegal, but has to kill his future self when his contract ends.[15][disputed ]
Mine Games 2012 A group of friends vacationing in the woods discover their own corpses and realize they are trapped in a time loop which they attempt to break.[16]
Mirror for a Hero 1987 "Zerkalo dlya geroya", a Soviet Union film by Vladimir Khotinenko. Two heroes circle multiple times in 1949, adapting to the harsh post-war life, meeting the parents of one of them, finally returning to the present time, having reassesed their attitude towards elders.[17][18]
Premature 2014 Rob, a high school senior, keeps waking up in the morning of one of the most important days of his life every time he ejaculates during this day.[19]
Project Almanac 2014 A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. Using found footage we see various time paradox's transpire.
Repeat Performance 1947 Film noir meets science fiction when a woman shoots her husband on New Year's Eve, 1946, then wishes that she could live the year all over again. Will she make the same choice a second time?[20][21]
Repeaters 2010 A group of inmates at a rehabilitation facility are forced to repeat the same day over and over again.[22]
Retroactive 1997 A psychiatrist makes multiple trips through time to save a woman who was murdered by her husband.[23]
Salvage 2006 Claire encounters horror and murder after finishing a day working at a convenience store, not once but many times. An official selection of the 2006 Sundance Festival.[24]
Source Code 2011 U.S. Army Aviation pilot Captain Colter Stevens is repeatedly sent back in time to identify the bomber in a terrorist attack in order to prevent a second nuclear attack on Chicago.[25]
Timecop 1994 An agent of the Time Enforcement Commission of the Ministry of History Defense is charged with defending the nation against terrorists.[26]
Timecrimes 2007 Hector, a middle-aged man, is chased by an unidentified bandaged man. He meets a scientist with a time machine, and travels a short period back in time to briefly escape the unknown assailant.[27]
Triangle 2009 A group of friends go on boat trip and become stranded due to a storm. They discover a cruise ship which causes them to experience a series of repeating events.[15][disputed ]
Turn Back the Clock 1933 Only a single time loop is needed for Joe to wish that he could relive his life and marry the wealthy woman. When he has the chance to go through his life again, he has interesting discoveries and decisions.[28][29]

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  2. ^ "It's like Groundhog Day, but different. What is it?". TV Guide. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  3. ^ "1990 (63rd): Short Film (Live Action)". Academy Awards Database. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 
  4. ^ White, James. "New Pic of About Time: Richard Curts' new time-warping comedy". Empire. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Wheeler, Jeremy. "Camp Slaughter (2005)". The New York Times (AllRovi). Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Christmas Do-Over (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Christmas Every Day (1996)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ Caro, Jason. "Christmas Every Day". Radio Times. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ Gettell, Oliver (2014-03-25). "'Edge of Tomorrow' trailer: Tom Cruise fights an eternal battle". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  10. ^ "È già ieri (Stork Day) (It's Already Yesterday) (2004)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  11. ^ Marshall, Lee (January 21, 2004). "Stork Day (E Gia Ieri)". Screen Daily. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  12. ^ Fischer, Russ (2011-02-02). "Groundhog Day: Just How Long Was Phil Connors Stuck in a Time Loop?". Slash Film. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  13. ^ Gutierrez, Reuben (2007). "The Last Day of Summer DVD Review". DVDizzy. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
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  15. ^ a b Li, Shirley (2014-06-04). "What Hollywood Can Teach Us About Escaping the Dreaded Time Loop". Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  16. ^ Kwenton Bellette (2012-08-17). "MIFF 2012 Review: MINE GAMES world premiere". TwitchFilm. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  17. ^ "Alterum' Dance Troupe to Conquer Middle East)". The Moscow Times newspaper online. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  18. ^ "A Movie Tribute for Stalin Generation". The New York Times newspaper online. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  19. ^ Leydon, Joe (July 2, 2014). "Film Review: ‘Premature’". Variety. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Repeat Performance / He Walked By Night". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Repeat Performance (1947)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  22. ^ Alex Billington (2010-08-31). "Watch: Carl Bessai's Time Loop Sci-Fi Film 'Repeaters' Trailer". First Showing. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  23. ^ Bailey, Keith. "Retroactive". Radio Times. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  24. ^ Chang, Justin (January 31, 2006). "Review: 'Salvage'". Variety. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  25. ^ Lawler, Kelly (June 6, 2014). "It's still 'Groundhog Day': The 4 best time-loop movies". 
  26. ^ Tom Reimann (2014-09-27). "4 Reasons Timecop is a Modern Masterpiece". Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  27. ^ King, Kris (2014-01-30). "Best of: Time Loops (Time Loops [Time Loops])". Nitehawk Cinema. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  28. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Turn Back the Clock (1933)". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 7, 2014. Lee Tracy is a middle-aged, middle-class man dissatisfied with his life. If he'd only married the girl he wanted to and had been a smarter businessman (he believes), things would have been better... Tracy comes to regret his "new" life and yearns for things to go back to normal--but will they? 
  29. ^ Hall, Mordaunt (August 26, 1933). "Turn Back the Clock (1933): Lee Tracy as an Indignant Husband Who "Lives" Twenty Years of His Life Over Again". The New York Times. Retrieved May 7, 2014. ... there are moments that bring to mind Mark Twain's classic yarn, A Connecticut Yankee at the Court of King Arthur and also such plays as The Road to Yesterday, Captain Applejack, Berkeley Square and The Wisdom Tooth. The hero of the current work, who glories in the name of Joe Gimlet, is, however, a conservative dreamer who contents himself by living the last twenty years of his life over again.