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, but limited, ability to time travel who tries to change his past in order to improve his future.[4]
ARQ 2016 An engineer, whose invention causes time to loop during a home invasion, attempts to save his former lover, while learning who has targeted him and why.[5]
Before I Fall 2017 A popular high school senior finds herself reliving the same day over and over.[6]
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.[7]
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.[8]
Dead End 2003 A horror comedy starring Ray Wise and Lin Shaye in which a family seems to relive an eerie night-time drive along a forest road.[9]
Groundhog Day 1993 Self-centered television weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is forced to relive the same day over and over again.[10]
Happy Death Day 2017 A snobby young woman finds herself murdered at her birthday party. She wakes up the morning of her death, alive, facing the same day over and over again.[11]
Haunter 2013 The ghost of a teenager, Lisa Johnson (Abigail Breslin) who, along with her family, keeps reliving the same day (although she is the only one aware of it) tries to protect a young girl, Olivia (Eleanor Zichy) and her family from a dead serial killer, the Pale Man (Stephen McHattie) who can possess the living.[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]
Live. Die. Repeat.:
Edge of Tomorrow
2014 Maj. William "Bill" Cage (Tom Cruise) and Special Forces soldier Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) team up to fight a hostile alien race known as Mimics, with Cage continually returning to a repeating battle through a time loop.[14]
Looper 2012 Criminal organizations send victims back in time to be killed by assassins called "loopers". Joe is a looper who learns that his next target will be a future version of himself.[15]
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas 1999 Huey, Dewey, and Louie must repeat Christmas Day until they come to learn the true meaning of Christmas.[16]
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.[17]
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 reassessed their attitude towards elders.[18][19]
Naked 2017 A naked man is caught in a time loop on the day of his wedding.[20]
Naken 2000 On the day of his wedding, Anders wakes up naked in an elevator. As he attempts to piece together the reason for his predicament, the day repeats itself, and he becomes stuck in a time loop.[20]
Predestination 2014 An agent for the Temporal Agency is sent back in time to prevent unwanted events in the past so they cannot occur in the present, all while chasing an unidentifiable terrorist.[21]
Premature 2014 Rob, a high school senior, has to re-live losing his virginity over and over again until he gets it right, with the right girl.[22]
Primer 2004 Two engineers accidentally develop a means to travel back in time several hours, but soon come at odds over how to use their discovery, and each start using their own version of time travel to outwit the other.[23]
Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Movie 2012 Homura Akemi has an ability to travel 30 days back in time, and has done so countless of times before the film began. Each month, Homura fails in her attempts to save Madoka Kaname from destruction, and is forced to relive the tragedy of losing Madoka.[24]
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?[25]
Repeaters 2010 A group of inmates at a rehabilitation facility are forced to repeat the same day over and over again.[26]
Retroactive 1997 A psychiatrist makes multiple trips through time to save a woman who was murdered by her husband.[27]
Run Lola Run 1998 A woman needs to obtain 100,000 Deutsche Mark in twenty minutes to save her boyfriend's life—and she gets more than one try.[28]
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.[29]
Source Code 2011 U.S. Army Aviation pilot Captain Colter Stevens repeatedly experiences the last eight minutes of another person's life to identify the bomber in a terrorist attack in order to prevent a second, nuclear attack on Chicago.[30]
Stork Day 2004 An Italian television star who is filming a documentary in Tenerife relives August 13 over and over. Based on Groundhog Day.[31]
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.[32]
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.[33][disputed ]
Turn Back the Clock 1933 After marrying for love, tobacconist Joe is hit by a car, and wakes up 20 years in the past. He decides to relive his life and marry a wealthy woman instead of his true love.[34][35]
Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer 1984 Throughout the film, the students of Tomobiki relive the day before the school festival over and over again. As the film progresses, it is revealed that the students are actually in a dream.[36][37][38]

See also[edit]


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