What to watch after Dark: The Best Movies about Time Travel
The successful German TV show Dark came to an end with the premiere of its third and final season. Known for its intricate time travel plots, Dark took us to different timelines to explore the deep relationship between time and human free will.
Although we can’t go back in time and watch it for the first time again, we prepared the perfect MFC Playlist with the best films about time travel to watch after Dark.
5. Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis, 1985)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, produced by Steven Spielberg, and starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, Back to the Future is one of the most popular and acclaimed time travel films in cinema. Throughout three movies, we will accompany the rebellious Marty McFly and the strange Dr. Emmett Brown on adventures into the past and the future with the aim of bringing balance to the present.
Back to the Future grossed over $380 million at the box office, making it the most successful film of 1985, and is considered one of the Top 10 Sci-Fi Films by the American Film Institute. Without a doubt, a film that has left its mark on history.
Twelve Monkeys (Terry Gilliam, 1995)
Inspired by the movie La Jetée (1962), Twelve Monkeys narrates prisoner James Cole‘s journey back in time to discover the causes of the destruction of life on Earth and the relationship of that event with a mysterious group known as the Army of the Twelve Monkeys.
Starring Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt, the film takes us on an adventure through the confusion, madness and psychological consequences of time travel, through the wild and frantic vision of renowned director Terry Gilliam. Twelve Monkeys is one of the best time travel movies and a pivotal title in the science fiction genre.
Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly, 2001)
Donnie Darko is an independent psychological thriller that gained cult movie status due to its short time running in theaters, its exploration of obscure themes such as time travel and its wide distribution primarily through VHS and DVD.
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, the film introduces us to Donnie Darko, a disturbed teenager who starts to have visions of a man in a big bunny suit and a date when the world will supposedly come to an end. Donnie will be part of a strange succession of events that will lead him slowly into madness and, perhaps, to avoid the end of the world as we know it.
The Butterfly Effect (Eric Bress, 2004)
Starring Ashton Kutcher in the role of college student Evan Treborn, The Butterfly Effect is a science fiction film that explores the “butterfly effect” of chaos theory, according to which “the slight flapping of a butterfly’s wings can be felt on the other side of the world.” The film takes this theory to a time plane where changes made during time travel could have an effect on the development of subsequent events, creating a completely new future.
Avengers: Endgame (Anthony y Joe Russo, 2019)
The epic story of producer Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, comes to an end in Avengers: Endgame, closing a story of 22 interconnected movies that started in 2008 and has grown to become one of the most profitable franchises in history.
In Avengers: Endgame, the Avengers must travel back in time to try to get hold of the Infinity Stones before the villain Thanos, taking us on an incredible journey through the films that make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This film offers a deeply satisfying conclusion to the 21 films that precede it, in an event that will be remembered as a point of inflection, not only for all the stories that Marvel Studios has to tell us, but for the history of cinema.