The Deeper Meaning of Time Travel Stories, Explained

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Why do we keep returning to stories about time travel? From books like H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, to movies such as Back to the Future, Donnie Darko, Palm Springs, and Tenet, and even in TV shows like Outlander and Russian Doll, we’ve never stopped imagining what it would be like to visit the distant future or relive our past. What are these fantasies of mastering time really about? Here’s our Take on the deeper meaning behind the time-travel story. 

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Back to the Future (1985)
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
The Time Machine (1960)
The Time Machine (2002)
The Terminator (1984)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Hamilton (2020)
Looper (2012)
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Palm Springs (2020)
Tenet (2020)
Interstellar (2014)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Russian Doll (2019-)
A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
12 Monkeys (1995)
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)
Click (2006)
Sliding Doors (1998)
Happy Death Day (2017)
Idiocracy (2006)
Somewhere in Time (1980)
Outlander (2014-)
Kate & Leopold (2001)
Marriage Story (2019)
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1949)
Midnight in Paris (2011)
About Time (2013)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Timecop (1994)
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Boyhood (2014)
Rick and Morty (2013-)
Timeless (2016-2018)
Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
See You Yesterday (2019)
Blind Chance (1987)
Broad City (2014-2019)
Primer (2004)
The Great Gatsby (2013)
The Good Place (2016-2020)
Teen Titans (2003-2006)
Future Man (2017-2020)

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