You’ve probably been asked this question on the first day of every single thing you’ve done. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? There is a correct answer: invisibility, obviously. But a very close second is time travel. A superpower is ultimately an asset that enables you to be a better person. The ability to visit different time periods to gain insider knowledge or change the past is pretty cool, but also risky.
You might get stuck in the past with no clue how to get back to your normal life. And then there's that whole ripple effect thing — accidentally knock over one little teacup and all of a sudden World War III is happening. If you're traveling to the future, all you're going to do is wonder, "How did this happen?!" and then obsess about how to change it, making all of your friends and family hate you.
But isn't this the stuff great movies are made of? These movies prove it.1 of 8
Triangle (2009)2 of 8
We'd be happy to parse this mind-bending thriller that challenges the very nature of reality, but we're still trying to parse through the ending. Here's the gist. A group of yacht passengers encounter some inclement weather that forces them to abandon ship. But before they know it, the passengers find themselves in the same place in which they started.
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)3 of 8
This Academy Award-nominated comedy-drama brings time travel to a very relatable sphere.
After years of marriage, Peggy Sue and her husband find themselves on rocky ground. Attending her 25th high school reunion, Peggy Sue faints and finds herself transported back to (where else?) high school. Given this opportunity to "redo" the path that led her to unhappiness, Peggy Sue must decide if she's going to stray from her old destiny and give her life another go. Peggy Sue got married once, but will she do it again?
Twelve Monkeys (1995)4 of 8
Imagine being a young child at the airport and witnessing someone being shot dead. Now imagine that the person being shot dead is also you. It’s kind of impossible, but that’s what happens to Bruce Willis in this movie. He’s also trying to stop a virus that will wipe out most of humanity.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)5 of 8
Ashton Kutcher is a traumatized kid trying to change the past, but he only winds up making everything worse for him and his friends. If that isn’t a metaphor for my life, I don’t know what is.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)6 of 8
Harry Potter and Hermione travel in time, produce a Patronus, free a Hippogriff, and create a werewolf diversion to free Sirius Black in the Prisoner of Azkaban. And then that monster Bellatrix takes him away from us less than two years later. The problem here is that you can’t control the future.
The Lake House (2006)7 of 8
Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves write letters to each other for two years via time traveling snail mail to start a love affair and save Reeves’ life.
I think I’ll stick with Tinder for now.
13 Going On 30 (2004)8 of 8
This movie is crazy because what 13-year-old wants to be 30, flirty, and thriving? When I was 13, all I wanted to be was 16 so that I could drive.
Donnie Darko (2001)
A young Jake Gyllenhaal is being tormented by a murderous rabbit that is making him really destructive and weird. He lives out 28 days after the day of his death in an alternate reality that viewers can't tell is real or fake.