Time travel is best left to the young… or so it seems if you’ve seen any movies. Kids who’ve barely gotten their driver’s license often seem to end up trapped in history trying to change things or put them back, depending on what kind of mess they’ve gotten themselves into.
So with that in mind, below is a list of our favorite teen-centric time travel movies in no particular order. Here you’ll find teenage slackers, robots, and of course everyone’s favorite DeLorean.
Back to the Future
When you set out to make a list of time travel movies, teen-centric or otherwise, you have to start with Back to the Future. There’s a reason that 30 years later we still love this movie, and it’s not just because Part 2 promised us we’d have hover boards before we got old. This is what every kid wants out of life: you get to go on an awesome adventure, drive the coolest car you can imagine, have a huge influence on history, and invent rock and roll in the process. And it all happens while wearing an awesome vest that your mom thinks is a life jacket. Not only is this the absolute blast it sounds like, you get emotionally invested in the characters, and it is such a tight, almost perfectly written script, one that Robert Zemeckis and Michael J. Fox execute to precise perfection. There’s nothing not to like here.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is another movie that directly informs Project Almanac, and one that actually shows up in the movie itself. We were tempted to throw Bogus Journey into the just for the hell of it, but we realized that, while the heroes are still young, they’re not exactly teens anymore. Every kid who has ever strapped on a guitar has dreamed of being a rock god, and slacker burnouts Bill S. Preston, Esquire (Alex Winter) and Ted “Theodore” Logan (Keanu Reeves) not only get to realize their dream, but ride a magic phone booth through the circuits of time with the help of George Carlin, all without being able to play a note. Rescuing beautiful princesses, meeting the greatest historical figures of all time, and saving the future; acing a history report has never been so much fun. Strange things are indeed afoot at the Circle K.