We here at GFR decided to put our heads together and make our picks for the best time machines we’ve seen in film and television. After some spirited debate, we decided on some ground rules to help narrow the field. First, our selections have to use a specific, physical device, machine, or prop to make the time leap, so that rules out the Terminator flicks because we only ever saw the result, not the device. They have to literally take you from one point in time to another, so that rules out every story where somebody is frozen and then thawed out in a different era. And finally, we wanted our list to have some variety to it, so any time there are two well-known time machines that are variations on a theme, we’ve picked the one we think is better or more iconic (see entry #2 below). Ready? Let’s go.
The DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future
As a wise man once said, if you’re going to build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style? We love every iteration of the DeLorean, from the classic original to the hover-converted fusion-powered model to the dusty old Wild West version. Okay, well maybe not that last one so much. Regardless, when this baby gets up to 88 miles per hour…you’re gonna see some serious shit.