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Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day

The best films that feature a time loop

Here are some great films to watch if you’re feeling some déjà vu

By Rebecca Russo
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Have you ever...ever felt like this? The characters in these films have, skipping through time and reliving moments over and over for various reasons. 

For when you feel like the days are all bleeding into one, hopefully these streamable movies help you feel just that little bit better. Even if it feels like we’re living Groundhog Day over and over, at least we don’t have to dunk our feet into puddles and bump into that annoying Ned Ryerson every single day. 

Here are some of our favourite movies featuring time loops. 

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Groundhog Day-style films to watch

Palm Springs 2020 film
Palm Springs 2020 film
Photograph: Amazon Studios

Palm Springs

Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti are perfectly matched in this goofy comedy about (you guessed it) two people stuck in a time loop. While the set-up is familiar, there's still a lot of fun to be had – and it's mostly thanks to the killer chemistry of the film's two leads. Definitely worth a watch. 

Watch the trailer.

Watch it in Australia: Palm Springs is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video. 

Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day
Photograph: © Sony Pictures

Groundhog Day

Film

Ok, yeah, duh. This is the film most people know of and reference when they talk about time loop movies. The film, which was released in 1993, stars Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. Murray’s character Phil Connors gets stuck repeating the same day over and over again in the small town of Punxsutawney in Pennsylvania. I don’t know about you but continually waking up to Sonny & Cher’s ‘I Got You Babe’ is a great way to start the day. 

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Watch it in Australia: It's available on Binge.

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Edge of Tomorrow

Film

Probably one of the most inventive action films we’ve seen in the last couple of years, 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow stars Tom “I do all my stunts” Cruise and Emily “I’m the real star of this movie” Blunt. The plot follows Cruise’s army major character William Cage as he repeats a disastrous battle between armed forces and aliens called “mimics”. Blunt plays sergeant Rita Vrataski, who’s a celebrated hero after a battle in Verdun and who understands what’s happening to Cage. 

Watch the trailer.

Watch it in Australia: It's on Netflix.

About Time

Film Comedy

Not a time loop film in the strictest sense, this 2013 Richard Curtis film follows a young English man who finds out the men in his family have the ability to time travel back to the past in order to improve the future. Domnhall Gleeson plays the awkwardly charming Tim Lake, who uses his “powers” to hook up with Rachel McAdams’ character Mary. Though this film seems like a straightforward romantic comedy (with a sprinkle of fantasy) flick, you’ll soon realise that it’s Tim and his relationship with his father James (played by Bill Nighy) that makes this film so special. 

Watch the trailer.

Watch it in Australia: It's on Stan.

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50 First Dates
50 First Dates
Photograph: © Columbia Pictures

50 First Dates

Film

Yes, this is another film that’s not technically about a time loop but it sort of is for Drew Barrymore. This 2004 film stars Barrymore as Lucy, a woman with short-term memory loss following a car accident that left her with anterograde amnesia. Lucy wakes up every morning thinking it’s the same day; her family decides it’s too painful to tell her the truth so they pretend it’s October 13 every day. That is until she meets Adam Sandler’s character, Henry.

Watch the trailer.

Watch it in Australia: It's on Netflix.

Source Code

Film

Science-fiction time! Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this 2011 film directed by Duncan Jones, who is David Bowie’s son (!!!) and also directed the excellent space film Moon. Source Code has Gyllenhaal play US Army pilot Colter Stevens who wakes up in the body of someone else. His mission? To figure out who is about to bomb a train he’s travelling on by venturing into a “source code” simulation. Don’t worry, it makes more sense as you watch it. 

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Watch it in Australia: You can buy or rent it on YouTube.

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Run Lola Run
Run Lola Run
Photograph: © X-Filme Creative

Run Lola Run

Film

Tom Tykwer’s German action thriller from 1998 follows Lola (duh) as she embarks on a 20-minute adrenaline-fueled dash to help her boyfriend Manni. Franka Potente plays Lola, who must repeat her kinetic ride after dying over and over. 

Watch the trailer.

Watch it in Australia: It's currently on SBS on Demand.

Happy Death Day

Film Horror

This horror-slash-thriller-slash-mystery-slash-comedy movie comes from the Blumhouse crew (behind Split, Get Out and The Purge) in which a college student has to relive the day of her murder and figure out who her killer is. Jessica Rothe plays the lead, Tree Gelbman, and even though the premise isn’t so original, you can tell the writers had fun with this tongue-in-cheek approach. There’s even a sequel, Happy Death Day 2 U

Watch the trailer.

Watch it in Australia: It’s on Google Play to rent for $3.99.

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Before I Fall
Before I Fall
Photograph: © Open Road Films

Before I Fall

The Politician’s Zoey Deutch is the best part about this 2017 teen drama film that’s based on a 2010 novel of the same name. Deutch plays Sam Kingston, who is forced to continually relive the day she dies in a car crash. But as she repeats the day, she starts to unravel the mystery surrounding her death and reexamine how she lived her life.

Watch the trailer.

Watch it in Australia: It's on Stan and Netflix.

Russian Doll
Russian Doll
Photograph: Courtesy of Netflix

BONUS TV: Russian Doll

Remarkably stretching out the premise of a time loop over the course of an entire television series doesn’t get old – which is a testament to both the star, Natasha Lyonne, and the writing of Russian Doll. The story follows Nadia Vulvokov as she repeatedly dies and returns to the bathroom of a New York City house party on her 36th birthday. Nadia spends the first season trying to figure out what is happening to her and everyone else is desperate to know when season two will be released???

Watch the trailer.

Watch it in Australia: It’s on Netflix.

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