10 Great Movies About Time Travel

9. Donnie Darko (2001)

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Considering the fact that Jake Gyllenhaal himself has stated he doesn't really know what Donnie Darko is about, explaining the full involvement of time travel in Richard Kelly's mind-melting thriller is a tough ask. But here goes.

In the film, Donnie Darko (Gyllenhaal) is granted the ability to manipulate time and enter alternate universes, and learns not only that he's destined to die, but that his demise will save his own universe from destruction.

Much of the film is difficult to follow, and you're better off watching the Director's Cut if you really want to understand what's going on as Kelly intended, but it still makes for an enrapturing odyssey through time, space and the mind of a teenager thrust into an impossible situation.

Since its release, Donnie Darko has become a major cult classic movie, debated fiercely even today as the perfect definition of a film that you have to see for yourself to really comprehend its many layers.

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