The 15 Best Movies To Watch if You Like Groundhog Day, Ranked
If you're a fan of Groundhog Day and its never-ending cycle of waking up to Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe", then you're in for a treat.
1. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Remember Tom Cruise fighting aliens? No, not that one—the other one. In Edge of Tomorrow, Cruise plays Cage, a PR guy turned soldier who's fighting an alien invasion. Every time he dies, he wakes up again at the start of the same day. He teams up with a badass soldier named Rita (Emily Blunt) to learn the aliens' weaknesses. It's like Groundhog Day but with more explosions, and it grossed $370.5 million worldwide, so you know it's legit.
2. Source Code (2011)
You're on a train, and then it explodes. But wait, you're back on the same train eight minutes before the explosion. That's the life of Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) as he repeatedly relives these eight minutes to find the bomber and prevent future attacks. As he digs deeper, he learns some unsettling truths about his own situation. This one keeps you on the edge of your seat, trust me.
3. Donnie Darko (2001)
Okay, time for something a little darker. Teenager Donnie Darko sleepwalks out of his house one night and meets a creepy, human-sized rabbit that tells him the world will end in 28 days. Following this, strange and paranormal activities unfold, such as a jet engine falling on Donnie's house. By the end, you're not sure if it was all a parallel universe or just Donnie's mind unraveling. This one's for all you angst-ridden teens out there.
4. Happy Death Day (2017)
Imagine being stuck in a time loop on your birthday, only to be murdered by someone in a baby mask every single time. That's what Tree, a snobby college student, faces in Happy Death Day. She needs to find out who her killer is to break free from the loop. It's like a hybrid of Groundhog Day and a slasher flick. With a budget of just $4.8 million, it raked in $125.5 million globally. Talk about a killer profit!
5. Palm Springs (2020)
Now, what if you were stuck in a time loop with someone else? That's the premise of Palm Springs, where Nyles (Andy Samberg) and Sarah (Cristin Milioti) find themselves reliving the same day over and over again. They attend a wedding, get drunk, hook up, and then get hunted by a guy with a crossbow. Rinse and repeat. Over time, they fall for each other, because what else is there to do?
6. About Time (2013)
Get ready for a tearjerker. In this romantic dramedy, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) learns he can time travel within his own life. Instead of saving the world, he uses it to win the girl of his dreams, Mary (Rachel McAdams). But he soon realizes that even time travel can't prevent life's ups and downs. Tim eventually chooses to live each day to the fullest without time travel, making it a perfect date night pick for those who want to feel all the feels.
7. Looper (2012)
Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as older and younger versions of the same guy, who wouldn't pay to see that? In Looper, time travel exists, but it's illegal. Mobsters use it to send their targets back in time, where Loopers like Joe (Gordon-Levitt) kill them. Things get twisted when Joe's older self (Willis) comes back to stop a future dictator. It's a high-stakes cat and mouse chase, one that you won't forget anytime soon.
8. Before I Fall (2017)
Mean Girls meets Groundhog Day in this teen drama. Samantha Kingston, a popular high school student, wakes up in a time loop after dying in a car accident. At first, she's clueless but soon understands that her actions have consequences and tries to fix her past wrongs. It's a captivating film that's heavy on the moral lessons, so perfect if you want something a bit deeper.
9. Timecrimes (2007)
This Spanish-language thriller is a must-watch for time-travel aficionados. Héctor, an ordinary man, finds himself chased by a man with a bandaged face. He hides in a lab and accidentally travels back in time by an hour. Then things get complicated. He meets his past self, causes the incidents he was trying to avoid, and ultimately becomes the bandaged man. Confused yet? Just watch it; it's a mind-bender.
10. 12 Monkeys (1995)
Terry Gilliam takes us on a post-apocalyptic journey where a deadly virus has wiped out most of humanity. James Cole (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time to learn about the origin of the virus but ends up in a mental institution with Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt), who may or may not be involved with a future animal rights group suspected of releasing the virus. Time is ticking in more ways than one in this classic.
11. Run Lola Run (1998)
Three chances, one objective—get 100,000 Deutschmarks in 20 minutes to save her boyfriend. That's what Lola faces in this German thriller. Each run leads to different outcomes based on minute decisions like dodging a dog or missing a phone call. It's fast-paced, visually arresting, and frankly, a great cardio workout just watching it.
12. Frequency (2000)
Ever wish you could talk to someone from the past? NYPD detective John Sullivan does just that when he connects with his deceased father via an old ham radio. Through this miraculous link, they work together to solve a 30-year-old serial murder case. But messing with the timeline has consequences, as John quickly learns. Think Back to the Future, but with way more crime-solving.
13. Triangle (2009)
Don't let the bland title fool you; this movie's anything but. Jess, a waitress, goes on a yacht trip with friends, only to get caught in a freak storm. They find an abandoned cruise ship for refuge. The catch? A masked killer starts hunting them down, one by one. Then the loop begins, and Jess realizes she has to outsmart her own future actions to escape.
14. Coherence (2013)
In this low-budget sci-fi thriller, eight friends gather for a dinner party on the night a comet is passing close to Earth. Soon, strange occurrences unfold, and they find another house down the street with another dinner party—of themselves. Turns out, the comet's passage has opened up parallel universes, and they must figure out how to restore their original timeline. It's an endless stream of what-ifs, ideal for those philosophical debates you love having at 2 a.m.
15. Primer (2004)
You can't talk time-travel without mentioning Primer, a movie made on a shoestring budget of $7,000 but still manages to be one of the most complex narratives ever. Two engineers accidentally discover time travel while tinkering in a garage. The rules are simple: you can only go back to when the machine was first turned on. But things go haywire as they start altering past events for personal gain.