Back to the Future has got to be the greatest series of action-adventure movies ever. I remember these movies were pretty much on all the time in my house as a kid. Marty McFly and his adventures in time had a profound impact on my life, and I still love watching those movies now. Escapism at their finest, and a focus on precisely what made the ‘80s cool. A wicked premise, great jokes, and an epic soundtrack make this a must-see affair. And this is a list of some of the awesome movies like Back to the Future, for your viewing pleasure.
Top Movies Like Back to the Future
What I love about Back to the Future, aside from the awesome story, is the heart of the films. Similar movies will have great characters, a lot of heart, preferably surrounding time travel, but not necessarily. It’s the adventure aspect and the longing for home that matters.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
An early Keanu Reeves movie this one, Bill & Ted is a hilarious and effortlessly enjoyable romp, with two great leads and some iconic scenes. The film is a very similar movie to Back to the Future in the sense that the principal plot involves time travel. It is also most definitely a product of its era and wears its 1980s aesthetic firmly on its sleeve. One of the most iconic and beloved movies of the decade, Bill & Ted is a seminal classic.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
This underrated movie isn’t very well-known, but it’s actually the sort of film that would be perfect for Back to the Future fans. This bonkers sci-fi flick has aliens, a ridiculous lead character, new dimensions, and plenty of laughs. There are Back to the Future similarities throughout, even though this film was out a year before. If you’ve never gotten around to Buckaroo Banzai, I definitely suggest you check it out, it’s not a movie you’ll forget in a while.
Yes, they are different movies in a lot of ways, but, in many ways, Ghostbusters is a very similar film to Back to the Future. Both are quintessentially ‘80s movies, and both are full of wonderful jokes, excellent stories, and characters trying to make sense of their predicaments. Ghostbusters is one of those ‘80s films that set the benchmark, and, if you love Back to the Future, you’ll definitely love Ghostbusters!
Looper is one of the more recent time travel movies and a great offering by writer-director Rian Johnson. It might be a little more on the R-rated side than Back to the Future, but both movies are preoccupied with time travel and the ramifications of changing the past. This is an intelligent and well-acted movie, with a cool plot, and a great use of time travel. Oh, and it’s got Emily Blunt in it, and she makes anything 20% better.
This fantasy-comedy film is one of the best movies of the ‘90s and has developed something of a cult following. The movie follows two ‘90s teens as they wind up trapped in a 1950s sitcom and try to find their way back home. The movie has plenty of heart and a fantastic script, and the acting is pretty awesome as well. I have no doubt that if you love Back to the Future, you’re going to love Pleasantville as well.
Back to the Future as a movie franchise must surely be the best adventure films of all time. These sci-fi blockbusters did a lot to change the way we look at time travel movies and introduced us to a whole new set of films too. The movies I’ve listed above are like Back to the Future in a lot of ways, and they offer a great opportunity to get some more of that sci-fi/adventure feel.