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The top five movies where timing is everything.

By Anthony Klees



1. Back to the Future
Science fiction becomes one teen’s harsh reality in this 1985 blockbuster. Following a botched time-travel experiment, the film follows a fresh-faced Michael J. Fox on a trip thirty years into the past. Scrambling to find a route to the present, Fox discovers the key to the future often lurks in family history.

2. Field of Dreams
Time travel and baseball are on a collision course in this home-run hit. The 1989 film, directed by Phil Alden Robinson, welcomes the return of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, who inspires an Iowan farmer (Kevin Costner) to plow over his crops and build a baseball field. The events that unfold allow for a long-awaited reunion between Costner and his estranged father and a lesson about the beauty of recovered time.

3. Groundhog Day
Bill Murray’s life is on repeat in this 1993 classic comedy. Playing a cynical meteorologist, Murray attends the Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Penn. where he awakens each morning to discover he’s living the same day over and over again. As Murray reevaluates his life, he realizes only time has the power to heal all.

4. Midnight in Paris
The past and present whimsically blur for one nostalgic tourist (Owen Wilson) on vacation in Paris. The flick follows a history-obsessed writer who is catapulted to the roaring 20s when the clock strikes midnight. Posh soirees and decadent costumes enhance a stimulating plot, which earned Woody Allen an Oscar for best screenplay.

5. The Terminator
Arnold Schwarzenegger alters time to destroy humanity in this 1984 blockbuster. Playing a cyborg from 2029, Schwarzenegger is sent back in time to extinguish a future leader of the human resistance, leading to action-packed sequences and explosive special effects. Today, the native Austrian may be better known as a “governator,” but his role as the Terminator put this multi-talent on the map.