Movies like Back to the Future

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Back to the Future (1985)
 8.5
 918K
Back to the Future (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Eighties teenager Marty McFly is accidentally sent back in time to 1955, inadvertently disrupting his parents' first meeting and attracting his mother's romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by rekindling his parents' romance and - with the help of his eccentric inventor friend Doc Brown - return to 1985.
Style: feel good, exciting, humorous, entertaining, light, clever, not serious, sentimental, surprise ending, futuristic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, date night, teen comedy, kids
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, adventure, mad scientist, small town, chases and races, time machine, teenage life, misfit partners, sent to the past, destiny, disorder, race against time, odd couple, fish out of water, inventor, hidden identity, misfit, teenager, scientist, inventions and discoveries, love and romance, partners, getting home, technology ...
Time: future, 80s, 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1985, year 1955
Place: california, usa

Most similar movies to Back to the Future

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, light, exciting and clever films with plots about adventure, imaginary, disorder, catastrophe, mentor, dialogue and storytelling mostly in Sci-Fi, Adventure and Comedy genres. Some movies like Back to the Future: Flight of the Navigator (1986), SpaceCamp (1986), Men in Black (1997), Sky High (2005), Hot Tub Time Machine (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Marty and Doc are at it again in this wacky sequel to the 1985 blockbuster as the time-traveling duo head to 2015 to nip some McFly family woes in the bud. But things go awry thanks to bully Biff Tannen and a pesky sports almanac. In a last-ditch ...
Style: futuristic, humorous, clever, exciting, not serious ...
Audience: family outing, teens, date night, teen comedy, kids
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, sent to the past, misfit partners, inventions and discoveries, time machine, teenager, lightning, flying car, high school dance, electric guitar, adventure ...
Time: future, 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 2010s ...
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The final installment of the Back to the Future trilogy finds Marty digging the trusty DeLorean out of a mineshaft and looking for Doc in the Wild West of 1885. But when their time machine breaks down, the travelers are stranded in a land of spurs. ...
Style: exciting, humorous, not serious, sentimental, light ...
Audience: family outing, teens, date night, kids
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, sent to the past, old west, mad scientist, time machine, inventor, adventure, small town, race against time, getting home, duel ...
Time: 1880s, 19th century, 1950s, year 1985, 20th century ...
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Music, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A pair of failing high school students -- Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted "Theodore" Logan -- are visited by a time traveler from the future who takes them on an adventure through time to gather up actual historical figures to help them ...
Style: humorous, not serious, offbeat, witty, futuristic ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, heavy metal, high school, adventure, time machine, best friend, hopes, youth, disorder, sent to the past, misfit partners ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future, 1800s, 1860s ...
Place: california, ancient greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Shurik Timofeev builds a working model of a time machine. By accident, Ivan Bunsha, an apartment complex manager, and George Miloslavsky, a petty burglar, are transferred to 16th century Moscow, while Tsar Ivan the Terrible goes into the year 1973.
Style: humorous, feel good, light, funny, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: time travel, time machine, adventure, changing the past or future, fish out of water, race against time, comedy of errors, goofy hero, disorder, misfit partners, escapades, misfit ...
Time: year 1973, 16th century
Place: russia, soviet union, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Flight of the Navigator (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This 1986 Disney adventure tells the story of 12-year-old David who lives with his family in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. When he awakens from being accidentally knocked out in the forest near his home, he finds that eight years have passed. His family is ...
Style: feel good, serious, exciting, stylized, touching ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, time travel, space travel, ufo, nasa, benign alien, outer space, young heroes, alien, family, flying saucer, artificial intelligence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986, year 1978, future
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 5.6
 12K
SpaceCamp (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Andie Bergstrom, an astronaut eagerly awaiting her first trip to space, runs a summer camp for teenagers with her NASA-employed husband, Zach. One night during an engine test, Andie and four teenage campers are accidentally shot into space. ...
Style: semi serious, suspenseful, exciting, idiotic, light ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, teens, boys' night
Plot: space travel, space program, nasa, space shuttle, trapped in space, astronaut, adventure, family, young heroes, daring rescue, survival, race against time ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: alabama, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.3
 470K
Men in Black (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After a police chase with an otherworldly being, a New York City cop is recruited as an agent in a top-secret organization established to monitor and police alien activity on Earth: the Men in Black. Agent Kay and new recruit Agent Jay find ...
Style: humorous, exciting, entertaining, not serious, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, kids
Plot: government agency, space and aliens, undercover, creature, ufo, secret agents, partners, alien encounter, evil alien, fictional government agency, secret identity, alien ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 71K
Sky High (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in a world where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, young Will Stronghold, the son of the Commander and Jetstream, tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being.
Style: feel good, humorous, not serious, stylized, exciting ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: superhero, friendship, high school, superhuman powers, coming of age, supernatural ability, good versus evil, young heroes, parents and children, heroes, best friends, family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A malfunctioning time machine at a ski resort takes a man back to 1986 with his two friends and nephew, where they must relive a fateful night and not change anything to make sure the nephew is born.
Style: humorous, funny, absurd, light, not serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, friendship, time machine, party, reunion, sarcasm, drinking, stupidity, foul language, drugs/alcohol, friends ...
Time: 80s, 21st century, contemporary, 20th century, year 1986 ...
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 23K
Quantum Leap (1989)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished... He woke to find himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not his own and driven by an unknown ...
Style: exciting, stylized, witty, touching, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: changing the past or future, time travel, fish out of water, adventure, hologram, experiment gone awry, partners, sent to the past, impersonating, hidden identity, odd couple, righting the wronged ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Music, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Amiable slackers Bill and Ted are once again roped into a fantastical adventure when De Nomolos, a villain from the future, sends evil robot duplicates of the two lads to terminate and replace them. The robot doubles actually succeed in killing Bill ...
Style: humorous, not serious, offbeat, witty, futuristic ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen comedy
Plot: time travel, afterlife, heavy metal, robot, heaven, devil, adventure, seance, farce, misfit partners, high school, verbal byplay ...
Time: future, 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
My Science Project (1985)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Michael and Ellie break into a military junkyard to find a science project for Michael's class, and discover a strange glowing orb which absorbs electricity. When the orb begins to blend past, present, and future, its up to Michael and Ellie to ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, offbeat, light, idiotic
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: time travel, science, dinosaur, school, adventure, changing the past or future, high school, androids and robots, college, mad scientist, rescue, save the world ...
Time: future, 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Spirit of '76 (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Future Americans decide to time travel to 1776 to ask the founding fathers for the solutions to their problems. A glitch in the time machine changes their destination to 1976. Still believing themselves to be in 1776, the time travellers attempt to ...
Style: humorous, not serious, witty
Audience: teens
Plot: disco, time travel, fish out of water, time machine, on the run, drugs/alcohol, imaginary, misfit, adventure, disorder, misfit partners, changing the past or future ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, future, 22nd century, year 1976
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.
Style: entertaining, clever, funny, exciting, intense ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: inventor, youth, shrinking, adventure, parents and children, experiment gone awry, laser, family relations, fish out of water, escapades, genetically altered, disorder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Fugitives of the Federation for their daring rescue of Spock from the doomed Genesis Planet, Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) and his crew begin their journey home to face justice for their actions. But as they near Earth, they find it at the mercy of ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, humorous, clever, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, space travel, spacecraft, space opera, star trek, punk, whale, marine biologist, adventure, teleportation, invisibility, fish out of water ...
Time: future, 23rd century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.8
 305K
Men in Black 3 (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back...in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K's life and ...
Style: not serious, humorous, exciting, stylized, buddy comedy ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, secret agents, alien, time machine, sent to the past, seeing the future, fictional government agency, race against time, benign alien, creature, ufo ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 60s, 1960s ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.6
 130K
Idiocracy (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: To test its top-secret Human Hibernation Project, the Pentagon picks the most average Americans it can find - an Army private and a prostitute - and sends them to the year 2505 after a series of freak events. But when they arrive, they find a ...
Style: thought provoking, humorous, futuristic, offbeat, absurd ...
Plot: future dystopia, social decay, stupidity, society, evolution, sent to the future, brainwashing, social satire, life turned upside down, experiment, capitalism, intelligence ...
Time: future, year 2005
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: The joke's on absent-minded scientist Wayne Szalinski when his troublesome invention shrinks him, his brother and their wives so effectively that their children think they've completely disappeared. Of course, this gives the kids free rein ...
Style: not serious, feel good, humorous, captivating, light ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: shrinking, inventor, adventure, family, mischievous children, experiment gone awry, fish out of water, odd couple, rescue, parents and children, nothing goes right, disorder ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 5.8
 17K
Just Visiting (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: France, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A knight and his valet are plagued by a witch, and to repair the damage they make use of the services of a wizard. However, something goes wrong and they are transported from the 12th century to the year 2000. There the knight meets some of his ...
Style: feel good, humorous, exciting, idiotic, absurd ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: time travel, alternate timeline, adventure, goofy hero, master and servant, fish out of water, disorder, life turned upside down, altering history, culture clash, wizards, dumb ...
Time: contemporary, 12th century, 21st century, 2000s, future
Place: france, usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Howard the Duck (1986)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A scientific experiment unknowingly brings extraterrestrial life forms to the Earth through a laser beam. First is the cigar smoking drake Howard from the duck's planet. A few kids try to keep him from the greedy scientists and help him back to ...
Style: humorous, not serious, offbeat, ridiculous, awful ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: alien invasion, anthropomorphism, extraterrestrial, duck, physicist, fish out of water, laser, adventure, rock, benign alien, escapades, space and aliens ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Time Machine (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds humankind divided into two warring races.
Style: serious, stylized, exciting, atmospheric, futuristic ...
Plot: changing the past or future, time machine, time travel, adventure, obsessive quest, utopia, haunted by the past, escapades, hopes, imaginary, society, demolished city ...
Time: future, 19th century, 2000s, 1890s, near future
Place: usa, new york, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Time After Time (1979)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The Wildest Chase Of The Century! London 1893 is home to a killer with a macabre nickname... and also to a visionary genius who would write The Time Machine. But what if H.G. Wells' invention wasn't fiction? And what if Jack the Ripper ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, psychotronic, tense ...
Plot: time travel, time machine, fish out of water, serial killer, adventure, culture clash, romance, museum, jack the ripper, changing the past or future, chases and races, supernatural ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 70s, victorian, 1890s ...
Place: california, san francisco, london, europe, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Time Machine (1978)
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A scientist builds a machine that will enable him to travel back and forth in time, but when he puts it in motion, he gets more than he bargained for.
Style: suspenseful, serious, offbeat, exciting
Audience: family outing
Plot: time travel, cannibalism, time machine, changing the past or future, adventure, save the world, chaos and mayhem, future dystopia, escapades, hopes, imaginary, chaos ...
Time: future, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Adventurer/surgeon/rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his band of men, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, take on evil alien invaders from the 8th dimension.
Style: humorous, semi serious, offbeat, exciting, surreal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, chase, desert, rescue, adventure, heroic mission, mad scientist, chases and races, creativity, talent, space war, genius ...
Time: 80s, 1930s, year 1938, future
Place: new jersey, asia, hong kong, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Mom and Dad Save the World (1992)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Emperor Spengo sees Marge Nelson and using a giant magnet, kidnaps her and her husband Dick, hoping to make Marge his before blowing up the Earth. The Emperor and other inhabitants of his planet are somewhat less than bright, and Dick begins ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, idiotic, absurd, light ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens, kids
Plot: adventure, laser, good versus evil, fish out of water, suburbs, anti heroes, evil alien, family, race against time, save the world, alien encounter, experiment gone awry ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.0
 8K
Camp Nowhere (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Morris "Mud" Himmel has a problem. His parents desperately want to send him away to summer camp. He hates going to summer camp, and would do anything to get out of it. Talking to his friends, he realizes that they are all facing the same ...
Style: not serious, feel good, humorous, light, funny ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: summer camp, parent child relationship, camp, misfit, family, teenage life, youth, disorder, adventure, cons and scams, frame up, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Spaced Invaders (1990)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A crew of Martians overhears a radio broadcast of Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" coming from Earth, and, thinking the Martian fleet is attacking Earth, they land their broken-down ship in a backwater mid-American town. As luck ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, offbeat, surprise ending, idiotic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: alien, misunderstanding, martian, adventure, androids and robots, anti heroes, benign alien, goofy hero, save the world, friendship, alien encounter, mistaken identity ...
Time: 20th century
Place: illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 4.7
 1K
P.U.N.K.S. (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A group of misfit teens evade a corrupt scientist when they steal and attempt to return a suit that delivers supernatural strength to its wearer.
Style: humorous, semi serious, stylized, exciting
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: misfit, super strength, mad scientist, adventure, school, social misfits, scientist, teenager, teenage life, family, youth, disorder ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.6
 18K
Explorers (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The visionary dreams of three curious and adventuresome young boys become an exciting reality in Explorers, the action-fantasy from director Joe Dante, who combines keen humor, warmth and fantasy with unexpected twists. In their makeshift ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, offbeat, surreal ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: space travel, bullying, laboratory, friendship, dream, adventure, mischievous children, family, young heroes, best friend, spacecraft, young love ...
Time: 80s, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Land of the Lost (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: On his latest expedition, Dr. Rick Marshall is sucked into a space-time vortex alongside his research assistant and a redneck survivalist. In this alternate universe, the trio make friends with a primate named Chaka, their only ally in a world full ...
Style: humorous, not serious, exciting, funny, toilet humor ...
Plot: fantasy world, dinosaur, portal, time travel, adventure, paleontologist, chase, survival, escapades, danger, partners, misfit ...
Time: prehistory, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%