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The Best Alternate History Movies

“What are the best Alternate History movies of all-time?” We looked at 71 of the top Alternate History films, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 14 films, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Alternate History” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 50+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Top 14 Alternate History Movies



14 .) Back to the Future (1985) directed by Robert Zemeckis

	Back to the Future (1985)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Futurism
  • IMDB 2

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.



13 .) C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004) directed by Kevin Willmott

	C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Futurism
  • IMDB

Through the eyes of a British “documentary”, this film takes a satirically humorous, and sometimes frightening, look at the history of an America where the South won the Civil War.



12 .) Southland Tales (2006) directed by Richard Kelly

	Southland Tales (2006)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IGN
  • IMDB 2

Set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who’s stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.



11 .) The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) directed by Stephen Norrington

	The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB 2
  • Listal

To prevent a world war from breaking out, famous characters from Victorian literature band together to do battle against a cunning villain.



10 .) The Time Machine (2002) directed by Simon Wells

	The Time Machine (2002)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB 2
  • Listal

Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds mankind divided into two warring races.



9 .) Wild Wild West (1999) directed by Barry Sonnenfeld

	Wild Wild West (1999)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB 2
  • Listal

Legless Southern inventor Dr. Arliss Loveless plans to rekindle the Civil War by assassinating President U.S. Grant. Only two men can stop him: gunfighter James West and master-of-disguise and inventor Artemus Gordon. The two must team up to thwart Loveless’ plans.



8 .) Back to the Future Part II (1989) directed by Robert Zemeckis

	Back to the Future Part II (1989)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IGN
  • IMDB 2
  • Listal

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 attempt to set things straight, Marty finds himself bound for 1955 and face to face with his teenage parents — again.



7 .) District 9 (2009) directed by Neill Blomkamp

	District 9 (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Futurism
  • IGN
  • IMDB 2

Thirty years ago, aliens arrive on Earth. Not to conquer or give aid, but to find refuge from their dying planet. Separated from humans in a South African area called District 9, the aliens are managed by Multi-National United, which is unconcerned with the aliens’ welfare but will do anything to master their advanced technology. When a company field agent contracts a mysterious virus that begins to alter his DNA, there is only one place he can hide: District 9.



6 .) Iron Sky (2012) directed by Timo Vuorensola

	Iron Sky (2012)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB 2
  • Listal
  • West World

In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers.



5 .) Red Dawn (1984) directed by John Milius

	Red Dawn (1984)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IGN
  • IMDB
  • Listal

It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers band together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.



4 .) Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) directed by Kerry Conran

	Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Listal

When gigantic robots attack New York City, “Sky Captain” uses his private air force to fight them off. His ex-girlfriend, reporter Polly Perkins, has been investigating the recent disappearance of prominent scientists. Suspecting a link between the global robot attacks and missing men, Sky Captain and Polly decide to work together. They fly to the Himalayas in pursuit of the mysterious Dr. Totenkopf, the mastermind behind the robots.



3 .) X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) directed by Bryan Singer

	X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Futurism
  • IGN
  • IMDB 2

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods as they join forces with their younger selves in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.



2 .) Watchmen (2009) directed by Zack Snyder

	Watchmen (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Futurism
  • IGN
  • IMDB 2
  • Listal

In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered, an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited heroes set out to prevent their own destruction, but in doing so uncover a sinister plot that puts all of humanity in grave danger.



1 .) Inglourious Basterds (2009) directed by Quentin Tarantino

	Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IGN
  • IMDB 2
  • Listal
  • West World

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as “The Basterds” are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds, lead by Lt. Aldo Raine soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.




The 50+ Additional Best Alternate History Movies



# Movies Directors Lists
15 1984 (1984) Michael Radford IMDB
16 A Boy and His Dog (1975)   Futurism
17 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) Timur Bekmambetov IMDB 2
18 Anastasia (1997) Don Bluth IMDB 2
19 Anonymous (I) (2011) Roland Emmerich IMDB 2
20 Apollo 18 (2011) Gonzalo López-Gallego IMDB 2
21 April and the Extraordinary World (2015) Christian Desmares IMDB 2
22 Back to the Future Part III (1990) Robert Zemeckis IMDB 2
23 Bright (I) (2017) David Ayer IMDB 2
24 Capricorn One (1977) Peter Hyams IMDB
25 Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Joe Johnston IMDB 2
26 Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)   Listal
27
CSA: The Confederate States of America (2004)
  IGN
28 Dark City (1998)   Futurism
29 Donnie Darko (2001)   Futurism
30 eXistenZ (1999)   Futurism
31 Frequency (2000) Gregory Hoblit IMDB 2
32 Gamer (2009)   Futurism
33 Groundhog Day (1993)   IGN
34 Her (2013)   Futurism
35 Horrors of War (2006) Peter John Ross IMDB
36 Identity (2003)   Futurism
37 Inception (2010)   Futurism
38 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) Steven Spielberg IMDB 2
39 It Happened Here (1965) Kevin Brownlow IMDB
40 It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)   Futurism
41 Jackboots on Whitehall (2010) Edward McHenry IMDB
42 Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999) Hiroyuki Okiura IMDB
43 John Dies at the End (2012) Don Coscarelli IMDB 2
44 Looper (2012)   Futurism
45 Moulin Rouge! (2001) Baz Luhrmann IMDB 2
46 Never Let Me Go (2010) Mark Romanek IMDB 2
47 Primer (2004)   Futurism
48 Project Almanac (2015)   Futurism
49 Seven Days in May (1964) John Frankenheimer IMDB
50 Singing the Blues in Red (1986) Ken Loach IMDB
51 Source Code (2011)   Futurism
52 Space Jam (1996) Joe Pytka IMDB 2
53 Star Trek   Listal
54 Steamboy (2004) Katsuhiro Ôtomo IMDB
55 The Emperor’s New Clothes (2001) Alan Taylor IMDB 2
56 The Final Countdown (1980) Don Taylor IMDB 2
57 The Good Dinosaur (2015) Peter Sohn IMDB 2
58 The Great Wall (I) (2016) Yimou Zhang IMDB 2
59 The Invention of Lying (2009) Ricky Gervais IMDB 2
60 The Machinist (2004)   Futurism
61 The Matrix (1999)   Futurism
62 The Second Civil War (1997 TV Movie) Joe Dante IMDB
63 Things to Come (1936) William Cameron Menzies IMDB
64 Time After Time (1979) Nicholas Meyer IMDB 2
65 Turbo Kid (2015) François Simard IMDB 2
66 V for Vendetta (2005) James McTeigue IMDB
67 War of the Worlds: Goliath (2012) Joe Pearson IMDB
68 Went the Day Well? (1942) Alberto Cavalcanti IMDB 2
69 White Man’s Burden (1995)   IGN
70 WW III: World War III (1998 TV Movie) Robert Stone IMDB
71 X-Men: First Class (2011) Matthew Vaughn IMDB 2



6 Best Alternate History Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
Futurism Mind Blowing Alternate Reality Movies | Futurism
IGN 10 Alternate History Movies – IGN
IMDB Alternative History Film – IMDb
IMDB 2 Your Favorite Alternate History Film? – IMDb
Listal Alternate History Movies list – Listal
West World Five Weird and Wonderful Versions of an Alternate World War II …

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