13 of the best time-loop movies and shows to watch while celebrating Groundhog Day

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Bill Murray in ‘Groundhog Day.’ Columbia Pictures
  • Groundhog Day is celebrated each year on February 2.
  • The film “Groundhog Day” is about a weatherman who keeps waking up on February 2.
  • This spawned a whole genre of time-loop films in which someone relives a day.
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“Groundhog Day,” the story of a grumpy weatherman who keeps reliving Groundhog Day over and over again has become so ubiquitous that any other film that employs a time loop is always described in terms of “Groundhog Day.”

“The Map of Tiny Perfect Things”? Teen “Groundhog Day.” “Edge of Tomorrow”? Action “Groundhog Day.” “Happy Death Day”? Scary “Groundhog Day.”

We’ve picked 13 of the best “Groundhog Day”-esque films and series to watch over and over again this February 2 — but be sure not to get trapped in a time loop.


In honour of the real Groundhog Day, you can choose to watch the original time-loop film, 1993’s “Groundhog Day.”

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Bill Murray in ‘Groundhog Day.’ Columbia Pictures

In the film, Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell star as TV weatherman Phil Connors and his producer Rita Hanson, an antagonistic pair of coworkers who get sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the town’s annual Groundhog Day celebration. Phil, a textbook misanthrope, resents being sent there, and his resentment grows as he wakes up each morning to the same day over and over again.

“Groundhog Day” has prompted much discussion over the years, including how long Phil was stuck inside the time loop (guesses range from a few weeks to “a lifetime”), and if the movie is a religious allegory. We can’t say for sure, but we can say that “Groundhog Day” is a stone-cold classic.

Watch the trailer here.


Almost three decades later, Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti co-starred in “Palm Springs,” a modern spin on the story.

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Cristin Milioti and Andy Samberg in ‘Palm Springs.’ Neon/Hulu

Samberg and Milioti play Nyles and Sarah, two guests at a wedding that takes place on November 9 in Palm Springs, California. Nyles’ girlfriend is a close friend of the bride, who is also Sarah’s younger sister.

Nyles and Sarah bond at the wedding reception, and after a night of fun, Sarah follows Nyles into a cave – and subsequently gets trapped inside a time loop with Nyles, who has been reliving November 9 for an undetermined amount of time. The two fall in love and viewers slowly learn more and more about their lives before the wedding.

We won’t spoil what happens, but the film is a worthy successor to the “time-loop films” crown.

Watch the trailer here.


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The 2018 film “The Fare” added a Greek mythology component to a time-loop story.

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Brinna Kelly and Gino Anthony Pesi in ‘The Fare.’ Epic Pictures

In “The Fare,” a taxi driver keeps picking up the same passenger over and over again, only for her to disappear before he can drop her off – and he forgets her each time. That is, until he can briefly recall her name (Penny), and she tells him that the ride has happened at least 100 times before.

The film, which has a rare 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, takes a mythological turn once Harris (the driver) begins realising that he’s in a loop. From there, the story takes many twists and turns we won’t spoil here.

Watch the trailer here.


The 2017 film “Happy Death Day” took the conceit to the horror comedy genre, as Tree keeps reliving her birthday over and over again.

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Jessica Rothe in ‘Happy Death Day.’ Patti Perret/Universal Pictures

Jessica Rothe stars as Tree, a typical college student, who gets killed by a masked serial killer on the night of her birthday. However, instead of dying, she once again wakes up on the morning of her birthday. In order to figure out who’s behind the mask of her murderer, she enlists her friend Carter to help her avoid her inevitable death and save everyone from the killer – and perhaps become a better person along the way.

Watch the trailer here.


Tree once again gets trapped in a time loop in the 2019 sequel “Happy Death Day 2U.”

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Jessica Rothe and Israel Broussard in ‘Happy Death Day 2U.’ Michele K. Short/Universal Pictures

In the sequel to “Happy Death Day,” Tree once again gets pulled into a time loop, but this time, she also gets knocked into a parallel universe in which her dead mother is alive and decides to stay in this reality.

Of course, this doesn’t work, as this reality has its own version of the baby-face killer from the first film, forcing Tree and Carter to team up and figure out how save everyone again.

Watch the trailer here.


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“The Map of Tiny Perfect Things” is an upcoming teen movie version of the time loop.

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Kyle Allen and Kathryn Newton in ‘The Map of Tiny Perfect Things.’ Amazon Studios

The film, which will be released on Prime Video on February 12, stars Kathryn Newton and Kyle Allen as two teenagers (Margaret and Mark) who discover that they’re both trapped in a time loop, reliving the same day over and over. In true teen rom-com fashion, it looks like the pair will fall in love, while simultaneously trying to deal with their unique predicament.

Watch the trailer here.


Tom Cruise starred in an action movie variant, “Edge of Tomorrow,” in 2014.

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Tom Cruise in ‘Edge of Tomorrow.’ Edge of Tomorrow trailer / Warner Bros.

“Edge of Tomorrow,” also known as “Live Die Repeat,” stars Cruise as Major William Cage, a member of the Armed Forces’ media relations department, who gets sent to an active warzone to cover it. In this film’s version of the future, an alien race called “Mimics” have invaded the Earth, and humanity has been fighting them ever since.

During a battle, Cage gets doused in one of the aliens’ blood, and gains the ability to loop through time – he relives the battle over and over, resetting to the morning of the battle each time he dies, until Sergeant Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), who previously had this power before she had a blood transfusion, figures out what Cage can do. From there, the two team up to try and take down the Mimics once and for all.

W
atch the trailer here.


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In “Before I Fall,” a teenager realises that, to get out of a time loop, she has to become a better person.

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Zoey Deutch in ‘Before I Fall.’ Open Road Films

The 2017 film, based on the 2010 YA novel of the same name, focuses on Samantha Kingston (played by Zoey Deutch), a “popular” teenager who, after getting killed in a car crash with all of her friends, wakes up again and again on the day of the crash.

As the days progress, Samantha realises that her friends aren’t what they seem, and that her boyfriend isn’t the great guy she thinks he is.

While the ending of the film was a bit controversial, the way that Samantha learns what is actually important still resonates.

Watch the trailer here.


There have been a few different holiday variations on this genre, but the most famous is “Christmas Every Day.”

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Yvonne Zima and Erik von Detten in ‘Christmas Every Day.’ International Family Entertainment, Inc.

In 1996’s ABC Family film “Christmas Every Day,” based on the 1892 short story of the same name, Erik von Detten stars as a Billy, a teenager who has a very Grinch-esque outlook on Christmas. To get him into the holiday spirit, his younger sister Sarah wishes it’d be Christmas every day. In order to get out of the time loop, Billy must learn the true meaning of Christmas.

The film was remade in 2006, titled “Christmas Do-Over,” starring Jay Mohr and Daphne Zuniga as a divorced couple.

Watch the trailer here.


The 2017 Netflix “Naked” took a more straightforward comedic approach.

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Marlon Wayans in ‘Naked.’ Netflix

In “Naked,” Marlon Wayans’ Rob wakes up on the morning of his wedding, naked in an elevator and far from the church his wedding takes place at.

Instead of reliving a day, Rob keeps reliving the hour before his wedding, each time reappearing naked in the elevator. While this film has the equally rare 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, it might be worth your time – Google reviewers gave it a. 4.1 star rating.

Watch the trailer here.


Netflix’s “Russian Doll” is a series, but it excels at the “Groundhog Day” premise.

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Natasha Lyonne in ‘Russian Doll.’ Netflix

Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) keeps reliving her 36th birthday over and over again, only to die before figuring out why this is happening to her. Eventually, she meets Alan (Charlie Barnett) in an elevator – and she discovers he’s been reliving the same day, too. Over the course of their loops, they become close friends and try to solve the mystery together.

In June 2019, “Russian Doll” was renewed for a second season, but there’s been no development since.

Watch the trailer here.


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“Looped” is a cartoon focusing on Luc and Theo, two kids who keep reliving October 12.

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‘Looped.’ DHX Media

“Looped” aired on Prime Video from 2016 to 2019, and followed best friends Luc and Theo, who get stuck in a time loop after an accident involving one of Theo’s inventions lands them in a never-ending October 12 (one episode establishes it’s been at least 4 years).

Watch the theme song here.


For a bonus piece of content, try the “Remedial Chaos Theory” episode of “Community’s” third season.

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Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs, Joe McHale, and Donald Glover in ‘Community.’ NBCUniversal Television Distribution

In the episode, the study group rolls a die to see who has to go downstairs and grab the pizzas that have been delivered.

The episode goes through what would happen in seven different timelines – that is, what would happen if each member of the group went downstairs to pick up the pizza. Classic “Community” hijinks ensue, and the episode has been called one of the all-time best episodes of the series.

Watch one of the timelines here.