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6 Great Groundhog Day Time Loop Movies That Aren't 'Groundhog Day'

It's February 2, and there's nothing you can do about it.

Groundhog Day used to mean something in this town.

Once upon a time, February 2 was best known for its eponymous groundhog, who amongst all large rodents is uniquely (supposedly) endowed with the ability to predict the weather. But since 1993, thanks to the eponymous film starring Bill Murray, Groundhog Day has also been inextricably linked with an entirely different activity: Watching movies about characters caught in time loops.

Obviously, there will never be a better Groundhog Day time loop movie than "Groundhog Day." But since that film is a mere two hours long, and since you are not yourself caught in a time loop, you'll need a few others to fill the hours until February 3.

  1. "Looper"

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis star as two different versions of the same man, whose future self has gone back to hunt an enemy in his past.

  2. "Edge of Tomorrow"

    Just like in "Groundhog Day," a man is doomed to repeat the same day over and over until he gets it right. Unlike "Groundhog Day," that man's day involves repeated battles with giant alien squid-monsters.

  3. "Source Code"

    Jake Gyllenhaal's time loop in this movie is much shorter than Bill Murray's -- a mere eight minutes, instead of 24 hours -- but he crams a hell of a lot of action into it.

  4. "Repeaters"

    If Phil's "Groundhog Day" crime spree had lasted for a whole film and involved friends, it would have probably looked a lot like this existential thriller from 2010.

  5. "Primer"

    This movie, in which multiple future versions of the same two guys pursue each other backwards through time over the course of a single week would be ideal to watch in an actual time loop since it requires multiple (i.e. dozens) of viewings before it starts to make any sense.

  6. "About Time"

    The closest movie in spirit to "Groundhog Day," this romantic comedy stars Domhnall Gleason as a man who needs multiple time-traveling do-overs in order to land the girl of his dreams.