You don't need to spend a fortune on the latest 4k TV to get an enjoyable movie experience; most monitors deliver a decent multimedia experience. New 4k monitors have some of the same features as high-end TVs, including support for HDR and even local dimming for better dark room performance. However, our recommendations are not limited to only 4k resolutions, as the difference between 1440p and 4k on monitors this size can be difficult to notice at a distance.
We've reviewed more than 85 monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best monitors to watch movies that are available for purchase in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 1440p monitors, and the best monitors overall.
The LG 27UK650-W is the best multimedia monitor that we've tested so far, and the best monitor for movies. This 27 inch, 4k screen delivers an immersive multimedia experience with its HDR support, and although the performance is somewhat hindered by its mediocre peak brightness and the lack of local dimming features, the gradient performance is outstanding, which minimizes banding. It also has wide viewing angles, great for watching the latest trending videos with your friends.
Response time on this monitor is great for gaming and fast action scenes; however, you're limited to a 60Hz refresh rate. Given that 4k gaming at a high refresh rate is still uncommon due to hardware constraints, we don't expect it to be an issue. Inputs include two HDMI ports and one DisplayPort, which allows for multiple devices to be connected, such as a gaming console or media streamer.
As expected, the IPS panel isn't ideal for darker rooms, as it can't produce true blacks and has mediocre black uniformity. Overall, though, it's a very good monitor that's feature-packed for its price.
If you like the LG 27UK650-W but screen size and real estate are more important to you, check out the LG 32UD99-W instead. This larger model offers almost identical performance, with great motion handling, wide viewing angles, and excellent gradients. Other than the difference in screen size, this monitor has slightly better contrast ratio, a wider color gamut, and better black uniformity than the other LG. Finally, connectivity is also improved with the addition of a USB-C port, which allows you to connect a laptop and use it as a second screen or to charge other devices.
If you're looking for the absolute best multimedia monitor, go for the LG 27UK650-W due to its price and features; that said, if you're looking for something larger, LG 32UD99-W is an excellent choice, though it has a significant increase in price.
For dark room performance, the Samsung CHG70 is one of the best monitors to watch movies. It has a very good native contrast ratio, delivering relatively deep blacks, but it has poor black uniformity, so you may see some backlight bleeding in dark scenes.
Response time is also excellent on this monitor, with an optional black frame insertion feature to reduce persistence blur. Performance remains great during the day, as it can get bright enough to overcome glare and has very good reflection handling.
Unfortunately, due to the VA panel, viewing angles do suffer a bit, and colors do shift when viewed at an angle. Overall, though, this is the best monitor to watch movies at night.
If you like the Samsung CHG70 but you're into ultrawide monitors, check out the Samsung C49RG9. This massive 49 inch ultrawide display has an impressive 32:9 aspect ratio and is the equivalent of two 1440p, 16:9 displays placed side-by-side. Combined with the curved screen, this monitor delivers an incredibly immersive movie-watching experience. Like the smaller Samsung, it looks good in a dark room, as blacks look black.
Do note that due to the uncommon aspect ratio, black bars will be present in most content and the curved nature of this monitor will also impact viewing angles. Otherwise, this is a great monitor for watching the latest HDR10 movies, as the peak brightness is outstanding.
If you want the best dark room multimedia monitor, go for the CHG70, but if you want something bigger and the presence of black bars and poor viewing angles aren't a concern, then the C49RG9 is a great choice for an ultrawide monitor.
For those who are more concerned about cost, the Dell U2518D is the best monitor for movies in the budget category that we've reviewed so far. It's a 25 inch, 1440p IPS monitor with wide viewing angles and a great design. The overall picture quality is good but is best suited for a bright room. Response time is also excellent with very little motion blur. Unfortunately, while it does support HDR, the performance is hindered due to the mediocre peak brightness and the lack of wide color gamut.
Overall, though, it's a very versatile monitor that should please most people, regardless of your use, landing it among our best multimedia monitors.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors currently available for multimedia. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.
If you would prefer to make your own decision, here is the list of all of our monitor reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the metrics that fare worse are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.
11/06/2019: Minor text and structure changes, removed one recommendation as price is too close to the main pick.