When choosing the best TV for movies, it's important to consider your TV room's lighting conditions. You'll generally have a better experience if you watch movies in a dark room as your TV's picture will look deeper and have fewer reflections. You should be looking for a TV that can deliver deep blacks, has rich colors, and has bright highlights, especially if you watch a lot of HDR content from streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or Disney+.
We've tested more than 70 TVs in the last two years, and below are our recommendations for the best TV for home theater and movies you can buy. See also our recommendations for the best TVs for TV shows, the best 4k TVs, and the best TVs for sports.
The best TV for movies we've tested is the LG CX OLED. It's an entry-level OLED that delivers excellent overall performance, and whether you're watching movies or simply streaming content, most people should enjoy it to the fullest. It's well-built and comes with a stand that allows it to sit close to the table.
It's great for watching movies because of its ability to display extremely deep blacks. It turns off individual pixels, resulting in an infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity, which is ideal for watching movies in dark rooms. It removes 24p judder from any source, such as Blu-ray players or native apps, which helps improve the appearance of motion in movies. It supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision and displays a very wide color gamut for HDR content, but sadly, it doesn't get bright enough to truly bring out highlights in that mode. If you want to connect a soundbar to enhance your movie experience, it has eARC support, allowing you to send high-quality audio to a receiver via an HDMI connection.
Unfortunately, like any OLED model, it has the risk of permanent burn-in, which shouldn't be a problem if you watch varied content. It doesn't get very bright, but if you want to place it in a bright room, it has outstanding reflection handling. The built-in WebOS also has a ton of apps available to download, making it easier to stream your favorite movies. Overall, it delivers excellent picture quality, making it the best TV for movies that we've tested.
If you're concerned about the risks of permanent burn-in on the LG CX OLED, then you should go with an LED TV like the Hisense H9G. It has a high contrast ratio enhanced by a full-array local dimming feature, allowing it to produce deep blacks for a great dark room viewing experience. It delivers a fantastic HDR experience with its wide color gamut and high peak brightness, and it handles fast motion well thanks to its quick response time and Black Frame Insertion feature. It has very low input lag; however, it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing when gaming. On the plus side, its Android TV platform has tons of apps available, and its VA panel is immune to permanent burn-in.
Overall, the LG is a better choice for most people due to its OLED panel's ability to produce perfect blacks and near-instantaneous response time. However, if you're worried about burn-in, the Hisense is an excellent alternative.
The Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED is the best TV for watching movies with accurate colors we've tested. It's a versatile model that delivers stunning picture quality, and it comes well-calibrated out-of-the-box, so you likely won't have to pay extra for calibration. It's great for watching movies in the dark, as it has a high contrast ratio, a full-array local dimming feature, resulting in deep blacks. It has decent viewing angles, which means you don't lose too much image accuracy when viewed from the side.
As mentioned, color accuracy is excellent, and any deviation shouldn't be noticeable for most people. It has outstanding coverage of the DCI P3 color space to produce vibrant colors in HDR content, and it handles gradients well to minimize banding. It can remove judder from all sources, but low frame rate content like movies can appear to stutter a bit due to its quick response time. If you plan on gaming, It has exceptionally low input lag, a 120Hz refresh rate, and supports FreeSync. It has an HDMI 2.1 port, making it a great match for the new PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles.
If you get your content from streaming services, the good news is that Samsung's Tizen OS has a large selection of apps, so you should be able to find what you need. The interface is easy to navigate and runs smoothly, and there's even voice control available to help you find content. The 49 inch variant has a 60Hz panel, doesn't support VRR, and has narrower viewing angles due to the lack of the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer. All in all, if you want a TV that displays colors accurately with minimal tweaking, the Q80T is worth checking out.
The best TV for movies in the budget category we've tested is the Hisense H8G. It's surprisingly very good considering its budget price point and is great for a wide range of uses. It has an excellent contrast ratio, decent black uniformity, and full-array local dimming to produce deep uniform blacks, suitable for dark room viewing. It also looks quite sleek and has thin bezels around the screen.
Response time is very low, and it has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to further reduce motion blur, giving you a crisp image with minimal blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It's a very good choice watching HDR content as well thanks to its very wide color gamut, though unfortunately, it can't get very bright. On the bright side, it supports Dolby Vision, which is great if you watch most of your HDR content from streaming services like Amazon Prime or Apple+.
Unfortunately, like with most models that use a VA panel, viewing angles are disappointing, so it may not be a good choice if you have a large room with a wide seating arrangement. Also, while it has some gaming chops thanks to its remarkably low input lag, it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology. Overall, if you don't want to break the bank but still want an impressive TV that's great for movies, this is a great choice.
If you prefer the easy-to-use Roku TV to stream your movies, then the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED is a good alternative. It doesn't get as bright as the Hisense H8G, so some small highlights may not pop the way they should in HDR. However, the TCL displays an even wider color gamut for HDR and has better gradient handling. It has one of the best contrast ratios we've tested on an LED model, and it has a decent full-array local dimming feature. It upscales lower-resolution content, such as from Blu-ray players, without any issues, and it removes judder from any source, which is rare for a 60Hz TV. Sadly, it has some uniformity issues, but this may vary between units.
If you want the best budget TV for movies, you can't go wrong with the Hisense, but if you're a fan of the Roku smart platform, the TCL is a good choice too.
11/24/2020: Added Hisense H9G, removed Sony X950H.
09/25/2020: Replaced the Sony A8H with the LG CX; the Sony X900H with the X950H, and the TCL 6 Series 2019 with the TCL 5 Series 2020; removed the Vizio M Series 2019.
07/27/2020: Replaced the Sony A8G OLED with the Sony A8H OLED, the Samsung Q70R with the Samsung Q80T, the Sony X950G with the Sony X900H, the Hisense H9F with the Hisense H8G, and the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019 with the Vizio M Series Quantum 2019 due to current availability and consistency. Removed 'Cheaper Alternative' to 'Best TV For Watching Movies' for conciseness.
05/26/2020: Replaced the Hisense H8F with the TCL 6 Series/R625 2019 and the Vizio P Series 2018 with the P Series 2019.
01/27/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs to watch movies for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our TV reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.