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The 5 Best 4k TVs For Watching Movies - Fall 2022 Reviews

Best Movie TVs

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 quality in dark scenes will look better and have fewer reflections. You should be looking for a TV that can deliver deep blacks, has rich colors and bright highlights, especially if you watch a lot of HDR content. It's also important to have a TV that supports eARC audio passthrough if you want to enhance your sound experience with a soundbar or receiver.

We've bought and tested more than 365 TVs, and below are our recommendations for the best TV for watching movies you can buy. Also see our picks for the best HDR TVs, the best smart TVs, and the best 4k TVs.

  1. Best TVย For Watching Movies

    The best TV for movies we've tested is the Sony A90J OLED. It's a flagship OLED TV with exceptional picture quality, especially if you're watching movies in a dark room. OLEDs like this one are known for their ability to turn off individual pixels, resulting in a near-infinite contrast ratio. It means that blacks are deep and inky when viewed in the dark, and there's no blooming around bright objects. If you watch HDR movies, the A90J supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, but not HDR10+. It displays a wide color gamut and has fantastic gradient handling with minimal banding, which is ideal for scenes with shades of similar colors, like a sunset. It also gets brighter in HDR than many OLEDs, so highlights pop for a satisfying HDR experience.

    If you want to connect a soundbar or receiver, it supports both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X passthrough, which helps enhance your movie-watching experience. You can adjust the stand to raise the screen high enough that placing a soundbar in front won't block the display if you choose to place it on a TV stand.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range TV For Watching Movies

    The Sony A90J OLED is a premium TV that costs more than most TVs, so if you don't want to spend that kind of money but still want an OLED, then an upper mid-range model like the LG C2 OLED is a great choice. Like the Sony TV, it displays perfect blacks in dark rooms without blooming, offering a fantastic movie-watching experience. You don't get the same peak brightness or processing features as the Sony model, but that's what you should expect if you want to save a bit of money. Still, it has decent HDR peak brightness, enough to make smaller highlights stand out, and some colors look vivid.

    It comes with the LG webOS smart platform built-in, which has a ton of apps available to download, and it's easy to stream your favorite movies. It removes 24p judder from any source, which helps with the appearance of motion, and it can interpolate low-frame-rate content up to 120 fps. It supports Dolby Atmos audio passthrough, but it doesn't support DTS:X, which is a format many Blu-rays use, so you'll need to connect your Blu-ray to the receiver instead of the TV.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range TV For Watching Movies

    If you want something cheaper or something brighter than an OLED, you can get a mid-range TV like the Samsung QN90A QLED. It's different from the LG C2 OLED and the Sony A90J OLED because it has an LED panel instead. While it doesn't produce perfect black levels, it gets extremely bright, especially in HDR, so highlights stand out and colors look vivid. It still looks great in dark rooms as it displays deep blacks and has a great Mini LED local dimming feature to further improve the contrast, but there's some blooming around bright objects, which is the trade-off you have to make if you want an LED TV like this one over an OLED.

    It upscales lower-resolution content well, which is great if you watch your DVD movies, and the smart interface has a great selection of apps, so you can easily find your favorite streaming services. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Dolby Vision for watching HDR, which is a widely-used HDR format, so if that's important to you, the Sony X90J is also a great choice, but it doesn't get as bright as the Samsung.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range TV For Watching Movies

    If you want something a bit cheaper than the Samsung QN90A QLED that still delivers an excellent movie-watching experience, check out the Hisense U8H. It has a fantastic contrast ratio for deep blacks in dark rooms, and the Mini LED local dimming feature is impressive as it improves the contrast while making small highlights stand out, but there's just a bit of blooming around bright objects. Its HDR brightness is also excellent, but it displays most scenes in HDR brighter than they should be.

    Unlike many TVs, it supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ formats, meaning you can watch your favorite HDR content in the format they're available in. It also supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X passthrough if you connect a soundbar or receiver. Although it's an amazing TV, it's a bit less powerful than the QN90A, so there's more banding in areas of similar color, and motion isn't as smooth.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget TVย For Watching Movies

    If you're on a budget, there are still some great TVs you can buy, like the Hisense U6G. It's an entry-level 4k TV that still delivers impressive performance. It doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content, which is important for watching DVDs and Blu-rays, and it displays native 4k content without any issues. It's also available in several sizes, so you can get the one you prefer the most. Although it doesn't get as bright and has a worse local dimming feature, this is what you need to expect from a budget TV, and it still has high native contrast for deep blacks.

    You can easily stream your favorite movies directly from the built-in Android TV, which is easy to use and has a ton of apps you can download. It removes 24p judder from native apps and sources like Blu-rays, which helps with the appearance of motion in movies, but it doesn't have a motion interpolation feature. Unfortunately, it doesn't support any eARC passthrough, which is disappointing if you want to connect a soundbar or receiver. If you want that, the Hisense U6GR is extremely similar and supports eARC but costs more.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung S95B OLED: The Samsung S95B OLED is an incredibly bright QD-OLED TV that displays more vivid colors than the Sony A90J OLED. However, it doesn't support Dolby Vision, and some colors look over-saturated, so it's best to stick with the Sony. See our review
  • Hisense U9DG: The Hisense U9DG is an incredible LED TV whose black levels rival those of OLEDs, but it's only available in a 75-inch size, and for the price, it's worth getting an OLED instead. See our review
  • Samsung QN90B QLED: The Samsung QN90B QLED is brighter than the Samsung QN90A QLED, but the QN90A is slightly better overall, particularly with the local dimming, so it isn't worth spending more on the QN90B while the QN90A is still available. See our review
  • LG G2 OLED: The LG G2 OLED gets brighter than the Sony A90J OLED and costs about the same, so it's a good alternative if you want something brighter. However, it has worse processing and tone mapping, so the Sony TV still looks better. See our review
  • TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED: The TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED is a budget-friendly TV like the Hisense U6G, but it has worse local dimming, so it's worth getting the Hisense instead. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Sep 23, 2022: Replaced the Hisense U8G with the new model, the Hisense U8H, as it's a noticeable upgrade over last year's model.

  2. Aug 17, 2022: Renamed categories to reflect how users are looking for TVs; renamed the Sony A90J to 'Best TV' and the Samsung QN90A to 'Best Mid-Range'; replaced the LG C1 with the LG C2 because it's brighter and renamed as the 'Best Upper-Mid Range'; replaced the Hisense U9DG with the Hisense U8G because it's more available and named it 'Best Lower Mid-Range'; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  3. May 06, 2022: Moved the LG C1 OLED to its own category as the 'Best Value OLED TV For Watching Movies', and moved the Samsung QN90A to the 'Best Movie TV for Small Spaces' category.

  4. Mar 08, 2022: Updated text for clarity; added the Hisense U7G and Hisense U6GR to Notable Mentions.

  5. Jan 07, 2022: Added the Hisense U9DG as the 'Best LED TV' and moved the Samsung QN90A to 'Smaller Alternative'; moved the Hisense U8G to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

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.