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 that we've tested is the LG CX. 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 TV, 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 risk of burn-in on the LG CX OLED, the best LED TV for watching movies is the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED. You won't have the perfect blacks found on the LG, but it can get much brighter and doesn't run the risk of burn-in, thanks to its LED panel. Its brighter screen makes it a better choice for daytime viewing in a bright room, and gamers will enjoy its low input lag and VRR support. While its HDR peak brightness is good, unfortunately, it doesn't support Dolby Vision, which may be disappointing to fans of watching HDR movies off services like Netflix or Disney+.
If perfect blacks are what you're looking for, then go with the LG, but if you're too concerned about the possibility of burn-in and want something that still provides excellent picture quality, get the Samsung.
The best TV for watching movies with accurate colors is the Sony X950H. It's a premium 4k TV with great picture quality and excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you likely won't need to pay extra to get it calibrated.
It has a VA panel with great native contrast, displaying deep blacks. Although its contrast isn't as good as other VA panel TVs because of Sony's 'X-Wide Angle' technology, it has a good full-array local dimming feature that further deepens any blacks. HDR content looks great; it displays a wide color gamut for HDR, and it gets very bright in that mode, so highlights pop the way they should. Even if you occasionally watch movies in a bright room, it gets bright enough to combat glare and has outstanding reflection handling. Lastly, it removes judder from any source and interpolates motion up to 120fps, both of which can improve the appearance of motion.
Unfortunately, even though it has the 'X-Wide Angle' technology added to improve the viewing angles, the viewing angles are still fairly narrow, and it's not suggested for a wide seating arrangement. If you don't need wide viewing angles, the Sony X900H has better contrast, but it doesn't get as bright. All in all, most people should be happy with the Sony, making it the best TV for home theater setups that we've tested.
The best TV for movies in the budget range is the Hisense H8G. This TV is 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 TVs 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 this TV 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 seen on a LED TV, 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.
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.
12/03/2019: Replaced the Sony A8F OLED with the Sony A8G OLED and the LG B8 OLED with the LG B9 OLED.
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.