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 90 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 so far is the Sony A8H. This TV is excellent for most uses and like other OLED TVs, it has perfect black uniformity, and deep, inky blacks. It looks very premium and sleek and has a similar stand to last year's Sony OLEDs, which can be adjusted to two different heights, helpful if you want to fit a soundbar underneath.
While its near-instantaneous response time makes fast-moving content looks fantastic, it also means that some 24p content appears to stutter, though enabling motion interpolation helps with this. It handles reflections well in bright rooms, but, like most OLEDs, only has decent peak brightness to combat glare. It's also an excellent choice for watching HDR movies thanks to its impressively wide color gamut, support for Dolby Vision, and decently high HDR peak brightness, an improvement over last year's Sony A8G OLED.
Unfortunately, as is the case with all OLED TVs, it has the risk of permanent burn-in, though this shouldn't be a problem with varied content in movies, and tends to appear more from static images. This TV also tends to be quite expensive, so you may want to consider the LG CX OLED which is a little bit cheaper and performs similarly, though its color volume and gradient handling aren't as good.
If you're concerned about the risk of burn-in on the Sony A8H OLED, the best LED TV for watching movies is the Samsung Q80T. You won't have the perfect blacks found on the Sony, but it can get very bright 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 higher, 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 Sony, 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 movies that has very accurate colors out-of-the-box is the Sony X900H. This LED TV is a great choice for most uses and is the newest version of the very popular Sony X900F from 2018. Like with most Sony TVs, it uses Android TV for its smart features, which gives you a ton of customization and app options. It has very thin bezels and looks very premium overall.
This TV has extremely accurate colors out-of-the-box, and we only noticed minor improvements after calibration. There are only minor inaccuracies with blue and reds, and white balance is only slightly off, so you'll see movies the way the director intended. Other than that, it has deep blacks thanks to its excellent contrast and good local dimming feature, and it gets decently bright for HDR movies.
Unfortunately, unlike Samsung's higher-end TVs, Sony doesn't implement any extra layer to help with viewing angles. This means that the image degrades quite a bit when viewed from an angle, which may not be the best if you often watch TV with a large group of people. Gamers will also be disappointed that it doesn't support VRR yet, though this should be available with a future firmware update.
If you want something cheaper, check out the Vizio M Series Quantum 2019. It can't get as bright as the Sony X900H, especially for HDR content, and it's colors aren't as accurate. That being said, its color accuracy is still good out-of-the-box, especially considering the price, and it's significantly cheaper. It has much deeper and more uniform blacks than the Sony, making it an excellent TV for watching movies in dark rooms.
Overall, if you don't mind spending a bit more and want the most accurate colors you can get, go with the Sony, but if you want something cheaper that still performs surprisingly well, get the Vizio.
The best TV for movies in the budget range is the Hisense H8G. This TV is surprisingly excellent 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 want a budget TV with the user-friendly Roku smart OS, then check out the TCL 6 Series/R625 2019. Its reflection handling isn't as good as Hisense H8G, and its colors aren't as accurate out-of-the-box, but it has much better black uniformity and uses Roku for its smart interface, which is very easy to use. It's able to remove from judder from all sources and it upscales lower resolution content well with no visible artifacts. Unfortunately, it has some uniformity issues as the edges of the screen are darker and there's visible dirty screen effect in the center. However, it displays a very wide color gamut and gets bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR.
Overall, if you're concerned about reflections, or just want the best budget TV for movies, get the Hisense. However, if you want the ease of use that comes with the Roku smart interface, get the TCL.
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 reviews of TVs. 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.