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 80 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.
Of the OLED TVs we've tested, the Sony A8H OLED is the best TV for movies. Because it's an OLED, it can turn pixels on and off individually, allowing it to produce perfect blacks and an infinite contrast ratio. Blacks look deep and inky, ideal for watching movies in the dark. OLEDs don't use backlights either, so you don't have to worry about blooming around subtitles or bright objects. The TV can upscale lower-resolution content without issues, including DVDs and Blu-rays, and the Android TV smart interface gives you access to the Google Play Store, which has a ton of apps for all your movie-watching needs.
When it comes to HDR, it supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, and HDR content looks good due to its infinite contrast and wide color gamut, despite not getting as bright as a typical LED TV. While the TV doesn't get overly bright, it has fantastic reflection handling, so glare also shouldn't be an issue when using it during the day. If you don't have external speakers in your home theater setup, the TV's built-in speakers are good and offer well-balanced audio, and it supports eARC for high-quality audio passthrough over HDMI, so movies are sure to sound good with or without a soundbar. Finally, it has excellent viewing angles, so the image doesn't lose accuracy from the side if you want to watch movies with family or friends in a wider seating arrangement.
Due to the OLED panel's near-instant response time, content with a lower frame rate can appear to stutter, but this can be helped by enabling motion interpolation. On the upside, it removes 24p judder from all sources. It's important to note that all OLEDs carry a risk of experiencing permanent burn-in, but we don't expect this to be an issue if you watch varied content. All things considered, this is the best OLED TV we've tested for watching movies.
If you want the best TV for movies with an LED panel, we recommend the Hisense H9G. It's the flagship model from Hisense's 2020 lineup, and it manages to deliver impressive picture quality and performance at a fraction of the cost of many higher-end TVs. It's an excellent choice for watching movies, but it only comes in a 55 or 65 inch size. Unlike with an OLED, you won't have to worry about experiencing burn-in if that's a concern to you.
The VA panel on this TV produces deep, inky blacks thanks to its incredible contrast ratio, which is further improved by the TV's full-array local dimming feature. Our unit also has exceptional black uniformity, though this may vary between units. It removes judder from all sources and upscales lower-resolution content well, without any artifacts. The TV has a fast response time, so there's a bit of stuttering with low frame rate content. It supports HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision, and it gets bright enough to deliver an amazing HDR experience.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, but that's expected from a VA panel. Still, that means it's not as well-suited to watching movies with a group since the image looks washed out from the sides. Also, if you're going to be gaming as well as watching movies, it lacks variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing in games. That said, for what you get, this is one of the best value LED TVs you can find, and most people should be happy with it.
If you want something bigger for your setup, then check out the Sony XBR75X900H. Its reflection handling isn't as good as the Hisense H9G, but it's still excellent for watching movies, and along with the 75 inch model, it's also available in an 85 inch size. Like the Hisense, the Sony has a VA panel with excellent native contrast, good local dimming, and excellent black uniformity, so blacks appear deep and inky when viewed in the dark. It gets bright enough to fight glare, upscales lower-resolution content without any issues, and has excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy, which is typical for a Sony. It removes judder from any source, and there isn't too much stuttering with lower frame rate content, so even though there's motion interpolation, you may not need it.
If you simply want the best TV for movies with an LED, you can't go wrong with the Hisense, but if the size of the TV is important for your movie viewing experience, then go for the 75 or 85 inch Sony.
The best TV for movies and HDR content that we've tested is the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020. This is a premium 4k LED model that offers impressive overall performance, and it's an excellent choice for watching movies, especially those available in HDR. It's similar to the Hisense H9G or Sony X900H for watching 4k content, but because there are artifacts when upscaling 480p content, it's not as ideal for watching DVDs.
It has everything you expect to find in a high-end TV for watching your favorite movies. Its VA panel has an outstanding native contrast and, combined with its great local dimming feature, it displays extremely deep blacks, making it a great choice for dark room viewing. What makes it excellent for HDR content is that it displays an extremely wide color gamut and is one of the brightest TVs we've tested, so highlights stand out the way the creator intended. Black uniformity is incredible, and the gradient handling is excellent. It also supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, so you won't have to worry about which format your HDR movie is in.
Sadly, our unit has a red tint to the image, even after calibration, but we don't know if this is a common issue or a problem with our unit alone, so your experience may vary. It removes judder from native 24p sources, but it can't remove judder from 60p and 60i sources, like from streaming devices. If you also want to watch TV during the day, glare shouldn't be an issue thanks to its high peak brightness and amazing reflection handling. All in all, most people should enjoy watching an HDR movie with it.
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, like 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.
Mar 23, 2021: Replaced the LG CX OLED with the Sony A8H OLED for consistency and because it performs slightly better for movies in SDR and HDR.
Jan 22, 2021: Renamed the LG CX to 'Best OLED' and moved the Hisense H9G to its own pick as 'Best LED'; removed the Samsung Q80T and added the Sony X900H because it has a better contrast; added the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020 as 'Best for HDR'.
Nov 24, 2020: Added Hisense H9G, removed Sony X950H.
Sep 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.
Jul 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.
May 26, 2020: Replaced the Hisense H8F with the TCL 6 Series/R625 2019 and the Vizio P Series 2018 with the P Series 2019.
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.