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The 5 Best 4k TVs For Watching Movies - Black Friday 2021 Reviews

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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 has 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 tested more than 90 TVs under the latest test bench, and below are our recommendations for the best TV for home theater and movies you can buy. See our picks for the best TVs for TV shows, the best 4k TVs, and the best TVs for sports.


  1. Best OLED TVย For Watching Movies: Sony A90J OLED

    9.4
    Movies
    Type OLED
    Sub-Type
    WRGB
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65" 83"

    The best TV for movies with an OLED screen that we've tested is the Sony A90J OLED. It's a flagship TV with exceptional picture quality, especially if you're watching movies in a dark room. It has a sleek design that should look nice in most home theater setups, and you can elevate the stand to place a soundbar in front without blocking the screen.

    OLEDs are known for their ability to turn off individual pixels, resulting in a near-infinite contrast ratio. This means that blacks are deep and inky when viewed in the dark, and there's no blooming around bright objects either. It removes 24p judder from any source, which helps with the appearance of motion in movies. If you watch HDR movies, it supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, but not HDR10+. It displays a wide color gamut, has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, and has fantastic gradient handling with minimal banding. It gets brighter in HDR than most OLEDs, so although it's not as bright as LED TVs, HDR content still looks amazing.

    Unfortunately, because it has such a quick response time, lower-frame rate content may appear to stutter as each frame is held on longer. It has a motion interpolation feature if this bothers you. Also, OLEDs have the risk of permanent burn-in if exposed to the same static elements over a long period, but we don't expect this to be an issue for those who watch varied content like movies. Overall, this is the best TV for movies.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: LG C1 OLED

    Type OLED
    Sub-Type
    WRGB
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

    If you prefer something cheaper, check out the LG C1 OLED. It has worse image processing than the Sony A90J OLED, so the color accuracy is much worse, and there's more banding in scenes with shades of the same color. It also doesn't get as bright, so some highlights in HDR may not pop how they should. However, it still delivers the same exceptional picture quality in dark scenes, thanks to the high contrast. It also has more gaming features, like variable refresh rate (VRR) support and lower input lag. It supports eARC if you want to use a receiver, but it doesn't support DTS audio formats.

    If you're in the market for the best TV for movies in dark rooms and want an OLED, then check out the Sony. However, if you don't mind compromising a bit on overall picture quality for something cheaper, then check out the LG.

    See our review

  3. Best LED TV For Watching Movies: Samsung QN90A QLED

    8.5
    Movies
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

    The Samsung QN90A QLED is the best TV for movies with an LED panel. These types of TVs are different from OLEDs because they get much brighter, and the Mini LED backlighting on this TV allows it to get very bright, especially in HDR. Also, you won't have to worry about the risk of permanent burn-in like OLEDs, so you can leave it on your favorite news channel all day and not worry about damaging the screen.

    The Mini LED backlighting provides greater control over the local dimming zones, and the local dimming is great overall. Combined with its high native contrast ratio and exceptional black uniformity, it's excellent for watching movies in dark rooms. Its native contrast ratio isn't as high as some other TVs with a VA panel because it has Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology that improves the viewing angles at the cost of the contrast, but that means it's a good choice for wide seating arrangements. It also doesn't have trouble upscaling lower-resolution content, and it removes 24p judder from any source.

    Sadly, our unit has some uniformity issues with dirty screen effect in the center. It could be noticeable during slow panning shots, but it can also vary between units. It doesn't support Dolby Vision either, which is disappointing if you want to stream HDR content, but it supports HDR10+. Also, it displays a wide color gamut and makes highlights stand out in HDR. Overall, if you want an LED TV, this is the best for movies that we've tested.

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  4. Cheaper Alternative: Hisense U8G

    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65"

    If you prefer something cheaper, then check out the Hisense U8G. It doesn't have viewing angle technology like the Samsung QN90A QLED, so it's not a good choice if you have a wide seating arrangement. However, it has a much better native contrast ratio for deeper blacks, and despite not having Mini LED backlighting, its local dimming feature is still great. It also gets bright both in SDR and HDR, so it fights glare in well-lit rooms and gets bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR. It also supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, and the Android TV interface is great. Sadly, there are issues with red ghosting in certain content, but although you may notice it in movies, it's more of an issue with video games.

    If you want an LED TV that's the best for movies we've tested, you can't go wrong with the Samsung. If you don't want to spend a lot of money and don't mind compromising on viewing angles, then check out the Hisense.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget TVย For Watching Movies: Hisense U6G

    8.3
    Movies
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 50" 55" 65" 75"

    The Hisense U6G is the best TV for home theater setups if you're on a budget. Although you won't find the same features as higher-end, more expensive models, it still offers great overall picture quality, especially for watching movies. The built-in Android TV has a ton of apps available to download, but it can take some time to learn the interface.

    It performs well both in dark and bright environments. It has a VA panel with excellent native contrast and outstanding black uniformity, and the decent full-array local dimming feature helps it display deep blacks. It has excellent reflection handling and great peak brightness if you want to use it in a bright room. It supports HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, and even though its HDR brightness is just okay, it still delivers a great HDR experience as it displays a very wide color gamut. It doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content, so content looks good whether you're watching a DVD or Blu-ray.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't have a motion interpolation feature and can only remove judder from 24p sources, not 60p/i sources, but that's expected from a 60Hz panel. It means that lower frame rate content may appear to stutter in slow or panning shots. It also has narrow viewing angles, but that's normal for a VA panel. The TV wobbles on the stand a bit, but overall it's well-built. Besides these problems, it's the best TV for movies for those on a budget.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sony A80J OLED: The Sony A80J is cheaper than the Sony A90J, but for the price, it's worth getting the LG C1 instead, which has more gaming features. See our review
  • Sony X90J: The Sony X90J is a great TV with better contrast than the Samsung QN90A because it doesn't have viewing angle technology, but it doesn't have Mini LED backlighting and costs more than the Hisense U8G. See our review
  • TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED: The TCL 6 Series/R646 is impressive for watching movies and has Google TV, similar to the Hisense U8G, but it has a worse local dimming feature. See our review
  • LG G1 OLED: The LG G1 gets brighter than the LG C1 and is similar to the Sony A90J. However, it doesn't come with a stand. See our review
  • Samsung QN85A QLED: The Samsung QN85A is a high-end TV like the Samsung QN90A. With an IPS-like panel, it doesn't produce deep and uniform blacks for a great movie experience. See our review
  • Hisense U7G: The Hisense U7G sits between the Hisense U8G and Hisense U6G in terms of cost and performance; the U8G provides the best picture quality, and if you're on a budget, the U6G is worth it. See our review
  • Sony X95J: The Sony X95J is a high-end 4k TV with great accuracy, but it has much lower contrast than the Samsung QN90A and costs more. See our review
  • TCL R745 QLED: The TCL R745 is a great TV for watching movies with high contrast and fantastic brightness, but it has worse local dimming than the Hisense U8G and is only available in an 85 inch size. See our review
  • LG QNED90: The LG QNED90 has Mini LED backlighting like the Samsung QN90A, but it has much worse contrast due to its IPS-like panel. 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
  • LG B1 OLED: The LG B1 is very similar to the LG C1, but it has even worse peak brightness and may be harder to find. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Nov 10, 2021: Verified picks for availability and updated text for accuracy; added the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021, TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED, and the LG B1 OLED to Notable Mentions.

  2. Sep 15, 2021: Removed the Sony A80J, Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020, and TCL 5 Series and added the Sony A90J with the LG C1 as 'Cheaper Alternative' for consistency; added the Hisense U7G, Sony X95J, TCL R745, LG QNED90, and TCL 5 Series 2020 to Notable Mentions.

  3. Jul 20, 2021: Replaced the Hisense H9G and Hisense H8G with the newer Hisense U8G and U6G; replaced the Sony X90J with the Samsung QN90A because it's brighter and made it a main pick; replaced the Sony A90J with the A80J for consistency; updated Notable Mentions.

  4. May 21, 2021: Replaced the Sony A8H and Sony X900H with the A90J and X90J; updated Notable Mentions based on market availability.

  5. 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.

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.

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