Before anything else, watching movies in a dark room require deep and uniform blacks while viewing directly in front of the TV. Some LCD TVs have a local dimming feature that helps, but that's generally reserved for more expensive top of the line models.
Best TV for watching movies
The best TVs are expensive, but you can get the best picture available without splurging on the most expensive models.
The LG B6 4k OLED TV is the best TV for watching movies in a dark room. When it comes to a dark room setting, OLED is in a class of its own thanks to their ability to control the brightness of individual pixels. Contrast is effectively infinite since the black pixels are simply shut off.
This leads to blacks that are deep and perfectly uniform. It's hard to realize the difference until you see an LED/LCD TV in a dark room where the blacks will often appear gray. That's not its only advantage too since OLED TVs are the only types of TVs that can produce deep blacks and maintain picture quality at an angle. There are a few more expensive models in the LG OLED line of TVs, but none of them perform better. The only difference is their design and the 3D feature. If that is important to you, look for the LG C6 or E6.
For a less expensive option, look for the Vizio P Series 2016 LED TV. It won't produce quite as good a picture as OLED, but its excellent full array local dimming feature makes it the best LED TV for this usage. It also does quite well with HDR, and like the LG B6, it supports Dolby Vision.
Best budget TV for watching movies
In this range, the HDR experience won't be as great. The TVs don't get as bright and don't display as many colors. But for normal movies, they still offer great picture quality.
If you're looking for a TV to use in a home theater, but the high-end selection is out of your budget, look no further than the Vizio M Series 2016 LED TV. It offers most of the performance as the more expensive Vizio P Series 2016 at a lesser price.
For normal streaming or Blu-ray movies, the picture quality between it and the more expensive model is close to indistinguishable. It has a slightly worse local dimming system, but it is still among the best on the market today. The biggest difference between the P and M series is the lack of wide color gamut and higher 10 bits of color depth. This makes the Vizio M series 2016 a little more limited when it comes to HDR, but it will still be the best pick for cinephiles looking to upgrade their home theater system.
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).
A few examples of TVs that didn't make the cut:
- Samsung KS8000. Very good TV for watching movies, but hard to find nowadays. See our review
- LG UH8500. Great TV, but not very good for watching movies, especially in the dark. See our review
- Sony X930E. Excellent LED TV for movies, but more expensive than OLED. See our review
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.