These are the TVs we recommend for watching movies at home, when seated in the dark directly in front of the TV. This guide is updated as of early 2017. 2015 models are very scarce by now, so getting them isn't that good of a deal anymore.
Best high-end TVs for watching movies
In this price range, you will get the best home theater experience, including HDR and UHD.
OLED is the very best technology for watching movies at home, and the LG B6 is the best of the OLED TVs we’ve reviewed so far.
The blacks are perfectly deep and uniform, there’s very little blur on fast movement, and you also get UHD resolution and the option to display a wider range of colors. Whether you’re looking to watch regular movies or upcoming HDR fare, you’ll be all set. It’s worth noting that there is an even higher end OLED, the LG E6, but the picture quality is the same, besides the added 3D, so it is not worth the premium.
If you would prefer an LED TV instead, the best LED 4k TV for watching movies in the dark that we tested is the Vizio P Series 2016. It has a full array local dimming backlight, which helps to produce great blacks. It also does a good job at displaying HDR content.
Lower quality content like DVDs look a bit soft on it, so make sure that you have access to high-quality content like Blu-rays to take advantage of this TV.
If you have a few lights in your room, buy the Samsung KS8000 instead. Its screen finish is better at reducing reflections, giving the impressions of deeper blacks and a picture that pops more. It is also able to display lower resolution content more clearly than the Vizio, which is great if you have a big collection of DVDs or for watching movies over cable.
It has another advantage over the Vizio P: the price. It can be found for much cheaper and for many, The Vizio P is not worth the additional expense. The Samsung KS9000 that we tested is even better, but the difference is minimal and not worth the price difference.
Best mid-range TVs 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.
The Vizio M Series 2016 has a picture quality almost as good as the pricier Vizio P Series for movies in the dark. The main difference is it doesn't have the wide color gamut feature, which results in a not as good HDR experience.
For normal streaming or Blu-ray movies, though, the picture quality is excellent, and it can display great blacks.
Best budget TVs for watching movies
If you don't have a big budget, cheap TVs do a decent job for watching movies. Blacks won't be as dark, and the TV might display a little bit of judder, but if you don't have high expectation, you will be satisfied.
The best budget TV for watching movies is the TCL UP130. It's a basic TV, but its picture quality is quite good thanks to the high contrast. The Roku TV platform is excellent so accessing content is a breeze.
It doesn't get that bright, so it might not be best suited in a well-lit environment. Otherwise though, it's tough to go wrong at this price.
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 KS9500. The best LED TV for a mixed usage that we tested, but for the price, the KS8000 is a better deal. See our review
- Samsung J6300. Good 1080p TV but the price is not competitive anymore, and stocks are scarce. See our review
- LG UH8500. Great TV, but not very good for watching movies, especially in the dark. See our review
- Samsung JS9000. Almost out of stock everywhere now, or priced too high. 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.