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The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater

Updated September 20, 2019 3.8k votes 516 voters 38.3k views52 items

List RulesFilms that look and sound amazing on your home theater

A key element to any authentic home theater experience, along with the perfectly calibrated surround sound system and stunning picture is picking the right movie to watch. It could be perfect thanks to the sound design of a well placed punch or punchy dialogue, or an awesome soundtrack. Of maybe it's the incredible scope of footage shot in IMAX or some crazy visual effects that make certain films great for the home theater.

This list of the best movies for home theater will help you show off your amazing audio visual set up and provide a wonderful spectacle that comes from the perfect home theater system!

Put your home theater to good use with one of the films below, vote up your favorites, or add one that looks and sounds incredible on your own home system.
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    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2009

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • Inception3
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    Inception

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2010

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • Transformers4
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    Transformers

    Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2007

    Directed byMichael Bay

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  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back5
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    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

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  • Star Trek Into Darkness6
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    Star Trek Into Darkness

    Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2013

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

    Star Trek Into Darkness is a 2013 American science fiction action film. It is the twelfth...  more
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  • The Matrix7
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    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving

    Released1999

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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  • Saving Private Ryan8
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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Casino Royale9
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    Casino Royale

    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Campbell

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  • Gravity10
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    Gravity

    Sandra Bullock, George Clooney

    Released2013

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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  • WALL-E11
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    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

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  • Top Gun12
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    Top Gun

    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan

    Released1986

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • Tron: Legacy13
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    Tron: Legacy

    Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges

    Released2010

    Directed byJoseph Kosinski

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  • Independence Day14
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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  • The Bourne Identity15
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    The Bourne Identity

    Matt Damon, Clive Owen

    Released2002

    Directed byDoug Liman

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  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World16

    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Weir

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  • Pacific Rim17
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    Pacific Rim

    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam

    Released2013

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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  • Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark18
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    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • The Fast and the Furious19
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    The Fast and the Furious

    Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

    Released2001

    Directed byRob Cohen

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  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol20
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    Released2011

    Directed byBrad Bird

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  • How to Train Your Dragon21
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    How to Train Your Dragon

    Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

    Released2010

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  • Fight Club22
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    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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  • Platoon23
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    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen

    Released1986

    Directed byOliver Stone

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  • Seven24
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    Seven

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released1995

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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  • Twister25
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    Twister

    Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released1996

    Directed byJan de Bont

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