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The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater

Updated September 20, 2019 3.7k votes 488 voters 34.8k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Avatar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2009

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Inception is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    Inception

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2010

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Transformers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    Transformers

    Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2007

    Directed byMichael Bay

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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

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    Star Trek Into Darkness is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    Star Trek Into Darkness

    Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2013

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Platoon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    Platoon

    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen

    Released1986

    Directed byOliver Stone

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    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving

    Released1999

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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    Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    Casino Royale

    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Campbell

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    Gravity is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    Gravity

    Sandra Bullock, George Clooney

    Released2013

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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    Seven is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    Seven

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released1995

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

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    Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    Top Gun

    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan

    Released1986

    Directed byTony Scott

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    The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    The Bourne Identity

    Matt Damon, Clive Owen

    Released2002

    Directed byDoug Liman

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  • 16
    Heat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    Heat

    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Mann

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    Master and Commander: The Far  is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater

    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Weir

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    Tron: Legacy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    Tron: Legacy

    Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges

    Released2010

    Directed byJoseph Kosinski

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    Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    Indiana Jones and the Raiders  is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    Lethal Weapon

    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey

    Released1987

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    Pacific Rim

    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam

    Released2013

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    The Fast and the Furious is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    The Fast and the Furious

    Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

    Released2001

    Directed byRob Cohen

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    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Pr is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    Released2011

    Directed byBrad Bird

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    How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater
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    How to Train Your Dragon

    Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

    Released2010

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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