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The Best Movies to Watch on a Home Theater

Updated September 20, 2019 3.8k votes 495 voters 35.6k 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
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    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Avatar
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    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2009

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Inception
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    Inception

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2010

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Transformers
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    40

    Transformers

    Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2007

    Directed byMichael Bay

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  • 5
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
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    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

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    Star Trek Into Darkness
    74
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    Star Trek Into Darkness

    Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2013

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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    Saving Private Ryan
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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 8
    Platoon
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    Platoon

    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen

    Released1986

    Directed byOliver Stone

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    The Matrix
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    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving

    Released1999

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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  • 10
    Casino Royale
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    Casino Royale

    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Campbell

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    Seven
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    Seven

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released1995

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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  • 12
    Gravity
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    Gravity

    Sandra Bullock, George Clooney

    Released2013

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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  • 13
    WALL-E
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    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

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  • 14
    Top Gun
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    Top Gun

    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan

    Released1986

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • 15
    The Bourne Identity
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    The Bourne Identity

    Matt Damon, Clive Owen

    Released2002

    Directed byDoug Liman

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  • 16
    Heat
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    Heat

    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Mann

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  • 17
    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Weir

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  • 18
    Tron: Legacy
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    Tron: Legacy

    Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges

    Released2010

    Directed byJoseph Kosinski

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  • 19
    Independence Day
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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  • 20
    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
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    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Lethal Weapon
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    Lethal Weapon

    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey

    Released1987

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • 22
    Pacific Rim
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    Pacific Rim

    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam

    Released2013

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    The Fast and the Furious
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    The Fast and the Furious

    Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

    Released2001

    Directed byRob Cohen

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    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
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    Released2011

    Directed byBrad Bird

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    How to Train Your Dragon
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    How to Train Your Dragon

    Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

    Released2010

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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