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20 of the best Dolby Atmos movies to watch in your home theater

Dolby Atmos is one of the absolute best ways to experience surround sound, both at home and in movie theaters. And when it comes to the former, the immersive sound codec isn’t in limited supply. There are hundreds of excellent movies that are encoded with Atmos’ immersive sound. The only thing you’ll need to get the party started is the right Atmos compatible A/V gear (TV, speakers, Blu-ray player, A/V receiver), and the right movies to knock your socks off.

Nowadays, you can find Dolby Atmos in a wider range of places than ever, including with select movies and shows across a number of streaming platforms, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, and Disney+. And, of course, one of the best ways to experience Dolby Atmos is through the thousands of Blu-ray DVDs available.

Without further ado, here’s our roundup of the best Dolby Atmos movies you can own at home. We also dive a little on the Atmos format itself here, with a few important things to consider when readying your living room and subscription plans for Atmos sound.

The best movies to watch for Dolby Atmos sound

Dune (2021)
Dune
74 %
8.1/10
pg-13 155m
Genre Science Fiction, Adventure
Stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Denis Villeneuve is no stranger when it comes to sci-fi epics (you’ll also find his mesmerizing Blade Runner 2049 on this list), so it came as no surprise to many of us that his phenomenal reimagining of the Dune saga would hit just as hard. In terms of its sound experience, this is one of the best movies to experience the immersive Atmos format with, and the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences agreed, awarding the masterpiece with the Best Sound and Best Original Score Oscars at the 2022 fete. Atmospheric, bombastic when it needs to be, articulate and detailed, and featuring brilliant mixing for composer Hans Zimmer’s masterful score, the otherworldly Dune makes perfect use of Dolby Atmos to put you right in the middle of this incredible hero’s journey.  Buy Dune on Blu-ray from Amazon 
Dune Official Trailer
Nobody (2021)
Nobody
64 %
7.4/10
r 92m
Genre Action, Crime, Thriller
Stars Bob Odenkirk, Connie Nielsen, Christopher Lloyd
Directed by Ilya Naishuller

When it comes to delivering the maximum surround sound experience, action movies are a go-to for many audiophiles, and for good reason. And thanks to John Wick (he’s on this list, too) and all of our Marvel superhero friends, the genre is experiencing a redefined, pulse-pounding era of expressivity, especially when it comes to sound mixing. Which brings us to Nobody: A Bob Odenkirk action-vehicle that pits the everyman with a secret military past against hordes of vicious baddies. Nobody‘s fight scenes are explosive, with fists, feet, billets, and all manner of found objects flying past your from all directions. The audio is rich, loud, and detailed to the max, with it all landing perfectly. Dialogue and music receive plenty of attention and articulation in the mix-space, too.  Buy Nobody on Blu-ray from Amazon 

Gravity (2013)
Gravity
96 %
7.7/10
pg-13 91m
Genre Science Fiction, Thriller, Drama
Stars Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuaron’s 2013 masterpiece drew praise for its sound design and cinematography, which combined to give viewers the sensation of being in space. Following a pair of astronauts adrift in space after their Space Shuttle is destroyed by debris, Gravity explores their personalities and relationship against the backdrop of the cold, all-encompassing void. Dolby Atmos is a great format for the film, where the position and movement of sounds are key to immersing viewers in the physics of space. The chirping of machines, headset chatter bouncing around in the astronauts’ helmets, and of course, Steven Price’s stirring, layered score all mesh together to create soundscapes unlike anything else in Hollywood cinema. If you have an Atmos setup and want to show it off to friends, Gravity is easily one of the most impressive experiences available.  Buy Gravity on Blu-ray from Amazon 
Gravity - Official Main Trailer [2K HD]
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019)
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
73 %
7.4/10
r 130m
Genre Action, Thriller, Crime
Stars Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne
Directed by Chad Stahelski
Did you think that John Wick and its sequel were wild? You ain’t seen nothing yet. In John Wick 3, Keanu Reeves’ hitman finds himself outlawed by the High Table, the assassins’ governing body that has placed a $14 million bounty on him — a figure that goes up every hour. From its balletic gunfights to a high-speed sword duel against a motorcycle gang, John Wick: Chapter 3 is a blood-soaked delight from beginning to end, and hearing each and every bullet whiz through your living room is a great way to show off your Dolby Atmos system. If you like speed, then Wick‘s motorcycle chase scene will blow your hair back in Atmos, with the detailed and realistic sounds of the urban scenery whizzing by and the high revs of motorcycle engines notching things up. The John Wick series is the most innovative franchise of the 2010s. Watching it with anything less than the best sound mix you can find is a mistake.  Buy John Wick 3 on Blu-ray from Amazon 
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019 Movie) Official Trailer – Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry
Uncut Gems (2019)
Uncut Gems
91 %
7.4/10
r 136m
Genre Drama, Thriller, Crime
Stars Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Lakeith Stanfield
Directed by Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie
It’s rather unusual for a film to receive the prestigious Criterion Collection designation only a year or two after its theatrical release, but Uncut Gems is simply that good. This special edition 4K Blu-ray features two visual encodings of the flick, one in 4K and the other in 2K, with an emotive Dolby Atmos mix as the default audio codec for both iterations. Uncut Gems is a rapid-fire boxing-match of dialogue from start to finish, conversations that the Atmos mix does a fair job of tapping into, at least delivering on the most vital exchanges. But where the mix truly shines is in the masterful propulsion of composer Oneohtrix Point Never’s experimental score. Like a kinetic rollercoaster of tension-meets-release, the cybernetic melodies rise and fall in an ultra-symphonic manner. Thanks to Dolby Atmos, a score has never sounded so good.  Buy Uncut Gems on Blu-ray from Amazon 
Uncut Gems | Official Trailer HD | A24
Black Panther (2018)
Black Panther
88 %
7.3/10
pg-13 134m
Genre Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o
Directed by Ryan Coogler
Black Panther obliterated expectations and set box-office records on the back of incredible direction from Ryan Coogler (Creed) and a sparkling ensemble performance from a cast including Sterling K. Brown, Forest Whitaker, and Michael B. Jordan. The Marvel movie focuses on T’Challa (the late Chadwick Boseman), the superpowered leader and guardian of Wakanda. Jordan’s character, Killmonger, intrudes on this utopia, fracturing Wakandan politics and endangering the world with radical plans. Coogler — aided by Kendrick Lamar — underscores all of Wakanda’s shine with a gritty, hip-hop-inspired soundtrack that will sound even better on an Atmos system. The fight scenes, particularly in the South Korean casino, have depth and height, with things flying everywhere, but it’s when it spills out on to the streets and launches into an epic car chase, things get even more sonically intense.  Buy Black Panther on Blu-ray from Amazon 
Marvel Studios' Black Panther - Official Trailer

Baby Driver (2017)
Baby Driver
86 %
7.6/10
r 113m
Genre Action, Crime
Stars Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James
Directed by Edgar Wright

Director Edgar Wright is known for straying off the cinematic beaten path — like in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and the hilarious Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy — and Baby Driver is no exception. The film follows Baby (Ansel Elgort), an ace driver who finds himself simultaneously courting a beautiful waitress (Lily James) and trying to extricate himself from a dangerous gang of criminals led by Buddy (Jon Hamm) and Doc (Kevin Spacey). Wright creatively blends the film’s sound effects into Baby’s music choices — he’s always got his earbuds going, thanks to some nasty tinnitus — turning a slick heist setup into something entirely different. The opening car chase scene is one of the best on film, and you’ll want to hear it on Dolby Atmos.  Buy Baby Driver on Blu-ray from Amazon 

Baby Driver Opening Scene (2017) | Movieclips Coming Soon

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Avengers: Infinity War
68 %
8.4/10
pg-13 149m
Genre Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
Stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo
Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Avengers: Infinity War is the first half of the epic ending of the Avengers saga (Endgame could easily be on this list, too) that pits many of Marvel’s iconic superheroes against supervillain Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin), who will stop at nothing to acquire all six Infinity Stones that he’ll use to wipe out half of the life in the universe in a misguided attempt to bring it back into balance. The Atmos soundtrack is outstanding, with massive rumbling spaceships you can feel entering Earth’s atmosphere from above, Avengers flying around the room in huge-scale battle scenes, and nasty, roaring creatures from everywhere.  Buy Avengers: Infinity War on Blu-ray from Amazon 
First Man (2018)
First Man
84 %
7.3/10
pg-13 141m
Genre History, Drama
Stars Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke
Directed by Damien Chazelle
Everyone knows about the Apollo 11’s mission, but what about the man behind that famous “one small step?” First Man, which was directed by Damien Chazelle, the man behind La La Land and Whiplash, stars Ryan Gosling and tracks Neil Armstrong’s career from 1961, when he served as a NASA test pilot all the way through the climactic 1969 moon landing, detailing all of the disappointments, tragedies, and near-death experiences Armstrong suffered along the way. First Man is a great story about a fascinating historical figure. It also comes with a sound mix that’s just as epic as its source material.  Buy First Man on Blu-ray from Amazon  
First Man - Official Trailer (HD)
La La Land (2016)
La La Land
94 %
8/10
pg-13 129m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance, Music
Stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend
Directed by Damien Chazelle

La La Land is a unique throwback and a stylish ode to classic Hollywood cinema. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone play a pair of young Los Angelenos — a struggling jazz pianist and an aspiring actress, naturally — who come together following a series of coincidental meetings. In classic fashion, the film establishes musical themes with regular reprises, as scenes suddenly become massive musical numbers and then morph back into regular, everyday life. La La Land proves that Atmos surround sound doesn’t always have to be about big action and whizzing bullets, but can just as easily transport viewers to any place and time with music and atmosphere, in this case, fantastical LA. Critics gushed over Damien Chazelle’s use of contemporary tech to produce an old-school story, and there’s nothing quite like hearing chorus voices from every direction.  Buy La La Land on Blu-ray from Amazon 

La La Land (2016 Movie) Official Trailer – 'Dreamers'
Deadpool (2016)
Deadpool
65 %
8/10
r 108m
Genre Action, Adventure, Comedy
Stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein
Directed by Tim Miller
Watching the Merc With a Mouth (Ryan Reynolds) kill a bunch of bad guys while making cringe-worthy jokes was a treat in theaters, but it’s an even better time when you’re laughing along with your friends and family at home. Every bullet, stab, and terrible pun is amplified for the better with Dolby Atmos sound. Composer Junkie XL’s distinct ear for grandiose electronic music makes for a soundtrack that sets the stage perfectly for the wisecracking antihero to make his way through bad guys like hot knives through butter. Plus, few comedy movies feature enough action sequences to justify Atmos. Deadpool is one.  Buy Deadpool on Blu-ray from Amazon 
Deadpool | Official HD Trailer #1 | 2016
Swiss Army Man (2016)
Swiss Army Man
64 %
6.9/10
r 97m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance, Fantasy, Adventure
Stars Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Directed by Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan
Your Dolby Atmos system can handle any explosion, gunshot, and punch you throw its way, but what about flatulence? Does that deserve the Atmos treatment? The answer, apparently, is yes. When Swiss Army Man premiered at Sundance in 2016, people walked out of the theater due to its dumb and excessive fart jokes (and missed out as a result), but behind this setup — in which a suicidal man on a desert island finds a corpse — lies a thoughtful, funny story about human connections and expressing who you are. The film might not be for everyone, but it caught the attention of NPR, which interviewed the directors and went into great detail over the metaphor behind a farting corpse. More importantly for our purposes, the movie uses its effects cleverly to create a dense and immersive aural environment that will pull you into its strange story.  Buy Swiss Army Man on Blu-ray from Amazon 
Swiss Army Man | Official Trailer HD | A24
Us (2019)
Us
81 %
6.8/10
r 116m
Genre Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Stars Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph
Directed by Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele’s sophomore feature isn’t quite as elegant or focused as his debut, Get Out, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t scare your pants off. A fable starring Black Panther‘s Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, Us tells the story of a normal suburban family that visits their vacation home, only to run into their murderous doppelgängers who’re just dying to take their place. Us‘ soundtrack is just as creepy as its visuals — remember to breathe when one of the kids’ young doubles starts skittering around the house — and Dolby Atmos makes it all the more frightening. Trust us: You’ll never look at a pair of scissors the same way again.  Buy Us on Blu-ray from Amazon 
Us - Official Trailer [HD]
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Blade Runner 2049
81 %
8/10
r 164m
Genre Science Fiction, Drama
Stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Set some 28 years after the events of Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic, the movie follows Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a replicant — the movie’s term for android — who is tasked with hunting down and “retiring” older replicant models. In the course of his work, he stumbles across a conspiracy, which in turn begins to unlock memories that — by all accounts — he shouldn’t have. The film is striking and visually lush, packed with gorgeous details that flesh out K’s futuristic Los Angeles and the locales he visits in his investigation, including the eerie wasteland outside the city where K and Joi speed to in their flying car. We hear the low rumble of waterfalls exiting the city’s huge barrier wall, but then things get deafly quiet as Hans Zimmer’s (of course) score accentuates the vastness of the empty landscape with soaring horns and haunting voices. Director Denis Villeneuve somehow manages to pay tribute to the original film while telling a wholly new story that ties into the events of the first Blade Runner.   Buy Blade Runner 2049 on Blu-ray from Amazon 
BLADE RUNNER 2049 - Official Trailer
Ready Player One (2018)
Ready Player One
64 %
7.4/10
pg-13 140m
Genre Science Fiction, Adventure, Action
Stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg’s thrilling take on the sci-fi adventure that blew up the internet is nearly as beautiful to listen to as it is to look at. With barreling action both inside and outside the virtual world known as OASIS, your ears will thank you as you’re completely engulfed in sound, from the stylish ’80s soundtrack to the industrial wasteland of the Stacks, to the buzzing and immersive interactive world in which hero Wade Wilson (Tye Sheridan) fights for control of the world’s most important virtual universe. No VR headset necessary. Get ready to plug in.  Buy Ready Player One on Blu-ray from Amazon 
READY PLAYER ONE - Official Trailer 1 [HD]
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
87 %
8.4/10
pg 117m
Genre Action, Adventure, Animation, Science Fiction
Stars Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld
Directed by Rodney Rothman, Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti
Sony’s stylish, Oscar-winning, dimension-hopping animated adventure is more than just another origin story. By focusing on Miles Morales, a freshly-minted teen Spider-Man who struggles to live up to Peter Parker’s lofty reputation, Into the Spider-Verse celebrates everything that makes Spidey — and superheroes in general — great. It’s funny, largely thanks to John Mulaney’s Spider-Ham and Nic Cage’s scene-stealing Spider-Man Noir. Spider-Gwen brings the attitude, Jake Johnson’s middle-aged Peter Parker brings the pathos, but it’s Miles and his extended family who provide Into the Spider-Verse its real heart by proving that anyone can be a hero as long as they’re willing to get up and try. Most importantly, thanks to its Dolby Atmos mix, Into the Spider-Verse sounds just as good as it looks — and it looks gooodBuy Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on Blu-ray from Amazon 
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Trailer | Dolby Cinema | Dolby
mother! (2017)
mother!
75 %
6.6/10
r 121m
Genre Drama, Horror, Mystery
Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Mother! is one of the most controversial films in recent memory, causing some critics to gush and some to walk out of the theater in abject misery. Darren Aronofsky’s metaphorical home invasion horror follows Mother (Jennifer Lawrence), who lives with her husband (Javier Bardem) in an isolated house. Suddenly, two visitors show up (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer), quickly followed by their sons, who turn Mother’s paradise into a kind of living hell. The movie progresses from an idyllic beginning into a frenzied, sin-soaked nightmare party, with particular detail paid to cinematography and sound design — with all the creepy and gradually-intensifying sounds from the house (creaks, moans, rattling pipes) coming from Mother’s perspective. You may not like watching this movie with your Atmos setup, but you will appreciate the effort put in. Mother! on Blu-ray from Amazon 
mother! movie (2017) - official trailer - paramount pictures
Top Gun (1986)
Top Gun
50 %
6.9/10
pg 110m
Genre Action, Drama, Adventure
Stars Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer
Directed by Tony Scott
After a daring fighter aircraft rescue, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) and fellow pilot Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards) are sent by their commander to TOPGUN, a naval weaponry training facility. But when ego and arrogance get in the way of safety and teamwork, the stakes grow higher and higher into the, er, danger zone (sorry). Top Gun is arguably one of the greatest action movies ever made, and it’s an absolute dream for Dolby Atmos sound. You can thank the enormous fighter jets and whopping flight noises for rounding out the robust soundstage for this film.  Buy Top Gun on Blu-ray from Amazon 
Top Gun (1986) - Opening Scene | Danger Zone Song (4K HDR10 - Dolby Vision/Atmos)
The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix
73 %
8.7/10
r 136m
Genre Action, Science Fiction
Stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
Directed by Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Whether to take the red pill or the blue pill remains one of the most iconic decisions in film history — to stay asleep and controlled or wake up and learn the truth. That’s the dilemma raised in The Matrix. In the movie, a group of freedom fighters led by Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), have freed themselves from the bondage of a dystopian reality in which machines have enslaved humans for energy. Morpheus recruits Neo (Keanu Reeves), a rogue computer programmer, to fight back, free humanity, and destroy the virtual reality “Matrix” in which they’re held captive. The movie is a wild mix of science fiction, action, and groundbreaking VFX (or at least the effects were groundbreaking in 1999). It all builds to an edge-of-your-seat experience. Kudos to the well-balanced dialogue, biting audio, killer low end, and heart-pumping overhead sounds — the skyscraper rooftop scene where Neo takes on a helicopter and slows time to dodge bullets is a highlight.  Buy The Matrix on Blu-ray from Amazon 
The Matrix - Lobby Shootout (HDR - 4K - 5.1)
The Fifth Element (1997)
The Fifth Element
52 %
7.6/10
pg-13 126m
Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
Stars Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman
Directed by Luc Besson
Summer blockbusters have become so rote that it’s hard to remember a time when big-budget action films dared to be a little mad. Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element, set in the 23rd century, involves a New York taxi driver/special forces soldier (Bruce Willis) helping an ancient woman (Milla Jovovich) locate a superweapon capable of destroying a planet. And that’s just the setup. Depicting a grotesque future where consumerism and industry have ruined the Earth, The Fifth Element is a gutsy sci-fi adventure with an imaginative setting and over-the-top action set pieces. The film’s sound design is also key, immersing the viewer in bizarre machinery and the alien music of Besson’s futurescape.  But The Fifth Element on Blu-ray from Amazon 
The Fifth Element 4K HDR | Please Help

Dolby Atmos on streaming services

Dolby Atmos has come a long way in terms of its availability beyond DVDs and Blu-ray discs, and is more widely available on many of the major streaming services.

If you’re already paying for a Netflix subscription, you can get Dolby Atmos on Netflilx. Netflix does have a fair number of Atmos movies and TV show titles to stream, but you’ll need a plan that supports Ultra HD (4K) streaming. Set your streaming quality to High or Auto, then look for titles with the Atmos logo next to the description. Netflix’s support for Dolby Atmos varies from device to device, and that list changes regularly.

If you want to show off your home theater setup, Disney+ also offers Dolby Atmos sound mixes on selected content, including the Marvel movies and every single Star Wars flick, including the original trilogy. Even better, you won’t need to pay extra. Atmos, 4K, and Dolby Vision HDR are included in Disney+’s standard $8/month subscription fee.

Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Vudu, and HBO Max are some of the other services to offer Atmos support. As with Netflix, you’ll want to browse those services’ libraries (see all of Vudu’s UHD content here) and look for the Dolby Atmos logo.

Digital copies vs. Blu-ray

In some cases, you’ll need to buy (or rent) a physical Blu-ray copy to get the full Dolby Atmos experience. While a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray isn’t necessary to get Atmos sound, it’s often not included with the 1080p Blu-ray version. Most on-demand streaming services — some of which also act as hosts for purchased digital copies — do not support Dolby Atmos. That includes the Google Play Store. Although iTunes supports Atmos on select titles, you’ll need an Apple TV 4K to get that level of quality.

With the upgraded Movies Anywhere program, most any digital film you own there — assuming it’s not ineligible — should automatically transfer into your Vudu library as well. Vudu’s selection of Atmos-supported content is still limited, but it’s better than nothing. Now that Ultraviolet is no more, this is one of the few ways to maintain your digital copy library.

Which playback devices support Atmos?

We’ve got a more thorough breakdown in our Dolby Atmos explainer, but for specific lists of supported devices, head here and scroll down until you see an array of colored boxes with the header Enjoy Dolby Atmos on These Products. Atmos is supported on a wide range of devices, including TVs, smartphones, streaming boxes, and Blu-ray players, but keep in mind that you’ll need an Atmos-capable sound system to hear the results. Not sure if you’ve got the right gear? Here’s how to know if you’ve got great Dolby Atmos sound.

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