The best Dolby Atmos movies

Get into the action with the best Dolby Atmos movies for your home theater

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Watching everyone’s favorite Merc With a Mouth 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 anti-hero to make his way through bad guys like knife and butter.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

With a name like Captain Underpants, you’d hope that the movie would be a fun, silly way to spend an hour and a half. It delivers on that front, while also serving up a serviceable side of heartwarming moments thanks to the on-screen friendship voiced by Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch. The list of family-friendly animation movies available in Dolby Atmos is scarce; if you’re sick and tired of Minions and don’t want to endure the Smurf movies, Captain Underpants will save the day. The film’s wonderful animation is accompanied by enough laughs to keep everyone in the family entertained. Captain Underpants also features an amazing soundtrack that features everyone from Weird Al to Lil Yachty. You truly haven’t taken advantage of your Atmos system until you’ve heard Weird Al’s Captain Underpants theme song.


When there’s something strange in the neighborhood, what ya gonna watch? Whether you’ve seen the movie hundreds of times or haven’t watched it since it came out on VHS, Ghostbusters is still worth it just to see the entire cast, from Bill Murray to Sigourney Weaver, at the top of their game. Watching the film in high definition and Atmos sound will have you smiling just as big as when you first watched the classic as a kid, and seeing the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man take on New York has never looked so good. As an added bonus, Ghostbusters 2 and the remake are also available in Dolby Atmos.

Pineapple Express

Your only two options for an R-rated action comedy in Dolby Atmos sound are Baywatch and Pineapple Express. Sure, Baywatch has Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson killing bad guys and running from explosions all in the name of coastal security, but Pineapple Express has fun action sequences of its own, and the movie’s two stoner leads (James Franco and Seth Rogen) are always a joy to see on screen together.

Swiss Army Man

Your Dolby Atmos system can handle any explosion, gunshot, and punch you throw its way, but what about a fart? When Swiss Army Man premiered at Sundance in 2016, people walked out of the theater due to its dumb and excessive fart jokes, but behind this story of a suicidal man finding a farting corpse is 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 director and went into great detail over the metaphor hiding behind a farting corpse.

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