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The 15 Best 4K Movies To Stream Right Now

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Sometimes, the standard quality shows and movies just won’t cut it. If you’re in the mood for a premium theater experience from the comfort of your own couch, you’ll want to stream your movies in 4K. 

Grab your popcorn, settle into your comfiest seat, and tune in: here are some of the best 4K movies that you can stream right now on Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV+, and Amazon Prime. 

What Is 4K Streaming?

4K streaming, which is often used interchangeably with Ultra High Definition (UHD), offers a premium viewing experience. It describes the resolution of your screen, or the number of pixels it shows. As a general rule, the higher your resolution is, the better quality your showing will be. 

As opposed to High Definition (HD) screens that have a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, 4K streaming has a 3,840x 2160 pixel display. The result is sharper, clear images and better color than you would get from regular HD screening. 

But before you start searching for 4K movies, you should figure out whether you actually have the capability to stream 4K. To stream movies in 4K UHD, you’ll need:

  • A fast internet connection (around 25 Mbps or more) 
  • A subscription service that supports UHD streaming 
  • A device that supports 4K viewing, like a Smart TV or a gaming console 

If you have all three, you should be able to stream your favorite movies and shows in ultra HD quality! 

The Best 4K Movies You Can Stream Right Now

Shang-Chi and The Legend Of The Ten Rings 

Where to stream:Disney+ 

Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings is one of the latest releases in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The superhero movie follows Simu Liu playing the titular role of martial arts master Shang-Chi as he confronts his assassin past, and the stunning CGI and action-packed choreographed fight scenes will make watching this movie in 4K a real pleasure. It’s also one of the titles that Disney+ has released in IMAX Enhanced format, which features a taller aspect ratio, for an even higher-quality viewing experience on your home TV.

Dune

Where to stream:For purchase on Prime Video, YouTube 

Dune received a ton of fanfare when it was initially released for streaming on HBO Max in early November, and while the streaming service is no longer carrying the title, it’s thought to return in late January 2022. In the meantime, you can rent or purchase the movie on various streaming channels today. Based on the popular book of the same name, Dune is a sci-fi thriller with plenty of action sequences and an immersive intergalactic setting.

Red Notice

Where to stream:Netflix 

Red Notice has been is crowned Netflix’s most watched movie of all time. With a Netflix’s latest star-studded blockbuster featuring Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot, this movie has been watched by 50% of the platforms global subscribers. This comedic action film follows Johnson, who plays an FBI profiler who teams up with a notorious art thief (Reynolds) while on the hunt for a notorious criminal played by Gadot.

The Matrix Trilogy

Where to stream:HBO Max 

With the upcoming release of The Matrix Resurrections scheduled for December 22, 2021, now is a great time to settle in and refamiliarize yourself with some of your old favorites: the original Matrix Trilogy in 4K! Watch hacker and software engineer Neo dive into a shocking conspiracy about the world around him -- and discovers that reality is not what it seems. With plenty of kung fu action sequences and cyberpunk-esque special effects, you’ll have plenty of delightful visuals to enjoy as you work your way through The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions in preparation for the newest release.

1917 

Where to stream:Amazon Prime

This war epic won the 2020 Oscar for Best Cinematography, making it a great pick for testing out your 4K screening capabilities. This World War II drama follows two British soldiers in a tense mission to cross enemy territory and save 1,600 soldiers from a deadly ambush.

The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy 

Where to stream:HBO Max 

From the breathtaking scenery to the magical special effects to the epic tale itself, The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy remastered in 4K is a visual delight from start to finish. This saga, which is based on the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, follows a magical cast of wizards, elves, Hobbits, and more as they set out on an epic quest through Middle Earth to destroy the One Ring and save their world. All three of the original movies are currently streaming on HBO Max, making it the perfect content for a weekend of binge-watching.

The Last Duel 

Where to stream:For purchase onPrime Video, YouTube

This recently-released historical drama may not be available in your streaming services just yet, but period piece enthusiasts will find that it’s definitely worth shelling out the extra money for a watch. This epic tale of courage and honor is based on real events: France’s last trial by combat in the 14th century, between a knight and a former friend who assaults his wife. Directed by filmmaker Ridley Scott and boasting a star-studded cast including Adam Driver, Matt Damon, Jodie Comer, and Ben Affleck, it’s a suspenseful and gritty watch.

Blade Runner 2049

Where to stream:HBO Max

If there was ever a film franchise with a reputation for eye-popping graphics and visual effects, it would be Blade Runner. The 2017 film Blade Runner 2049 is a sequel to the original Blade Runner film of 1982 and features plenty of stunning high-quality special effects as you follow the story of an LAPD Blade Runner played by Ryan Gosling.

Tenet

Where to stream:HBO Max 

Tenet is a thrilling Christopher Nolan sci-fi film that’s sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. It follows the story of an unnamed “Protagonist” as he embarks on a mission to prevent the onset of World War III. Be prepared for mind-boggling sequences, time-traveling, and suspense from start to finish.

Inception 

Where to stream:HBO Max

Christopher Nolan’s famous mind-bending thriller is made even better when updated with 4K quality streaming. This lucid dream of a film features Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom Cobb, an infamous thief who can infiltrate his victims’ subconscious minds.

Ad Astra

Where to stream:For purchase on Apple TV, Prime Video

Ad Astra is another excellent pick for movie night for those who dream of the mysteries that lie beyond our own planet. Come for stars Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones, stay for the compelling slow-burn storyline of family ties and the quest for answering whether or not we really are the only intelligent life in our universe.

Spider-Man: Homecoming 

Where to stream:For purchase on Apple TV, Prime Video

The newest installment of the latest Spider-Man series starring Tom Holland, Spider-Man: No Way Home, is going to be released mid-December 2021, which means that it may be time to rewatch the others in preparation. Unlike other Marvel movies, you won’t find the Spider-Man series on Disney+ (as of now, at least), so you can start by streaming the first film, Homecoming, on Apple TV or Prime Video.

In The Heights 

Where to stream:HBO Max

If you’re in the mood for a joyous, uplifting watch, check out In The Heights on HBO Max. This musical is a celebration of heritage and hope, following bodega owner Usnavi and others in his tight-knit community of Washington Heights as they grind their way to the top and dream of a better life. Directed by Jon M. Chu (of Crazy Rich Asians fame) and featuring music by the great Lin Manuel Miranda, it’s an energetic and dazzling display that’ll quite literally light up your screen.

Tick Tick … Boom!

Where to stream:Netflix 

Broadway fans have an excellent musical biographical piece to add to their list in Tick Tick …. Boom!, the story of famed American composer and playwright Jonathan Larson. Directed by Lin Manuel Miranda, this musical drama follows “Rent” creator Larson (played by Andrew Garfield) as he navigates his personal life and career on the way to stardom.

Interstellar

Where to stream:Amazon Prime, either for purchase or included with Paramount+ 

Interstellar won Best Visual Effects in the 2015 Oscars, so you’ll definitely want to use it to test out your 4K streaming capabilities! This intergalactic adventure follows ex-pilot Cooper as he embarks on a huge mission through a wormhole in space on the quest to find a habitable planet and save mankind. 

Conclusion

4K movies are fast becoming the new standard for home entertainment and many of our favorites have been remastered to benefit from the latest in video and audio technologies. To see if you’re getting the best out of your home theater experiences, check out our other guides below and enjoy the show!