The Best Movies in 4k Ultra HD on Netflix

Netflix has thousands of movies loaded in their streaming library. But not all of them can be streamed in 4k Ultra HD. And, even less offer HDR (High Dynamic Range) with Dolby Vision or HDR10. But what movies look best in 4k? Here’s an overview of some of the best movies in 4k Ultra HD with or without HDR, suggested because of their overall quality of both moviemaking and image/sound quality. New to 4k? Read: How To Stream 4k/HDR on Netflix.

The Best 4k Ultra HD Movies On Netflix

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“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse” (2018)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

One of the most popular films in 2018, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a favorite not only for fans of Spidey but also for its great soundtrack featuring artists like Post Malone and Nicki Minaj. The film won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film and gets an 8.4/10 IMDb rating and 87 Metascore on 50 critic reviews. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is one of the best looking 4k movies on Netflix. Rated PG

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“Ex Machina” (2015) starring Alicia Vikander

Ex Machina (2015)

Alicia Vikander’s breakthrough role as a synthetic humanoid looks nothing but fantastic in 4k. The sci-fi won an Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects and was nominated for a second Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay. Ex Machina streams in 4k Ultra HD on Netflix and looks better than most films mentioned here. Rated R

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Extraction” (2020)” starring Chris Hemsworth

Extraction (2020)

Extraction is a great action film starring Chris Hemsworth as Tyler Rake, a mercenary hired to rescue the son of an imprisoned drug lord. The film, ranked the most watched movie by Netflix mid-2020, looks and sounds great in 4k/Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. You may find yourself watching the action scenes more than once! Rated R

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“Moonlight” (2016) directed by Barry Jenkins

Moonlight (2016)

3x Oscar-winner Moonlight from director Barry Jenkins is a must-watch in any video resolution, but on Netflix it can be viewed in Ultra HD with the $15.99 plan and a 4k TV. The film won Best Motion Picture of the Year among two other wins and five other nominations. It’s an excellent example of how good Ultra HD can look. Rated R

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Jim Henson’s “The Dark Crystal” (1982)

The Dark Crystal (1982)

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal has inspired filmmakers, animators and special effects artists since its premiere in 1982 and spawned the new Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance now streaming its first season. The movie gets a 7.2/10 on IMDb’s Rating system and in 4k on Netflix is super grainy but still, a lot of fun to watch. Rated PG

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“Philadelphia” (1983) starring Tom Hanks

Philadelphia (1993)

2x Oscar-winning drama Philadelphia starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington is a memorable film from director Jonathan Demme that is often watched in schools given its cultural and historical significance. The movie has been available on Netflix for some time now and streams in Ultra HD with Netflix’s $15.99 plan. Philadelphia looks great in 4k — sharp (much sharper than our screenshot above) and rich with color indicative of the type of film used (Eastman EXR) during the time. Rated PG-13

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Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” (2018)

Roma (2018)

Roma is a Netflix-produced film from director Alfonso Cuarón that was meant for large screen theaters but nevertheless has been seen mainly by Netflix subscribers on TVs, laptops and even tablets and phones. The 3x Oscar-winning film streams in 4k Ultra HD with HDR (Dolby Vision) on supporting TVs and devices, and even though in black and white seems to take advantage of HDR’s expanded range. It’s a must-watch for cinephiles and anyone who appreciates great filmmaking. Rated R

The Irishman (2019)

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“The Irishman” (2019)

10-time Oscar-nominated Netflix Original The Irishman is a long-winded but excellent piece of filmmaking from director Martin Scorsese that streams in 4k with the Dolby Vision/Dolby Atmos combo. With an all-star cast that includes Joe Pesci, Robert De Nero, and Al Pacino, The Irishman failed to take home even one Oscar but is still worthy of its accolades. Rated R

 

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“Bird Box” (2018) starring Sandra Bullock & John Malkovich

Bird Box (2018)

Netflix original Bird Box started a trend of folks walking around with blindfolds and posting the resulting mishaps on YouTube — so much so Netflix had to rebuff the acts. The film is based on the novel by Josh Malerman and stars Sandra Bullock and John Malkovich. Birdbox streams in 4k Ultra HD with HDR on supporting TVs and devices and also features a Dolby Atmos soundtrack, making it a film worthy of viewing on HDR TVs and immersive audio systems. Rated R

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“Crouching Tiger: Hidden Dragon” (2000)

Crouching Tiger: Hidden Dragon (2000)

Known for its feats of creativity in filmmaking, Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger: Hidden Dragonwon 4 Oscars including Best Cinematography. The film hosts a great cast that includes Yun-Fat Chow and Michelle Yeoh also known for Curse of the Golden Flower and Crazy Rich Asians, respectively. In 2160p the film looks sharp, but could use a lot of help in the shadow areas where details are lost. And, the night shots resemble older films where the cameras or negatives were underexposed to simulate moonlight. HDR could really benefit this film. Rated PG-13

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“Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” (2018)

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)

Sony’s third installation of the ‘Hotel Transylvania” franchise features an incredible lineup of voiceover actors such as Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, and Selena Gomez. Netflix doesn’t currently have any other ‘Hotel Transylvania’ titles (with the exception of the first season of Hotel Transylvania: The Series) but luckily streams ’Summer Vacation’ in 4k. Looks great in 4k. Rated PG