The best 4K movies and TV shows - and how to watch them

Got a 4K telly? Then treat your eyes to some eye-popping UHD entertainment. Updated for September 2020

4K tellies aren't nearly as rare as they once were; in fact, there's a very good chance you've already got one.

But finding things to watch on it in that lovely 4K resolution (you can call it UHD if you prefer) can still be somewhat tricky. There's a fair bit out there if you know where to look, though, and the even better news is that we've done the looking for you.

So with no further ado, here are the 40 very best TV shows and movies that are currently available in 4K. We've even included a direct link to buy or stream each one from Amazon, Netflix or Sky. You're welcome!

And if you've not yet boarded the 4K train, here are the best cheap 4K TVs available right now.

Shaun of the Dead

The first of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s “Cornetto trilogy”, this horror-comedy leans more towards guffaws than gore – although it’s not without its moments of bloody violence or affecting drama.

Shaun (played by Pegg) is a London shop assistant who’d rather be gaming, drinking or listening to electro with his best friend Ed than showing his girlfriend that he’s serious marriage material. When he finally resolves to change his ways, it happens to coincide with a zombie outbreak – and what better opportunity to demonstrate your maturity than to keep your friends and family safe during the end of days?

Packed with sight gags and one-liners, Shaun of the Dead adds up to far more than your average horror comedy. There’s real heart and soul to it too, and it’s easy to see why it turned Pegg and Wright into Hollywood hot properties.

Watch Shaun of the Dead on Amazon Prime Video

The Boys (S1-2)

If superheroes were real, they’d be jerks, perverts and outright fascists. That’s the premise behind this excellent comic book adaptation, in which a bunch of superstar costumed crusaders are owned and controlled by a ruthless corporation that keeps their bad behaviour (ranging from voyeurism and drug abuse to plain old murderous psychopathy) under wraps to keep the cash rolling in.

When one super-powered outrage leaves a young man bereaved and hellbent on revenge, he joins a group of like-minded vigilantes with the aim of taking Vought down once and for all. Effortlessly blending humour, action and drama, The Boys was Amazon’s best original series of 2019 – and it's now back from a second season.

Watch The Boys on Amazon Prime Video

The Witcher (S1)

Henry Cavill swaps Superman’s cape for Geralt of Rivia’s silver ponytail in Netflix’s adaptation of the Polish fantasy novel series. If you’ve played the hugely successful video games, you’ll know what to expect: a hearty mix of beast slaying, potion quaffing, spellcasting, grimdark medieval combat and nudity.

If you aren’t already familiar with Andrzej Sapkowski’s world and characters, be warned: this series will toss you right into the mixer without spelling everything out. The lack of hand holding is refreshing, particularly as everything falls better into place within a few episodes. In this age of algorithmically-steered TV shows, it’s nice to be treated like an adult with a decent attention span.

Watch The Witcher on Netflix

The Last Dance (S1)

Arguably the biggest team sports star in history, Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to a series of NBA championships in the 1990s, as well as being the face one of Nike’s most popular footwear ranges and the star of a Hollywood movie. But by 1998 it seemed like the Bulls’ era of dominance – and Jordan’s place as the team’s talismanic leader – was about to come to an end. This masterfully made 10-part documentary tells the story not just of that fateful season but of Jordan’s rise from green rookie to global superstar, and of how the Bulls achieved basketball hegemony after years of underachievement.

The Last Dance will appeal not only to sport fans, but to anybody who appreciates a story well told and a glimpse into the strangely singular mind of mercilessly driven individuals like Jordan. Those looking for a trip back to the 90s won’t be disappointed either – the era-appropriate soundtrack and reels of archive footage are a feast for nostalgia lovers.

Watch The Last Dance on Netflix

Free Solo

As terrifying as it is enthralling, this remarkable documentary film follows the ever-so-slightly bonkers free solo climber Alex Honnold, whose lifelong dream is to scale the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park alone, without ropes or equipment. Those who aren’t keen on heights might want to watch from behind the sofa, but for everyone else the Oscar-winning Free Solo is a sweaty-palmed thrill ride.

Watch Free Solo on Disney+

The Mandalorian (S1)

Pitched as a Western set in space, the first live action series in the Star Wars universe is set five years after Return of the Jedi and 25 years before The Force Awakens. It follows the adventures of the eponymous armour-plated bounty hunter (Pedro Pascal), who abruptly finds himself the guardian of a very important youngling. Most would consider this the launch flagship show for Disney+, and it lives up to that billing: it’s visually striking, fast-paced and an easy watch – and there’s a second season coming up very soon.

Watch The Mandalorian on Disney+

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The middle entry in the latest Star Wars trilogy might have divided the critics somewhat: some felt that its tone wasn’t sufficiently “Star Wars-y”, while others enjoyed director Rian Johnson’s fresh take on the universe. One thing nobody could deny is that it’s a visual spectacle and then some. With the arrival of Disney+, it's finally available to stream too.

Watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Disney+

Star Wars: A New Hope

The original (and probably second-best) Star Wars movie, A New Hope is now over 40 years old. It still looks and sounds fantastic (partly due to director George Lucas’s inability to stop tinkering with it years after its release), but this trailblazing space opera adventure is beloved for more than just the spectacle of zero-g dog fights and light saber duels.

Star Wars’ enduring characters and mythology are introduced and established in this movie, but it also serves as a fantastic self-contained adventure story about a simple farm boy who becomes the heroic figurehead of a revolution. It’s simple stuff at its core, but done so brilliantly that you can’t help but be sold.

Watch Star Wars: A New Hope on Disney+

Black Panther

Alongside Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther is one of the best recent movies of come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – and a far cry from simply a place-setting prologue for Avengers: Infinity War. A mega-budget blockbuster with an almost entirely black cast, co-written and directed by an African-American, there’s an unmistakeable thread of “politics” running through it that’s far more than woke window dressing – it’s a key part of the plot and the characters’ motivations.

It’s also a crowd-pleasing superhero flick in which Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa, newly-crowned king of apparently third-world Wakanda, has to find his feet in the face of a ruthless would-be usurper (played with raging verve by Michael B. Jordan). Not to be missed.

Watch Black Panther on Disney+

American Psycho

Christian Bale’s breakout role sees him don the Hugo Boss suit and Gucci oxfords of Patrick Bateman: financial trader in 1980s Manhattan; Phil Collins aficionado; handsome; wealthy; and a sadistic, sociopathic murderer. Or is he?

Based on Bret Easton Ellis’ seminal novel, this film is shockingly violent, intensely disquieting – and very, very funny. It is, after all, more a satire than it is a psychological thriller, and as a critique of the emptiness lying at the heart of the capitalist American dream, it hits the mark like an axe to the back of the skull.

Watch American Psycho on Amazon Prime Video

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