So you got yourself a new surround sound system for your living room entertainment center, and you want to test out the sound effects that will really get your rear speakers pumping. One of the best ways to test out those surround speakers is by picking out the perfect movie with the best sound editing to showcase a musical score, high-impact action scenes, movie soundtracks, and the best sound mixing. So I compiled this list of the best surround sound movies to really test out the range of those speakers.
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Best Surround Sound Movies
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Plot: Years after the collapse of civilization, the tyrannical Immortan Joe enslaves apocalypse survivors inside the desert fortress the Citadel. When the warrior Imperator Furiosa leads the despot’s five wives in a daring escape, she forges an alliance with Max Rockatansky, a loner and former captive. Fortified in the massive, armored truck the War Rig, they try to outrun the ruthless warlord and his henchmen in a deadly high-speed chase through the Wasteland.
Star Cast: Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult
The Dark Knight (2008)
Plot: With the help of allies Lt. Jim Gordon and DA Harvey Dent, Batman has been able to keep a tight lid on crime in Gotham City. But when a vile young criminal calling himself the Joker suddenly throws the town into chaos, the caped Crusader begins to tread a fine line between heroism and vigilantism.
Star Cast: Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Christian Bale, Heath Ledger
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2016)
Plot: Set thirty years after Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens follows Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, and Han Solo’s search for Luke Skywalker and their fight in the Resistance, led by General Leia Organa and veterans of the Rebel Alliance, against Kylo Ren and the First Order, a successor to the Galactic Empire.
Star Cast: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Plot: Officer K, a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years.
Star Cast: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Plot: Freddie Mercury — the lead singer of Queen — defies stereotypes and convention to become one of history’s most beloved entertainers. The band’s revolutionary sound and popular songs lead to Queen’s meteoric rise in the 1970s. After leaving the group to pursue a solo career, Mercury reunites with Queen for the benefit concert Live Aid — resulting in one of the greatest performances in rock ‘n’ roll history.
Star Cast: Rami Malek, Ben Hardy, Lucy Boynton
Plot: Dr. Ryan Stone is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission. Her commander is veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky, helming his last flight before retirement. Then, during a routine space walk by the pair, disaster strikes: The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Ryan and Matt stranded in deep space with no link to Earth and no hope of rescue. As fear turns to panic, they realize that the only way home may be to venture further into space. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón.
Star Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris
Bird Box (2018)
Plot: When a mysterious force decimates the population, only one thing is certain — if you see it, you die. The survivors must now avoid coming face to face with an entity that takes the form of their worst fears. Searching for hope and a new beginning, a woman and her children embark on a dangerous journey through the woods and down a river to find the one place that may offer sanctuary. To make it, they’ll have to cover their eyes from the evil that chases them — and complete the trip blindfolded.
Star Cast: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich
Plot: Dom Cobb is a thief with the rare ability to enter people’s dreams and steal their secrets from their subconscious. His skill has made him a hot commodity in the world of corporate espionage but has also cost him everything he loves. Cobb gets a chance at redemption when he is offered a seemingly impossible task: Plant an idea in someone’s mind. If he succeeds, it will be the perfect crime, but a dangerous enemy anticipates Cobb’s every move. Directed by Christopher Nolan.
Star Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy
Pacific Rim (2013)
Plot: Long ago, legions of monstrous creatures called Kaiju arose from the sea, bringing with them all-consuming war. To fight the Kaiju, mankind developed giant robots called Jaegers, designed to be piloted by two humans locked together in a neural bridge. However, even the Jaegers are not enough to defeat the Kaiju, and humanity is on the verge of defeat. Mankind’s last hope now lies with a washed-up ex-pilot, an untested trainee and an old, obsolete Jaeger.
Star Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Plot: Captain John Miller takes his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Surrounded by the brutal realties of World War II, while searching for Ryan, each man embarks upon a personal journey and discovers their own strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency and courage.
Star Cast: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore
La La Land (2016)
Plot: Sebastian and Mia are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.
Star Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J. K. Simmons
Star Trek (2009)
Plot: Aboard the USS Enterprise, the most-sophisticated starship ever built, a novice crew embarks on its maiden voyage. Their path takes them on a collision course with Nero, a Romulan commander whose mission of vengeance threatens all mankind. If humanity would survive, a rebellious young officer named James T. Kirk and a coolly logical Vulcan named Spock must move beyond their rivalry and find a way to defeat Nero before it is too late.
Star Cast: Eric Bana, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg
Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
Plot: A deadly virus from a secret Umbrella Corporation laboratory underneath Raccoon City is exposed to the world. Umbrella seals off the city to contain the virus, creating a ghost town where everyone trapped inside turns into a mutant zombie. Alice, a survivor from Umbrella’s secret lab, meets former Umbrella security officer Jill Valentine and mercenary Carlos Oliviera. Together, they search for a scientist who might be able to help.
Star Cast: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Jared Harris, Oded Fehr
American Sniper (2014)
Plot: U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle takes his sole mission — protect his comrades — to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. Despite grave danger and his struggle to be a good husband and father to his family back in the States, Kyle serves four tours of duty in Iraq. However, when he finally returns home, he finds that he cannot leave the war behind. Directed by Clint Eastwood.
Star Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes
Black Panther (2018)
Plot: After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.
Star Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o
Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)
Plot: King Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home. Along for the ride is Jia, an orphaned girl who has a unique and powerful bond with the mighty beast. However, they soon find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla as he cuts a swath of destruction across the globe. The initial confrontation between the two titans — instigated by unseen forces — is only the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the core of the planet.
Star Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Julian Dennison
Suicide Squad (2016)
Plot: Figuring they’re all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret mission. Now armed with government weapons, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc and other despicable inmates must learn to work together. Dubbed Task Force X, the criminals unite to battle a mysterious and powerful entity, while the diabolical Joker launches an evil agenda of his own.
Star Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto
The Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Plot: Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.
Star Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson
Jurassic Park (1993)
Plot: In Steven Spielberg’s massive blockbuster, paleontologists Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler and mathematician Ian Malcolm are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park’s mastermind, billionaire John Hammond, assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find out otherwise when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt.
Star Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Plot: Two years after he and his Autobot friends saved the Earth from the Decepticons, Sam Witwicky faces a new battle: college. Meanwhile, Optimus Prime and the Autobots are working with a secret military organization and trying to make a home for themselves on Earth. When an ancient Decepticon known as The Fallen rises up to wreak vengeance, Sam and his girlfriend, Mikaela, must figure out the history of the Transformers on Earth and find a way to defeat The Fallen once and for all.
Star Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Isabel Lucas
A Quiet Place (2018)
Plot: If they hear you, they hunt you. A family must live in silence to avoid mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. Knowing that even the slightest whisper or footstep can bring death, Evelyn and Lee are determined to find a way to protect their children while desperately searching for a way to fight back.
Star Cast: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds