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The 12 best classic films to show off your home theater

A brand new home theater calls for brilliant works for the inauguration ceremony. We have put together a small selection of classics that are best suited to this.

Anyone who has set up their own home cinema at home should enjoy the first evening (or the whole day) with films that are truly worthy of the location and which, not least, show the guests of honor what performance the technology delivers. But which masterpieces are suitable for this? We have selected the 12 best films for the occasion.

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Our film list alone provides a portfolio with hundreds of films from all possible branches. But why should you use the following list and inaugurate your home theater with a real cinematic ceremony? Very simple: Setting up a home theater is an endeavor that not only means a certain investment, but should also be comprehensively planned. In the end, however, there is a room that can offer maximum film enjoyment.

All of the strips from our list are not only brilliant in terms of the story, but also form a style in many ways. In addition, the majority of them come up with a power of images and sounds that “any number of” strips simply cannot deliver and which therefore only really come into their own with a certain amount of technical equipment.

Danger: We have tried to spoil as little as possible in the short summaries. However, if you don't know the films at all, you'd better only look at the trailers or just the explanations.

1 avatar (2009)

In the distant future, the earth will have a raw material problem. The earth-like moon Pandora could solve it. However, the humanoid Na'vi live there as indigenous people in harmony with nature. So-called avatars, artificially produced Na'vi, remotely controlled by humans via a neurological connection, are intended to convince Pandora's residents to consent to the extraction of raw materials. At the same time, they are supposed to operate espionage for the military head of the dismantling mission, Colonel Quaritch - the latter in order to be able to fight the Na'vi effectively if the diplomatic path remains fruitless.

One of these avatar-controlling people, the paralyzed Jake Sully, who was actually only hired as a replacement for his deceased brother, is rescued by the real Na'vi after a failed mission and then penetrates deeper and deeper into their culture via his avatar. When he also falls in love with the Na'vi chief's daughter Neytiri, his moral dilemma begins: Should he continue to perform his service and earn an operation that restores his mobility, or should he protect the Na'vi and Pandora from destruction and exploitation preserve?

Why this movie?

“Avatar” is not only one of the most expensive, but also one of the most profitable films of all time (currently just under 2.8 billion dollars worldwide). In addition, it is a milestone in visual effects and integrates them into a soulful, but action-packed story based on a classic pattern. A brilliant work according to all the rules of the art.

2 The Dark Knight (2008)

It almost seems as if Batman finally managed to pacify Gotham City - not least thanks to the support of prosecutor Harvey Dent and police lieutenant Jim Gordon. Then, however, a scarred, psychopathic criminal appears who calls himself Joker. He quickly seizes control of Gotham's underworld and proves that he is not aiming for power and money, but for pure anarchy and to unmask and incite Gotham's peacekeepers against each other.

Why this movie?

There are a lot of Batman movies. However, most critics agree that this is one of the best because of its story alone. This is not least due to the fact that the Joker from the gifted Heath Ledger († 2008) is embodied in parts Christian Bales Batman literally plays on the wall.

3 Matrix (trilogy, 1999-2003)

One day the young hacker Thomas "Neo" Anderson meets a mysterious group around the leader Morpheus. He gives him the choice of whether to continue with his previous life or to learn “the truth”. After Neo opts for the latter, he is shocked to discover that the world around him and all people is just a digital illusory world, called the Matrix.
In truth, most people are little more than batteries for intelligent machines that have taken power on earth after a war. The matrix makes people believe that they are alive, while millions of them vegetate in nutrient tanks. Morpheus and his team belong to a resistance group - and Neo should end the fight victorious as "the chosen one". A gripping battle breaks out in the digital and real world.

Why this movie?

In terms of its story, “Matrix” is an unparalleled masterpiece. In addition, the film not only founded a new sci-fi genre on its own, but continues to impress with the perfectly choreographed fight scenes and brilliant special effects that have aged comparatively well.

4 Tron: Legacy (2010)

In 1989, the programmer Kevin Flynn disappeared without a trace. 20 years later, the company he founded is run rather listlessly by his son Sam. One day, however, Sam discovers a secret laboratory with computers in his father's old arcade. When he taps on it, he is drawn into a digital world, the grid. There he is forced by humanoid computer programs to take part in gladiator fights. Sam not only finds out what happened to his father, but also takes up the fight against the digital world.

Why this movie?

"Tron: Legacy" is a more than worthy follow-up to the first "Tron" film from 1982. What makes it so brilliant in the end is the fact that it is a seamless sequel with many actors from the first part . In addition, the story is gripping and profound. Combined with the breathtaking visual effects, this becomes a real milestone.

5 Inception (2010)

In the near future it will be technically possible to penetrate human dreams, steal knowledge and plant thoughts there. Dom Cobb is a master at it, but after one last job he wants to get out of the business and lead a normal life in the USA again - which was previously impossible for him because his wife died in a failed dream experiment and he is considered her killer . Cobb's latest coup is to extract knowledge from the mind of the Japanese businessman Saito. The mission that Cobb and his team is tackling, however, takes a completely different course than planned - because there are also effective antidotes against the dream intruders.

Why this movie?

“Inception” is definitely one of those films where the viewer has to be attentive from the first to the last minute. A masterpiece not only thanks to the special effects, but also to the highly complex, often confusing, but never inconclusive story - just like in a dream. Certainly not a film that you can enjoy stressed or on the side. Therefore just right for the home theater opening.

6 The Lord of the Rings (Trilogy, 2001-2003)

Hobbit Frodo is given the task of moving from his tranquil Shire to Mordor to Mount Doom, in order to destroy “the one ring” in its blazing heat - a ring whose power has the potential to subjugate the entire world of Middle-earth. Together with eight companions, Frodo has to fight his way to the mountain over three parts of the film and endure countless adventures.

Why this movie?

This film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien Masterpiece is not the first, but definitely the best and most contemporary. Brilliantly cast, wonderfully staged and despite the enormous length of 558 or 686 minutes (Extended Cut) never boring or lengthy. A fantasy yardstick that is still decisive and also tickles the maximum of the home theater systems in terms of image and sound.

7 Jurassic Park (film series, 1993-2018)

Are dinosaurs extinct? Nearly. The super-rich John Hammond had their DNA extracted from mosquitoes trapped in amber and created clones in this way. On a lonely island in the South Sea, he wants to present them to the world in a gigantic adventure park. Before that, however, professionals should certify the park's safety.

But that goes wrong - because Hammond's competitors have an insider in the park. His plan: release the primeval lizards, thereby creating chaos and disappearing with stolen dinosaur embryos. There is an action-packed fight between humans and primeval beasts.

Why this movie?

One should actually believe that an almost 30-year-old film that is largely based on CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) would have aged badly - but “Jurassic Park” is by no means. The story is still exciting and, at least with older children, even suitable for families. Simply good, timeless popcorn cinema. The sequels, which are no less entertaining, can be turned into an entire themed evening or day.

8 Star Wars: Episode IV (1977)

"Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away ..." This galaxy has been ruled with a hard hand by the empire for decades. Only a small handful of rebels are fighting against it - but they are confronted with the problem that the empire now has a gigantic space station called the Death Star, which can turn planets into dust within seconds.

Although the rebel Princess Leia can get the blueprints of the Death Star with its weak points, she is captured. A call for help stored on a robot droid reaches the wrong addressee via detours - the young Luke Skywalker. In the course of the film, however, he proves to be a lucky strike and helps the rebels to take up the fight.

Why this movie?

Even if today's “Star Wars” franchise is gigantic, the first part has lost none of its charm: A fantastic, action-packed space opera, which, thanks to various digitization measures, does not seem as outdated as it does in terms of CGI the age of the film raises concerns. A masterpiece that not only fits the home theater inauguration, but belongs in every well-stocked film library. Here, too, the first part of the meanwhile 14 films is suitable as an introduction to a whole film marathon. Not in one day, though.

9 Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

In 2049 the earth is a contaminated Moloch. Furthermore, the most dangerous jobs are done by replicants, artificial humans. Unlike their predecessors in the first Blade Runner, however, these have a preprogrammed lifetime. One of the new replicants, the Blade Runner Officer K, makes a terrifying discovery while hunting for replicas of the old model. As a result, he must not only ask himself whether he has become too human himself, but whether the separation between “real” and artificial people can be morally justified at all.

Why this movie?

“Blade Runner 2049” is one of the best sequels of a successful film at all. A technically brilliant piece of work with a sophisticated story and full of moral questions, hints and secrets. What began with the first “Blade Runner”, “Blade Runner 2049” continues more than worthily - and especially the smog-fogged, incredibly bleak atmosphere of the future world is particularly impressive on large high-end televisions.

10 The Avengers (2012)

The S.H.I.E.L.D. organization is on the verge of using the so-called tesseract to provide humanity with an inexhaustible source of energy. However, the Infinity Stone has serious side effects - it is a gateway into other dimensions. Loki, actually hired as support, steals the tesseract and disappears with it. A deadly threat to humanity that can only be averted if S.H.I.E.L.D. manages to recreate the Tesseract in collaboration with several Avengers.

Why this movie?

Since the turn of the millennium, a great number of superhero films have come to the cinema. The Avengers already have successors. However, because the creme de la creme of the Marvel universe is gathered here together with visually stunning special effects, it becomes action-packed popcorn cinema of the best kind - which really gives the home theater system something to do in terms of image and sound.

However, if you want to understand the entire context, you should not miss the opportunity to organize several film screenings in which all of the previously published MCU films (phase 1-4) are shown. Above all, the last two Avangers films “Infinity War” and “Endgame” are visually pleasing with the right technology and not without reason are among the best films of all time.

11 Back to the Future (1985)

The somewhat weird-looking inventor Dr. Emmet Brown manages to invent a time machine - built into a DeLorean DMC-12 sports car. His only real friend is the teenager Marty McFly. After the first test, he has to watch how Doc Brown is killed by terrorists - from them the inventor had received the plutonium necessary to drive the time machine and gave them a bomb that had no function; that's why they're out for revenge.

Since the terrorists also want to kill Marty, he wants to flee with the DeLorean - and unintentionally ends up promptly in 1955. Without fresh plutonium, Marty now has to try not only to come back, but also to ensure that his presence does not add to the impending one His parents' love affair ruined his own existence.

Why this movie?

"Great Scott !!!" The first part of "Back to the Future" is definitely not the most epic work on this list. However, he makes up for that with a wonderful story that lives from their beautifully drawn characters and from the fact that the very real grandfather paradox hovers above everything. Simply a rock-solid film, which you can shamelessly postpone the second and third part at the home cinema premiere.

12 Dunkirk (2017)

In the late spring of 1940, the Germans crossed France within a few weeks and now encircled the English Channel city of Dunkirk. There are not only tens of thousands of British soldiers trapped in it, but also hardly fewer French soldiers. In three different narrative threads, the aim is to bring as many soldiers as possible to the island - represented by a squad of British soldiers, a British civilian who is part of the rescue armada with his pleasure craft and three British Spitfire fighter pilots who are desperate try to protect the fleet and the troops gathered on the beach from the overwhelming German forces.

Why this movie?

"Dunkirk" is a technically perfect, very realistic war film in itself. However, it gets its special magic from the three narrative strands - they are all closely intertwined, but run on three different time levels:

· The soldiers on the beach or on the pier: 1 week
· The crossing of the pleasure boat: 1 day
· The battle of the three Spitfire pilots: 1 hour

That only sounds confusing, but in the film it is logical and conclusive and ensures that one film looks like three to the viewer. This also contributes to the fact that the narrative structure never becomes chaotic and that there is no central main character - everyone acts next to each other, so that the viewer can subliminally understand that the historical “miracle of Dunkirk” can only be achieved in reality through the joint effort of tens of thousands of people involved could. A very fine film, also because it is unusually quiet for a war film.


TV and cinema are just not the same thing. That is why a cinema at home (not only at the inauguration, by the way) should show films that are worthy of it in the truest sense of the word. There are already enough shallow films for television and a home theater can only show what it can do if blockbusters are presented - and they don't always have to be brand new.