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In just a few years, VR has come a long way. While most people started using VR headsets for gaming, folks are now using VR to watch movies, while exercising, and more.
If you’re looking to watch the top VR movies, we’ve got you covered. We found the coolest movies that will look absolutely incredible when paired with your VR headset. Because, despite common misconceptions, a movie doesn’t necessarily need to be in 3D to be VR-compatible.
There are tons of films you can stream on Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+ that will make for a memorable experience. Check out our top picks below.
1. Chasing Coral
If you haven’t watched Chasing Coral then you need to add it to your watchlist ASAP. The documentary follows a group of divers and scientists who set out to document the disappearance of the world’s most beautiful coral reefs. There’s a ton of gorgeous footage from below the ocean’s surface. You’ll be immersed in a colorful world of fish, corals, and more. Watching it in VR will only make the footage even more amazing.
Watch Chasing Coral on Netflix.
Zootopia is probably one of the best animated films of the last decade. The film follows a naive, rookie bunny cop and a con artist fox who team up to uncover a vast conspiracy. The animation is top-notch and you’ll quickly lose yourself in the fun, quirky story that will definitely tug at your heartstrings.
You can watch Zootopia on Disney+.
This one is probably the most obvious VR-compatible film. There’s a reason why Avatar won the Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. The visuals are a feat of genius and watching the movie in VR will certainly make it all the more enjoyable.
In case you didn’t watch Avatar the first time around, the 2009 film takes place in the mid-22nd century in a fictional universe where humans are trying to colonize the habitual moon Pandora. To say anything more would give it away.
Watch Avatar on Disney+.
4. The Matrix
The Matrix is one of those classics that have stood the test of time — and for good reason! The movie. The movie follows a computer hacker who discovers the shocking truth of what he believes to be his reality. Despite coming out in 1999, the message of the film holds true — and so do the visual effects. Relive the film all over again and immerse yourself as Neo tries to fight the power.
Watch The Matrix on Hulu and HBO.
The classic Disney film Fantasia, which came out in 1940, was well ahead of its time in many aspects. The animation is truly gorgeous. And it pairs beautifully with the orchestral music that swells throughout the movie. See your childhood favorite in a whole new light when you watch using a VR headset.
And don’t worry, Disney has edited out all the racist bits in the updated, remastered version.
Watch Fantasia on Disney+.
6. The Hunger Games
Based on the novel of the same name, The Hunger Games follows Katniss Everdeen as she fights for her life. If you haven’t seen the film or read the book in a while, you’ll recall that Katniss volunteered as tribute after her younger sister was originally selected. Once in the games, Katniss must outsmart her competitors and win over the hearts of fans watching as she fights to the death.
Watch The Hunger Games on Hulu