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The Best Black and White Movies Ever Made

List Criteria: Top monochrome BW films

List of the best black and white movies ever made, as listed by movie critics and film fans from all over the world. From the time that movies were first being made until the late 60s, black and white was the exclusive color of movies, since that was the only filming technology available. Although movies are now almost all shot in color, the old black and white movies feel classic, like there’s a higher quality to their storytelling.

 

Even though color technology has existed for shooting movies since the late 60s, some filmmakers choose to shoot their movies in black and white for either budget, aesthetical, or storytelling purposes. Movies like Schindler’s List, Paper Moon, and The Artist were all made when color was available but because the black and white makes viewers feel transported to a former time period. For some movies, like The Night of the Living Dead and Raging Bull, the lack of color makes the horror and violence seem even more frightening.

 

What are the best black and white movies of all time? This list features movies made in the 20s to those made in the last few years,covering all types of genres. These movies are often ranked among the best of the best.

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    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom

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    Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman, Jack Warden

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    Henry Fonda, John Carradine, John Qualen

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    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Dorothy Malone

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    Buster Keaton, William Holden, Yvette Vickers

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    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Ward Bond

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

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    Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead, Alan Ladd

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Fred MacMurray

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    Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor

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    Marlon Brando, Rod Steiger, Eva Marie Saint

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    Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Joseph Cotten

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    Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper, Lee Van Cleef

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    Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis

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    Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Ward Bond

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    James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

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    Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright, Fredric March

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    Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert

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    Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal

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    Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray

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    Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx

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    Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, George Sanders

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    Henry Fonda, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond

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    Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart

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    Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish

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    Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Joe Pesci

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    Tatum O'Neal, Randy Quaid, Madeline Kahn

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    John Wayne, John Carradine, Claire Trevor

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    Joan Crawford, Eve Arden, Butterfly McQueen

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    Gustav Fröhlich, Theodor Loos, Brigitte Helm

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    John Goodman, Malcolm McDowell, James Cromwell

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    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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    Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory

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    James Stewart, Fess Parker, Cecil Kellaway

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    Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Nils Poppe

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    Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich

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    Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Chester Conklin

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    Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy

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    Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach

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    Jean Cocteau, Jean Marais, Josette Day

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    added by 2probb Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman

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    added by 2probb Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori Aleksandrov, Aleksandr Antonov

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    added by 2probb Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh

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    added by 2probb Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Richard Anderson

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