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The Best Modern Black & White Movies 

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Updated January 12, 2020 832 votes 153 voters 4.8k views 36 items

List Rules Movies produced after 1970 only. Vote up the best modern black and white films.

While they may seem like a thing of the past, many directors opted for a throwback aesthetic in these recent black and white films. Black and white may be used to capture the feel of a previous era, as it was for the award winning 2011 silent film homage The Artist. Other newer black and white movies may have used the color scheme to convey a certain mood or make a point metaphorically. Whatever the intent behind filming in black and white, this list contains a wide variety of cinematic experiences that simply lack some color! 
 

What are some modern black and white movies? Schindler's List, Steven Spielberg's 1993 masterpiece that tells the story of Oskar Schindler, is one of the most famous and acclaimed black and white films of all time. Kevin Smith became everyone's favorite indie film maker when his black and white comedy, Clerks, premiered in 1994. Other newer black and white movies include Francis Ha, Sin City, and Ed Wood.
 

Which modern black and white movie is your favorite? Give the best films a thumbs up and add anything you feel is missing. 

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Following is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Emma Thomas, Barbara Stepansky, John Nolan
ollowing is a 1998 British neo-noir drama thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan. It tells the story of a young man who follows strangers around the streets of London and is ...more
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Melancholia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Masaki Nishina, Hikaru Kawamura, Kazuki Midorikawa
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Man Bites Dog is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Bernard Frédéric, Edith Lemerdy, Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert
Man Bites Dog is a 1992 Belgian black comedy mockumentary written, produced and directed by Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel and Benoît Poelvoorde, who are also the film's ...more
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Zelig is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Caitlin O'Heaney
Zelig is a 1983 American mockumentary film written and directed by Woody Allen and starring Allen and Mia Farrow. Allen plays Leonard Zelig, a nondescript enigma who, out of his desire to fit in ...more
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Sidewalk Stories is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Edie Falco, Ellia English, Darnell Williams
Sidewalk Stories is a 1989 American low-budget, nearly silent movie directed by and starring Charles Lane. The film was shot in black and white and tells the story of a young African American ...more
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Aferim! is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Teodor Corban, Mihai Comanoiu, Toma Cuzin
Aferim! (English: Bravo!) is a 2015 Romanian drama film directed by Radu Jude. Set in 19th century Wallachia, Romania, after a slave escapes from his master's estate, a local policeman is hired ...more
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Tetro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Vincent Gallo, Alden Ehrenreich, Carmen Maura
Tetro is a 2009 drama film written, directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Vincent Gallo, Alden Ehrenreich and Maribel Verdú. Filming took place in 2008 in Buenos ...more
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Escape from Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Escape from Tomorrow
Annet Mahendru, Amy Lucas, Kimberly Ables Jindra
Escape from Tomorrow is a 2013 American fantasy horror film, the debut of writer-director Randy Moore. It follows an unemployed man having increasingly disturbing experiences and visions during ...more
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The State of Things is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
The State of Things
Patrick Bauchau, Allen Garfield, Viva
The State of Things is a 1982 movie directed by Wim Wenders. It tells the story of a film crew stuck in Portugal after the production runs out of film stock and money. The director travels to ...more
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Under the Cherry Moon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Prince, Kristin Scott Thomas, Francesca Annis
Under the Cherry Moon is a 1986 American musical drama film directed by and starring Prince as a gigolo named Christopher Tracy and former Time member Jerome Benton as his partner, Tricky. ...more
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The Human Centipede 2 (F... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Lee Nicholas Harris, Dieter Laser, Dominic Borrelli
The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) is a 2011 Dutch black and white exploitation film written, directed, and co-produced by Dutch filmmaker Tom Six. The sequel to Six's 2009 film The Human ...more