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The Best Modern Black & White Movies  

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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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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley
Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas ...more
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Clerks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Scott Mosier
Clerks is a 1994 American black-and-white comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith, who also appears in the film as Silent Bob. Starring Brian O'Halloran as Dante Hicks and Jeff Anderson ...more
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American History X is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo
American History X is a 1998 American drama film directed by Tony Kaye and written by David McKenna. It stars Edward Norton and Edward Furlong, and co-stars Fairuza Balk, Stacy Keach, Elliott ...more
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Pleasantville is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Paul Walker, Tobey Maguire
Pleasantville is a 1998 American fantasy comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by Gary Ross. The film stars Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, J. T. Walsh, and ...more
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Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder
Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The supporting ...more
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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke
Sin City is a 2005 American neo-noir thriller anthology film written, produced, and directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. It is based on Miller's eponymous graphic novel Sin City. Much ...more
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The Artist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
John Goodman, Malcolm McDowell, James Cromwell
The Artist is a 2011 French romantic comedy-drama in the style of a black-and-white silent film. It was written, directed, and co-edited by Michel Hazanavicius, produced by Thomas Langmann and ...more
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Ed Wood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Murray
Ed Wood is a 1994 American period comedy-drama biopic directed and produced by Tim Burton, and starring Johnny Depp as cult filmmaker Ed Wood. The film concerns the period in Wood's life when he ...more
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Frances Ha is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Greta Gerwig, Adam Driver, Michael Zegen
Frances Ha is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by Noah Baumbach and written by Baumbach and Greta Gerwig. Gerwig also plays the title role. The film premiered at the Telluride Film ...more
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Good Night, and Good Luck is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Daniels
Good Night, and Good Luck. is a 2005 American drama film directed by George Clooney and starring David Strathairn, Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr., Patricia Clarkson and Jeff Daniels. The movie was ...more
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Natural Born Killers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones
Natural Born Killers is a 1994 American film directed by Oliver Stone starring Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey, Jr., Tom Sizemore and Tommy Lee Jones. The film was released in the ...more
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The Elephant Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft
The Elephant Man is a 1980 American-British biographical film about Joseph Merrick, a severely deformed man in 19th century London. The film was directed by David Lynch and stars John Hurt, ...more
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Ida is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Joanna Kulig, Jerzy Trela, Agata Kulesza
Ida is a 2013 Polish drama film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and written by Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Set in Poland in 1962, it is about a young woman on the verge of taking vows as a ...more
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Nebraska is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk
Nebraska is a 2013 American comedy-drama black-and-white road film directed by Alexander Payne and written by Bob Nelson. It stars Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, and Bob Odenkirk. The film ...more
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Coffee and Cigarettes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Steve Buscemi
Coffee and Cigarettes is the title of three short films and a 2003 feature film by independent director Jim Jarmusch. The film consists of 11 short stories which share coffee and cigarettes as a ...more
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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson
This film is a 2014 American neo-noir action film directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, based on the book by Miller. Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few ...more
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Frankenweenie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Winona Ryder, Elle Fanning, Christopher Lee
Frankenweenie is a 2012 American 3D stop-motion-animated fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. It is a remake of Burton's 1984 short film of the same name and is a parody of and a homage to the ...more
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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Nig... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò, Dominic Rains
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a 2014 American film directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. Tagged as "The first Iranian vampire Western", it was chosen to show in the "Next" ...more
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Pi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu, Clint Mansell
Pi, also titled π, is a 1998 American surrealist psychological thriller film written and directed by Darren Aronofsky in his directorial debut. The film earned Aronofsky the Directing Award at ...more
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The Man Who Wasn't There is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Scarlett Johansson, Billy Bob Thornton, Jennifer Jason Leigh
The Man Who Wasn't There is a 2001 British-American neo-noir film written, produced and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Billy Bob Thornton stars in the title role. Also featured are Tony ...more
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Dead Man is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Johnny Depp, Steve Buscemi, John Hurt
This film is a 1995 American Western film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It stars Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Billy Bob Thornton, Iggy Pop, Crispin Glover, John Hurt, Michael Wincott, Lance ...more
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Persepolis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Sean Penn, Catherine Deneuve, Iggy Pop
Persepolis is a 2007 French-Iranian-American animated film based on Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel of the same name. The film was written and directed by Satrapi with Vincent ...more
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Johnny Got His Gun is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Donald Sutherland, Jason Robards Jr., Timothy Bottoms
Johnny Got His Gun is a 1971 drama anti-war film written and directed by Dalton Trumbo based on his novel of the same name and starring Timothy Bottoms, Jason Robards and Donald Sutherland, with ...more
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Following is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Modern Black & White Movies
Meryl Streep, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton
Manhattan is a 1979 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Woody Allen and produced by Charles H. Joffe. The screenplay was written by Allen and Marshall Brickman. Allen co-stars as a ...more