The Best Modern Black & White Movies

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
    Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • The Lighthouse
    Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe, Valeriia Karaman
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Robert Eggers
  • American History X
    Ed Norton, Edward Furlong, Fairuza Balk
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Tony Kaye
  • Young Frankenstein
    Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman
    • Released: 1974
    • Directed by: Mel Brooks
  • The Elephant Man
    John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft
    • Released: 1980
    • Directed by: David Lynch
  • Ed Wood
    Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Tim Burton
  • Sin City
    Jessica Alba, Devon Aoki, Alexis Bledel
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
  • Clerks
    Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Kevin Smith
  • The Artist
    Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Michel Hazanavicius
  • Pleasantville
    Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Gary Ross
  • Frances Ha
    Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Michael Zegen
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Noah Baumbach
  • Nebraska
    Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb
    • Released: 2013
    • Directed by: Alexander Payne
  • Natural Born Killers
    Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Oliver Stone
  • Frankenweenie
    Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Tim Burton
  • The Man Who Wasn't There
    Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Michael Badalucco
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Joel Coen
  • Dead Man
    Johnny Depp, Steve Buscemi, John Hurt
    • Released: 1995
    • Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
  • Pi
    Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu, Clint Mansell
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
  • Persepolis
    Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi
  • Coffee and Cigarettes
    Roberto Benigni, Steven Wright, Joie Lee
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
  • Good Night, and Good Luck
    David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: George Clooney
  • Ida
    Agata Trzebuchowska, Agata Kulesza, Joanna Kulig
    • Released: 2013
    • Directed by: Pawel Pawlikowski
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
    Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò, Dominic Rains
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Ana Lily Amirpour
  • The Painted Bird
    Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Barry Pepper
    • Released: 2020
    • Directed by: Václav Marhoul
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
    Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
  • Manhattan
    Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway
    • Released: 1979
    • Directed by: Woody Allen