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The Best Modern Black & White Movies

Updated July 22, 2020 1.1k votes 177 voters 5.7k views37 items

List RulesMovies 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
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    Schindler's List

    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by... more on Wikipedia
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    American History X
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    10

    American History X

    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Kaye

    American History X is a 1998 American drama film directed by Tony Kaye and written by David... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Clerks
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    Clerks

    Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes

    Released1994

    Directed byKevin Smith

    Clerks is a 1994 American black-and-white comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith, who... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Sin City
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    Sin City

    Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis

    Released2005

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

    Sin City is a 2005 American neo-noir thriller anthology film written, produced, and directed... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Pleasantville
    37
    14

    Pleasantville

    Reese Witherspoon, Paul Walker

    Released1998

    Directed byGary Ross

    Pleasantville is a 1998 American fantasy comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Young Frankenstein
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    14

    Young Frankenstein

    Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks

    Released1974

    Directed byMel Brooks

    Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Ed Wood
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    12

    Ed Wood

    Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker

    Released1994

    Directed byTim Burton

    Ed Wood is a 1994 American period comedy-drama biopic directed and produced by Tim Burton, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    The Artist
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    The Artist

    John Goodman, Malcolm McDowell

    Released2011

    Directed byMichel Hazanavicius

    The Artist is a 2011 French romantic comedy-drama in the style of a black-and-white silent... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    The Lighthouse
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    1

    The Lighthouse

    Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson

    Released2019

    Directed byRobert Eggers

    The Lighthouse is a 2019 black-and-white psychological horror film directed by Robert Eggers.... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Frankenweenie
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    Frankenweenie

    Winona Ryder, Elle Fanning

    Released2012

    Directed byTim Burton

    Frankenweenie is a 2012 American 3D stop-motion-animated fantasy film directed by Tim Burton.... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Good Night, and Good Luck
    22
    12

    Good Night, and Good Luck

    George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2005

    Directed byGeorge Clooney

    Good Night, and Good Luck. is a 2005 American drama film directed by George Clooney and... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Frances Ha
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    13

    Frances Ha

    Greta Gerwig, Adam Driver

    Released2012

    Directed byNoah Baumbach

    Frances Ha is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by Noah Baumbach and written by... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Nebraska
    18
    11

    Nebraska

    Bruce Dern, Will Forte

    Released2013

    Directed byAlexander Payne

    Nebraska is a 2013 American comedy-drama black-and-white road film directed by Alexander Payne... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Coffee and Cigarettes
    16
    8

    Coffee and Cigarettes

    Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray

    Released2003

    Directed byJim Jarmusch

    Coffee and Cigarettes is the title of three short films and a 2003 feature film by independent... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
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    15

    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba

    Released2014

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

    This film is a 2014 American neo-noir action film directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    The Man Who Wasn't There
    14
    10

    The Man Who Wasn't There

    Scarlett Johansson, Billy Bob Thornton

    Released2001

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    The Man Who Wasn't There is a 2001 British-American neo-noir film written, produced and... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Ida
    13
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    Ida

    Joanna Kulig, Jerzy Trela

    Released2013

    Directed byPaweł Pawlikowski

    Ida is a 2013 Polish drama film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski. Set in Poland in 1962, a novice... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Pi
    14
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    Pi

    Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu

    Released1998

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

    Pi, also titled π, is a 1998 American surrealist psychological thriller film written and... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    The Painted Bird
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    The Painted Bird

    Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel

    Released2020

    Directed byVáclav Marhoul

    The Painted Bird is a 2020 internationally co-produced war drama film directed by Václav... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    The Elephant Man
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    The Elephant Man

    Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt

    Released1980

    Directed byDavid Lynch

    The Elephant Man is a 1980 American-British biographical film about Joseph Merrick, a severely... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Natural Born Killers
    21
    21

    Natural Born Killers

    Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd

    Released1994

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Natural Born Killers is a 1994 American film directed by Oliver Stone starring Woody... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Persepolis
    13
    11

    Persepolis

    Sean Penn, Catherine Deneuve

    Released2007

    Directed byMarjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud

    Persepolis is a 2007 French-Iranian-American animated film based on Marjane Satrapi's... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
    12
    11

    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò

    Released2014

    Directed byAna Lily Amirpour

    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a 2014 American vampire western film directed by Ana Lily... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Manhattan
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    Manhattan

    Meryl Streep, Woody Allen

    Released1979

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Manhattan is a 1979 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Woody Allen and produced... more on Wikipedia
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    Johnny Got His Gun
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    Johnny Got His Gun

    Donald Sutherland, Jason Robards Jr.

    Released1971

    Directed byDalton Trumbo

    Johnny Got His Gun is a 1971 drama anti-war film written and directed by Dalton Trumbo based... more on Wikipedia