Are you a black-and-white movie fan or interested in the classics? Same! Watching black and white films is an entirely different experience than movies in vibrant colors. Our kids thought of these classic movies as archaic, but as they got older, they became more open and less judgmental as they found some of the greatest stories, like Schindler’s List, best displayed in black and white.
Of course, they loved It’s a Wonderful Life and expressed it as worthy of a watch. Like most things, he was right. After someone asked Redditors for their black-and-white favorites, these films were top-voted.
1. 12 Angry Men (1957)
One Redditor explained they could not recommend 12 Angry Men enough. People believe it sucks when describing the entire premise occurring in one room, “but it’s still one of my favorite movies.” They continued it’s a “testament to how you can have riveting action with just dialogue, not throwing around explosions and fight scenes.”
2. Doctor Strangelove (1964)
Many agreed with the statement that there are so many scenes in that movie where Peter Sellers kills them every single time.
One added, “I’ve seen this movie at least 50 times. His facial expressions alone when he’s talking to Brigadier-General Jack D. Ripper and the General is explaining how women stole his essence.” They concluded It’s insane how talented Sellers was.”
3. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
To Kill a Mockingbird was listed as an excellent movie worth a watch today. Another user explained it was well-known to be shot in black-and-white intentionally, noting color film was already available at the production time.
4. Casablanca (1942)
This Redditor made me laugh out loud with their confession, “I thought it was full of cliche phrases and scenes when I watched it. Then I realized they INVENTED phrases everyone else quoted.”
Many users in the thread agreed that they love the dialogue in Casablanca. One quoted, “Victor: Thank you, I try. Rick: We all try. You succeed! I use it in casual conversation when the opportunity arises.”
5. Psycho (1960)
“To be completely honest, one of the reasons I hadn’t watched Alfred Hitchcock movies was because I had a weird feeling of obsolescence because of old times and black and white films. I couldn’t be more wrong,” admitted one moviegoer.
They elaborated they’d not been more intrigued by a movie in forever. “I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen and was always at the edge of my seat. Completely recommended.”
6. Schindler’s List (1993)
Many Redditors agreed with the sentiment of it being the best movie they’ll only ever watch once. One clarified, “My wife and I call it a once-every-ten-years kind of movie. This film is some heavy stuff. The black and white make the rare color parts hit even harder. Truly a masterpiece.”
7. Some Like it Hot (1959)
One noted, “For those who haven’t seen it, Jack Lemmon said this film had one of the best scenes he ever did on film. And Some Like It Hot is also Marilyn Monroe’s best movie.” Others expressed that it isn’t just the best black-and-white film but one of their favorite movies of all time.
8. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Arsenic and Old Lace with Cary Grant was praised highly as a black-and-white film worthy of current viewing. One Redditor elaborated, “One of the BEST films ever, in my opinion!
And funnier because the role of the killer always being told he looks like Boris Karloff — and going into murderous rages over it — was originally played by Boris Karloff.”
9. Seven Samurai (1954)
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10. Young Frankenstein (1974)
Finally, several people in the thread loved Mel Brook’s classic Young Frankenstein. Users explained that Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks were excellent before quoting their favorite lines, including, “Are you saying that I put an abnormal brain into a seven-and-a-half foot long, fifty-four-inch wide GORILLA?”
11. Citizen Kane
One pointed to Citizen Kane as a must to include among the top black-and-white films, and we agree. “Rosebud” symbolically represents his lost character, terrifically played by Orson Welles. This film is a highly stylized work of art recognized among the top films ever.
What do you think? Did Redditors nominate the best black-and-white films, or is your favorite missing?
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What do you think? Did Redditors nominate the best black-and-white films, or is your favorite missing? The internet inspires this article and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The Cents of Money.
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