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45 Black and White Movies Absolutely Worth Seeing (Bored Panda)

in the public eye, have stood the test of time and remained treasured years after their initial release. Besides the film's contents and both historical and cultural value, the B&W color scheme gives these black and white movies an evergreen quality. Apart from that, B&W cinematography allows the spectator to focus on focal aspects of the scene by eliminating any color distractions and focusing the viewers' attention on what's in the frame.
While the color scheme plays a big part in the movie's appeal (and modern color cinema proves that), films are typically considered masterworks if they can "make the cut" to modern times. And many of the old classic movies shot in B&W have endured. Although old classic movies filmed in grayscale may not appeal to everyone, they are regarded as classic movies for a reason.in the public eye, have stood the test of time and remained treasured years after their initial release. Besides the film's contents and both historical and cultural value
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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
2
Schindler's List (1993)
Schindler's List (1993)
3
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
4
12 Angry Men (1957)
12 Angry Men (1957)
5
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
6
Casablanca (1942)
Casablanca (1942)
7
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
8
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
9
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
10
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
11
Roman Holiday (1953)
Roman Holiday (1953)
12
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
13
Psycho (1960)
Psycho (1960)
14
Harvey (1950)
Harvey (1950)
15
The Bad Seed (1956)
The Bad Seed (1956)
16
Seven Samurai (1954)
Seven Samurai (1954)
17
All About Eve (1950)
All About Eve (1950)
18
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
19
Citizen Kane (1941)
Citizen Kane (1941)
20
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
21
The Thin Man (1934)
The Thin Man (1934)
22
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
23
Modern Times (1936)
Modern Times (1936)
24
It Happened One Night (1934)
It Happened One Night (1934)
25
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
26
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
27
Metropolis (1927)
Metropolis (1927)
28
The Apartment (1960)
The Apartment (1960)
29
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
30
Paper Moon (1973)
Paper Moon (1973)
31
Rebecca (1940)
Rebecca (1940)
32
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
33
On the Waterfront (1954)
On the Waterfront (1954)
34
The Seventh Seal (1957)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
35
Clerks (1994)
Clerks (1994)
36
Double Indemnity (1944)
Double Indemnity (1944)
37
Duck Soup (1933)
Duck Soup (1933)
38
La Haine (1995)
La Haine (1995)
39
The Women (1939)
The Women (1939)
40
The Lighthouse (2019)
The Lighthouse (2019)
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