Black and White ‘Sploitation – The 25 Greatest Modern Black and White Films

"If you say that again, I'll bite you."

Promises, promises…(Photo credit: mmatins)

Here’s another great list/compilation from the folks over at mewlists.

Of course, back in the day, movies were shot in black and white either because it was the only available option or for economic reasons. Today, though, it’s more of an artistic  choice. As the compilers themselves explain,

Modern black and white films are films that were taken in B&W, even after color filming had become the standard (1970 and on). These films are ranked according to their direction, story, originality, creative use of B&W, along with general success and influence. Up until around 1970, most films (especially dramas) were shot in black and white, therefore modern black and white films are those after 1969.

I think I’ve personally seen about half of these, and some of them are ones that would rank among my favorite movies of all time. There are also some that I’ve noted down to add to my watch list.

So what do you think? Are there any notable exceptions here? (One obvious one might be The Artist, but the compilation was made in 2011, thus explaining it not making the cut.)

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One comment on “Black and White ‘Sploitation – The 25 Greatest Modern Black and White Films

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