If many of you Gen-Z people have come across the words ‘black and white’ we hope it wasn’t just a matter of photo filters to make you look more hipstery on social media. If you want to understand the real beauty behind these words, what you have to do is to read our selection of the best black and white movies to watch today.
Not only you’ll dive into some of the best retro costume designs, but you will also find yourself exploring a new glossary, made of fine scripting and what at the time came as some of the most revolutionary directories ever.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Joseph Stefano, Robert Bloch
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
If you have come familiar with the title ‘Psycho’ from one of the latest Netflix horror TV series, then you might want to find out the black and white movie to which the TV series stands as prequel to. Hitchcock is one director who can could convey gloomy and distressing atmospheres, with his films being imbued of a dark vision. Watch out for the iconic shower scene, the mother of all horror scenes
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Director: Mel Brooks
Writers: Gene Wilder , Mel Brooks
Stars: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldma
Ah Frankenstein, who hasn’t said this name once in their life? Time has come you watched this ‘satirical’ take on the famous black and white classic movie on the unfinished monster which first wore Buffalo shoes. A great parody featuring a Gene Wilder in one of his best performances.
Writers: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid
If there are two actors who spring to mind when selecting some of the best old movies of all time these are Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Casablanca is the mother of all love stories, where an American expatriate reunites with a former lover: a romance set at the beginning of WWII in the Moroccan city of Casablanca you should watch now, if anything just to pinch some of the greatest quotes on love to use as captions on your social media.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Director: Billy Wilder
Writers: Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond
Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon
The other ‘huge’ name that springs to mind when in best black and white movies talks is the one and only Marilyn Monroe. She plays the sensual singer being contended by a couple of musicians who in order to hide from a mafia gang decided to change their act into a masquerading act: Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon become Josephine and Daphne. It’s the 1920s prohibition era. A comedy classic in black and white you should watch once in a lifetime.
Dr Strangelove (1964)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writers: Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern
Stars: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden
If Stanley Kubrick’s name to you doesn’t say anything else other than A Clockwork Orange, then you might be in for a treat. A black and white comedy starring Peter Sellers as a US general who thinks that Russia is about to launch a nuclear attack against America.
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Writers: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder
Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim
Another great black and white movie directed by Billy Wilder this time as in a tale of Hollywood: a comedy aimed at depicting in a critical way that side of the film industry that abandons ‘unwanted actors’. Norma Desmond is a silent-film star from the past and she traps an unlucky screenwriter in her mansion; comedy moments are guaranteed.
Anna Karenina (1935)
Director: Clarence Brown
Writers: Leo Tolstoy, Clemence Dane
Stars: Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Freddie Bartholomew
Based on the novel by Tolstoy, this black and white movie stars one of the most beautiful women in the world. In the role of Anna Karenina a stunning Greta Garbo, who falls in love with Count Vronsky even if she hasn’t been granted a divorce by her husband. If you want to have a feel of old movies ‘beauties’, this film is it.