There’s a certain charm to black and white movies that modern cinema just can’t quite copy. By toning down the visual imput, there’s much more room for the story and atmosphere to sink in. And while most black and white movies would be considered slow by modern, Michael Bay action movie-inspired standards, there’s still quite a bunch of them that are at least worth a watch.
Let’s take a look at some timeless black and white movies that you at least need to give a chance.
12 Angry Men
Probably one of the best movies ever made, this movie is simply nothing more but the negotations of a jury in a court room. The movie tackles things like prejudice and group dynamics, and honestly has some top class acting from all twelve members of the main cast. It’s a movie that even resonates somewhat to what’s happening in the world with Black Lives Matter.
You’ve probably already seen this one, but watch it again anyway. This movie is Steven Spielberg at his best, with Liam Neeson starring in his best role before Hollywood determined he’d have to be reduced to a middle-aged action movie guy. It does have the World War II theme, so if you’re not into movies about Nazism or the Holocaust, you’d better let this one slide. Otherwise, it’s one of the best movies ever made.
If you ever watch a black and white movie, make it this one. It’s a wonderful mystery movie that scores no less than 100 on metacritic. That’s over 1700 reviews that all consider this a perfect movie, by the way. Surely 1700 people couldn’t be that wrong, now could they?
The ultimate Alfred Hitchcock movie. It’s a great thriller movie that gives people a glimpse into the mind of a serial killer. Ofcourse there’s the iconic shower scene that’s still part of the collective memory 60 years after release, but you’ll find out that there’s more to this movie than just that one scene.
I mean, we’ve all at least heard of this movie, right? It’s probably the original chick flick, but it’s a lot more bearable to watch than most of the modern romantic movies. It has a believable story and good acting, for one. That’s more than whatever you can say about those Selena Gomez movies.
This was probably the first Japanese movie to become a worldwide hit. Rashomon tells the story of a murder, and does so through the perspectives of all parties involved. This was relatively new in filmmaking at the time and it’s probably a good reason for why you should watch this movie. It’s a bit brutal in terms of the story, but it’s a great film nonetheless.