Have you ever watched a movie in black and white? The monochrome film has been around even though they face stiff competition from their colored counterparts. We’re going to talk about a few of the greatest modern day black and white movies that if you haven’t already seen you absolutely must. And Nowadays many of us do not even watch movies in the theaters, we watch them on our laptops and computers using sites like Netflix. So the next time you are looking for a film to watch why not try one of these.
Ed Wood (1994)
In this movie, actor and director Tim Burton made his first cinema appearance after his first two stop-motion animated videos Frankenweenie (1984) and Vincent (1982).
After a successful outing with Batman and Edward Scissorhands, Tim gathered enough credibility to release a monochrome production which came at the time when color movies where beginning to have a field day. The move, however, was commercially successful and makes a list as one of the most celebrated black-and-white films to grace the cinemas.
Pleasantville broke into the cinemas with a big bang. In the time when people where just beginning to forget out monochrome pictures and enjoy them through the beauty of colored films.
The movie was like a throw-back into the past. Every scene was near perfect. Excellent storyline and significant collections of actors. This movie did not make the first on our list but is undoubtedly one of the best monochrome pictures of all time. The movie brings back the memories of the 50s and has a substantial historical value.
La Haine (1995)
This movie came out at the time when French cinemas where enjoying the lavishly colored, visually slick movies with hyper styles. The film, however, is broken into several cinemas and became commercially successful in France.
Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)
Werckmeister Harmonies was produced by one the same man behind Damnation (1988), the seven-hour block-buster Satantango (1994) and the most recent thriller The Turin Horse (2011). The movie is just one of those films you can’t stop loving even after watching them for several times.
Casino Royale (2006)
While the entire movie was not filmed in black and white there are many scenes that were filmed in black and white, this gave the movie a very gritty and raw feel that added to the new style bond that the director wanted to portray. The movie is currently available on Amazon Video for streaming and if you haven’t seen it yet I highly recommend it. It is said to be the greatest bond film ever, you will want to become a high stakes poker player yourself after watching, I even went and played a few games online I was so inspired!
This is more like a musical movie that takes us back to the times of old rock bands. There is no better way to replicate the yesteryears when we have different rock bands churn out classical stage performances and crazy music videos. The movie combines excellent features of monochrome to explain the beautiful concept of band music beautifully.
In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2007)
This romantic movie came out in 2007 and blew the world away. Not so many romantic movies have made it to the spotlight in black and white. While so many other romance stories struggled to even get commercial success even in their multi-colored state, but this movie made all the difference. From it’s thriller to the actual release, the movie was successful. The plot is too good you won’t even remember it’s black and white.
Mutual Appreciation (2005)
Well, this movie can even be in just color black and still be amazing. If you love to play cheese, you won’t care out the color as long as the game is good. Mutual Appreciation is based on a cheese story of the competition between man and computer. The movie is engrossing and draws most of its inspirations from the director’s love for the game of cheese. The director has produced several other monochrome movies and is no newcomer when it comes to black and white.
The White Ribbon (2009)
Find out what happened in the small village in Germany just before the World War 1. When survival was thin for the poor and very fat for the rich. There is no better way to tell this heartbreaking story than using the monochrome. The level of poverty would touch you, and extreme difficulty people suffered in the past that you would be forced to give out your bread.
This movie is the last on our list but is remembered as one of the best monochrome pictures released in recent times. At a very young age, the movie is already appearing the charts for the most exceptional monochrome productions. One of the most robust features of this fantastic film is the plot. The movie was shot in Lisbon and has this sorrowful disposition that mixes well with the color. The movie is a silent film that cuts across both the future and the past. The director did a great job with the pictures. It is black and white but the images are crystal clear, and the continuations are amazing.