Best White Movies

  • Sin City

    Sin City (R, 2005)

    Jessica Alba, Devon Aoki, Alexis Bledel, Powers Boothe, Rosario Dawson
    The Eisner Award-winning comic series Sin City comes to life in this live-action feature adaptation ... read morefrom director Robert Rodriguez and creator Frank Miller. Interweaving multiple storylines from the series' history, this violent crime noir paints the picture of the ultimate town without pity through the eyes of its roughest characters. There's the street thug Marv (Mickey Rourke), whose desperate quest to find the killer of a prostitute named Goldie (Jaime King) will lead him to the foulest edges of town. Inhabiting many of those areas is Dwight (Clive Owen), a photographer in league with the sordid ladies of Sin City, headed by Gail (Rosario Dawson), who opens up a mess of trouble after tangling with a corrupt cop by the name of Jackie Boy (Benicio Del Toro). Finally, there's Hartigan (Bruce Willis), an ex-cop with a heart problem who's hell-bent on protecting a stripper named Nancy (Jessica Alba). Featuring a who's who supporting cast that includes Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Devon Aoki, and Nick Stahl, Sin City promises to be one of the most direct translations from page to screen of a comic series, with shots and dialogue adapted straight from the original comic's panels. Rodriguez quit the Director's Guild when they refused to let Frank Miller co-direct the film, a deal hashed out after the two collaborators developed and shot the opening scene utilizing a green-screen process to harness the stark, black-and-white look of the books as a litmus test for the rest of the production. Quentin Tarantino was brought in and reportedly paid one dollar to direct an extended scene between Del Toro and Owen that amounts to one issue of The Big Fat Kill miniseries. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
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      carmstro1995gmailcom: 3 1/2 stars!

      I love this film! As it's black and white it's so much more captivating! The actors/actresses in it are incredible as well! With the lik
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      voorhees790: Beautifully rendered in black and white, stockpiled with action and characters you're sad to see go at the end of their respective sto
      Reviewed 34 days days ago
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      fb523952340: ourke film 'Rumblefish' shares some cinematographic similarities with Sin City, with it's black and white 'old movie' feel, vividly picked out with the occasional wash of primary colour.

      However, Rou
      Reviewed 11 months days ago
  • The Artist

    The Artist (PG-13, 2011)

    Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller
    Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talki... read morees will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky's the limit - major movie stardom awaits. The Artist tells the story of their interlinked destinies. -- (C) Weinstein
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      moviesbewithyou2: . Keep an open mind, just because it's black and white doesn't mean it's bad. The black and white and silent element of the movie is used as a benefi
      Reviewed 16 days days ago
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      fb100001513380747: . "The Artist" is pretty much of both to the black-and-white silent films at their troubling time about one "talkies" rebel want to stay silent in films an
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    • FireStormStudios
      FireStormStudios: . I applaud it for being a silent, black & white film in a decade full of movies with CG special effects and no substance. Everything about it
      Reviewed 15 months days ago
  • Casablanca

    Casablanca (PG, 1943)

    Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt
    One of the most beloved American films, this captivating wartime adventure of romance and intrigue f... read morerom director Michael Curtiz defies standard categorization. Simply put, it is the story of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a world-weary ex-freedom fighter who runs a nightclub in Casablanca during the early part of WWII. Despite pressure from the local authorities, notably the crafty Capt. Renault (Claude Rains), Rick's cafà (C) has become a haven for refugees looking to purchase illicit letters of transit which will allow them to escape to America. One day, to Rick's great surprise, he is approached by the famed rebel Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) and his wife, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), Rick's true love who deserted him when the Nazis invaded Paris. She still wants Victor to escape to America, but now that she's renewed her love for Rick, she wants to stay behind in Casablanca. "You must do the thinking for both of us," she says to Rick. He does, and his plan brings the story to its satisfyingly logical, if not entirely happy, conclusion. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
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      fb559062127: . But many are just stuck in Casablanca. Specifically, at Rick's. Bogart is just awesome - in the white tux and in the trench coat! Bergman is gorgeous! And the film is filled with so many classic
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      fb685044590: Casablanca is an exquisite black and white movie, with the acting and the setting. Has a lot of funny moments even though its in a settin
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      fb591492362: Everything just looks so much more beautiful in black and white. This was a pretty good flick, which I suppose is to be expected from a classic. The story i
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  • Pi

    Pi (R, 1998)

    Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman, Pamela Hart, Stephen Pearlman
    Darren Aronofsky scripted and made his directorial debut with this experimental feature with mathema... read moretical plot threads hinting at science-fictional elements. In NYC's Chinatown, recluse math genius Max (Sean Gullette) believes "everything can be understood in terms of numbers," and he looks for a pattern in the system as he suffers headaches, plays Go with former teacher Sol Robeson (Mark Margolis), and fools around with an advanced computer system he's built in his apartment. Both a Wall Street company and a Hasidic sect take an interest in his work, but he's distracted by blackout attacks, hallucinations, and paranoid delusions. Filmed in 16mm black-and-white, the Kafkaesque film features music by Clint Mansell (of the UK's Pop Will Eat Itself band). Shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival where Aronofsky won the drama directing award. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi
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      Loth18: . A haunting, maddening, intensely cerebral, post-modern black and white brain-busting film capable of inducing the viewer with bouts of psychosis. So wild and mental
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • HenrikSchunk
      HenrikSchunk: . Visually, the movie is held in stunning black&white with a lot of rhythm patterns which repeat itself and keep chaining the film's pace, it is alm
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    • MFORCE110
      MFORCE110: . Shot in gritty black & white, its intense images and eerie score will haunt you. Max's cathartic headache/hallucination sc
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
  • Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai)

    Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) (Unrated, 1954)

    Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune, Yoshio Inaba, Seiji Miyaguchi, Minoru Chiaki
    Akira Kurosawa's epic tale concerns honor and duty during a time when the old traditional order is b... read morereaking down. The film opens with master samurai Kambei (Takashi Shimura) posing as a monk to save a kidnapped farmer's child. Impressed by his selflessness and bravery, a group of farmers begs him to defend their terrorized village from bandits. Kambei agrees, although there is no material gain or honor to be had in the endeavor. Soon he attracts a pair of followers: a young samurai named Katsushiro (Isao Kimura), who quickly becomes Kambei's disciple, and boisterous Kikuchiyo (Toshiro Mifune), who poses as a samurai but is later revealed to be the son of a farmer. Kambei assembles four other samurais, including Kyuzo (Seiji Miyaguchi), a master swordsman, to round out the group. Together they consolidate the village's defenses and shape the villagers into a militia, while the bandits loom menacingly nearby. Soon raids and counter-raids build to a final bloody heart-wrenching battle. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
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      SJMJ91: one of the early epic adventures yet it is one of the most different because it being in black-and-white and is filmed in a quite extraordinary way. I was blown away by this film! It made me laugh, i
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
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      fb55702989: Amazing black and white Criterion Collection movie about class and war and justice and young love and lost love and wi
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • pooky3684
      pooky3684: Classic film! The best black and white film i've seen (Besides Faust). Compelling story, great cinematography, and composition of the
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • Good Night, And Good Luck

    Good Night, And Good Luck (PG, 2005)

    David Strathairn, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson, Frank Langella
    George Clooney pays homage to one of the icons of American broadcast journalism, Edward R. Murrow, i... read moren this fact-based drama, which was Clooney's second feature film as a director. In 1953, Edward R. Murrow (played by David Strathairn) was one of the best-known newsmen on television as host of both the talk show Person to Person and the pioneering investigate series See It Now. Joseph McCarthy, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin, was generating no small amount of controversy in the public and private sectors with his allegations that Communists had risen to positions of power and influence in America, and an Air Force pilot, Milo Radulovich, had been drummed out of the service due to McCarthy's charges that he was a Communist agent. However, Radulovich had been dismissed without a formal hearing of the charges, and he protested that he was innocent of any wrongdoing. Murrow decided to do a story on Radulovich's case questioning the legitimacy of his dismissal, which was seen by McCarthy and his supporters as an open challenge to his campaign. McCarthy responded by accusing Murrow of being a Communist, leading to a legendary installment of See It Now in which both Murrow and McCarthy presented their sides of the story, which was seen by many as the first step toward McCarthy's downfall. Meanwhile, Murrow had to deal with CBS head William Paley (Frank Langella), who was supportive of Murrow but extremely wary of his controversial positions, while Murrow was also trying to support fellow newsman Don Hollenbeck (Ray Wise), battling charges against his own political views, and working alongside Fred Friendly (George Clooney), the daring head of CBS News. Good Night, and Good Luck also stars Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson, and Robert John Burke; the film won Best Film honors after its world premiere at the 2005 Venice Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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      fb1508074757: It was a good movie, but for me the most interesting part is the black and white footage.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb544659097: . I will also add that the choice to shoot the film in black and white was a spectacular addition in creating the feel of how television actually was in the 50s.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • TylerDurdenGR
      TylerDurdenGR: Great film, stunning performance by David Strathairn with a magnificent black-white atmosphere that takes you straight back in 1953... George Clooney did a good job as a director
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • Clerks

    Clerks (R, 1994)

    Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Lisa Spoonhauer, Jason Mewes
    When Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran) is reluctantly put in charge of the Quick Stop market on his day... read more off, he tries, though half-heartedly, to perform his minimum-wage duties as efficiently as possible. This gets tough amidst the on-going fight with his girlfriend, Veronica (Marilyn Ghigliotti), and his attempt to get back together with his ex-girlfriend, Caitlyn Bree (Lisa Spoonhauer). Meanwhile, his friend and alter ego Randall (Jeff Anderson) is working behind the counter of the adjacent video store -- at least when he feels like it. Randall's unabashed disdain of his place of employment, a long with his self-admitted hatred towards its customers is a sharp contrast to Dante's feeble attempts at the niceties of customer service. Much of the film consists of Randall and Dante's criticism of their customers, their lives, and the world in general. Clerks, filmed in black-and-white on a budget of only $27,000, began the career of writer director Kevin Smith, who would go on to make Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), Dogma (1999), and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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      fb1581061433: . Do yourself a favor and watch this film. The black and white adds to the documentary style feel.
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
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      fb100003276791161: . It was a 90's movie but it felt like 70's to me, maybe due to being shot in black and white. The movie was pretty good especially for the time. It takes awhile to warm up but I'm glad I
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
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      fb580906623: Shot with one camera, all in black and white and on a low budget. This movie is absolutely amazing. The dialogue is funny and incredibly wi
      Reviewed 18 months days ago
  • 12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)

    12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) (PG, 1957)

    Henry Fonda, Lee J Cobb, Ed Begley Sr., E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman
    A Puerto Rican youth is on trial for murder, accused of knifing his father to death. The twelve juro... read morers retire to the jury room, having been admonished that the defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Eleven of the jurors vote for conviction, each for reasons of his own. The sole holdout is Juror #8, played by Henry Fonda. As Fonda persuades the weary jurors to re-examine the evidence, we learn the backstory of each man. Juror #3 (Lee J. Cobb), a bullying self-made man, has estranged himself from his own son. Juror #7 (Jack Warden) has an ingrained mistrust of foreigners; so, to a lesser extent, does Juror #6 (Edward Binns). Jurors #10 (Ed Begley) and #11 (George Voskovec), so certain of the infallibility of the Law, assume that if the boy was arrested, he must be guilty. Juror #4 (E.G. Marshall) is an advocate of dispassionate deductive reasoning. Juror #5 (Jack Klugman), like the defendant a product of "the streets," hopes that his guilty vote will distance himself from his past. Juror #12 (Robert Webber), an advertising man, doesn't understand anything that he can't package and market. And Jurors #1 (Martin Balsam), #2 (John Fiedler) and #9 (Joseph Sweeney), anxious not to make waves, "go with the flow." The excruciatingly hot day drags into an even hotter night; still, Fonda chips away at the guilty verdict, insisting that his fellow jurors bear in mind those words "reasonable doubt." A pet project of Henry Fonda's, Twelve Angry Men was his only foray into film production; the actor's partner in this venture was Reginald Rose, who wrote the 1954 television play on which the film was based. Carried over from the TV version was director Sidney Lumet, here making his feature-film debut. A flop when it first came out (surprisingly, since it cost almost nothing to make), Twelve Angry Men holds up beautifully when seen today. It was remade for television in 1997 by director William Friedkin with Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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      andrewstefancic: An all-white jury decides the fate of a youth accused of murder. This tightly constructed searing exposé of
      Reviewed 2 months days ago
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      fb1198380610: I used to hate black and white films, but after watching this movie, I've learned to appreciate what came before me.
      Reviewed 46 days days ago
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      fb30318978: . A tiny black and white film at a time of Technicolor, a principle cast of character actors at a time of A-list credit
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Night of the Living Dead

    Night of the Living Dead (R, 1968)

    Judith O'Dea, Russell Streiner, Duane Jones, Karl Hardman, Keith Wayne
    When unexpected radiation raises the dead, a microcosm of Average America has to battle flesh-eating... read more zombies in George A. Romero's landmark cheapie horror film. Siblings Johnny (Russ Streiner) and Barbara (Judith O'Dea) whine and pout their way through a graveside visit in a small Pennsylvania town, but it all takes a turn for the worse when a zombie kills Johnny. Barbara flees to an isolated farmhouse where a group of people are already holed up. Bickering and panic ensue as the group tries to figure out how best to escape, while hoards of undead converge on the house; news reports reveal that fire wards them off, while a local sheriff-led posse discovers that if you "kill the brain, you kill the ghoul." After a night of immolation and parricide, one survivor is left in the house.... Romero's grainy black-and-white cinematography and casting of locals emphasize the terror lurking in ordinary life; as in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963), Romero's victims are not attacked because they did anything wrong, and the randomness makes the attacks all the more horrifying. Nothing holds the key to salvation, either, whether it's family, love, or law. Topping off the existential dread is Romero's then-extreme use of gore, as zombies nibble on limbs and viscera. Initially distributed by a Manhattan theater chain owner, Night, made for about 100,000 dollars, was dismissed as exploitation, but after a 1969 re-release, it began to attract favorable attention for scarily tapping into Vietnam-era uncertainty and nihilistic anxiety. By 1979, it had grossed over 12 million, inspired a cycle of apocalyptic splatter films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), and set the standard for finding horror in the mundane. However cheesy the film may look, few horror movies reach a conclusion as desolately unsettling. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
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      fb1608801019: This was the first black and white movie that I ever saw and was shocked by how good it was it started the zombie franchise perfe
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
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      asjklasjklas: Romero created the current concept of the zombie as a flesh-eating killer with this 1968 black-and-white low-budget chiller delight. Night of the Living Dead has terrified contemporary and modern aud
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
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      fb503155534: black and white makes it into a vaudvillian film. Extrmely ahead of it's time.
      Reviewed 21 months days ago
  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane (PG, 1941)

    Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Everett Sloane, Dorothy Comingore, Ray Collins
    Orson Welles first feature film -- which he directed, produced, and co-wrote, as well as playing the... read more title role -- proved to be his most important and influential work, a ground-breaking drama loosely based on the life of William Randolph Hearst which is frequently cited as the finest American film ever made. Aging newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) dies in his sprawling Florida estate after uttering a single, enigmatic final word -- "Rosebud" -- and newsreel producer Rawlston (Phil Van Zandt) sends reporter Jerry Thompson (William Alland) out with the assignment of uncovering the meaning behind the great man's dying thought. As Thompson interviews Kane's friends, family, and associates, we learn the facts of Kane's eventful and ultimately tragic life: his abandonment by his parents (Agnes Moorehead and Harry Shannon) after he becomes the heir to a silver mine; his angry conflicts with his guardian, master financier Walter Parks Thatcher (George Coulouris); his impulsive decision that "it would be fun to run a newspaper" with the help of school chum Jedediah Leland (Joseph Cotten) and loyal assistant Mr. Bernstein (Everett Sloane); his rise from scandal sheet publisher to the owner of America's largest and most influential newspaper chain; his marriage to socially prominent Emily Norton (Ruth Warrick), whose uncle is the President of the United States; Kane's ambitious bid for public office, which is dashed along with his marriage when his opponent, corrupt political boss Jim Gettys (Ray Collins), reveals that Kane is having an affair with aspiring vocalist Susan Alexander (Dorothy Comingore); Kane's vain attempts to promote second wife Alexander as an opera star; and his final, self-imposed exile to a massive and never-completed pleasure palace called Xanadu. While Citizen Kane was a film full of distinguished debuts -- along with Welles, it was the first feature for Joseph Cotten, Everett Sloane, Ray Collins, Agnes Moorehead, and Ruth Warrick -- the only Academy Award it received was for Best Original Screenplay, for which Welles shared credit with veteran screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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      fb100001887999020: . The black and white is put to perfect use. The clashing shadows and lights is jaw-dropping. It has the story. T
      Reviewed 39 days days ago
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      fb881835330: his dreams makes him miss the point in his life, this grip of drama and emotional trip in black and white is a master piece that still holds on the grip of time.
      Reviewed 14 months days ago
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      fb100001092752191: om 1941, has been lauded as the greatest motion picture to come out of America during the black-and-white era (or any era, for that matter). It also represents the pinnacle of Orson Welles' film makin
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