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8 Black and White Movies For You To Watch

Something about the black and white movie leaves the viewer with a sense of allure and timelessness that is simply not present in modern films. Here is a list of classic black and white movies that are worth watching both for their plot lines and visual effects. You will not be disappointed.

Casablanca (1942)

American restaurant-owner and expatriate Rick Blaine now owns a popular nightspot in Casablanca. After his former love Ilsa stops by the restaurant, old flames are revived in a city that’s full of people who are all trying to flee from Nazi-occupied Europe. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you really should.

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Based on a play by Hungarian writer Miklós László, The Shop Around the Corner tells the story of two shop workers who unknowingly exchange love letters all while hating each other in real life. The modern-day You’ve Got Mail was also based off of this classic film.

My Darling Clementine (1946)

If you’re looking to dive right into a classic western, then this is the film for you. The Earp Brothers, who are feisty cattlemen driving on their way to California, try to avenge their brother’s murder by bringing order to a lawless town.

On the Waterfront (1954)

Marlon Brando plays Terry Malloy, a former prized boxer who gets wrapped up in a life of crime and corruption as a New York dockworker and also falls in love with the sweet, but innocent Edie Doyle.

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

Based off of Harper Lee’s award-winning novel, this movie explores the themes of childhood, justice and prejudice in a racially-divided Alabama and has been continually ranked as one of the best films of all time.

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

After struggling to make a big-screen comeback, faded film actress Norma Desmond pulls small-time writer Joe Gillis into a life of destruction and crime. This is film noir at its best.

Touch of Evil (1958)

After witnessing a car explosion while vacationing in Mexico with his new bride, policeman Mike Vargas sets out to find out who is really responsible. Watch this movie both for its cast list (Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and director Orson Welles all play central roles) and gotta-know-what-happens storyline.

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Two years after divorcing her husband C.K. Dexter Haven, wealthy socialite Tracy Lord is about to marry the respectable and well-to-do George Kittredge. Little does she know that Dexter has plans of his own: namely, to show up to the altar with a tabloid reporter and photographer!