Black and white movies

List of the best black-and-white films selected by our site visitors: The Girls, Nosferatu, Schindler's List, City Lights, The Giver, It Happened One Night, Some Like It Hot, Citizen Kane, Heart of a Dog, The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:32
PlotRelationship
StyleBlack and White

One of the most popular Soviet films of the 60th, "Devchata" is a perfect example of how to make a wonderful movie in the most difficult genre of comedy/romance. "Devchata" is funny, heartwarming, charmingly naive yet involving and moving. Nadezda Rumiantseva gives a star making performance as a teenager Tosya who came to work as a cook in a logging company located in the distant Siberain village with the long and snowy winter. On her first day, she meets Ilya (Nikolai Rybnikov), the most popular and attractive guy who is equally known for his success on the working place and with the girls. Ilya makes the bet with the friends that the new cook will fall in love with him in no later than two weeks...

Duration01:34
CharactersVampire, Monsters, Immortals, Dracula
PlotObsession, Death, Supernatural, Self-sacrifice
PlaceCastle, Germany
TimeDark ones
StyleBy books, Atmospheric, Depressive, Gothic, Black and White

Vampire Count Orlok is interested in a new residence and in real estate agent Hutter's young wife. Silent horror classic based on the Bram Stoker novel "Dracula".

Markimdb: 9
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration03:15
CharactersHeroes, Jews
PlotWar, On real events, Survival
PlaceConcentration camp, Ghetto, Germany
TimeWorld War II
StylePopular, Exciting, Fascinating, Touching, Depressive

The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.

Markimdb: 8.5
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:27
CharactersMillionaires, Blind, Surgeons, Poor
PlotLove, Self-sacrifice
StyleRomantic, Touching, Black and White

City Lights is the first silent film that Charlie Chaplin directed after he established himself with sound accompanied films. The film is about a penniless man who falls in love with a flower girl. The film was a great success and today is deemed a cult classic.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrefantastic, thriller, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA, South Africa, Canada
Duration01:37
CharactersTeens
PlotTravel, Friendship, Fate
TimeFuture
StyleExciting, Philosophical, Atmospheric, Makes me think, Serious

In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world.

Duration01:45
CharactersReporters
StyleRomantic, Light, Cute, Fascinating, Black and White

A renegade reporter and a crazy young heiress meet on a bus heading for New York, and end up stuck with each other when the bus leaves them behind at one of the stops.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genrecomedy, melodrama, crime, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:59
CharactersGangsters, Musicians
PlotRelationship, Music, Love triangle, Chase, Cheating
StyleRomantic, Light, Fascinating, Black and White

Two musicians witness a mob hit and struggle to find a way out of the city before they are found by the gangsters. Their only opportunity is to join an all-girl band as they leave on a tour. To make their getaway they must first disguise themselves as women, then keep their identities secret and deal with the problems this brings - such as an attractive bandmate and a very determined suitor.

Markimdb: 8.3
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:59
CharactersJournalists, Millionaires, Businessmen
PlotMoney, Obsession, Loneliness, Depression, Success
StyleUnexpected ending, Soulful, Makes me think, Black and White

Newspaper magnate, Charles Foster Kane is taken from his mother as a boy and made the ward of a rich industrialist. As a result, every well-meaning, tyrannical or self-destructive move he makes for the rest of his life appears in some way to be a reaction to that deeply wounding event.

Markimdb: 8.7
Genrefantastic, comedy, drama
CountrySoviet Union
Duration02:16
PlaceMoscow
StylePopular, Black and White

Old Prof. Preobrazhensky and his young colleague Dr. Bormental inserted the human's hypophysis into a dog's brain. Couple of weeks later the dog became "human looking". The main question is "Is anybody who is looking like a man, A REAL MAN?"

Markimdb: 8.8
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, musical, music
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:13
CharactersMusicians, Artists, Singers
PlotObsession
PlaceFrance
Time19th century
StyleRomantic, Atmospheric, Tense, Gloomy, Serious

A disfigured musical genius, hidden away in the Paris Opera House, terrorises the opera company for the unwitting benefit of a young protégée whom he trains and loves. The 25th anniversary of the first public performance of Phantom of the Opera was celebrated with a grand performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama, military
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:31
PlotWar

Two friends are army officers, and the turbulent times throw them from the Civil War in the early 20s to the Soviet conflict in Finland, from China to the Urals.

Duration01:58
CharactersPrincesses, Tourists
PlaceItaly
StyleRomantic, Light, To cry, Black and White

Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor kicks in, however, she falls asleep on a park bench and is found by an American reporter, Joe Bradley, who takes her back to his apartment for safety. At work the next morning, Joe finds out Ann's regal identity and bets his editor he can get exclusive interview with her, but romance soon gets in the way.

Markimdb: 8.3
Genredrama
CountryItaly
Duration01:29
CharactersThieves, Cyclists, Poor
PlaceItaly
StyleTo cry, By books, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Makes me think

A working man's livelihood is threatened when someone steals his bicycle.

Duration01:46
CharactersWriters, Actors, Stars
PlotObsession, Death, Depression, Jealousy, Seduction
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleSerious, Black and White

A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

Duration01:28
CharactersSamurai
PlaceJapan
StyleBlack and White

Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, "Rashomon" is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice. Through an ingenious use of camera and flashbacks, Kurosawa reveals the complexities of human nature as four people recount different versions of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife.

Markimdb: 8.6
Genrefantasy, drama, family
CountryUSA
Duration02:10
CharactersAngels, Family, Millionaires
PlotFriendship, Depression, Fate, Dreams, Holidays
PlaceSmall cities
TimeNew Year
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Touching

A holiday favourite for generations... George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George's modest building and loan company. But on Christmas Eve the business's $8,000 is lost and George's troubles begin.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
CharactersDirectors
PlotLove, Relationship, Life, Drug addict
StyleFancy, Depressive, Black and White

As a filmmaker and his girlfriend return home from his movie premiere, smoldering tensions and painful revelations push them toward a romantic reckoning.

Duration01:49
CharactersManiacs, Serial killers
PlotMoney, Obsession, Split personality, Mental disorders, Mystery
PlaceHotels
StylePsychological problems, Action, Atmospheric, Heavy, Smart

When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager Norman Bates cares for his housebound mother. The place seems quirky, but fine… until Marion decides to take a shower.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, history
CountryRussia
StyleBlack and White

Novocherkassk, USSR, 1962. Liudmila is a Party executive and devout communist who fought at the front of WWII for Stalin’s ideology. Certain that her contribution will create a communist society, she detests any anti-Soviet sentiment. During a workers’ strike at the local electromotive factory, Liudmila witnesses the demonstration being gunned down on the government’s order, seeking to suppress mass strikes in the USSR. During the bloodbath and the ensuing panic, her daughter disappears, which changes Liudmila’s world view. Despite the blockade of the city, mass arrests, and the authorities’ attempts to cover up the massacre, Liudmila searches for her daughter. We don’t know how the search will end, but realize that her life will never be the same.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, military
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:37
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier, Drivers
PlotWar
PlaceRussia, Germany
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleExciting, Soulful, By books, Heavy, Depressive

The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughters were killed during the bombing of his village, he spent some time as a prisoner, and his only son was killed in action only a few days before the victory...

Markimdb: 9
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:36
CharactersLawyers
PlotDeath, Justice
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleInteresting, Action, Fascinating, Makes me think, Black and White

The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors' prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other.

Markimdb: 8.4
Genrecomedy, drama, military
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:27
PlotWar, Aviation
TimeGreat Patriotic War
StylePopular

Bogdan Titarenko is very talented pilot and brave leader of "Singing group". He also must look after some new cadets and fight together with them against German Luftwaffe planes. Close to Bogdan always are his friends, they are all from different parts of the country, but they all became real brothers.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, military
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:31
CharactersTankman
PlotTanks
PlaceUSSR
StyleBlack and White

Russian prisoners of war commandeer a tank and lead the Nazis on a cross-country chase in this World War II adventure drama. The Russians use their own tanks so the Nazis can use them as target practice to test a new anti-tank weapon. Knowing that death is near, the brave Russians run amok and tear down German monuments before heading out to a field where female slave laborers are working.

Markimdb: 8.3
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:09
CharactersDogs, Lawyers, Judge, Parents, Poor
PlotJustice
PlaceCourt, Small cities
StyleBy books, Makes me think, Touching, Black and White

Scout Finch, 6, and her older brother Jem live in sleepy Maycomb, Alabama, spending much of their time with their friend Dill and spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. When Atticus, their widowed father and a respected lawyer, defends a black man named Tom Robinson against fabricated rape charges, the trial and tangent events expose the children to evils of racism and stereotyping.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, military
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:30
CharactersTankman
PlotWar, Tanks
PlaceUSSR
StyleBlack and White

The film tells about the fighting everyday life of the crew of self-propelled guns during the liberation of Right-Bank Ukraine. Junior Lieutenant Maleshkin, an unshooted graduate of the school, commands the crew of the self-propelled gun SU-100. All the subordinates of Maleshkin are older than him and much more experienced. The authority of the young commander is tested at every step, he quarrels, then reconciles with his crew. In addition, Maleshkin is very dissatisfied with the battery commander, he now and then threatens to remove the sluggish young officer from the command. In the crew of Maleshkin, various troubles constantly occur: either the driver will catch the commandant’s eyes in an untidy, grimy look, then a combat grenade with a dropped check will be discovered in the car, or a breakdown will occur just at the moment the regiment enters the march.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrecomedy, drama, western
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:24
CharactersCowboys, Thieves
PlaceRussia
StyleBlack and White

Three stories based on O. Henry novels.

Markimdb: 8.4
Genrefantastic, thriller, comedy
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:35
CharactersMilitary, Presidential, Pilots
PlotApocalypse, End of the world
TimeCold War
StyleSmart, Fancy, Black and White

After the insane General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, a war room full of politicians, generals and a Russian diplomat all frantically try to stop the nuclear strike.

Markimdb: 8.3
Genrecomedy, drama, family
CountryUSA
Duration01:08
CharactersAngels, Thieves, Orphans, Poor, Singers
PlotDreams
PlaceUSA
StyleSmart, Touching

A tramp cares for a boy after he's abandoned as a newborn by his mother. Later the mother has a change of heart and aches to be reunited with her son.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genredocumentary, military, history
CountrySoviet Union
Duration02:10
CharactersHitler
PlotPolitical
PlaceGermany
TimeWorld War II
StyleMakes me think, Serious, Black and White

Romm's "Ordinary Fascism" pulls out all the stops in its selection of documentary material to draw the viewer not only into absolute horror about fascism and nazism in the 1920s-1940s Europe, but also to a firmest of convictions that nothing of the sort should be allowed to happen again anywhere in the world.

Duration02:11
CharactersAlcoholics, Guests
PlaceParty, Small cities
StylePsychological problems, Action, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Heavy

Mike Nichols’ film from Edward Albee's play brought new themes to the film industry. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton have never been more brilliant together as they portray an experienced married couple who love each other yet verbally attack one another when they see how boring their naïve newlywed guests have made their night.





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