Spend the Night in Black & White

by Drew Phillips

Created 08/09/12

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One of my biggest cinematic guilty pleasures are those early suspenseful, American and European thrillers that make for great popcorn flicks, laying on your couch on a Friday or Saturday night. Some are good to kick off Sundays as well. This is my grand homage to my favorites and to the essentials in the collection that can put you on the edge of your seat in the edge of your living room.

A special shout out to Charade, Shallow Grave, and Hopscotch, if they weren't in such luminous and beautiful color, they would have been on here in a heart beat.


  • By endo
    August 28, 2012
    02:49 AM

    Great list. I love the B&W's too. Doesn't get much black and whitier than Carnival of Souls. Just picked up Brute Force, and Fiend Without a Face.
  • By David MacDonald
    September 02, 2012
    08:25 AM

    This list has a lot of my favorite Criterion movies on it (especially Sweet Smell of Success), but it's also missing two of the greatest black & white movies I've ever seen: 12 Angry Men and Letter Never Sent. If you haven't seen those, you HAVE to check them out.
    • By Drew Phillips
      September 02, 2012
      12:26 PM

      Oh I've seen 12 Angry Men. I actually saw it only a few days before it was announced last year out of blind luck. It's one the best movies ever, with out a doubt, but it doesn't really match the same feel that the rest of these have. It's very real and dramatic while the rest of these are escapist fantasies or mysteries. If you liked 12 Angry Men, you should check out Lumet's The Fugitive Kind. It got me liking Brando again. It's magnificent. I have yet to see LNS, but it's at my library so I'll pick it up one of these days
  • By oz-rob
    November 12, 2012
    01:13 AM

    Must recommend Jacques Becker his elegant imagery in black and white is among the best..Casque d `or, etc..
  • By Sidney
    November 14, 2012
    07:40 PM

    Amazing list. I agree, you can't go wrong with black & white films. Unfortunately, many people do not take b&w films seriously anymore. Thank you for showing the upmost important reasons why b&w films matter too.
  • By futurestar
    December 18, 2012
    11:16 PM

    how could anyone but admire a list so engaging also one that stretches the night into infinity? well done friend. thank you.
  • By Eric Levy
    April 29, 2013
    02:49 PM

    Terrific list! Just watched another last night that totally fits: von Sternberg's UNDERWORLD.
  • By Brown
    October 10, 2013
    04:57 PM

    Great list. I once spent what seemed like a year watching nothing but black and white, and most of these films were on the list.
  • By endo
    December 05, 2013
    08:26 PM

    Cool list. Love your description of Carnival of Souls "the safety bar on a roller coaster coming off in the middle of the ride". Thanks for putting Green for Danger in, one of my faves. I would have added Seven Samurai; there's some cool atmospheric stuff in that film: the woman waking up in the fire! The samurai running into the fog.