Monochrome Through The Agesby ThomasStone | created - 18 Aug 2013 | updated - 25 Oct 2017 | Public
Since the standardization of colour film, monochrome has become a rarity in cinema. There are still few films out there that dare to take the bullet, so I decided to make a list. For now I include the films I have seen so far, but always open to suggestions :)
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1. Blancanieves (2012)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Fantasy
A twist on the Snow White fairy tale that is set in 1920s Seville and centered on a female bullfighter.
Votes: 9,921 | Gross: $0.28M
Modern adaptation of the Snow White tale, set in Catalan Spain.
2. The Artist (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood's silent era.
Votes: 220,128 | Gross: $44.67M
Illustrates the "sonic revolution" in cinema.
3. Tetro (2009)
R | 127 min | Drama
Bennie travels to Buenos Aires to find his long-missing older brother, a once-promising writer who is now a remnant of his former self. Bennie's discovery of his brother's near-finished play might hold the answer to understanding their shared past and renewing their bond.
Votes: 12,034 | Gross: $0.52M
Great Coppola movie shot on film, contains a fantastical theatre scene in colour.
4. The White Ribbon (2009)
R | 144 min | Drama, History, Mystery
Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible?
Votes: 64,203 | Gross: $2.22M
5. Sin City (2005)
R | 124 min | Crime, Thriller
A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.
Votes: 722,314 | Gross: $74.10M
The only colour present in this film is a weird yellow fella.
7. Clerks (1994)
R | 92 min | Comedy
A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.
Votes: 204,476 | Gross: $3.15M
A film about nothing, nobody and nowhere.
8. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
Votes: 1,123,352 | Gross: $96.90M
Famous Hollywood director Spielberg tries his best to make a great monochrome film, I wish Kubrick made it first.
9. Man Bites Dog (1992)
NC-17 | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand.
Votes: 34,112 | Gross: $0.21M
C'est arrivé près de chez vous, Belgian movie.
11. Begotten (1989)
Unrated | 72 min | Fantasy, Horror
Presented in a surreal, gory and entirely visual manner, Begotten tells of the death of religion, the abuse of nature by Man and a nihilistic outlook on what life ultimately is.
Cult movie that recites Genesis in an existentialist manner.
12. Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)
Not Rated | 67 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal.
Japanese cult movie.
14. The Elephant Man (1980)
PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of kindness, intelligence and sophistication.
Words cannot describe this film.
15. Eraserhead (1977)
Not Rated | 89 min | Horror
Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
Votes: 93,649 | Gross: $7.00M
David Lynch's debut, he made this film mostly while still being in film school. It explores the fear of fatherhood and the "normal life" that comes with it.
16. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Not Rated | 96 min | Horror
A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating breed of monsters who are ravaging the East Coast of the United States.
Votes: 108,385 | Gross: $0.09M
PG | 95 min | Comedy
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.
Votes: 424,856 | Gross: $0.28M
18. Onibaba (1964)
Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Horror
Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask.
Japanese movie by Kaneto Shindo.
19. La Jetée (1962)
Not Rated | 28 min | Short, Drama, Romance
The story of a man forced to explore his memories in the wake of World War III's devastation, told through still images.
The film that made 12 Monkeys happen. A different look on time travel, told almost completely with still photos and voice-over.
20. Psycho (1960)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.
Votes: 556,745 | Gross: $32.00M
Do I really need to tell?
21. Eyes Without a Face (1960)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Horror
A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured, and goes to extremes to give her a new face.
Votes: 23,942 | Gross: $0.05M
22. The Seventh Seal (1957)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.
23. Seven Samurai (1954)
Not Rated | 207 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.
Votes: 293,029 | Gross: $0.27M
An epic tale of modernization, made by the great Kurosawa.
24. Rashomon (1950)
Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The rape of a bride and the murder of her samurai husband are recalled from the perspectives of a bandit, the bride, the samurai's ghost and a woodcutter.
Votes: 139,948 | Gross: $0.10M
Tells a trial from every witness' point of view, made by the great Kurosawa.
25. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
26. Spellbound (1945)
Approved | 111 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance
A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.
Votes: 40,274 | Gross: $7.00M
Personal Hitchcock favourite, contains a dream sequence created by Salvador Dalí.
27. Citizen Kane (1941)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery
Following the death of publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.
Votes: 372,769 | Gross: $1.59M
28. I Was Born, But... (1932)
Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama
Two young brothers throw a tantrum when they discover that their father isn't the most important man in his workplace.
By Yasujiro Ozu, tells a story of brothers who lose their innocence.
29. An Andalusian Dog (1929)
Not Rated | 16 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror
Collaboration between Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí.
30. Metropolis (1927)
Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.
Votes: 148,829 | Gross: $1.24M
The first full-length science-fiction film ever, clocking in at almost 3 hours, tells the story of... why should I tell, you NEED to watch this film!
31. A Page of Madness (1926)
70 min | Drama, Horror
A man takes a job at an asylum with hopes of freeing his imprisoned wife.
aka A Page of Madness. You can watch it on YouTube.
32. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Not Rated | 66 min | Drama, History, Thriller
In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.
Votes: 49,338 | Gross: $0.05M
34. A Trip to the Moon (1902)
TV-G | 13 min | Short, Action, Adventure
A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon.
The first science-fiction film EVER! By the great Georges Meliès
40. Hour of the Wolf (1968)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Horror
While vacationing on a remote Scandanavian island with his younger pregnant wife, an artist has an emotional breakdown while confronting his repressed desires.