Nothing like some good ol’ black and white classics on a rainy day.
I love a good black and white movie. There’s a distinct pleasure to be had while watching these classics and although black and white movies have been largely abandoned in recent times, there are some classic B&W movies that every film fan should see as a matter of cultural relevance.
Since we’re in for a moody, long and rainy weekend, not to mention the prolonged lockdown, we highly suggest getting into a snuggly blanket, some hot tea in tow and escape all the misery outside by getting transported to a different time with these classics.
1. Casablanca (1942)
If you’ve never watched Casablanca, drop whatever you’re doing and go watch it right now. It is heartbreaking and life-affirming and a timeless adventure that stays with you long after the end credits are over.
2. Dr Strangelove (1964)
Stanley Kubrick. Enough said. But also because it sort of feels like the world is ending so why not. Of the many great satirical pieces of cinema, this stands tall as a masterpiece, then and now.
3. Modern Times (1936)
Charlie Chaplin’s inimitable comedic timing is a standout in this movie which, at the crux of it, is a jibe at the machine-age that we live in. It makes several bold statements, ironically, without saying a word.
4. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
This is the movie I inevitably turn to every Christmas. It just gets you in the holiday spirit. Every. Single. Time. It’s inspirational, heart-warming and thoroughly festive. Hollywood really doesn’t make them like this anymore.
5. Citizen Kane (1941)
Orson Welles’s epic tale has often been deemed as one of the best movies of all time. If you consider yourself a cinephile, you need to watch this for more reasons than one. In cinematography, technique and story, this movie remains individual and striking.
6. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
If you’re after an evening of laughs, look no further. Three men vie for the love of a gorgeous, young and independent socialite (Katherine Hepburn) and complete chaos and hilarity ensues. If you miss this one, you’ll be sorry.
7. Roman Holiday (1953)
A bored and sheltered princess escapes from her guardians and falls in love with an American news reporter in Rome. When it comes to black and white classics, this is a thoroughly satisfying watch for rom-com lovers and Audrey Hepburn is in her absolute element in this movie.
8. Psycho (1960)
This isn’t just an iconic horror movie. Its a crowning glory for cinema in general. Psycho continues to be a thrilling, edge-of-the-seat watch to this day.
9. Manhattan (1979)
There’s something wistful and romantic about Manhattan — something Woody Allen captures expertly in this movie. With stunning black and white imagery, this ode to New York will make you nostalgic even if you’ve never visited it yourself.
10. City Lights (1931)
The Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) falls in love with a visual impaired girl who sells flowers on the street. City Lights is both funny and terribly sad. The movie perfectly showcases Chaplin’s sheer comedic brilliance and 90 years on, it still holds its own.