Black and white on purpose: 1970 - 2017 and beyond.

Movies where B&W cinematography is an aesthetic choice, after the industry standard was 100% color. Suggestions welcome!

I think I'm only going to do feature-length titles, because the B&W decision is so much easier to make in non-commercial contexts. Movies that alternate between black and white and color (to separate two narrative lines or for other reasons) aren't included, though sometimes it pains me. (8/30/2019: Right now, I am tentatively beginning to include films that are less than 100% B&W, but I haven't made a final decision yet and want to give it some in-depth thought some day when I have time.)

Some shorts, though:
Recess (Kiarostami, 1972)
Le Paysigiste/Mindscape (Jacques Drouin, 1976)
Une Generation (Philippe Grandrieux, 1982)
Umieranko/A Little…

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  • Overlord

    101

  • Euridice BA 2037

    102

  • Adoption

    103

  • Agnishwar

    104

  • Hester Street

    105

  • O Rei do Baralho

    106

  • The Disenchantment

    107

  • The Middleman

    108

  • Kings of the Road

    109

  • Harvest: 3,000 Years

    110

  • Melodrama

    111

  • God Speed You! Black Emperor

    112

  • The Custodian

    113

  • Speeding Naked Till High Noon

    114

  • Coup de Grâce

    115

  • Moondru Mudichu

    116

  • Ghatashraddha

    117

  • Agraharathil Kazhuthai

    118

  • Avargal

    119

  • Eraserhead

    120

  • The Ascent

    121

  • Canal Zone

    122

  • Aadu Puli Attam

    123

  • Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti

    124

  • The Foreigner

    125

  • Bandhanam

    126

  • Killer of Sheep

    127

  • Avalude Ravukal

    128

  • The Girls

    129

  • Nizhal Nijamagirathu

    130

  • The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting

    131

  • The Whole Shootin' Match

    132

  • Aval Appadithan

    133

  • Tilottama

    134

  • Family Nest

    135

  • Kalliyankattu Neeli

    136

  • Le Bleu des origines

    137

  • Full Moon

    138

  • The Abandoned Field: Free Fire Zone

    139

  • Manhattan

    140

  • Ghatkali

    141

  • Julio Begins in July

    142

  • Manoeuvre

    143

  • Radio On

    144

  • L'Enfant secret

    145

  • El zapato chino

    146

  • Forbidden Zone

    147

  • From the Life of the Marionettes

    148

  • Odette Robert

    149

  • Stardust Memories

    150

  • The Elephant Man

    151

  • Raging Bull

    152

  • You Are Not I

    153

  • Muddy River

    154

  • Chan Is Missing

    155

  • Veronika Voss

    156

  • The State of Things

    157

  • Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

    158

  • I Was a Zombie for the F.B.I.

    159

  • The Linnet

    160

  • La víspera

    161

  • The Prefab People

    162

  • The Gold Diggers

    163

  • Hell W10

    164

  • Bérénice

    165

  • The Last Battle

    166

  • Zelig

    167

  • Confidentially Yours

    168

  • Last Night at the Alamo

    169

  • Rumble Fish

    170

  • The Terence Davies Trilogy

    171

  • When the Tenth Month Comes

    172

  • Broadway Danny Rose

    173

  • Class Relations

    174

  • Stranger Than Paradise

    175

  • Liberty at Night

    176

  • Vanishing Point

    177

  • Boy Meets Girl

    178

  • Nothing Lasts Forever

    179

  • Calamari Union

    180

  • A Simple Death

    181

  • She Spent So Many Hours Under the Sun Lamps

    182

  • Screamplay

    183

  • Mala Noche

    184

  • Menu Total

    185

  • Down by Law

    186

  • Under the Cherry Moon

    187

  • She's Gotta Have It

    188

  • The Sea and Poison

    189

  • Report to Mother

    190

  • A Flame in My Heart

    191

  • Three Bewildered People in the Night

    192

  • Hamlet Goes Business

    193

  • The Moromete Family

    194

  • Juan: As if nothing ever happened

    195

  • Border Radio

    196

  • Heart of a Dog

    197

  • The Last Judgement

    198

  • Tales from the Gimli Hospital

    199

  • Noisy Requiem

    200