Best Visuals (Black & White) in Film History (in progress)

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  1. Citizen Kane - Orson Welles (1941)
  2. Video - Opening: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RRa3qZ0_4ew
  3. Newsreel Footage:
  4. Image - Projection Room: http://images.static-bluray.com/reviews/4707_5.jpg
  5. Image - Projection Room: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ewdIPyisvrM/T6z6xa_gYjI/AAAAAAAADlI/7mlu6sm4xg...
  6. Image - Thatcher's Memorial: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/4c/fc/d0/4cfcd0ad73dd449e9ca32...
  7. Metropolis - Fritz Lang (1927)
  8. Video - Trailer: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7j8Ba9rWhUg
  9. Touch of Evil - Orson Welles (1958)
  10. Faust - F.W. Murnau (1926)
  11. Europa - Lars Von Trier (1991)
  12. Persona - Ingmar Bergman (1966)
  13. Andrei Rublev - Andrei Tarkovsky (1966)
  14. Othello - Orson Welles (1952)
  15. Video - Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCZ0obRJa08
  16. Marketa Lazarova - Frantisek Vliacil (1967)
  17. Last Year at Marienbad - Alain Resnais (1960)
  18. Video - Trailer: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9sBL_f2M5k
  19. Sin City - Roberto Rodriguez / Frank Miller (2005)
  20. Video - Tribute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QnRs3w1wb8
  21. Sunrise - F.W. Murnau (1927)
  22. The Trial - Orson Welles (1962)
  23. Video - Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_7weUR0oMY
  24. The Scarlett Empress - Josef von Sternberg (1934)
  25. The Magnificent Ambersons - Orson Welles (1942)
  26. Wings of Desire - Wim Wenders (1987)
  27. Video - Trailer: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hAzzR2Uklok
  28. Werckmeister Harmonies - Bela Tarr (2000)
  29. Eraserhead - David Lynch (1977)
  30. The Passion of Joan of Arc - Carl Theodor Dreyer (1928)
  31. 8 1/2 - Federico Fellini (1963)
  32. La Dolce Vita - Federico Fellini (1960)
  33. Schindler's List - Steven Spielberg (1993)
  34. The Man With a Movie Camera - Dziga Vertov (1928)
  35. The Last Laugh - F.W. Murnau (1924)
  36. Hour of the Wolf - Ingmar Bergman (1967)
  37. Night of the Hunter - Charles Laughton (1955)
  38. Raging Bull - Martin Scorsese (1980)
  39. Sansho the Bailiff - Kenji Mizoguchi (1954)
  40. The Phantom Carriage - Victor Sjostrom (1921)
  41. Battleship Potemkin - Sergei Eisenstein (1925)
  42. The Third Man - Carol Reed (1949)
  43. Ivan's Childhood - Andrei Tarkovsky (1962)
  44. Satantango - Bela Tarr (1994)
  45. Mr. Arkadin - Orson Welles (1955)
  46. Pi - Darren Aronofsky (1998)
  47. Vampyr - Carl Theodor Dreyer (1932)
  48. Hush... Hush Sweet Charlotte - Robert Aldrich (1965)
  49. L'Age D'Or - Luis Bunuel (1930)
  50. Un Chien Andalou - Luis Bunuel (1929)
  51. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - Robert Wiene (1920)
  52. The Last Picture Show - Peter Bogdanovich (1971)
  53. Chimes at Midnight - Orson Welles (1966)
  54. Manhattan - Woody Allen (1979)
  55. Children of Paradise - Marcel Carne (1945)
  56. Earth - Alexander Dovzhenko (1930)
  57. Nosferatu - F.W. Murnau (1922)
  58. Meshes of the Afternoon - Maya Deren (1943)
  59. The Seventh Seal - Ingmar Bergman (1957)
  60. Shame - Ingmar Bergman (1968)
  61. The Lady from Shanghai - Orson Welles (1948)
  62. Dr. Strangelove - Stanley Kubrick (1964)
  63. Repulsion - Roman Polanski (1965)
  64. Alexander Nevsky - Sergei Eisenstein (1938)
  65. The Blue Angel - Josef von Sternberg (1930)
  66. King Kong - Ernest Schoedsack (1933)
  67. The White Ribbon - Michael Haneke (2009)
  68. Dead Man - Jim Jarmusch (1995)
  69. La Jetee - Chris Marker (1962)
  70. Scarface - Howard Hawks (1932)
  71. Damnation - Bela Tarr (1989)
  72. The Manchurian Candidate - John Frankenheimer (1962)
  73. The Bride of Frankenstein - James Whale (1935)
  74. Psycho - Alfred Hitchcock (1960)
  75. M - Fritz Lang (1931)
  76. Black Rain - Shohei Imamura (1988)
  77. Late Spring - Ozu (1949)
  78. The Magician - Ingmar Bergman (1958)
  79. Ordet - Carl Theodor Dreyer (1955)

No love for the Cabinet of Dr Caligari?

Currently it's #21 ( : ...so it will undoubtedly be on here as I extend past 20. It could easily make it back into the top 20 as well.

Expand past twenty there is no reason at all to stop there.

As I mentioned above, I will be doing so

Good list you missed a giant though as i would add anything by Carl Dreyer!!! JL

Thanks - both Passion of Joan of Arc and Vampyr will probably be added if I extend the list to 50.

Come on, AfterHours. Be a G, and bring 'Wings of Desire' up a bit!.

Even if I went and popped a cap in someone's ass, Wings of Desire would still have to be more visually amazing than the films above it for me to move it up! :)

LOL I haven't seen Wings of Desire, but it must be really amazing, that it still has to be moved up when it's as high as #7!

EGGMAN, WINGS OF DESIRE is amazing but it is a blend of B&W (when showing the spiritual world of angels pov) and vivid color when showing the physical world of the earth/humans, therefore im in agreement where it stands on this list. My choice for the two overall greatest films would be 8/1/2 by Fellini and Sunset Blvd by Wilder. 81/2 should be high on this B&W list. I am a filmaker and consider Fellini the greatest visual filmaker ever. I challenge you to take any Fellini film fast forward and randomly stop any where and you almost always have an image worthy of framing!!! Id rather see a fellini scene of two people in coversation in an empty room than the most active action scene from say a speiberg anyday! My two all time favorites and choice among the greatest ever made - it would be a tie between Magnolia and Wings Of Desire. JL

Those two would likely be on here if I extended the list to 30-35ish, and really, they could make it within my top 25 anyway. If I was rating by "perfection" of the frame, 8 1/2 would undoubtedly be in the top 10 (if not 5 - Last Yr at Marienbad perhaps #1). But I rate according to the emotional resonance of the visuals and in that case find the visuals of films like Citizen Kane, with its highly subjective, intense ghostly solitude, and multi-faceted stylistic/emotional palette, quite a bit more powerful. Or, Metropolis, with its wild montages, crazed religious symbology, spectacular city scapes, art deco monuments, cavernous underworld, crowds running amok, electrifying and imaginative special effects...etc...

^Darnitt, I wish I would've known this 15 years ago. Then I wouldn't have wasted so much time watching so many horrible films, like Citizen Kane, Metropolis, and others.

Citizen Kane upgraded from #3 to #1...

As I am nearing completion of my Citizen Kane review/analysis it has become more and more clear to me that its massive overall expression, which is such a multitude of ideas and emotions that it is hard to believe, is possibly the most astonishing palette of visuals in the history of cinema.