Silver Screen Collection / Contributor

Today, many movies boast mind-bending special effects, harrowing stunts and awe-inspiring footage of remote settings in vivid technicolor. But some forget that many of the greatest movies ever made were done simply -- captivating audiences for decades even without something as basic as color.

With this in mind, PrettyFamous, an entertainment data site by Graphiq, ranked the best black and white films ever made. To isolate the greats, PrettyFamous gave a Smart Rating to each movie. This score out of 100 takes into account a movie's Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer and Audience Scores, IMDb rating, Metacritic Metascore, Gracenote rating and its U.S. inflation-adjusted box office gross. Films with less than 10,000 IMDb votes were not considered. In the case of a tie, the movie with a higher IMDb rating, then a higher U.S. inflation-adjusted box office gross was favored.

#100. A Day at the Races (1937)

MGM

Smart Rating: 94.49

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

#99. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Bettmann / Contributor

Smart Rating: 94.49

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

#98. His Girl Friday (1940)

Archive Photos / Stringer

Smart Rating: 94.49

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 97%
IMDb Rating: 8/10

#97. Frankenstein (1931)

Archive Photos / Stringer

Smart Rating: 94.49

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8/10

#96. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

Fox

Smart Rating: 94.51

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 94%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#95. Manhattan (1979)

Brian Hamill / Contributor

Smart Rating: 94.53

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 98%
IMDb Rating: 8/10

#94. L'Atalante (1934)

Northwest Chicago Film Society

Smart Rating: 94.64

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

#93. Great Expectations (1946)

Hulton Archive / Stringer

Smart Rating: 94.64

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8/10

#92. To Have and Have Not (1944)

Kcnet

Smart Rating: 94.64

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 97%
IMDb Rating: 8/10

#91. Limelight (1952)

Pictorial Parade / Staff

Smart Rating: 94.64

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 97%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#90. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Universal Pictures / Handout

Smart Rating: 94.64

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 98%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#89. The Big Sleep (1946)

John Springer Collection / Contributor

Smart Rating: 94.64

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 96%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#88. The General (1927)

United Artists

Smart Rating: 94.64

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 93%
IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

#87. The Artist (2011)

Delphi

Smart Rating: 94.71

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 97%
IMDb Rating: 8/10

#86. Top Hat (1935)

RKO Pictures / Handout

Smart Rating: 94.8

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

#85. A Night to Remember (1958)

John Pratt / Stringer

Smart Rating: 94.8

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

#84. Holiday (1938)

Doctor Macro

Smart Rating: 94.8

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

#83. The Killers (1946)

Universal Pictures / Handout

Smart Rating: 94.8

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

#82. The Miracle Worker (1962)

Bettmann / Contributor

Smart Rating: 94.8

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#81. The Rules of the Game (1939)

Nouvel

Smart Rating: 94.8

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 98%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#80. A Night at the Opera (1935)

John Springer Collection / Contributor

Smart Rating: 94.8

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 97%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#79. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

20th Century Fox / Stringer

Smart Rating: 94.8

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#78. Notorious (1946)

Bettmann / Contributor

Smart Rating: 94.8

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 97%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#77. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Warner Bros. / Staff

Smart Rating: 94.8

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 98%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#76. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Silver Screen Collection / Contributor

Smart Rating: 94.8

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 92%
IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

#75. The Lost Weekend (1945)

Ralph Crane / Contributor

Smart Rating: 94.95

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8/10

#74. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Archive Photos / Stringer

Smart Rating: 94.95

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8/10

#73. Out of the Past (1947)

John Springer Collection / Contributor

Smart Rating: 94.95

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 97%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#72. The Killing (1956)

Herbert Dorfman / Contributor

Smart Rating: 94.95

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 97%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#71. The Apartment (1960)

Archive Photos / Stringer

Smart Rating: 94.95

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 93%
IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

#70. Repulsion (1965)

Compton Films

Smart Rating: 95.02

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

#69. High Noon (1952)

ullstein bild / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.03

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 96%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#68. Sullivan's Travels (1941)

John Springer Collection / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.1

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#67. The Last Picture Show (1971)

Columbia TriStar / Handout

Smart Rating: 95.1

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#66. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)

ullstein bild / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.1

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#65. Diabolique (1955)

Walter Daran / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.1

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 97%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#64. Stalag 17 (1953)

Paramount Pictures / Handout

Smart Rating: 95.1

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 97%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#63. The Thin Man (1934)

John Kobal Foundation / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.25

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 97%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#62. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Archive Photos / Stringer

Smart Rating: 95.25

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#61. The Hustler (1961)

Popperfoto / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.25

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 98%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#60. Strangers on a Train (1951)

John Springer Collection / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.25

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 98%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#59. Los Olvidados (1950)

Hulton Archive / Stringer

Smart Rating: 95.25

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 94%
IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

#58. Wild Strawberries (1957)

Svensk Filmindustri / Janus Films

Smart Rating: 95.25

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 95%
IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

#57. High and Low (1963)

Toho Co.

Smart Rating: 95.25

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 93%
IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

#56. The Great Dictator (1940)

ullstein bild / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.25

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 92%
IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

#55. Grand Illusion (1937)

John Kobal Foundation / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.26

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 97%
IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

#54. Persepolis (2007)

2.4.7. Films / Diaphana Films

Smart Rating: 95.27

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 96%
IMDb Rating: 8/10

#53. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Archive Photos / Stringer

Smart Rating: 95.4

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#52. It Happened One Night (1934)

ullstein bild / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.4

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 98%
IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

#51. Throne of Blood (1957)

Toho Co.

Smart Rating: 95.4

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 98%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#50. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

RKO Pictures / Handout

Smart Rating: 95.4

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 98%
IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

#49. Viridiana (1961)

Uni?n Industrial Cinematogr?fica / Kingsley-International Pictures

Smart Rating: 95.4

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

#48. Some Like It Hot (1959)

George Rinhart / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.4

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 96%
IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

#47. The Hidden Fortress (1958)

ullstein bild / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.55

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#46. The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Clarence Sinclair Bull / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.55

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#45. To Be or Not to Be (1942)

Bettmann / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.55

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 98%
IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

#44. Rebecca (1940)

Donaldson Collection / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.55

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

#43. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Donaldson Collection / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.55

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

#42. Sunrise (1927)

Fox Film Corporation

Smart Rating: 95.55

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 98%
IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

#41. Paths of Glory (1957)

ullstein bild / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.55

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 94%
IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

#40. Nights of Cabiria (1957)

Reporters Associati & Archivi / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.56

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 97%
IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

#39. Citizen Kane (1941)

Archive Photos / Stringer

Smart Rating: 95.57

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

#38. Ugetsu (1953)

Daiei Film / Edward Harrison

Smart Rating: 95.7

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

#37. Double Indemnity (1944)

George Rinhart / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.7

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 96%
IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

#36. Psycho (1960)

ullstein bild / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.7

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 96%
IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

#35. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Hulton Archive / Stringer

Smart Rating: 95.7

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 94%
IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

#34. A Hard Day's Night (1964)

Michael Ochs Archives / Stringer

Smart Rating: 95.76

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 99%
IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

#33. A Man Escaped (1956)

Gaumont Film Co.

Smart Rating: 95.85

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

#32. White Heat (1949)

John Springer Collection / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.85

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

#31. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Ealing Studios / General Film Distributors

Smart Rating: 95.85

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

#30. The 400 Blows (1959)

John Springer Collection / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.85

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

#29. Tokyo Story (1953)

Hulton Archive / Handout

Smart Rating: 95.85

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

#28. The Gold Rush (1925)

ullstein bild / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.85

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

#27. Yojimbo (1961)

Keystone-France / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.85

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 97%
IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

#26. Children of Paradise (1945)

Soci?t? Nouvelle Path? Cin?ma / Path? Consortium Cin?ma

Smart Rating: 95.85

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 97%
IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

#25. The Bicycle Thief (1948)

ullstein bild / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.86

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 98%
IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

#24. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

ullstein bild / Contributor

Smart Rating: 95.92

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

#23. The Wages of Fear (1953)

Vera Films / Cin?dis

Smart Rating: 96

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

#22. On the Waterfront (1954)

Donaldson Collection / Contributor

Smart Rating: 96

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 98%
IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

#21. All About Eve (1950)

ullstein bild / Contributor

Smart Rating: 96.01

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

#20. The Third Man (1949)

ullstein bild / Contributor

Smart Rating: 96.01

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

#19. Raging Bull (1980)

Brian Hamill / Contributor

Smart Rating: 96.13

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 97%
IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

#18. Woman in the Dunes (1964)

Toho Film (Eiga) Co. Ltd.

Smart Rating: 96.16

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

#17. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Silver Screen Collection / Contributor

Smart Rating: 96.16

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 98%
IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

#16. Casablanca (1942)

Donaldson Collection / Contributor

Smart Rating: 96.16

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 97%
IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

#15. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)

Argos Films / Cinema Ventures

Smart Rating: 96.25

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

#14. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

John Springer Collection / Contributor

Smart Rating: 96.31

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

#13. M (1931)

John Springer Collection / Contributor

Smart Rating: 96.31

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

#12. Ikiru (1952)

Toho Co.

Smart Rating: 96.46

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

#11. The Kid (1921)

ullstein bild / Contributor

Smart Rating: 96.46

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

#10. City Lights (1931)

John Kobal Foundation / Contributor

Smart Rating: 96.46

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 98%
IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

#9. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

John Springer Collection / Contributor

Smart Rating: 96.5

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 98%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#8. Rififi (1955)

Hulton Archive / Stringer

Smart Rating: 96.5

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 94%
IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

#7. The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Michael Ochs Archives / Stringer

Smart Rating: 96.63

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 99%
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

#6. Metropolis (1927)

Universum Film

Smart Rating: 97.01

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 99%
IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

#5. Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Columbia TriStar / Handout

Smart Rating: 97.23

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 99%
IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

#4. 12 Angry Men (1957)

MGM Studios / Handout

Smart Rating: 97.37

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.9/10

#3. Schindler's List (1993)

Universal Studios

Smart Rating: 97.55

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 96%
IMDb Rating: 8.9/10

#2. Modern Times (1936)

Hulton Archive / Stringer

Smart Rating: 97.61

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

#1. Seven Samurai (1954)

AFP / Staff

Smart Rating: 98.34

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 100%
IMDb Rating: 8.7/10