31 Black-And-White Movies Every Twentysomething Needs To See

Life lessons brought to you entirely in black and white.

1. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

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You’re going to host at least one dinner party, so here’s what you shouldn’t do.

2. The Apartment (1960)

Because you want to shift from a bachelor lifestyle to a more professional one.

3. Frances Ha (2012)

It’s HBO’s Girls, only more realistic.

4. Mildred Pierce (1945)

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The perfect parenting guide of do’s and don’ts.

5. Some Like It Hot (1959)

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Proof that you’ll do anything for love, which includes cross-dressing.

6. It Happened One Night (1934)

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Because you need to learn how to hail a taxi with your bare leg.

7. Double Indemnity (1944)

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It shows you how to make a quick buck, but in the darkest way possible.

8. His Girl Friday (1940)

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Because you’re going to get stuck in at least one love triangle.

9. On the Waterfront (1954)

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It’ll help you distinguish between your friends and your enemies, all while staying loyal to yourself.

10. City Lights (1931)

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A much-needed reminder that love is not determined by money.

11. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

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The perfect example of how to be a father and a better person.

12. Dr. Strangelove (1964)

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Because you’ll sometimes feel like the world is ending.

13. Harvey (1950)

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Because some people are going to think you’re crazy.

14. Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

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The protagonist is still searching for his place in society, just like you.

15. 12 Angry Men (1957)

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Everyone needs to be reminded that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

16. High Noon (1952)

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Because you’ll need to be someone’s hero.

17. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

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If you ever feel down about your financial troubles, just look at this film in retrospect.

18. Ace in the Hole (1951)

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A reminder of what’s truly important in life.

19. Casablanca (1942)

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Because, kid, you need to learn about love and sacrifice.

20. The Philadelphia Story (1940)

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A guide to finding a relationship — and, inadvertently, yourself too.

21. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

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Because you want a friend who will do anything for you.

22. Sunset Boulevard (1950)

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Because you have to learn how to say “no.”

23. Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)

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Because no one is better than you, but you’re certainly not better than anyone else, either.

24. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

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Proof that life changes, and you have to adapt.

25. Manhattan (1979)

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It inspires you to find faith in everyone, even if you struggle with commitment.

26. Grand Hotel (1932)

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Because sometimes you’ll want to be alone.

27. Psycho (1960)

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Because you don’t want to let go of your final piece of innocence… or your mother.

28. The Third Man (1949)

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Because your moral judgment will always be in question.

29. Roman Holiday (1953)

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It suggests that you need to take a break from your hectic life.

30. All About Eve (1950)

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A love story of friendship and betrayal that reminds you that growing up is not optional.

31. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

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Life is going to knock you down. This film explains why you should get back up.

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