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    Posted on Jul 17, 2013

    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)

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

    3. Frances Ha (2012)

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    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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