"If you're thinking about a movie, it doesn't matter if it's black and white," some might paraphrase Michael Jackson.

Before 1939's 'Wizard of Oz' and 'Gone With The Wind,' the use of color in movies wasn't widespread. There had been color films before those, but they weren't as well known as those two. It wasn't always a given that a film would use color.

Maybe that was a good thing.

Flavorwire recently took 10 great films
and converted them into black and white in an argument that it makes the movies look better.

On some, like the already noir 'The Departed,' we have to agree it ups the badassery.
'The Departed' in black & white

Citing director Steven Soderbergh's assessment that 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' is way better without color, Flavorwire drained nine other films ('Fargo,' 'Silence of the Lambs') of their color, to spectacular results.

'Halloween' in black & white:

Go here to see 10 great films better in black and white.
R 1996
Based on 24 critics

An overextended salesman (William H. Macy) hires goons to kidnap his wife. Read More

Gone With The Wind
G 1939
In Theaters on January 17th, 1939

Civil War rogue Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) loves Southern belle Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh). Read More

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The Departed
R 2006
Based on 39 critics

An undercover cop gains a mobster's confidence, while a career criminal infiltrates the police. Read More

The Wizard of Oz
G 1939
In Theaters on August 15th, 1939

A tornado whisks a Kansas farm girl (Judy Garland) to a magic land. Read More

May 29, 2016
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R 1978
Based on 11 critics

An escaped masked killer stalks a baby sitter (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her friends on Halloween. Read More

May 28, 2016
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Raiders of The Lost Ark
PG 1981
Based on 11 critics

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) braves snakes and Nazis to find the biblical ark of the covenant. Read More

May 25, 2016
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The Silence of the Lambs
R 1991
Based on 17 critics

An FBI agent (Jodie Foster) uses one murderer (Anthony Hopkins) to catch another. Read More

May 28, 2016
4:30pm 9:00pm
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