"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.
Fargo Movie Poster
Fargo
R1996
Based on 24 critics

"Fargo" is a reality-based crime drama set in Minnesota in 1987. Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) is... Read More

Gone With the Wind Movie Poster
Gone With the Wind
G1939
Based on 18 critics

Epic Civil War drama focuses on the life of petulant southern belle Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh). Starting... Read More

The Wizard of Oz Movie Poster
The Wizard of Oz
G1939
Based on 4 critics

When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their... Read More

Halloween Movie Poster
Halloween
R1978
Based on 11 critics

On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister,... Read More

Raiders of the Lost Ark Movie Poster
Raiders of the Lost Ark
PG1981
Based on 16 critics

Renowned archeologist and expert in the occult, Dr. Indiana Jones, is hired by the U.S. Government to... Read More

The Silence of the Lambs Movie Poster
The Silence of the Lambs
R1991
Based on 18 critics

Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford (Scott... Read More

The Departed Movie Poster
The Departed
R2006
Based on 39 critics

South Boston cop Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) goes under cover to infiltrate the organization of... Read More