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Top Five Humphrey Bogart Movies

Updated on December 12, 2017

Hollywood Icon Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart | Source

Humphrey Bogart's Film Facts

In the film The Maltese Falcon, Sam Spade (played by Humphrey Bogart) is asked by a detective at the end of the movie what the falcon figurine was.

Spade answered: "The, uh, stuff that dreams are made of." This is an apt description of the movies Bogart made. Dreams come to life.

Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca
Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca | Source

My Top Five Humphrey Bogart Films

  1. The Maltese Falcon

  2. Casablanca

  3. To Have and Have Not

  4. Treasure of the Sierra Madre

  5. The Big Sleep

Bogart as Sam Spade

Samuel Spade
Samuel Spade | Source

The Dingus


#1 The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Humphrey Bogart plays Samuel Spade in this film noir movie based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett. Bogart plays a private investigato. He gets embroiled in the mystery of The Maltese Falcon, a statue of a raven, that, to some, is worth a considerable sum. Released in 1941 by Warner Bros., the film was directed by John Huston. Mary Astor stars as Brigid O'Shaughnessy, his "femme fatale" client. Peter Lorre, and Sydney Greenstreet co-star. The characterizations are true to Hammett's novel.

Bogart displays finesse as he plays both sides of the law and keeps them off-balance throughout the film. He flows through the movie as smooth as a femme fatale's silky voice. He solves murders,solves murders, keeps the police at bay and tries to locate the whereabouts of the missing statue. He pits each of the characters against each other to a thrilling climax.

The AFI (American Film Institute) has this film #23 in it's Top 100 Movies!

Sam Spade in Control

The Gang and The Coppers
The Gang and The Coppers | Source


Casablanca | Source

#2 Casablanca (1942)

Humphrey Bogart plays Rick Blaine in Casablanca released by Warner Brothers in 1942. The film begins with Bogart's "Rick's Café Américain" as where most of the action occurs throughout the film. It co-stars Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid. The all-star cast features Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, and Peter Lorre. Dooley Wilson displays his virtuoso piano skills as Sam.

This was Bogart's first real romantic role playing the leading man to Ingrid Bergman. The begin a love affair in Paris, France that is interrupted by the Nazi's occupation. Bogart leaves Paris on a train, having been stood up by Bergman, in the rain.

Fast-forward to Rick's in Casablanca where pro-Nazi and pro-French sympathies run high. Everyone is trying to access exit Visas to Lisbon. Intrigue and romance mix with dreams and suspense. Bogart delivers a solid performance as a man in love and a man with a destiny.

The AFI lists this movie at #2 on its Top 100 Movies.

The song As Time Goes By (written by Herman Hupfeld in 1931) was sung by the character Sam (Dooley Wilson) in the movie. The song was voted # 2 on the AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs.

Bogart and Bacall - To Have And Have Not

Sizzling Marie "Slim" Browning and Harry "Steve" Morgan
Sizzling Marie "Slim" Browning and Harry "Steve" Morgan | Source

#3 To Have and Have Not (1944)

Humphrey Bogart plays Harry "Steve" Morgan, a fisherman, in this movie (loosely based on Ernest Hemingway's novel of the same name). He and co-star Lauren Bacall sizzle when life imitates art. They are literally falling in love right before our eyes--not just in the movie, but in real life. This was Bacall's first film.

The steam that arose when Bogey and Bacall were on the screen was intense. As we watch them fall in love, powerful emotions arise that tantalize and causes me to ache and wish I was in love like that always.

This movie is another war-romance for Bogart, set in Fort-de-France, Martinique, under Nazi rule. Bogart reluctantly gets involved with the French resistance. Meanwhile, he meets and falls in love with Lauren Bacall as Marie "Slim" Browning.

She utters the famous line:

"You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and... blow!"

Just Put Your Lips Together and Blow

#4 Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948 Humphrey Bogart plays Fred C. Dobbs, a man possessed with gold fever. He turns on his friends and becomes obsessed with his gold, fearing someone will steal it. This is one of several movies where Bogart plays an imbalanced character (other films include In a Lonely Place and The Caine Mutiny).

The story is written and directed by John Huston. (They collaborated on six films together.) Walter Huston, John's father stars and plays one of Bogart's mining partners. The film explores the psychological frailty of a man and his response to physical and emotional stress. Because of Bogart's nuanced character portrayal, I place this movie in my Top Five Bogart films.

This film is #30 on AFI's Top 100 List.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Nobody puts one over on Fred C. Dobbs.
Nobody puts one over on Fred C. Dobbs. | Source

Bogart and Bacall in "The Big Sleep"

Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall - The Big Sleep.
Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall - The Big Sleep. | Source

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#5 The Big Sleep (1946)

In The Big Sleep (1946), a film noir, Bogart plays Philip Marlowe, a hardened private detective. The movie. based on a Raymond Chandler novel, co-stars Lauren Bacall (their second pairing). The film is also the second Bogart made with Howard Hawks. (The first one was To Have and Have Not.) Bogart walks a fine line with the police and his client, by solving crimes and getting caught in the middle of a few along the way. Bogart and Bacall still sizzle on screen, but do not match the white heat of To Have and Have Not.

Bogart's portrayal of a 1940s detective enthralls and thrills throughout. His methodical handling of everyone in the movie is masterful and worthy of Chandler's character. At the end of the movie, one wishes Bogart would have reprised his role as Philip Marlowe. He today's movie sequel world, he most assuredly would have.

Top Five Humphrey Bogart Movies

Leading Lady
#1 - The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Sam Spade
Mary Astor
John Huston
#2 - Casablanca (1942)
Rick Blaine
Ingrid Bergman
Michael Curtiz
#3 - To Have and Have Not (1944)
Harry "Steve" Morgan
Lauren Bacall
Howard Hawks
#4 - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Fred C. Dobbs
John Huston
#5 - The Big Sleep (1945)
Philip Marlowe
Lauren Bacall
Howard Hawks
Top Five Humphrey Bogart Movies

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Humphrey Bogart Movies

Have I listed one of your favorite Humphrey Bogart movies?

I enjoy every one of his films to some degree. I haven't seen all his movies, particularly the movies from the 1930s, but I hope to do so at some point soon. He was nominated three times for an Academy Award. In 1943 he was nominated for Best Actor for his role in Casablanca in 1951 and in 1954 for his portrayal of Lt. Cmdr. Philip Francis Queeg in The Caine Mutiny. He won for Best Actor in 1951 for his character Charlie Allnut in The African Queen.


Humphrey Bogart grew as an actor with each character he portrayed. He was able to transition from B-movie status to Academy Award winner. His love affair with Lauren Bacall lit up the silver screen in blazing fashion.

One of the best known lines that Bogart uttered was the line at the end of The Maltese Falcon. Spade said, "The, uh, stuff that dreams are made of." This quote was the AFI’s 2005 list of the Top 100 Most Memorable movie quotes.

According to wikipedia, this movie quote is based on a line from Act IV of The Tempest by William Shakespeare.

Prospero says : "We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”

Well, Bogart may not be a Shakespearean actor or character, but his films are also world renowned. And, just maybe, as well loved as The Bard and his work!

Humphrey Bogart was one of a kind!

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Humphrey Bogart's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Humphrey Bogart's Star - Hollywood Walk of Fame
Humphrey Bogart's Star - Hollywood Walk of Fame | Source

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