Top Ten Humphrey Bogart Films

Top Ten Humphrey Bogart Films

       Humphrey DeForest Bogart (December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957) was an American actor and is widely regarded as an American cultural icon. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Bogart as the greatest male star in the history of American cinema. After trying various jobs, Bogart began acting in 1921 and became a regular in Broadway productions in the 1920’s and 1930’s. When the stock market crash of 1929 reduced the demand for plays, Bogart turned to film. His first great success was as Duke Mantee in The Petrified Forest (1936), and this led to a period of typecasting as a gangster with films such as Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) and B-movies like The Return of Doctor X (1939). Bogart’s breakthrough as a leading man came in 1941, with High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon. The next year, his performance in Casablanca raised him to the peak of his profession and, at the same time, cemented his trademark film persona, that of the hard-boiled cynic who ultimately shows his noble side. Other successes followed, including To Have and Have Not (1944); The Big Sleep (1946); Dark Passage (1947) and Key Largo (1948), with his wife Lauren Bacall; The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948); In a Lonely Place (1950); The African Queen (1951), for which he won his only Academy Award; Sabrina (1954); and The Caine Mutiny (1954). His last movie was The Harder They Fall (1956). During a film career of almost 30 years, he appeared in 75 feature films.

  1. Casablanca
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    Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and based on the unpublished stage play Everybody Comes to Rick’s by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison. The film stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid; and features Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson. Set during World War II, it focuses on a man torn between, in the words of one character, “love and virtue”. He must choose between his love for a woman and helping her Czech Resistance leader husband escape the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.
    Links: Top 100 FilmsTop Ten Classic Filmshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casablanca_(film), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034583/,
  2. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a 1948 American movie written and directed by John Huston, a feature film adaptation of B. Traven’s 1927 novel of the same name, in which two impecunious Americans, Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) and Bob Curtin (Tim Holt), during the 1920’s in Mexico join with an old-timer, Howard (Walter Huston, the director’s father), to prospect for gold. The old-timer accurately predicts trouble, but is willing to go anyway. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre was one of the first Hollywood films to be filmed almost entirely on location outside the US (in the state of Durango and street scenes in Tampico, Mexico), although the night scenes were filmed back in the studio. The film is quite faithful to the novel. In 1990, this film was selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
    Links: Top Ten Treasure Troveshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Treasure_of_the_Sierra_Madre_(film),
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040897/,
  3. The Maltese Falcon
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    The Maltese Falcon (1941) is a Warner Bros. film noir based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett. Directed by John Huston, the film stars Humphrey Bogart as private investigator Sam Spade and Mary Astor as his “femme fatale” client. Gladys George, Peter Lorre, and Sydney Greenstreet co-star, with Greenstreet appearing in his film debut. The Maltese Falcon was Huston’s directorial debut and was nominated for three Academy Awards. The story follows a San Francisco private detective and his dealings with three unscrupulous adventurers, all of whom are competing to obtain a jewel-encrusted falcon statuette. The Maltese Falcon has been named as one of the greatest films of all time by Roger Ebert and Entertainment Weekly, and was cited by Panorama du Film Noir Américain as the first major film noir. The film premiered on October 3, 1941 in New York City, and was selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 1989.
    Links: Top Ten Film Noir Films, Artifacts, Top 100 ArtifactsTop 100 Birdshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Maltese_Falcon_(1941_film), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033870/,
  4. The Big Sleep
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    The Big Sleep is a 1946 film noir directed by Howard Hawks, the first film version of Raymond Chandler’s 1939 novel of the same name. The movie stars Humphrey Bogart as detective Philip Marlowe and Lauren Bacall as the female lead in a film about the “process of a criminal investigation, not its results.” William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman co-wrote the screenplay. In 1997, the U.S. Library of Congress deemed the film “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” and added it to the National Film Registry.
    Links: Top Ten Film Noir Filmshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_Sleep_(1946_film),
     http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038355/,
  5. The African Queen
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    The African Queen is a 1951 adventure film adapted from the 1935 novel of the same name by C. S. Forester. The film was directed by John Huston and produced by Sam Spiegel and John Woolf. The screenplay was adapted by James Agee, John Huston, John Collier and Peter Viertel. It was photographed in Technicolor by Jack Cardiff and had a music score by Allan Gray. The film stars Humphrey Bogart (who won the Academy Award for Best Actor – his only Oscar), and Katharine Hepburn with Robert Morley, Peter Bull, Walter Gotell, Richard Marner and Theodore Bikel. The African Queen has been selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry, with the Library of Congress deeming it “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_African_Queen_(film), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043265/,
  6. The Caine Mutiny

    The Caine Mutiny is a 1954 American drama film set during WWII, directed by Edward Dmytryk and produced by Stanley Kramer. It stars Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson and Fred MacMurray, and is based on the 1951 Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Herman Wouk The Caine Mutiny. The film depicts a mutiny aboard a fictitious WWII US Navy destroyer minesweeper, the USS Caine (DMS-18), and the subsequent court-martial of two officers.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Caine_Mutiny_(film)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046816/,
  7. To Have and Have Not
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    To Have and Have Not is a 1944 romance-war-adventure film. The movie was directed by Howard Hawks and stars Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, and Lauren Bacall in her first film. Although it is nominally based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway, the story was extensively altered for the film.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Have_and_Have_Not_(film)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037382/,
  8. Key Largo
    Key Largo
    Key Largo is a 1948 film noir directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and Lauren Bacall and featuring Lionel Barrymore and Claire Trevor. The movie was adapted by Richard Brooks and Huston from Maxwell Anderson’s 1939 play of the same name, which played on Broadway for 105 performances in 1939 and 1940. Key Largo was the fourth and final film pairing of married actors Bogart and Bacall. Trevor won the 1948 Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_Largo_(film)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040506/,
  9. In A Lonely Place
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    In a Lonely Place (1950) is a film noir directed by Nicholas Ray, and starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame, produced for Bogart’s Santana Productions. The script was adapted by Edmund North from the 1947 novel In a Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes. Bogart stars in the film as Dixon Steele, a cynical screenwriter suspected of murder. Grahame co-stars as Laurel Gray, a neighbor who falls under his spell. Beyond its surface plot of confused identity and tormented lust, the film is a mordant comment on Hollywood mores and the pitfalls of celebrity and near-celebrity, in much the same vein as two other more widely publicized American films released that same year, Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard and Joseph Mankiewicz’s All About Eve. Although not as well known as his other work, Bogart’s performance in this film is considered by many critics to be among his finest and the film’s reputation itself has grown over time along with Ray’s.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_A_Lonely_Placehttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042593/,
  10. The Roaring Twenties
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    The Roaring Twenties is a 1939 crime thriller starring James Cagney, Priscilla Lane, Humphrey Bogart and Gladys George. The epic movie was directed by Raoul Walsh, and written by Jerry Wald, Richard Macaulay and Robert Rossen based on the story “The World Moves On” by Mark Hellinger. The Roaring Twenties was the last film that Cagney and Bogart made together. The Roaring Twenties is based on “The World Moves On”, a short story by Mark Hellinger, a columnist who had been hired by Jack Warner to write screenplays. The movie is hailed as a classic in the gangster movie genre, and considered an homage to the classic gangster movie of the early 1930’s.
    Links: Top Ten Gangster Filmshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Roaring_Twentieshttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031867/,
  11. Sabrina
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    Sabrina is a 1954 American romantic comedy film directed by Billy Wilder, adapted for the screen by Wilder, Samuel A. Taylor, and Ernest Lehman from Taylor’s play Sabrina Fair. It stars Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, and William Holden. This was Wilder’s last film released by Paramount Pictures, ending a 12-year relation with Wilder and the company.
    Links: Top Ten Audrey Hepburn Films, Top Ten Actresseshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabrina_(1954_film)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047437/,
  12. Sahara
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    Sahara is a 1943 war film directed by Zoltán Korda. Humphrey Bogart stars as a US tank commander in Libya during the Western Desert Campaign of WWII. The movie earned three Academy Award nominations: Best Sound, Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Actor by J. Carrol Naish for his role as an Italian prisoner. The story is credited to an incident depicted in the 1936 Soviet film The Thirteen by Mikhail Romm. Later, Sahara was remade by André de Toth as a Western with Broderick Crawford called Last of the Comanches (1953) and by Brian Trenchard-Smith as the Australian film Sahara, with James Belushi in Bogart’s role. In the movie it depicts events which point to the Battle of Gazala which was an important battle of the Western Desert Campaign of the WWII, fought around the port of Tobruk in Libya which Bogart makes reference to which occurred in May-June 1942.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sahara_(1943_film),
  13. The Harder They Fall
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    The Harder They Fall (1956) was directed by Mark Robson, featuring Humphrey Bogart in his last film before his death in 1957. The film was written by Philip Yordan and based on the 1947 novel by Budd Schulberg. The drama tells a “thinly disguised à clef account of the Primo Carnera boxing scandal,” with the challenger based on Carnera and the champ based on Max Baer; previously both Baer and Carnera had starred in the 1933 movie The Prizefighter and the Lady, in which Carnera is the world champ and Baer is his challenger. Bogart’s character, Eddie Willis, is based on the career of boxing writer and event promoter Harold Conrad.
    Links: Top Ten Boxing Films, Top Ten Boxershttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Harder_They_Fallhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049291/,
  14. Links: Film, Top Ten Actors, Top 100 Filmshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humphrey_Bogart,

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