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5 Must-See Humphrey Bogart Movies

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Hollywood Icon Humphrey Bogart

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.

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

The Dingus

#1 The Maltese Falcon (1941)

In this film noir, Humphrey Bogart plays Samuel Spade. This movie is based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett. Bogart plays a private investigator that gets embroiled in the mystery about a sculpted figure of a raven, The Maltese Falcon, which may be worth a considerable sum of money.

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 against each other 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, keeps the police at bay and tries to locate the missing statue. He pits each of the characters against each other that leads to a thrilling climax.

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

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre / Maltese Falcon

Sam Spade in Control


#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" where most of the action occurs throughout the film. It co-stars Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid. The all-star cast also 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. They begin a love affair in Paris, France that is interrupted by the Nazi's occupation. A shattered Bogart leaves Paris on a train, having been stood up by Bergman, in the pouring 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 as 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.

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Casablanca (1942) has six lines of dialogue on AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movie Quotes, more than any other film.

Sydney Greenstreet and Humphrey Bogart at Rick's


Bogart and Bacall - To Have And Have Not

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

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

#3 To Have and Have Not (1944)

In this film, Humphrey Bogart plays Harry "Steve" Morgan, a fisherman (loosely based on Ernest Hemingway's novel of the same name). He and co-star Lauren Bacall sizzle when life imitates art. They literally fall 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 palpable. As we watch them fall in love, powerful emotions arise that tantalize.

This movie is another war-romance for Bogart, set in Fort-de-France, Martinique, which is 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!"

(This quote was ranked #34 in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema).

To Have and Have Not

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

#4 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

In the movie The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Humphrey Bogart plays Fred C. Dobbs, a man possessed with gold fever. He turns on his friends and becomes obsessed with the gold he and his two companions mine, fearing one of them 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. (Bogart and Huston 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.

Bogart and Bacall in "The Big Sleep"

Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall - The Big Sleep.

Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall - The Big Sleep.

#5 The Big Sleep (1946)

In The Big Sleep (film noir), Bogart plays Philip Marlowe, a hardened private detective. The movie is based on a Raymond Chandler novel and co-stars Lauren Bacall (Bogart and Bacall's 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 their chemistry does not match the white heat of To Have and Have Not.

Bogart's portrayal of a 1940's 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 mad movie sequel world, he most assuredly would have.

Top Five Humphrey Bogart Movies

Top Five Humphrey Bogart Movies

MovieCharacterLeading LadyDirector

#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

Which Do You Like Best?

Faces of Bogey


Humphrey Bogart Movies

Does this list include one of your favorite Humphrey Bogart movies?

I enjoy each of Bogart's films to some degree. He was nominated three times for an Academy Award. In 1943 he was nominated for Best Actor for his role in Casablanca in 1951. Also, in 1954 for his portrayal of Lt. Cmdr. Philip Francis Queeg in The Caine Mutiny. He won the award for Best Actor in 1951 for his portrayal of Charlie Allnut in The African Queen.

The stuff that dreams are made of!



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 one of The Bard's characters, but his films are world renowned like Shakespeare's plays. And, maybe, just maybe, Bogey is as well loved as Shakespeare!

Humphrey Bogart was one of a kind!

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