Humphrey Bogart’s 25 Best Movies – 24/7 Wall St.
During Hollywood’s Golden Age, few actors were bigger than Humphrey Bogart. According to Rotten Tomatoes, Bogart has starred in or appeared in some 76 feature films, 24 of which have scored 90% or more from critics. In 1968, he was named the No. 1 man on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest screen legends of the past 100 years.
To determine Humphrey Bogart’s best films, 24/7 Tempo has developed an index using average ratings on IMDban online movie database owned by Amazon, and a combination of Audience Scores and Tomatometer scores on rotten tomatoes, an online film and television review aggregator, in September 2022. Only films in which Humphrey Bogart is among the top four billed actors on IMDb were considered for inclusion. (Director credits are from IMDb.)
Bogart’s drawn face and tired eyes seemed to reflect a world worn down by depression and war. His infamous speech impediment only heightened his downtrodden appeal. The studios concocted a story that Bogart had a scar on his mouth from an altercation with a German prisoner during World War I while serving in the Navy. (It was more likely the result of a childhood incident.)
Bogart came from New York, like other Hollywood badass of the 1930s and 1940s like James Cagney and George Raft. Like these actors, he played gangsters in films produced by Warner Bros. But he also portrayed crusading district attorneys, cynical private investigators, and unlucky vagabonds. (These are considered the best gangster movies of all time.)
A contract actor in Hollywood in the 1930s, he became a star in the 1936 film “The Petrified Forest.” His performances in “High Sierra” and “The Maltese Falcon” in 1941 and in “Casablanca” the following year placed him at the pinnacle of the motion picture industry, where he would remain throughout the 1940s. (“Casablanca” is considered as one of the greatest war films ever made.)
Bogart benefited from collaborations with directors Raoul Walsh and Michael Curtiz, but his pairing with John Huston boosted his career considerably. Huston directed Bogart in ‘Key Largo’, ‘The Treasure of the Sierra Madre’, ‘The Maltese Falcon’ and ‘The African Queen’. Bogart won his only Oscar for his performance in the last of them. (Huston was a member of one of Hollywood’s most famous dynasties.)
Click here to see Humphrey Bogart’s top 25 movies
Bogart’s films received a boost in the 1960s and 1970s as his cynical persona resonated with students disillusioned with the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal, and he remains a cinematic icon to this day.