Ranking the 25 Most Essential Films of Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart is a legend and an icon in Hollywood history. His career, spanning three decades, with 84 screen credits, is impressively varied in ways the average film fan may not expect.

Today, Bogart's legacy in film remains indelible, with Stephen managing The Bogart Estate. He shares stories, photos, and more from his life and career on the Official Website HumphreyBogart.com, Twitter, and Instagram.

Ranking his films may be arbitrary, and some great films missed the top 25. But regardless, for the actor born on Christmas Day, exploring his 25 most essential films is a striking look at some of the finest films ever made.

25. Passage to Marseille (1944)

It is a story filled with poignant moments, but the film's greatest attribute is its exceptional cast, including Claude Rains, Sidney Greenstreet, and Peter Lorre.

24. Dead End (1937)

Directed by William Wyler, Dead End is about the contrast between the poor and the wealthy, the morally corrupt and the pure of heart, and everything in between.

23. Across the Pacific (1942)

This film is a fun one for the biggest Bogart fan to watch. It not only pairs him with his Maltese Falcon co-stars Mary Astor and Sidney Greenstreet, but it features contrasting tones, which the viewer can find both engrossing and amusing.

22. Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)

In this cautionary tale, Bogart plays the ruthless lawyer and mob boss James Frazier, whom Rocky becomes entangled with. While this is more of a vehicle for Cagney, this film is still worthy for the Bogart enthusiast.

21. All Through The Night (1942)

Like today's comedic adventures and thrillers, this film blends comedy of both slapstick and witty variety with serious wartime drama and action.

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