He was the man with the famous hangdog face, the original Rat Pack leader from New York City, who famously played dogged detectives, lowlife hoods, and hard men torn between temptation and fate.
Humphrey Bogart, known to his closest friends and associates as Bogie, has earned his place in the pantheon as one of the most expressive and uniquely American leading men in the history of cinema. His vast filmography is filled with simply stunning performances that demonstrate his incredible talent.
Here's a list of eleven of our favorite Humphrey Bogart performances.
Paul Fabrini in They Drive By Night (1940)
They Drive By Night, Raoul Walsh's more obscure screen collaboration with Bogart, is a pure, lean 40s pulp tale of two fraternal truckers caught in a deadly plot involving B-movie goddess Ida Lupino (who famously played Bogart in Walshs High Sierra, also on this list), yet he still manages to steal most of the scenes that he is in while fully leaning into his grizzled, now-inimitable screen persona.
Linus Larrabee in Sabrina (1954)
Billy Wilders Sabrina is a slept-on gem that doesn't receive much attention as other well-known films like Sunset Boulevard or Some Like It Hot. Nevertheless, this film belongs to one of the greatest film directors of all time. Bogart is played by William Holden as one half of two brothers who are romantically confused with the lovely daughter of the family chauffer (a shining Audrey Hepburn).
Harry Morgan in To Have and Have Not (1944)
Howard Hawks, who directed To Have And Have Not, a Golden-Era Hollywood great (Rio Bravo, Red River, Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday), is a testament to the old maxim that they dont make movies like they used to. The Hawks classic succeeds in no small part as a result of Bogie's distinctive on-screen partner, Lauren Bacall.
Roy "Mad Dog" Earle in High Sierra (1941)
With this fatalistic California mountain noir, directed by Raoul Walsh and co-written by John Huston, who would later star Bogart in films like The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen, and Beat The Devil, Bogart channeled the true spirit of a true-blue sociopath.
Charlie Allnut in The African Queen (1951)
Charlie Allnut, the salty, seen-it-all mechanic who serves as the de facto captain of the steamboat ship The African Queen, is nothing less than one of Bogart's most memorable screen works. The actor is as warm and lovable as he has ever been, yet in Katherine Hepburn, playing a funny, but stuck-up society girl who warms up to this handsome codger, he discovers one of his most motivating screen partners.
Rick Blaine in Casablanca (1942)
Yes, if you say your favorite Humphrey Bogart performance isn't Casablanca, which is considered by most, if not all, serious film scholars and cinephiles to be one of the greatest American films of all time, it's just as true. Rick Blaine, the owner of a nightclub in the United States, is a member of the most widely recognized film characters of all time, and the way Bogart transforms the character into a believably flawed antagonist is nothing short
Glenn in The Desperate Hours (1955)
The Desperate Hours, a scathing, unusually disturbing home invasion thriller from William Wyler, is particularly disturbing as a leader of a group of three scumbags who take themselves into a suburban familys house and proceed to kidnap them captive; Steven Soderbergh basically re-made it as No Sudden Move, which was released last year.
Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep (1946)
The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler's seminal Southland noir, is my mind's game, and I grieve over them during long winter evenings. Who else but the great Bogart might savor such a hard-boiled aphorism with such a straight face? To put it bluntly, Chandler's trademark gumshoe is nothing less than the definitive screen interpretation.
Vincent Parry in Dark Passage (1947)
Delmer Dave's wacky, subdued man-on-the-run noir is told from the perspective of Bogarts' tortured prison escapee: it's a remarkable feat of pure filmmaking technique that still feels unique after more than a half-century after the film's release. Bogarts' face isn't even fully revealed until after the film's first hour, but he still manages to create an absolutely undeniable character purely through his trademark, sozzle
Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon (1941)
The Maltese Falcon is a dark and cruel film noir genre that makes it one of the genre's most notorious drinking pals. This time, Bogart plays a haunting, almost spectral role alongside Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, and a deeply menacing Peter Lorre.
Dixon Steele in In a Lonely Place (1950)
In a Lonely Place, Nicholas Ray's timeless film, is one of the essential American films about the solitude of the scribes' lives and the vulnerability to which some writers consider it appropriate to deny their own happiness just because they have something to write about. Bogart has rarely appeared as vulnerable or emotionally wounded as he does playing melancholy screenwriter Dix Steele, who is inundated with a mercurial character played by Gloria Grahame.