With his long face, shadowed eyes and short stature, Humphrey Bogart almost never made it past supporting roles to leading man. Thank goodness destiny took a hand, and finally gave him top billing.
Here are six great Humphrey Bogart films, where Bogie plays heroes and villains, complex men of honor and deeply flawed characters. Every one of these films deserves its place among the most beloved classic American movies.
He and real-life love Lauren Bacall are clearly made for each other, but not ready to trust in a tightly woven story of drugs, sex, blackmail and murder. Bogart does a funny bit as a fussy customer in an antiquarian book shop, takes a whole lot of punishment from some nasty thugs, and of course, ultimately solves the mystery of The Big Sleep.
There are other wonderful Humphrey Bogart films, of course, but these six are sure to please. Here's lookin' at you, kid!