Maltese Falcon The (1941)
One of the best detective movies is also one of Humphrey Bogart’s best films (nominated for a Best Picture Oscar two years before Casablanca won) that also features Mary Astor Sydney Greenstreet (his only Academy Award nominated performance in his screen debut) and Peter Lorre. Directed by John Huston who also received an Oscar nomination for writing the screenplay. "The stuff dreams are made of" (#14 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list) says Bogart’s Sam Spade. Proof that a remake can be better than the original! Added to the National Film Registry in 1989. #23 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Movies list. #26 on AFI’s 100 Most Heart-Pounding Movies list.
See also my "Comparative Review of the three "Maltese Falcon" movies" essay!