The 7 Best and 7 Worst Humphrey Bogart Movies, Ranked

One film that looms larger than any other film in Humphrey Bogart’s entire career is the 1942 classic “Casablanca,” which paired him with co-star Ingrid Bergman and director Michael Curtiz. Set in the eponymous Moroccan city after France was invaded by the Axis powers during World War II, “Casablanca” stars Bogart as disillusioned American expat Rick Blaine, who runs a box of night frequented by Allied and Axis clientele. Rick reunites with former flame Ilsa Lund (Bergman), learning that she and her husband Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) are now working with the Allied resistance against the Nazi war machine in Europe and North Africa.

With the forbidden romance rekindled between Rick and Ilsa framed by the shadowy game of cat-and-mouse between Allied and Axis operatives and sympathizers, “Casablanca” was an instant classic. As a character straddling both sides of the conflict, Bogart’s Rick isn’t quite an outright hero, but rather embodies the fallacy of neutrality while trying to figure out his relationship with Ilsa. Widely acclaimed, “Casablanca” went on to win the Best Picture Oscar, with Bogart nominated for Best Actor, his first such distinction. “Casablanca” has influenced countless films since, including several featuring Bogart himself in a similar role.

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