best film: The Big Sleep is arguably the greatest noir film and the greatest Hawks’ film of all-time (and many would argue the best Bogey film and I see the argument for sure). It’s a masterpiece and edges out To Have and Have Not and Sirk’s masterpiece: Written on the Wind to be Bacall’s best film.

best performance:  To Have and Have Not. Although The Big Sleep is the better film, the better performance is unquestionably To Have and Have Not. It’s one of the great acting debuts of all-time. The 19 year-old actress steals scenes from prime Bogart, captures our hearts (and his), and walks off with the sublime ending

stylistic innovations/traits: Bacall was a tall ex-model who had an archiveable film career that spanned 60 years (1944-2004) with an archiveable film in every decade except the 1980’s. That said, she’s here because of her work with her four-time co-star (and husband) Humphrey Bogart. The two Hawks’ films are the best of them but Dark Passage and Key Largo are fantastic as well. Bacall is known for her smoothness, sexiness and deep sultry voice seemingly predestined to be in black and white film noir.

directors worked with: Hawks (2), one with Sirk, Lumet, Von Trier

Top 5 Performances:

  1. To Have and Have Not
  2. The Big Sleep
  3. Key Largo
  4. Written on the Wind
  5. The Shootist

Archiveable films

1944- To Have and Have Not
1946- The Big Sleep
1947- Dark Passage
1948- Key Largo
1953- How to Marry a Millionaire
1955- Blood Alley
1956- Written on the Wind
1974- Murder on the Orient Express
1976- The Shootist
1990- Misery
2003- Dogville
2004- Birth