The Big Sleep (1946)

Despite Casablanca’s iconic status (fans consider it “bittersweet” while I classify it as brooding and enigmatic), I consider this Noir to be the epitome of its genre. For me, Bogart springs to mind when I think of classic film: charming and able to hold his own without diminishing the strength and wit of a bold woman. In one of the rare instances of real-life chemistry further enhancing on-screen magnetism, the leads shine as they team up to navigate a tangled web of murder and blackmail.

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