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The Maltese Falcon

1941
Drama
Crime
1h 40m
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Avg Percentile 70.81% from 4656 total ratings

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Rated 24 Dec 2009
100
99th
Great screenplay, great direction, and a perfect cast in this greatest of all private eye films. Life here is nothing but one long poker game. Everybody is bluffing, and nobody ever tells the whole truth.
Rated 18 Jun 2007
8
93rd
One of the granddaddies of noir, and thanks to John Hutson's high-suspense direction and the dark and brooding atmosphere I strongly prefer it to The Big Sleep. The only weakness is Mary Astor, who isn't nearly as hot as I pictured Brigid from the book. Also, we have some cool scenes where the unarmed hero disarms his gun-wielding opponent, clearly ripped off from Brett Ratner's Rush Hour.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
99th
Every moment is joyous, in this greatest of all detective films. It is an incredibly self-assured directorial debut: Huston said that he felt “an immediate mastery”, not “in the sense that I was an expert or good director but in the sense of its being right and therefore true for me”. He goes on: “I felt myself at one with the Sam Spade character, and [Dashiell] Hammett’s mentality and philosophy were quite congenial to me. The story was a dramatization of myself, of how I felt about things.”
Rated 20 Oct 2010
96
99th
The first full-fledged noir. With an off-the-charts incredible cast it, first and foremost, delivered on the attitude developed in Hammett's hardboiled fiction. It struck the right distrustful mood and established the detective role as that of a mediator between the corrupt underworld and the just as rotten men of the law, as well as his conflict between staying alive by his code or getting involved with a femme fatale. Rarely, if ever, have all these conventions been put to better use since.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
61st
Great cast and great story, but it left me sort of... empty. I'm glad I've seen it, anyway.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
84
81st
Not particularly impressed with Huston's directing. Like Sierra Madre, I found it adequate but unremarkable. His screenplay (and Hammett's story) are excellent, but to me the real attraction here is all the talent onscreen. Bogie is a joy to observe, as always, and the supporting cast is top-notch as well. Mary Astor seems miscast, but you can't complain about the performances from Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Elisha Cook, and Lee Patrick.
Rated 10 Jun 2008
85
92nd
Tough guy heterosexual Bogart has affairs with partner's wife and the client, humiliates and one-ups a series of homosexuals and women, and turns trying to keep your false teeth in place into the defining gesture of aggressive masculinity. Awesome. Incidentally, 'gunsel' colloquially meant 'prison bitch', in Yiddish slang. Only subsequently did it come to mean 'gun-wielding criminal', because of this very movie.
Rated 22 Dec 2008
8
78th
Other noir films such as Double Indemnity, Shadow of a Doubt,... were better than this one. It felt a bit juvenile, lacking some nice chemistry between the main characters and filled with performances that didn't really thrill me. It's still a lovely and stylish film with an interesting plot, and one of the better directorial debuts I've seen, but I wish I liked it more.
Rated 12 Feb 2019
91
91st
Welp, Nevermind: The Movie.
Rated 27 Mar 2007
100
98th
The standard by which all other film noirs and mysteries must follow. Wonderful characters, a sparkling script, a believably twisty plot and a man named Humphrey Bogart makes this film worth watching again and again.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
97th
Bogart is smooth as silk in this polished and intriguing noir. Full of wonderful characters, sharp dialogue, and an effective dark and brooding atmosphere.
Rated 19 Sep 2007
3
61st
A bit campy and claustrophobic, but very important in the history of film noir. It's not even the first noir (that would be Stranger on the Third Floor), but it went a long way to establish the conventions of the "genre."
Rated 11 Feb 2008
92
98th
They don't make movies like this anymore.
Rated 14 Nov 2009
7
68th
This is one of the reasons why Bogart is a legend. Elisha Cook Jr. could not keep up with Bogie at all and just looked foolish trying to act with the legend. Solid movie, a bit overrated, but still good. I'm glad I saw it. Also, Mary Astor is a dead ringer for Julianne Moore.
Rated 13 Dec 2006
91
96th
I'm simply loving it ... one of the best and stylishst film adaptations of a hard boiled novel.
Rated 25 Feb 2007
85
83rd
Classy and clever. Humphrey Bogart is great. One of the first film noirs I ever saw and what a way to start. A classic!
Rated 27 Feb 2007
89
95th
Theres a reason it's considered one of the best Noir films.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
4
70th
One of the most iconic movies in American history, mainly for Bogart, but the supporting characters - Lorre, Greenstreet, etc. - are fantastic as well. This is the movie that basically invented film noir, and it stands up on its own as an excellent movie, rather than only a historical artifact.
Rated 19 Mar 2007
93
90th
The Maltese Falcon is one of those achievements in film history that can not be ignored. It's certainly not the best film noir movie but it's the one that is often credited with being the catalyst to spark the new wave of noir. It's an excellent tale directed by John Huston and led by the iconic Humphrey Bogart. It's one that shouldn't be missed.
Rated 25 Jul 2015
60
69th
Some fun to be had for sure. But a couple of things I found strange, about Spade's 1.) Indifference to his partner's demise (he reacted the same as if he'd been told it might rain in tomorrow) and 2.) The lack of any hint that Spade was falling for the dame at all (or vice versea) until the very final scene. Who to blame? The writers? Director? Bogart? I don't know, maybe there were a few steamy scenes on the cutting room floor? This was good. Casablanca is miles better.
Rated 14 Jul 2014
75
67th
MacGuffin: The Movie
Rated 17 Apr 2008
96
85th
Great story, absolute gem of the Noir genre, and I've got nothing but praise for it, but it does lack that certain edge which really puts other Noir fare like The Third Man over the top for me.
Rated 01 May 2008
30
7th
It feels like a dull crime-novel in an uninspired film-costume.
Rated 09 May 2008
95
96th
I think my favourite performance here is Greenstreet's. I can't get enough of him as Gutman. He's wonderful with the part.
Rated 10 Jun 2008
7
67th
I'm not contesting that this is a good film - I enjoyed it - I just wasn't completely satisfied with it. Sure, the cast and story are both great, but in the end, it left me sort of empty.
Rated 03 Apr 2017
3
36th
i recently read 'red harvest', in which the convoluted plot flowed dreamlike along the subtle emotional undercurrents of its narrator's hard-boiled prose. this film needed more of that to earn its climactic speech, but the bulk is a deliciously silly lark (not helped by the score), somewhat inert and drily expository but carried by a killer cast and witty script. bogart's vaguely disturbing spade sowed the seeds for a screen persona that would reach a horrifying zenith with IN A LONELY PLACE.
Rated 09 Apr 2012
100
98th
Not so great. All they did was string together a bunch of awesome famous quotes...oh wait...
Rated 23 Dec 2008
80
63rd
It's a good film. I think it's definitely hyped because of Bogart and Huston, but good acting and directing, fine story and everything. It just never really came to me as 'brilliant'.
Rated 02 Jan 2009
91
82nd
A smoothly handled and desolately classical film that's a fellow pioneer of the now crumbling, almost entirely uninhabited Noir genre. Bogart puts the rest of the cast to shame with one of the most shining and brightest performances ever to be witnessed by citizens around the world. Who can resist his snappy one-liners? He's an absolute riot and fan favorite! In Huston's directorial debut, he truly embraces his full potential, making for a masterpiece to be remembered until all is gone.
Rated 16 Jul 2009
87
85th
Some of the wittiest and slipperiest dialogue you'll ever hear. Bogie smokes and shmuzes his way to the answer of this riddle, and thankfully, brings the rest of us along for the ride. While I wanted to kill Astor's 'femme fatale' for being so predictable (you can see through her like glass), she acted it well, while the rest of the cast and plot is fantastic.
Rated 10 Jan 2010
91
95th
Bogart's best..
Rated 26 Jan 2012
90
95th
Bogart is such a badass in this one, but he's a badass who is clearly having a lot of fun, which in turn makes it fun for the viewer. I mean, the guy learns that his partner just got murdered and the first thing he does is order a sign-writer to scrub his partner's name off the window. The second thing he does is try to get off with the partner's widow. That's cold as fuck, but kind of funny at the same time. Great cast, great script, great pacing, great film.
Rated 23 Feb 2016
75
74th
At times, it seems more contrived than archetypal. That said, Gutman is a great villain, with an entitled solipsism so festering that (ironically) everything but the MacGuffin registers as a joke to him. Its greatest feat is that the moral code of its protagonist is only made clear at the very end: a professional loyalty engendered in the simple acknowledgement that a detective who can't figure who killed his partner can't possibly be very good at his job, a trust based in masculine competence.
Rated 30 Nov 2006
94
84th
One of the best Noir detective stories. Always a pleasure to see Bogart explaining it all to us. Stylish film, always fun to watch.
Rated 12 Feb 2007
85
68th
Not Bogy's best by any means but a film that really tells a good story and keeps interest very well.
Rated 02 May 2014
75
81st
Its innovation is still palpable despite being diluted by years of parody and cliche. All of the supporting actors are excellent -- Lorre in particular -- but I found the "romance" completely unconvincing. Not sure why the femme fatale was costumed like a nun, but sure. I'm also not entirely sure why so much attention was devoted to the Macguffin (did we really need a whole monologue?) but these are small gripes on a fine film with a strong ending.
Rated 04 Mar 2007
100
98th
Its the stuff that 100 ratings are made of GET IT AHAHAHAHHA
Rated 26 Mar 2007
60
47th
Not bad, but somehow I'm not thrilled
Rated 12 May 2007
87
93rd
A true classic. Humphrey Bogart makes a great performance in this mystery thriller.
Rated 30 Jun 2007
100
98th
The gold standard.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
95th
Classic gumshoe flick, one of Bogey's best. It's got fantastic dialog and a superb supporting cast.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
88th
The kind of required viewing if you're in love with films. Humphrey Bogart is a tough nut in this Noir picture about a lot of shady people looking for an expensive paperweight.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
97th
How to comment on a classic? Everything about this film is absolutely great, starting from Bogey's unmatched charisma and appearance, to the intruiging plot.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
87
94th
Great old movie, no matter if you're young or old, it's utterly enjoyable, and worth watching if you want to see the original detective noir story.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
96
93rd
C'mon... It's Sam Spade. 'Nuff said.
Rated 20 Jul 2012
95
93rd
The rapport between Bogart and Lorre is worth the proverbial ticket price alone, but every scene of The Maltese Falcon exudes excellence. One of the crowning cinematic achievements of the forties, for sure.
Rated 22 Aug 2007
95
95th
I know everyone thinks its cliche, but it started the cliches.
Rated 15 Sep 2007
75
79th
Enjoyable film noir. The cast is good and the dialogue is strong.
Rated 17 Oct 2007
100
98th
one of the all time best movies
Rated 20 Oct 2007
100
94th
The standard for film noir of the 40s, with a iconic cast that conducts acting class on screen (Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Elisha Cook Jr.). The film's climatic scene, where Bogart tells Astor that she is "going to take the fall" is the "stuff that dreams are made of..." Brilliant.
Rated 23 Nov 2007
89
88th
Fantastic film noir. Excellent acting by all characters. Bogey is one of the greatest actors in the history of film. A terrific mystery film. Hasn't aged one bit.
Rated 23 Jun 2020
65
64th
All the elements necessary for a great noir film are here, but for some reason (at least for me) they do not fall into place. Perhaps because at times it descends into caricature, particularly as regards the villains.
Rated 01 Jan 2008
90
90th
One of the relatively few film noir movies I've seen, but a classic.
Rated 23 Mar 2011
100
95th
Excellent, fast-paced film noir with outstanding performances, great dialogue, and concentrated attention to details. Huston's first film and Greenstreet's talky debut. First of several films starring Bogart and Astor.
Rated 19 Jan 2008
96
97th
Exellent story by Dashiell Hammet. Great actors at their best Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Elisha Cook Jr.
Rated 29 Feb 2008
65
65th
I guess this is the quintessential film noir, but nowhere near the best. To really take it in you have to discount that every element of it has since been done to death. In and of itself it's a reliable cinematic translation of the hard-boiled detective novel - clever, dense with wisecracks, but not very insightful or authentic. It's engaging enough but I must say I'm not crazy about movies that are this chatty. If people talked so fast and so much in reality we would all die of headaches.
Rated 29 Mar 2008
85
77th
A generally excellent film, but I felt the romance aspect let it down slightly. Bogart's interactions with Astor have no snap or crackle, at least until the final scene.
Rated 26 Sep 2023
91
78th
Surprisingly brilliant twists and turns of the story and the characters, very good humour, and a more or less interesting female character. A re-watch with subtitles will be necessary though.
Rated 04 May 2008
7
77th
Very entertaining from start to finish. Incredible screenplay and dialogue, backed with great talent. Still, its not very memorable.
Rated 11 May 2008
84
83rd
Bogart is great as usual and Huston keeps the story going with solid pacing. A noir classic for a reason.
Rated 06 Jun 2008
100
92nd
Perfect adaptation.
Rated 11 Jul 2008
100
90th
A thrilling noir mystery involving a lot of cool guys in awesome suits and hats spouting snappy one-liners and punching each other on the neck. Really cool, really awesome and really enjoyable. Keeps you wondering right up until the end. Classic.
Rated 15 Aug 2008
95
99th
Mystery, romance, money - must see.
Rated 07 Oct 2011
93
91st
This film is incredible. The cast, the tight and unpredictable script, the setting, Huston's direction; they're all amazing.
Rated 10 Feb 2011
85
94th
This is one my favourite film's. The acting script and pacing of this film is spot on.The last scene between Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) and Brigid O'Shaughnessy (Mary Astor) is fantastic.
Rated 04 Oct 2008
93
95th
Awesome. Really enough said. Film noirs basically start here.
Rated 24 Dec 2008
98
99th
Brilliant film, with Bogart cranking out his lines in hyper speed. The whole cast is brilliant, and this is one of the films every film buff must see!
Rated 16 Apr 2023
73
88th
The Maltese Falcon has a well-acted, intricate plot and good dialogue but the pace is relatively sluggish by modern standards despite the twists-and-turns. Lorre actually saves the film for me, adding a level of campy light-heartedness in an otherwise shady noire. The cinematography is interesting more than impressive; mostly well-shot static cams, but the scene in the hotel room reminded me of Indiana Jones the the Last Crusade. Overall, a little dated but it stands the test of time.
Rated 03 Mar 2009
94
89th
Terrific, entertaining, funny in spots. All you could ask for. Recommended.
Rated 11 May 2009
8
93rd
I don't really have any quibbles with this movie whatsoever. Perfect lead in Humphrey Bogart, great supporting turns by Lorre and Greenstreet, twisty story and a killer ending. The cinematography is beautiful, too.
Rated 03 Jun 2009
90
90th
You can't not love Bogart in this. He is a man who is In Control in pretty much every scene in the movie, and that it just great to watch.
Rated 04 Jul 2011
70
50th
It's very good, but it's perhaps a little too over-praised. Quite a bit of time is spent explaining the plot for the audience's benefit. Furthermore, the love story is stupid and contrived. That's what I didn't like. What I did like is how charming, confident, and funny Bogart is. It occurred to me watching this that I hadn't really seen him laugh before. His character clearly thinks that he's the smartest man in the room, which is fun to watch, because he is.
Rated 18 Jan 2016
79
77th
Decently shot and directed early noir with a fast paced narrative, witty dialogue and enjoyably twisty plot. A couple of very finely crafted scenes and all of the actors are great. Lorre especially is a magnetic presence. It has a lighter touch than I expected and almost works as a cynical comedy in many ways. Very solid movie but didn't really blow my mind in a way I perhaps expected.
Rated 23 Jul 2009
94
93rd
A perfect movie, marred only by the casting of the female lead. If it had been Bacall, this would be superior to The Big Sleep.
Rated 21 May 2011
100
99th
Bogart is the man, he'll outwit you and charm your girl. It's really hard not to get totally swept up in it, from the dialogue to the superb acting, to the visuals. It just does everything so well. I don't really see it as predictable either, considering the time it was made. It's all about context... 70 years ago things would have been different, so I judge the movie on how it handles itself. Not to mention, everything is so good you just get involved. Predictable be damned.
Rated 12 Jun 2010
71
49th
It has the style, the lines and the great performance from Bogart to keep me entertained, but on its own it wasn't as good as it's reputation. Nevertheless, it's worth giving it a try.
Rated 04 Apr 2011
84
72nd
Bogart is great in this film
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
51st
I realize people love(d) it, but it just doesn't work for me. The thing is so convuluted that even after it's been explained, I still don't get it.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
82nd
Been a while since I've seen it, but I remember being sucked into its world.
Rated 25 Sep 2007
75
37th
Another Bogart classic noir.
Rated 22 Feb 2018
75
45th
Awesome in the context of 1941, not so great when compared to the next 75 years worth of films. The plot is a too twisty for its own good.
Rated 18 Feb 2024
60
68th
Pretty good story; solidly entertaining. The treatment of women does it no favors. Enjoyed the sets.
Rated 10 Apr 2011
80
91st
Bogart is incredible and it becomes clear by the end of the film that he is almost solely responsible for the film's enduring reputation.
Rated 25 Dec 2010
94
98th
93.500
Rated 13 Jun 2008
98
97th
The MacGuffin done right.
Rated 18 Oct 2008
89
93rd
Simply great! Really good work by Huston and Bogart.
Rated 19 Dec 2008
92
84th
161
Rated 01 Jan 2011
90
91st
All-time favorite
Rated 04 Mar 2009
60
85th
The third and the most revered (but, please, not the definitive) movie version of Hammett's mystery novel. It insists on the fun involved in private-eye escapades, as it wobbles underneath the consequences of some whimsical casting and playing -- Greenstreet, Lorre, Cook, Astor, and Bogart as Spade. This is Huston's first directing job, and he seems determined to make a lark of it. Some of that spirit is contagious.
Rated 19 Aug 2009
94
94th
Humphrey Bogart's best performance. I don't think anything can top it. Doesn't help that the film is also the benchmark for all film noirs to come after it.
Rated 08 Jan 2017
85
85th
Bogart to Lorre: "When you're slapped, you'll take it and like it." Best line ever.
Rated 25 Oct 2020
100
96th
"I'll tell you right out, I am a man who likes talking to a man who likes to talk." One of the greatest ensemble casts uttering some of the greatest dialogue in one of the greatest directorial debuts.
Rated 03 Jan 2013
72
80th
Perhaps not the most characteristic of the noir genre (as it would come to be known), but it's the one I think of first. Just stylized enough to be effective without losing its realistic atmosphere. The leads are all good, but I have a soft spot for Elisha Cook Jr. as the Gutman's lowly henchman.
Rated 13 Jan 2010
92
84th
169
Rated 06 Feb 2010
100
95th
Best Film-Noir Ever
Rated 08 Jun 2019
100
84th
The thing that dreams are made of. John Huston's first film hits it out of the park.
Rated 28 Jan 2014
80
89th
Bogart's character is awesome, showing people he's boss by spitting venomous lines at the speed of light and then marking his words by bitchslapping everyone around.
Rated 17 Jul 2010
82
76th
OK movie, but nothing insanely good. Acting is pretty good, but has some rough spots in the minor roles. I finally know why the old Loony Tunes cartoons had characters saying "Hello, sweetheart" and then kissing like mad. The mystery is very one-dimensional, and doesn't have that many surprises like many of today's mystery movies.
Rated 20 Aug 2010
79
74th
Great acting all around (although I thought Mary Astor's voice was grating), and a great example of noir. Greenstreet and Lorre are inimitable, and Bogart has his character nailed. At 69 years old, it's still the best Hollywood remake I've seen.
Rated 24 Feb 2016
13
69th
Star Rating: ★★★1/2

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