Essential Classics: Dramas
The Maltese Falcon
Private eye Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) follows a trail of murder and high-living lowlifes to "the stuff that dreams are made of" - a coveted priceless falcon statuette. As thrilling today as yesterday - and often cited as the first film noir movie.
It expanded filmmaking like no other work and became the American Film Institute's choice as the all-time #1 movie. With all the dazzling technique comes a dazzlingly layered story: the mystery surrounding the last utterance - rosebud - of a dying magnate (Orson Welles).
A name synonymous with screen spectacle. This awe-inspiring tale of majesty and miracle includes thundering chariots, fierce clashes at sea, and Charlton Heston as the Jewish nobleman whose heroic odyssey includes fateful encounters with Jesus.