THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951)

I still think this enjoyable adventure story holds up, though the story of its shooting in the Congo (including possible accidental cannibalism) is now at least as famous as the movie itself.

THE DEAD (1987)

John Huston’s final film adapts a short story by James Joyce about a party in 1904 Dublin.

THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)

A story where three very grizzled dudes find gold in the wilderness and it drives them all nuts. A manly man’s parable about greed.

CHINATOWN (1974)

The definitive neo-noir, a movie I love, now inextricably linked with the crimes of its director.

THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)

A movie that launched legendary careers and an entire classic genre of film, and is also pretty fun in its own right.