Film Noir Face-Off
Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) Chinatown (1973)
One of the bleakest entries in the film-noir canon is also one of it’s most lauded films.
Polanski's murky masterpiece see Nicholson on top form as the dogged Gittes, Faye Dunaway before the face lift, Roman before the rape allegation and Robert Towne before his Tom Cruise period. All's not well that ends really not well, though.
Broken Nose Factor: 9
Blindness To Disturbing Incest: 9
Sleuth Factor: 9
Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Bogey’s finest performance. The practically flawless adaptation of the book that birthed the genre.
This takes it simply because Bogey gets his man - and his mysterious statue. And because it makes us slightly nostalgic for sleazy-but-cool on-screen fag-puffing.
Cool Sounding Name Factor: 10
Hey, Weren’t You in Casablanca-ness: 10
Sleuth Factor: 10