Best fictional detectives
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'The Maltese Falcon' (1941)( Warner Bros. )
Detective name: Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) in "The Maltese Falcon" (1941)
Sleuthing style: Classy and tough with a rock-solid moral code that not even the most cunning femme fatale can crack.
Claim to fame: Dashiell Hammett's character earned ultimate noir cred and led the way for all cocky private investigators in film.