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The Best James Cagney Movies

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List of the best James Cagney movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. James Cagney's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top James Cagney movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated James Cagney movies will be at the top of the list. James Cagney has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest James Cagney movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining James Cagney films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best James Cagney role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest James Cagney performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

This list is made up of films like The Oklahoma Kid and Winner Take All.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best James Cagney movies?" and "What are the greatest James Cagney roles of all time?"

If James Cagney movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Edward G. Robinson and Rod Steiger too.

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  • Yankee Doodle Dandy
    1
    James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston
    • Released: 1942
    • Directed by: Michael Curtiz
  • Angels with Dirty Faces
    2
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    James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart
    • Released: 1938
    • Directed by: Michael Curtiz
  • The Public Enemy
    3
    James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Mae Clarke
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: William A. Wellman
  • White Heat
    4
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    James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien
    • Released: 1949
    • Directed by: Raoul Walsh
  • The Roaring Twenties
    5
    James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Priscilla Lane
    • Released: 1939
    • Directed by: Raoul Walsh
  • Mister Roberts
    6
    Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, James Cagney
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: John Ford, Mervyn LeRoy
  • The Fighting 69th
    7
    James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, George Brent
    • Released: 1940
    • Directed by: William Keighley
  • Footlight Parade
    8
    James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler
    • Released: 1933
    • Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
  • The Strawberry Blonde
    9
    James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland, Rita Hayworth
    • Released: 1941
    • Directed by: Raoul Walsh
  • Love Me or Leave Me
    10
    Doris Day, James Cagney, Cameron Mitchell
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: Charles Vidor
  • Each Dawn I Die
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    James Cagney, George Raft, Jane Bryan
    • Released: 1939
    • Directed by: William Keighley
  • Man of a Thousand Faces
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    James Cagney, Dorothy Malone, Jane Greer
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: Joseph Pevney
  • 13 Rue Madeleine
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    James Cagney, Karl Malden, E. G. Marshall
    • Released: 1947
    • Directed by: Henry Hathaway
  • G Men
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    James Cagney, Margaret Lindsay, Ann Dvorak
    • Released: 1935
    • Directed by: William Keighley
  • One, Two, Three
    15
    James Cagney, Pamela Tiffin, Horst Bucholz
    • Released: 1961
    • Directed by: Billy Wilder
  • City for Conquest
    16
    James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Frank Craven
    • Released: 1940
    • Directed by: Anatole Litvak
  • Blonde Crazy
    17
    James Cagney, Joan Blondell
    • Released: 1931
    • Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
  • Blood on the Sun
    18
    James Cagney, Sylvia Sidney, Wallace Ford
    • Released: 1945
    • Directed by: Frank Lloyd
  • Jimmy the Gent
    19
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    James Cagney, Bette Davis, Alice White
    • Released: 1934
    • Directed by: Michael Curtiz
  • The Bride Came C.O.D.
    20
    James Cagney, Bette Davis, Stu Erwin
    • Released: 1941
    • Directed by: William Keighley
  • The Oklahoma Kid
    21
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    James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Rosemary Lane
    • Released: 1939
    • Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
  • Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
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    James Cagney, Ward Bond, Barbara Payton
    • Released: 1950
    • Directed by: Gordon Douglas
  • Ragtime
    23
    James Cagney, Howard E. Rollins, Elizabeth McGovern
    • Released: 1981
    • Directed by: Milos Forman
  • Shake Hands with the Devil
    24
    James Cagney, Don Murray, Dana Wynter
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: Michael Anderson
  • The Time of Your Life
    25
    James Cagney, William Bendix, Wayne Morris
    • Released: 1948
    • Directed by: H. C. Potter