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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.

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

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White Heat James Cagney, Edmond O'Brien, Virginia Mayo White Heat is a 1949 film noir starring James Cagney, Virginia Mayo and Edmond O'Brien and featuring Margaret Wycherly and Steve Cochran. Directed by Raoul Walsh from the Ivan Goff and Ben ...more

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Yankee Doodle Dandy James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston Yankee Doodle Dandy is a 1942 American biographical musical film about George M. Cohan, known as "The Man Who Owned Broadway". It stars James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, and ...more

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The Public Enemy Jean Harlow, James Cagney, Joan Blondell The Public Enemy is a 1931 American all-talking pre-code crime film produced and distributed by Warner Brothers. The film was directed by William A. Wellman and stars James Cagney, Jean Harlow, ...more

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Angels with Dirty Faces Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Ann Sheridan Angels with Dirty Faces is a 1938 American gangster film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, the Dead End Kids and Humphrey Bogart, along with Ann Sheridan and ...more

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The Roaring Twenties Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Frank McHugh The Roaring Twenties is a 1939 crime thriller starring James Cagney, Priscilla Lane, Humphrey Bogart and Gladys George. The epic movie, spanning the periods between 1919 and 1933, was directed ...more

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Mister Roberts Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, James Cagney Mister Roberts is a 1955 American CinemaScope comedy-drama film directed by John Ford and Mervyn LeRoy, and starring Henry Fonda as Mister Roberts, James Cagney as Captain Morton, William Powell ...more

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The Fighting 69th James Cagney, George Reeves, Joseph Crehan The Fighting 69th is an American war film starring James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, and George Brent. The plot is based upon the actual exploits of New York City's 69th Infantry Regiment during World ...more

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Each Dawn I Die James Cagney, George Raft, Maxie Rosenbloom Each Dawn I Die is a 1939 gangster film featuring James Cagney and George Raft in their only movie together as leads, although Raft had made an unbilled appearance in a 1932 Cagney vehicle ...more

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One, Two, Three James Cagney, Red Buttons, Pamela Tiffin One, Two, Three is a 1961 American comedy film directed by Billy Wilder and written by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond. It is based on the 1929 Hungarian one-act play Egy, kettő, három by ...more

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G Men James Cagney, Margaret Lindsay, Barton MacLane G Men is a 1935 Warner Bros. crime film starring James Cagney, Ann Dvorak, and Margaret Lindsay, and presenting Lloyd Nolan's film debut. According to Variety Magazine, the movie was one of the ...more

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The Strawberry Blonde Rita Hayworth, Olivia de Havilland, James Cagney Strawberry Blonde is a 1941 Warner Bros. feature film directed by Raoul Walsh, starring James Cagney and Olivia de Havilland, and featuring Rita Hayworth, Alan Hale, Jack Carson and George ...more

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Love Me or Leave Me Doris Day, James Cagney, Cameron Mitchell Love Me or Leave Me is a 1955 biographical romantic musical drama film which tells the life story of Ruth Etting, a singer who rose from dancer to movie star. It stars Doris Day as Etting, James ...more

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Footlight Parade James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Dorothy Lamour Footlight Parade is a 1933 American musical film starring James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell and featuring Frank McHugh, Guy Kibbee, Hugh Herbert and Ruth Donnelly. The ...more

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City for Conquest James Cagney, Anthony Quinn, Ann Sheridan City for Conquest is a 1940 American drama film directed by Anatole Litvak, starring James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, and Arthur Kennedy. The picture is based on the novel of the same name by Aben

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13 Rue Madeleine James Cagney, Karl Malden, E. G. Marshall 13 Rue Madeleine is a 1947 World War II spy film starring James Cagney, Annabella and Richard Conte. The title refers to the Le Havre address where a Gestapo headquarters is located.

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The Bride Came C.O.D. Bette Davis, James Cagney, William Frawley The Bride Came C.O.D. is a 1941 Warner Bros. screwball romantic comedy starring James Cagney as a pilot and Bette Davis as a runaway heiress, and directed by William Keighley. Although the film ...more

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The Oklahoma Kid Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Stuart Holmes The Oklahoma Kid is a 1939 western film starring James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart. The movie was directed for Warner Bros. by Lloyd Bacon. Cagney plays an adventurous gunslinger in a ...more

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Lady Killer James Cagney, Margaret Lindsay, Raymond Hatton Lady Killer is a 1933 film starring James Cagney, Mae Clarke, and Margaret Lindsay, based on the story "The Finger Man" by Rosalind Keating Shaffer. The picture was directed by Roy Del

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Great Guy James Cagney, Joe Sawyer, Edward Brophy Great Guy is a crime film starring James Cagney and Mae Clarke. In the film, an honest inspector for the New York Department of Weights and Measures takes on corrupt merchants and politicians.

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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye James Cagney, Ward Bond, Barbara Payton Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye is a 1950 film noir starring James Cagney, directed by Gordon Douglas, produced by William Cagney and based on the novel by Horace McCoy. The film was banned in Ohio as ...more

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The Seven Little Foys Bob Hope, James Cagney, George Tobias The Seven Little Foys is a Technicolor in VistaVision 1955 film starring Bob Hope as Eddie Foy. James Cagney reprises his role as George M. Cohan for an energetic tabletop dance showdown ...more

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Shake Hands with the Devil James Cagney, Dana Wynter, Don Murray Shake Hands with the Devil is a 1959 film directed by Michael Anderson. The picture was filmed in Dublin, and at Ardmore Studios in Bray, Ireland. The film is set in 1921 Dublin, where the Irish ...more

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Blood on the Sun James Cagney, Sylvia Sidney, Frank Puglia Blood on the Sun is a film starring James Cagney and Sylvia Sidney. The film is based on a fictional history behind the Tanaka Memorial document. The film won the Academy Award for Best Art ...more

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Torrid Zone James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, George Reeves Torrid Zone is a 1940 adventure film starring James Cagney, Ann Sheridan and Pat O'Brien.

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Picture Snatcher James Cagney, Ralph Bellamy, Alice White Picture Snatcher is a 1933 film directed by Lloyd Bacon.

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Man of a Thousand Faces James Cagney, Jim Backus, Jane Greer Man of a Thousand Faces is a film detailing the life of silent movie actor Lon Chaney, in which the title role is played by James Cagney. Directed by Joseph Pevney, the film's cast included ...more

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Tribute to a Bad Man James Cagney, Lee Van Cleef, Vic Morrow Tribute to a Bad Man is a 1956 western film starring James Cagney about a rancher whose harsh enforcement of frontier justice alienates the woman he loves. It was directed by Robert Wise and ...more

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Captains of the Clouds James Cagney, Gig Young, Reginald Denny Captains of the Clouds is a 1942 Warner Bros. war film in Technicolor, directed by Michael Curtiz and starring James Cagney. It was produced by William Cagney, with Hal B. Wallis as executive ...more

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The Gallant Hours James Cagney, Dennis Weaver, Richard Jaeckel The Gallant Hours is an American docudrama from 1960 about William F. Halsey, Jr., and his efforts in fighting against Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto and the Imperial Japanese Navy in the Guadalcanal ...more

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Jimmy the Gent Bette Davis, James Cagney, Alice White Jimmy the Gent is a 1934 American comedy-crime film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring James Cagney and Bette Davis. It was the first pairing of Cagney and Davis, who would reunite for The ...more

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Here Comes the Navy James Cagney, Gloria Stuart, Pat O'Brien Here Comes the Navy is a 1934 American romantic comedy film starring James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Gloria Stuart and Frank McHugh. The movie was written by Earl Baldwin and Ben Markson, and ...more

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Smart Money James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, Charles Lane Smart Money is an all-talking pre-code drama film produced and distributed by Warner Brothers, directed by Alfred E. Green, and starring Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney, the only time ...more

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Blonde Crazy James Cagney, Joan Blondell Blonde Crazy is a 1931 film by Roy Del Ruth, starring James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Louis Calhern, Ray Milland, and Guy Kibbee famous for Cagney's line, "That dirty, double-crossin' ...more

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The Time of Your Life James Cagney, Ward Bond, Broderick Crawford The Time of Your Life is a 1948 film starring James Cagney adapted from the 1939 William Saroyan play of the same title. A Cagney Production, The Time of Your Life was produced by Cagney's ...more

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These Wilder Years is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best James Cagney Movies
These Wilder Years Barbara Stanwyck, James Cagney, Michael Landon These Wilder Years is a 1956 drama film directed by Roy Rowland, and starring James Cagney and Barbara Stanwyck. It is the story of a businessman who tries to find the illegitimate son he gave ...more

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Mutiny on the Bounty Clark Gable, David Niven, James Cagney Mutiny on the Bounty is an American 1935 drama film starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable, and directed by Frank Lloyd based on the Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall novel Mutiny on the ...more

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The Crowd Roars James Cagney, Joan Blondell The Crowd Roars is a 1932 film directed by Howard Hawks starring James Cagney and featuring Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, Eric Linden, Guy Kibbee, and Frank McHugh. The driver in the film's auto ...more

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The West Point Story Doris Day, James Cagney, Alan Hale The West Point Story is a 1950 musical comedy film directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring James Cagney, Virginia Mayo and Doris Day.

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Devil Dogs of the Air is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best James Cagney Movies
Devil Dogs of the Air James Cagney, Pat O'Brien Devil Dogs of the Air is a 1935 film directed by Lloyd Bacon.

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Ragtime Jack Nicholson, Samuel L. Jackson, Fran Drescher Ragtime is a 1981 American drama film, directed by Miloš Forman, based on 1975 historical novel Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow. The action takes place in and around New York City, New Rochelle, and ...more

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Something to Sing About James Cagney, William Frawley, Gene Lockhart Something to Sing About, re-released in 1947 as Battling Hoofer, is the second and final film James Cagney made for Grand National Pictures – the first being Great Guy – before mending relations ...more

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The Mayor of Hell James Cagney, Frankie Darro, Madge Evans The Mayor of Hell is a Warner Brothers film starring James Cagney. The film was remade in 1938 as Crime School with Humphrey Bogart taking over James Cagney's role and Hell's Kitchen with Ronald ...more

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Johnny Come Lately James Cagney, Edward McNamara Johnny Come Lately is a 1943 film directed by William K. Howard.

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What Price Glory James Cagney, Robert Wagner, Harry Morgan What Price Glory is a 1952 American Technicolor war film based on a 1924 play by Maxwell Anderson and Laurence Stallings, though it used virtually none of Anderson's dialogue. Originally ...more

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Mickey Rooney, Olivia de Havilland, James Cagney A Midsummer Night's Dream is a 1935 American romance fantasy film of William Shakespeare's play, directed by Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle, and starring Ian Hunter, James Cagney, Mickey ...more

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A Lion Is in the Streets James Cagney, Anne Francis, Barbara Hale A Lion Is in the Streets is a 1953 drama film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring James Cagney as a southern politician loosely based on Huey Long. Cagney's brother William was the producer, ...more

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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Cary Grant Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid is a 1982 comedy-mystery film directed by Carl Reiner. Starring Steve Martin and Rachel Ward, the film is both a parody of, and an homage to, film noir and the pulp ...more

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Hard to Handle James Cagney Hard to Handle is a comedy film starring James Cagney as a breezily clowning con artist who organizes a Depression-era dance marathon. His character remarks at one point, "The mass is a ...more

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The Doorway to Hell James Cagney, Lew Ayres, Dwight Frye The Doorway to Hell is a 1930 all-talking Pre-Code crime film directed by Archie Mayo and starring Lew Ayres and James Cagney, in his second film role. The film was based on the story A Handful ...more

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The St. Louis Kid James Cagney, Allen Jenkins, Patricia Ellis The St. Louis Kid is a 1934 drama film starring James Cagney as a truck driver who gets mixed up in a union dispute after a union leader is killed and his girlfriend is kidnapped after ...more