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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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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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White Heat James Cagney, Edmond O'Brien, Virginia Mayo

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The Public Enemy Jean Harlow, James Cagney, Joan Blondell

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Yankee Doodle Dandy James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston

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Angels with Dirty Faces Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Ann Sheridan

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The Roaring Twenties Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Frank McHugh

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Mister Roberts Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, James Cagney

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The Fighting 69th James Cagney, George Reeves, Joseph Crehan

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Each Dawn I Die James Cagney, George Raft, Maxie Rosenbloom

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One, Two, Three James Cagney, Red Buttons, Pamela Tiffin

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G Men James Cagney, Margaret Lindsay, Barton MacLane

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The Strawberry Blonde Rita Hayworth, Olivia de Havilland, James Cagney

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Footlight Parade James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Dorothy Lamour

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Love Me or Leave Me Doris Day, James Cagney, Cameron Mitchell

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City for Conquest James Cagney, Anthony Quinn, Ann Sheridan

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13 Rue Madeleine James Cagney, Karl Malden, E. G. Marshall

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The Bride Came C.O.D. Bette Davis, James Cagney, William Frawley

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Lady Killer James Cagney, Margaret Lindsay, Raymond Hatton

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The Oklahoma Kid Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Stuart Holmes

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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye James Cagney, Ward Bond, Barbara Payton

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The Seven Little Foys Bob Hope, James Cagney, George Tobias

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Great Guy James Cagney, Joe Sawyer, Edward Brophy

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Shake Hands with the Devil James Cagney, Dana Wynter, Don Murray

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Picture Snatcher James Cagney, Ralph Bellamy, Alice White

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Torrid Zone James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, George Reeves

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Blood on the Sun James Cagney, Sylvia Sidney, Frank Puglia

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Man of a Thousand Faces James Cagney, Jim Backus, Jane Greer

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Tribute to a Bad Man James Cagney, Lee Van Cleef, Vic Morrow

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Captains of the Clouds James Cagney, Gig Young, Reginald Denny

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Smart Money James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, Charles Lane

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Blonde Crazy James Cagney, Joan Blondell

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Jimmy the Gent Bette Davis, James Cagney, Alice White

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Here Comes the Navy James Cagney, Gloria Stuart, Pat O'Brien

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The Gallant Hours James Cagney, Dennis Weaver, Richard Jaeckel

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These Wilder Years is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best James Cagney Movies
These Wilder Years Barbara Stanwyck, James Cagney, Michael Landon

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The Time of Your Life James Cagney, Ward Bond, Broderick Crawford

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Mutiny on the Bounty Clark Gable, David Niven, James Cagney

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Devil Dogs of the Air is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best James Cagney Movies
Devil Dogs of the Air James Cagney, Pat O'Brien

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Ragtime Jack Nicholson, Samuel L. Jackson, Fran Drescher

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The Crowd Roars James Cagney, Joan Blondell

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The West Point Story Doris Day, James Cagney, Alan Hale

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Something to Sing About James Cagney, William Frawley, Gene Lockhart

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The Mayor of Hell James Cagney, Frankie Darro, Madge Evans

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Mickey Rooney, Olivia de Havilland, James Cagney

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Johnny Come Lately James Cagney, Edward McNamara

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What Price Glory James Cagney, Robert Wagner, Harry Morgan

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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Cary Grant

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A Lion Is in the Streets James Cagney, Anne Francis, Barbara Hale

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Hard to Handle James Cagney

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The Doorway to Hell James Cagney, Lew Ayres, Dwight Frye

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Winner Take All James Cagney, George Raft, Marian Nixon