James Cagney – American Film Institute
White Heat Film Still - James Cagney

WHITE HEAT (1949) – AFI Movie Club

Ranked fourth among the greatest gangster films of all time by the American Film Institute, WHITE HEAT (1949) features an iconic performance by AFI Life Achievement Award honoree James Cagney – whose performance as Cody Jarrett earned him a place on AFI’s list of the art form’s most diabolical villains, and whose climactic line –...
Public Enemy Film Still - James Cagney and Edward Woods

AFI Movie Club: THE PUBLIC ENEMY

A Prohibition-era story of gangsters fictionalized from firsthand accounts of Al Capone’s reign of terror in Chicago, THE PUBLIC ENEMY (1931) was the breakout for James Cagney and Jean Harlow – two stars later named by AFI among cinema’s greatest screen legends. Cagney would go on to be recognized with the American Film Institute’s highest...
White Heat Film Still - James Cagney and Edmond O'Brien

AFI Movie Club: WHITE HEAT

WHITE HEAT ranks #4 on AFI’s 10 Top 10 list of cinema’s great gangster films, and its star James Cagney was the second person to be honored with an AFI Life Achievement Award in 1974. MOVIE TRIVIA DID YOU KNOW? WHITE HEAT marked James Cagney’s first film back at Warner Bros. after he broke with...
Yankee Doodle Dandy Film Still - James Cagney, Jeanne Cagney, Rosemary DeCamp, and Walter Huston

AFI Movie Club: YANKEE DOODLE DANDY

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY appears on five of AFI’s lists of the greatest American films – most notably ranked #18 on the AFI’s 100 YEARS OF MUSICALS. In 1974, the film’s star James Cagney was the second person honored with the AFI Life Achievement Award – the inaugural recipient was noted film director John Ford!     Watch Paul Scheer and Amy Nicholson announce the…
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