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 – “Made it, Ma! Top of the world!” – was counted among cinema’s most memorable quotes.
WHITE HEAT (1949) – AFI Movie Club
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