James Cagney Movies List: Ranked Best To Worst

White Heat

White Heat

(1949)
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Cody Jarrett
Director:
Raoul Walsh
Genres:
Film-Noir, Crime, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Margaret Wycherly, Edmond O'Brien, Virginia Mayo, Steve Cochran
2
0
Angels with Dirty Faces

Angels with Dirty Faces

(1938)
3
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Rocky Sullivan
Director:
Michael Curtiz
Genres:
Film-Noir, Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, Pat O'Brien, George Bancroft
3
0
One, Two, Three

One, Two, Three

(1961)
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
C.R. MacNamara
Director:
Billy Wilder
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Arlene Francis, Howard St. John, Leon Askin, Horst Buchholz
2
0

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Yankee Doodle Dandy

Yankee Doodle Dandy

(1942)
4
0
As:
Cast
Role:
George M. Cohan
Director:
Michael Curtiz
Genres:
Musical, Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Walter Huston, Irene Manning, Joan Leslie, S.Z. Sakall
4
0
Mister Roberts

Mister Roberts

(1955)
3
0
As:
Cast
Role:
The Captain
Director:
Mervyn LeRoy, John Ford, Joshua Logan
Genres:
War, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Jack Lemmon, Betsy Palmer, Henry Fonda, William Powell
3
0
The Roaring Twenties

The Roaring Twenties

(1939)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Eddie Bartlett
Director:
Raoul Walsh
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Film-Noir, Drama
Star Cast:
Humphrey Bogart, Jeffrey Lynn, Priscilla Lane, Gladys George
1
0
The Public Enemy

The Public Enemy

(1931)
3
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Tom Powers
Director:
William A. Wellman
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Joan Blondell, Jean Harlow, Donald Cook, Edward Woods
3
0
Mutiny on the Bounty

Mutiny on the Bounty

(1935)
1
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Frank Lloyd
Genres:
Romance, Biography, Drama, History, Adventure
Star Cast:
Clark Gable, Charles Laughton, Franchot Tone, Herbert Mundin, Eddie Quillan
1
1
Footlight Parade
TV-G

Footlight Parade

(1933)
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Chester Kent
Director:
Lloyd Bacon
Genres:
Romance, Musical, Comedy
Star Cast:
Joan Blondell, Frank McHugh, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler
2
0
The Strawberry Blonde

The Strawberry Blonde

(1941)
3
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Biff Grimes
Director:
Raoul Walsh
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Olivia de Havilland, Jack Carson, Alan Hale, Rita Hayworth
3
0
Each Dawn I Die

Each Dawn I Die

(1939)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Frank Ross
Director:
William Keighley
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
George Bancroft, George Raft, Jane Bryan, Maxie Rosenbloom
1
0
Ragtime
PG

Ragtime

(1981)
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
New York Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo
Director:
Milos Forman
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth McGovern, Pat O'Brien, Brad Dourif
2
0

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City for Conquest

City for Conquest

(1940)
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Danny Kenny
Director:
Anatole Litvak, Jean Negulesco
Genres:
Music, Sport, Drama
Star Cast:
Anthony Quinn, Donald Crisp, Frank McHugh, Frank Craven
2
0
Love Me or Leave Me

Love Me or Leave Me

(1955)
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Martin Snyder
Director:
Charles Vidor
Genres:
Music, Biography, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Cameron Mitchell, Doris Day, Tom Tully, Robert Keith
2
0
Man of a Thousand Faces

Man of a Thousand Faces

(1957)
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Lon Chaney
Director:
Joseph Pevney
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Marjorie Rambeau, Dorothy Malone, Jane Greer, Jim Backus
2
0
The Gallant Hours
TV-PG

The Gallant Hours

(1960)
4
0
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Fleet Adm. William F. Halsey Jr.
Director:
Robert Montgomery
Genres:
War, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Vaughn Taylor, Richard Jaeckel, Ward Costello, Dennis Weaver
4
0
The Millionaire

The Millionaire

(1931)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Schofield
Director:
John G. Adolfi
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
David Manners, Evalyn Knapp, George Arliss, Florence Arliss
1
0
'G' Men

'G' Men

(1935)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
'Brick' Davis
Director:
William Keighley
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Robert Armstrong, Ann Dvorak, Barton MacLane, Margaret Lindsay
1
0
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

(1950)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Ralph Cotter
Director:
Gordon Douglas
Genres:
Thriller, Film-Noir, Crime
Star Cast:
Ward Bond, William Frawley, Luther Adler, Helena Carter
1
0
The Bride Came C.O.D.

The Bride Came C.O.D.

(1941)
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Steve Collins
Director:
William Keighley
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Biography
Star Cast:
Bette Davis, Stuart Erwin, Eugene Pallette, Jack Carson
2
0

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Picture Snatcher

Picture Snatcher

(1933)
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Danny
Director:
Lloyd Bacon
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Alice White, Ralf Harolde, Ralph Bellamy, Patricia Ellis
2
0
Shake Hands with the Devil

Shake Hands with the Devil

(1959)
2
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Sean Lenihan
Director:
Michael Anderson
Genres:
History, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Richard Harris, Sybil Thorndike, Glynis Johns, Michael Redgrave, James Cagney
Plot:

The story of the film, adapted from Rearden Conner 1933 novel, follows a Dublin doctor and college lecturer Sean Lenihan who also works as the commander of the IRA. Fighting against the special British forces in 1921, he tries to convince his students to join him. One of them Kerry O'Shea, joins him, but soon realises that Lenihan is obsessed with his own dark and violent ideals.

2
1
Blonde Crazy
TV-G

Blonde Crazy

(1931)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Bert Harris
Director:
Roy Del Ruth
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Joan Blondell, Noel Francis, Ray Milland, Louis Calhern
1
0
Jimmy the Gent

Jimmy the Gent

(1934)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Jimmy Corrigan
Director:
Michael Curtiz
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Crime
Star Cast:
Bette Davis, Allen Jenkins, Alan Dinehart, Alice White
1
0
13 Rue Madeleine

13 Rue Madeleine

(1946)
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey
Director:
Henry Hathaway
Genres:
War, Adventure, Action, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Walter Abel, Annabella, Richard Conte, Frank Latimore
2
0
Come Fill the Cup

Come Fill the Cup

(1951)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Lew Marsh
Director:
Gordon Douglas
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
James Gleason, Raymond Massey, Gig Young, Phyllis Thaxter
1
0
A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

(1935)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
William Dieterle, Max Reinhardt
Genres:
Fantasy, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Mickey Rooney, Olivia de Havilland, Ian Hunter, Verree Teasdale
1
0
Lady Killer
TV-G

Lady Killer

(1933)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Dan Quigley
Director:
Roy Del Ruth
Genres:
Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Leslie Fenton, Mae Clarke, Douglass Dumbrille, Margaret Lindsay
1
0
The Mayor of Hell

The Mayor of Hell

(1933)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Patsy
Director:
Michael Curtiz, Archie Mayo
Genres:
Crime, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Madge Evans, Dudley Digges, Arthur Byron, Allen Jenkins
1
0
Ceiling Zero

Ceiling Zero

(1936)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Dizzy Davis
Director:
Howard Hawks
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Adventure
Star Cast:
Stuart Erwin, Pat O'Brien, Barton MacLane, June Travis
1
0

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Hard to Handle

Hard to Handle

(1933)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Lefty Merrill
Director:
Mervyn LeRoy
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Mary Brian, Allen Jenkins, Ruth Donnelly, Claire Dodd
Plot:

A small time con artist named Lefty Merrill, has co-organized a danced marathon, and has set it up in a way, that his girlfriend will win the prize money. However when his partner disappears with the money before the contest is over, he has no other way but to come up with a series of cons to pay it back.

1
0
Smart Money

Smart Money

(1931)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Jack
Director:
Alfred E. Green
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Edward G. Robinson, Noel Francis, Evalyn Knapp, Ralf Harolde
1
0
These Wilder Years

These Wilder Years

(1956)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Steve Bradford
Director:
Roy Rowland
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Pidgeon, Betty Lou Keim, Don Dubbins
Plot:

Businessman Steve Bradford travels to his hometown to find the son he put up for adoption twenty years ago. He befriends orphanage owner, Ann Dempster, who is sworn to keep the identity of adoptive parents secret. Steve resorts to betraying Ann but ultimately experiences a change of heart after meeting an abandoned pregnant girl Suzie. 

1
0
The St. Louis Kid

The St. Louis Kid

(1934)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Eddie Kennedy
Director:
Ray Enright
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Allen Jenkins, Robert Barrat, Patricia Ellis, Hobart Cavanaugh
1
0
Johnny Come Lately

Johnny Come Lately

(1943)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Tom Richards
Director:
William K. Howard
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Hattie McDaniel, Marjorie Main, Grace George, Marjorie Lord
1
0
The Fighting 69th
TV-PG

The Fighting 69th

(1940)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Jerry Plunkett
Director:
William Keighley
Genres:
War, Action, Drama, Biography, Adventure, History
Star Cast:
George Reeves, Alan Hale, Pat O'Brien, George Brent
1
0
The Seven Little Foys

The Seven Little Foys

(1955)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Melville Shavelson
Genres:
Musical, Comedy, Biography, Family, Drama
Star Cast:
Bob Hope, Jerry Mathers, Herbert Heyes, George Tobias
1
0
Torrid Zone

Torrid Zone

(1940)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Nick Butler
Director:
William Keighley
Genres:
Romance, Adventure, Comedy, Action
Star Cast:
George Reeves, Pat O'Brien, Andy Devine, Helen Vinson
1
0
Taxi!

Taxi!

(1932)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Matt Nolan
Director:
Roy Del Ruth
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Loretta Young, Guy Kibbee, George E. Stone, Leila Bennett
Plot:

Veteran taxi driver Pop Riley dies in jail after killing a criminal responsible for destroying his cab. Another young cabby, Matt Nolan, and part of a resistance against the same criminals who want to control the cab industry falls for Riley’s daughter Sue, pulling her again into a world of violence. 

1
0
Tribute to a Bad Man

Tribute to a Bad Man

(1956)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Jeremy Rodock
Director:
Robert Wise
Genres:
Western, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Lee Van Cleef, Stephen McNally, Irene Papas, Don Dubbins
1
0

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Run for Cover

Run for Cover

(1955)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Matt Dow
Director:
Nicholas Ray
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Ernest Borgnine, Jean Hersholt, Grant Withers, Viveca Lindfors
1
0
Other Men's Women

Other Men's Women

(1931)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Ed
Director:
William A. Wellman
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Mary Astor, Fred Kohler, Grant Withers, Regis Toomey
1
0
The Doorway to Hell

The Doorway to Hell

(1930)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Archie Mayo
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Robert Elliott, Lew Ayres, Charles Judels, Dorothy Mathews
1
0
You, John Jones!

You, John Jones!

(1943)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
John Jones
Director:
Mervyn LeRoy
Genres:
Drama, Short, War
Star Cast:
Ann Sothern, Carey Wilson, Margaret O'Brien, Beal Wong
1
0
Captains of the Clouds

Captains of the Clouds

(1942)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Brian MacLean
Director:
Michael Curtiz
Genres:
War, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Alan Hale, Brenda Marshall, Dennis Morgan, George Tobias
1
0
The Time of Your Life

The Time of Your Life

(1948)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Joseph T. (who observes people)
Director:
H.C. Potter
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Wayne Morris, Broderick Crawford, William Bendix, Jeanne Cagney
1
0
The Crowd Roars

The Crowd Roars

(1932)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Joe Greer
Director:
Howard Hawks
Genres:
Sport, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Joan Blondell, Guy Kibbee, Eric Linden, Ann Dvorak
1
0
Here Comes the Navy

Here Comes the Navy

(1934)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Chesty
Director:
Lloyd Bacon
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, War, Drama
Star Cast:
Pat O'Brien, Gloria Stuart, Frank McHugh, Dorothy Tree
Plot:

Chester O'Connor decides to join the US Navy to antagonize his nemesis, Chief Petty Officer, William ‘Biff’ Martin. He ends up falling in love with Biff’s sister, Dorothy, but makes an enemy out of other sailors with his demeaning attitude towards the Navy. However, he manages to redeem himself and outrank Biff by the end. 

1
0
Sinners' Holiday

Sinners' Holiday

(1930)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Harry Delano
Director:
John G. Adolfi
Genres:
Crime, Romance
Star Cast:
Lucille La Verne, Grant Withers, Warren Hymer, Joan Blondell
1
0
The Oklahoma Kid

The Oklahoma Kid

(1939)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Jim Kincaid
Director:
Lloyd Bacon
Genres:
Western, History
Star Cast:
Humphrey Bogart, Donald Crisp, Harvey Stephens, Rosemary Lane
1
0

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What Price Glory

What Price Glory

(1952)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Capt. Flagg
Director:
John Ford
Genres:
Romance, Musical, Comedy, War, Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Wagner, William Demarest, Dan Dailey, Corinne Calvet
Plot:

During the First World War, while stationed at France, lifelong rival,s Captain Flagg and 1st Sergeant Quirt, compete for the love of French beauty Charmaine. While their shenanigans land them in trouble, they also form a brotherhood as the horrific realities of the War set in.  

1
0
Great Guy

Great Guy

(1936)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Johnny Cave
Director:
John G. Blystone
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Mystery, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Henry Kolker, Edward Brophy, Mae Clarke, James Burke
1
0
Something to Sing About

Something to Sing About

(1937)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Thadeus McGillicuddy aka Terry Rooney
Director:
Victor Schertzinger
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
William Frawley, Gene Lockhart, Mona Barrie, Evelyn Daw
Plot:

This film revolves around a New York bandleader who journeys to Hollywood after being offered a contract with a studio. However, he is determined to work his way and not theirs.

1
0
A Lion Is in the Streets

A Lion Is in the Streets

(1953)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Hank Martin
Director:
Raoul Walsh
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Barbara Hale, Warner Anderson, John McIntire, Anne Francis
1
0
He Was Her Man

He Was Her Man

(1934)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Flicker Hayes, aka Jerry Allen
Director:
Lloyd Bacon
Genres:
Romance, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Joan Blondell, Victor Jory, Sarah Padden, Frank Craven
1
0
The West Point Story

The West Point Story

(1950)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Elwin 'Bix' Bixby
Director:
Roy Del Ruth
Genres:
Comedy, Music
Star Cast:
Gene Nelson, Doris Day, Virginia Mayo, Gordon MacRae
Plot:

Producer Harry Eberhart, aiming to lure his cadet nephew, Tom Fletcher, towards Broadway, hires impoverished Broadway director Bix Bixby to help the cadets at West Point put on a professional-level show. However, Bixby soon runs afoul of the Commandant of Cadets for his disregard of disciplinary rules and is recruited as a temporary cadet himself.

1
0
The Irish in Us
TV-G

The Irish in Us

(1935)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Danny O'Hara
Director:
Lloyd Bacon
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Olivia de Havilland, Allen Jenkins, Frank McHugh, Pat O'Brien
1
0
Frisco Kid

Frisco Kid

(1935)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Bat Morgan
Director:
Lloyd Bacon
Genres:
Adventure, Romance
Star Cast:
Ricardo Cortez, Lili Damita, Donald Woods, Margaret Lindsay
1
0
Winner Take All

Winner Take All

(1932)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Jim 'Jimmy' Kane
Director:
Roy Del Ruth
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Marian Nixon, Guy Kibbee, Dickie Moore, Virginia Bruce
1
0
Blood on the Sun

Blood on the Sun

(1945)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Nick Condon
Director:
Frank Lloyd
Genres:
Drama, Romance, War, Thriller
Star Cast:
Robert Armstrong, Sylvia Sidney, Porter Hall, John Emery
1
0

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Boy Meets Girl

Boy Meets Girl

(1938)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Robert Law
Director:
Lloyd Bacon
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Pat O'Brien, Ralph Bellamy, Frank McHugh, Marie Wilson
1
0
Devil Dogs of the Air

Devil Dogs of the Air

(1935)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Tommy O'Toole
Director:
Lloyd Bacon
Genres:
Comedy, Action, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Pat O'Brien, Frank McHugh, Margaret Lindsay, John Arledge
1
0
Never Steal Anything Small

Never Steal Anything Small

(1959)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Jake MacIllaney
Director:
Charles Lederer
Genres:
Musical, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Cara Williams, Shirley Jones, Roger Smith, Nehemiah Persoff
1
0
Starlift

Starlift

(1951)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Roy Del Ruth
Genres:
Musical
Star Cast:
Gene Nelson, Ruth Roman, Doris Day, Janice Rule, James Cagney
1
0
Short Cut to Hell

Short Cut to Hell

(1957)
1
0
As:
Director
Director:
James Cagney
Genres:
Film-Noir, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Murvyn Vye, William Bishop, Georgann Johnson, Robert Ivers, Yvette Vickers
1
0
How I Play Golf by Bobby Jones No. 11: 'Practice Shots'

How I Play Golf by Bobby Jones No. 11: 'Practice Shots'

(1931)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
James Cagney (uncredited)
Director:
George Marshall
Genres:
Sport, Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Donald Cook, Anthony Bushell, Bobby Jones, O.B. Keeler
1
0
Arizona Bushwhackers

Arizona Bushwhackers

(1968)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Lesley Selander
Genres:
Western, Romance
Star Cast:
Marilyn Maxwell, John Ireland, Yvonne De Carlo, Scott Brady
1
0

TV Movie(s)

Terrible Joe Moran

Terrible Joe Moran

(1984)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Joe Moran
Director:
Joseph Sargent
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Art Carney, Joseph Sirola, Peter Gallagher, Ellen Barkin
1
0

Animation(s)

The Ballad of Smokey the Bear

The Ballad of Smokey the Bear (1966)

As:
Cast
Role:
Narrator (voice)
Director:
Larry Roemer
Genres:
Musical, Animation, Adventure, Family
Star Cast:
Barry Pearl, Herb Duncan, Rose Marie Jun, William Marine

TV Shows and Videos

Robert Montgomery Presents

Robert Montgomery Presents (1950)

As:
Cast
Director:
John Newland, James Sheldon, Norman Felton, James P. Yarbrough, Vincent J. Donehue
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Don Knotts, Elizabeth Montgomery, David Niven, Jack Lemmon, Leslie Nielsen
The Christophers

The Christophers (1952)

As:
Cast
Director:
Charles Bennett
Star Cast:
Joe E. Brown, Bing Crosby, Dean Jagger, Jack Haley
Phil Collins: I Wish It Would Rain Down

Phil Collins: I Wish It Would Rain Down (1990)

As:
Cast
Role:
Himself (archiveFootage)
Director:
James Yukich
Genres:
Music, Short
Star Cast:
Phil Collins, Jeffrey Tambor, Groucho Marx, Eric Clapton

James Cagney Awards

Academy Awards
Yankee Doodle Dandy Best Actor in a Leading Role 1943