Explore
 Lists  Reviews  Images  Update feed
Categories
MoviesTV ShowsMusicBooksGamesDVDs/Blu-RayPeopleArt & DesignPlacesWeb TV & PodcastsToys & CollectiblesComic Book SeriesBeautyAnimals   View more categories »
Listal logo

The Public Enemy (1931)

Directed by


Starring (View all)
James Cagney James Cagney
Tom Powers
Jean Harlow Jean Harlow
Gwen Allen
Edward Woods Edward Woods
Matt Doyle
Donald Cook Donald Cook
Mike Powers
Leslie Fenton Leslie Fenton
Samuel 'Nails' Nathan
Beryl Mercer Beryl Mercer
Ma Powers


Written by


Lists

504 votes
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (1001 items)
list by upidipi
Published 14 years, 10 months ago 874 comments
132 votes
6,006 Movies For a Post-Covid World... (6013 items)
list by ToonHead2102
Published 12 years, 9 months ago 14 comments
118 votes
Greatest Gangster Films (28 items)
list by Severin Severin
Published 11 years, 7 months ago 15 comments
85 votes
Watched in 2013 (674 items)
list by Coby
Published 11 years, 2 months ago 7 comments
79 votes
Movie Title Stills Collection (451 items)
list by Moon River
Published 11 years, 5 months ago 13 comments

The Public Enemy Videos

The Public Enemy (1931)

122 Views

Added 16 years ago




Cover art, photos and screenshots

6 votes
5 votes
4 votes
4 votes
3 votes

View all The Public Enemy pictures (57 more)

Reviews

Tough enemy

1 year, 7 months ago at Aug 5 20:31
There was no real doubt that 'The Public Enemy' would be great. There were many great gangster films at the time that far from played it safe and were actually remarkably bold. William A Wellman was always great at taking difficult and quite heavy stories and giving them a sensitive yet packing a big punch while not pulling back in any way. Have for a while really liked James Cagney and it was int... read more
View all The Public Enemy reviews
In 1909, Tom Powers and Matt Doyle are best friends and juvenile criminals. Tom's brother Mike is a correct teenager. Along the years, Tom (James Cagney) and Matt (Edward Woods) get older and ranked in criminal scale of their gang leaded by Nails Nathan (Leslie Fenton). When Nails dies in an accident, his gang becomes weaker and is attacked by other criminal groups.
UPC: 012569690622
Tags: Gangster (9), Crime (8), Drama (6), 1930s (6), 1931 (6), Action (4), Revenge (4), Kidnapping (4), Prohibition (4), Beer (4), Suspense (3), Police (3), Piano (3), Bomb (3), Thriller (2), Black & White (2), Billiards (2), Escalator (2), Gun Store (2), (2)
My tags: Add tags

Update feed

Stehako added this to a list 3 months, 1 week ago
Favorite Movies of All Time (2021 Edition) (1002 movies items)

" 2020: 641 2019: 630 2018: 622 2017: 615 2016: 605 2015: 589 2014: 581 2013: 576 2012: 568 2011: 555 2010: 546 2009: 543 "


JxSxPx added this to a list 4 months ago
Taste of Cinema's Essential Pre-Code Hollywood (30 movies items)

"James Cagney’s breakthrough performance, in William Wellman’s classic The Public Enemy, would define the actor’s tough-guy screen persona. He plays Tom Powers, a smooth-tongued criminal who makes big money as a bootlegger during Prohibition, but ultimately ends up involved in a gangster war that threatens his life. Although it’s clear that Powers was born to a decent family and had a proper upbringing, he inevitably takes the ‘wrong way’ in life. On this wise, the film scores high b"


Stehako added this to a list 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Favorite Movies of All Time (2020 Edition) (1001 movies items)

" 2019: 630 2018: 622 2017: 615 2016: 605 2015: 589 2014: 581 2013: 576 2012: 568 2011: 555 2010: 546 2009: 543 "


cteddiesgirl added this to a list 9 months ago
Movies/Titles I Have (7076 movies items)
Stehako added this to a list 10 months ago
Favorite Movies of All Time (2019 Edition) (1001 movies items)

" 2018: 622 2017: 615 2016: 605 2015: 589 2014: 581 2013: 576 2012: 568 2011: 555 2010: 546 2009: 543 "


Stehako added this to a list 1 year ago
Favorite Movies of All Time (2018 Edition) (1001 movies items)

" 2017: 615 2016: 605 2015: 589 2014: 581 2013: 576 2012: 568 2011: 555 2010: 546 2009: 543 "


Stehako added this to a list 1 year ago
Best Movies of the 1930s (50 movies items)
Kyle Ellis posted a review 1 year, 7 months ago

Tough enemy

“There was no real doubt that 'The Public Enemy' would be great. There were many great gangster films at the time that far from played it safe and were actually remarkably bold. William A Wellman was always great at taking difficult and quite heavy stories and giving them a sensitive yet packing a big punch while not pulling back in any way. Have for a while really liked James Cagney and it was interesting to see him in the film that shed the image that he had before taking on tougher roles.Luckily, 'The Public Enemy' did not disappoint. Wellman did a lot of fine films in the 30s and 'The Public Enemy' is absolutely one of them, one of the best. It is a great representation of Cagney, who shows perfectly why these sort of roles suited him so well, and of gangster films at the time. Showing ” read more

diabolical dr voodoo added this to a list 1 year, 9 months ago
Vistos em 2022 (281 movies items)
diabolical dr voodoo added this to a list 1 year, 9 months ago
Meus DVDs (3001 movies items)

"The Public Enemy (William A. Wellman, 1931) "


Stehako added this to a list 2 years, 1 month ago
Favorite Movies of All Time (2017 Edition) (1001 movies items)

" 2016: 605 2015: 589 2014: 581 2013: 576 2012: 568 2011: 555 2010: 546 2009: 543 "


Anautix added this to a list 2 years, 4 months ago
Stehako added this to a list 2 years, 5 months ago
Favorite Movies of All Time (2016 Edition) (1001 movies items)

"2015: 589 2014: 581 2013: 576 2012: 568 2011: 555 2010: 546 2009: 543 "


sdepy83 added this to a list 3 years ago
Movies watched in 2021 (545 movies items)
PulpRoman added this to a list 3 years, 1 month ago
Anti-Hero Films (55 movies items)

" Tom Powers: Why that dirty, no good, yellow-bellied stool. I'm gonna give it to him right in the head the first time I see him."


Stehako added this to a list 3 years, 4 months ago
Favorite Movies of All Time (2015 Edition) (1001 movies items)

"2014: 581 2013: 576 2012: 568 2011: 555 2010: 546 2009: 543 "


Stehako added this to a list 3 years, 7 months ago
Favorite Movies of All Time (2014 Edition) (1000 movies items)

"2013: 576 2012: 568 2011: 555 2010: 546 2009: 543 "


Stehako added this to a list 3 years, 11 months ago
Favorite Movies of All Time (2013 Edition) (1000 movies items)

"2012: 568 2011: 555 2010: 546 2009: 543 "


Kandi voted for 19 images [View All] 4 years, 1 month ago

SA-512 voted for 2 images 4 years, 1 month ago

Fabocco added this to a list 4 years, 1 month ago
Rewatched 2019 (50 movies items)
Stehako added this to a list 4 years, 2 months ago
Favorite Movies of All Time (2012 Edition) (1000 movies items)

"2011: 555 2010: 546 2009: 543 "


johanlefourbe added this to a list 4 years, 4 months ago
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (1930's) (83 movies items)

" Notes: I haven't seen this one yet..."


johanlefourbe added this to a list 4 years, 5 months ago
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (2020) (1001 movies items)

" Notes: I haven't seen this one yet..."


Stehako added this to a list 4 years, 6 months ago
jeffpsych added this to a list 4 years, 8 months ago
1001 favorite films (1020 movies items)
Stehako added this to a list 4 years, 9 months ago
Favorite Movies of All Time (2011 Edition) (1000 movies items)

"2010: 546 2009: 543 "


Stehako added this to a list 4 years, 11 months ago
Favorite Movies of All Time (2010 Edition) (1000 movies items)

"2009: 543 "


Dj Levels added this to a list 4 years, 11 months ago
JxSxPx added this to a list 5 years ago
Wetzneer added this to a list 5 years, 2 months ago
Watched In 2018 (239 movies items)
Kandi added this to a list 5 years, 2 months ago
Gun Store - Movies (13 movies items)

" James Cagney "


Stehako added this to a list 5 years, 3 months ago
Stehako added this to a list 5 years, 7 months ago
Best Films of 1931 (20 movies items)
The Own Break Down voted for 2 images 5 years, 10 months ago

fernanda added this to a list 6 years ago
sh56 voted for an image 6 years ago

Dark Warrior added this to a list 6 years, 5 months ago
The 100 Greatest Cops & Gangsters Movies (101 movies items)

" 1931 Directed By William A. Wellman Starring James Cagney / Jean Harlow / Edward Woods and featuring Joan Blondell as Mamie My Rating : 3.0 for Magnificent "


Clarence added this to a list 6 years, 6 months ago
Watched (2017) (251 movies items)

« Prev12 Next »

People who liked this also liked

Rating: 8
Rating: 8
Rating: 8.4
Rating: 8.3
Rating: 8.3
Rating: 8.2
Rating: 8.5
Rating: 7.4
Rating: 8.7
Rating: 8.2
Rating: 8.6
Rating: 8
Rating: 8.3
Rating: 8.6
Rating: 8.2
Rating: 8.2
Rating: 8.2
Rating: 8.3
Rating: 7.9
Rating: 8.2
Rating: 8.3