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Favorite Actor Who Was Never In A GREAT Movie?

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by MortSahlFan, Mar 5, 2020.

  1. MortSahlFan

    MortSahlFan Forum Resident Thread Starter

    James Cagney

    Again, your favorite, and movies you consider great... He was in many good films, a lot of 80 minute manufactured quickies, but a GREAT movie?
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  2. Luvtemps

    Luvtemps Forum Resident

    Surely you're kidding,better check again...ever hear of-White Heat,Cagney was nominated for an Oscar,Yankee Doodle Dandee[he won it for that one]and there was the film he made with Doris Day I can't recall the title but it was top notch.
  3. MortSahlFan

    MortSahlFan Forum Resident Thread Starter

    He's in many GOOD movies, but I wouldn't call them GREAT... Again, just personal opinion. The only movie of his I didn't like and couldn't finish was "Yankee Doodle Dandee", but I don't like musicals, except "Singin' in the Rain".

    Do you have an actor as a candidate?
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  4. GrahamBW

    GrahamBW Forum Resident

    Illinois, USA
    Was Bill Paxton ever in a great movie? But he sure was a favorite!
    Laibach, Clay B, Karnak and 3 others like this.
  5. Hexwood

    Hexwood Forum Resident

    True Lies
    Near Dark
    One False Move
  6. samthesham

    samthesham Forum Resident

    Moorhead MN

    White Heat & Public Enemy were/are bonafide classics of the original gangster film genre
  7. Scooterpiety

    Scooterpiety Current operator of the Freedonia peanut stand

    I'm pretty sure Cagney was in a few "great" films.
    I consider Mister Roberts and One, Two, Three great films, as well as two of my favorite movies of all time.
  8. Cagney'
    " I' ll take five pairs of these in the following colors : black , black , black , black and black."
  9. Cagney' s dancing in ' Yankee Doodle Dandy ' is incredible.
  10. ...and Cagney could push a grapefruit half into someone's face like nobody else could !
    hbbfam, Shoes1916, PHILLYQ and 4 others like this.
  11. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Dayman, fighter of the Nightman

    Bakersfield, CA
    Tombstone is a 10/10 for me. Pure entertainment.
  12. George Co-Stanza

    George Co-Stanza Forum Resident

    Agreed. Titanic has to also be on the list of great movies with Bill Paxton, although Tombstone and True Lies are my personal favorites.
  13. Scooterpiety

    Scooterpiety Current operator of the Freedonia peanut stand

    I consider Apollo 13 a great film. I'm not certain if A Simple Plan is great, but it's at least "very good".
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  14. The Hermit

    The Hermit Wavin' that magick glowstick since 1976

    Armand Assante... terrific character actor, never got that breakthrough role to put him in the big league. Would have made a great Bond villain though...
  15. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    White Heat is considered a great movie...to me anyway! ' ) I love all of his movies...one of my all time favorite actors since I was a youngster.
  16. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    he was incredible in this excellent movie.
  17. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

  18. xilef regnu

    xilef regnu Forum Resident

    I guess it depends on what you define as a "great" movie, but this was sure a damn good one:
  19. Holerbot6000

    Holerbot6000 Forum Resident

    In addition to all the other great Cagney movies people have already mentioned...
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  20. Wolfschmidt

    Wolfschmidt Active Member

    Tampa Fl
    I want to say James Woods. Even though he was a co-lead of sorts in Once Upon A Time In America, had a supporting role in Casino, and has been a fine lead in many smaller or cult films, I feel like he has never had that ONE role in a true classic that everyone knows him for. OUATIA is close, but doesn’t really exist in the popular consciousness. (And yeah, I don’t care for his politics, but great actor nonetheless. His live wire energy reminds me of Cagney).
  21. The Hud

    The Hud Just add water

  22. MortSahlFan

    MortSahlFan Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Is the movie "Salvador" any good? I've heard good things, but Oliver Stone tends to take the best subjects, distort and delegitimize them. People always refer to Jim Morrison by that awful movie, because a movie is much easier, and usually spoon-fed.
  23. Borgia

    Borgia Forum Resident

    I liked Salvador, I've watched it several times. James Woods is a great actor to me, it's a shame he doesn't work anymore. One of my favorite movies of his was called Fast Walking, about a crooked prison guard whose cousin is locked up and the head honcho/drug dealer amongst the inmates. Tim McIntire played that part.
  24. Wolfschmidt

    Wolfschmidt Active Member

    Tampa Fl
    Salvador is really good. Woods is in top form (Oscar-nominated) and Jim Belushi is excellent too. It is peak Oliver Stone before his stylistic excesses got ... well, too excessive. Subject matter is fairly grim. On last view, it is kind of a choppy film, but that is down to the compression of historical events, and how it was made; basically Fear and Loathing in El Salvador. Definitely worth checking out.
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  25. Ginger Ale

    Ginger Ale Snackophile

    New York
    Something To Sing About. My favorite Cagney film.
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