Updated: 20 January 2013 09:15 | By Natasha Sporn and MSN Editors
30 best gangster films

The Public Enemy - 1931



Edward Woods, Murray Kinnell and James Cagney star (© Everett Collection/Rex Features)
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  • Gangster Squad stars Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn (© On Location News/REX Features)
  • Edward Robinson stars (© Moviestore Collection/REX FEATURES)
  • Edward Woods, Murray Kinnell and James Cagney star (© Everett Collection/Rex Features)
  • Paul Muni and Ann Dvorak star (© c.Everett/REX Features)
  • James Cagney and Pat O'Brien star (© SNAP/REX Features)
  • Arthur Kennedy and Humphrey Bogart star (© C.Tavin/Everett/REX Features)
  • James Cagney stars as lead man Cody Jarrett (© Everett Collection/REX Features)
  • Starring Lee Marvin, Gloria Grahame and Glenn Ford (© Everett Collection/REX Features)
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This film was based on a never-published novel Beer and Blood, which followed two former gangsters in Chicago who had been witness to some of the Capone-era murders. The Public Enemy depicts a gang war between boot-leggers after a freak accident claims one life and opens up a weak spot within their empire.

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