Top Ten 1949

BIL'S BEST ACTOR

He’s on top of the world, ma!  James Cagney may have switched up the genres since his Oscar win for Yankee Doodle Dandy, but a life of crime was not too far behind. One of his very best performances was in one of the very best films of the decade, the deservedly memorialized White Heat, in which he indulges in a near-Bacchanalian crime spree that erupts in an orgasmic fury in the film’s incredible conclusion–a film so explosive that Madonna even wrote a song about it.

Honour Roll: Montgomery Clift, The Heiress; Kirk Douglas, Champion; Spencer Tracy, Adam’s Rib; John Wayne, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon

BIL'S BEST ACTRESS

Hands down the greatest female performance of the…

  • Late Spring

    1

  • The Heiress

    2

  • The Third Man

    3

  • She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

    4

  • Pinky

    5

  • White Heat

    6

  • Champion

    7

  • Adam's Rib

    8

  • Little Women

    9

  • On the Town

    10