White Heat (1949) Poster



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Remade as 

Bourbon Street Beat: Inside Man (1960) (TV Episode)
Based on the same screen play, using different character names.

Edited into 


Task Force (1949)
For an alibi, Ma Jarrett tells the cops that she and Verna were watching this movie at a drive-in.

Referenced in 

Starlift (1951)
Sgt. Nolan mentions the movie by name.
Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
Final scene
77 Sunset Strip: The Negotiable Blonde (1960) (TV Episode)
Imitating James Cagney, Kookie says. "Top of the World, Ma!"
The Last Picture Show (1971)
There is a poster for the film at the theatre.
McCloud: Top of the World, Ma! (1971) (TV Episode)
Top of the World, Ma is a quote from this movie
Hot Stuff (1979)
When Charles ignites the gasoline with machine-gun fire he shouts, "Top O' the World, Ma" slightly paraphrasing what Cody Jarrett shouted surrounded by flames from the exploding gas tanks.
A Sense of Freedom (1979)
It is referenced.
Fame (1980)
Saturday Night Live: Jamie Lee Curtis/James Brown/Ellen Shipley (1980) (TV Episode)
"Top of the World, Ma" quoted by Gilbert Gottfried in 'Who is Gilbert Gottfried'.
Britannia Hospital (1982)
"Top of the world!"
Revenge (1986) (Video)
Tough Guys (1986)
Leon says "top of the world, ma".
Super Gran: Supergran and the Treasure Trovers (1987) (TV Episode)
Unlucky Luciano shouts 'Oh, mama, I'm-a top of the world!'
Cheers: Norm's First Hurrah (1987) (TV Episode)
Norm uses the line "Top of the world, Ma!" from this film.
Star Cops: An Instinct for Murder (1987) (TV Episode)
Spring says, "Made it, Ma. Top of the world."
Night Court: Top Judge (1988) (TV Episode)
Harry screams, "Top of the world, ma!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Superdome (1989) (TV Episode)
Servo: "Top of the world, Ma!"
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Jonathan Winters/Peter Strauss (1989) (TV Episode)
During the monologue, Johnny imitates James Cagney as Cody
Cannonball Fever (1989)
Vic delivers the "Top of the world." line.
Brenda Starr (1989)
While forcing Brenda up the fire escape, O'Shea cries out, "Top of the world!"
The Real Ghostbusters: The Ghostbusters Live! From Al Capone's Tomb! (1989) (TV Episode)
Peter mentions James Cagney and makes a "copper" quote.
Freddy's Nightmares: Dust to Dust (1990) (TV Episode)
A character shouts "Top of the world, Ma!"
The Simpsons: The Telltale Head (1990) (TV Episode)
Bart says "Top of the world, ma"
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)
Ford screams "Top of the world, Ma!" when he's on top of the record tower.
Tinikling or 'The Madonna and the Dragon' (1990) (TV Movie)
Some scenes are featured.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Lost Continent (1990) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Top of the world, Ma!"
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Gang That Couldn't Squirt Straight (1990) (TV Episode)
Zoltan does a James Cagney impression.
The Hard Way (1991)
Our Sons (1991) (TV Movie)
Donald says "Top of the world Ma" to Luanne.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Daddy-O (1991) (TV Episode)
Joel: "Top of the world, Ma!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Fugitive Alien (1991) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Top of the world, Ma!"
Let Him Have It (1991)
A poster for the film is seen outside the cinema.
Juice (1992)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Indestructible Man (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Top of the world, Pokey!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Manhunt in Space (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Top of the pantry, Ma!"
The Wonder Years: Eclipse (1993) (TV Episode)
Louis says, Top of the world, Ma!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Eegah (1993) (TV Episode)
Joel: "Top of the dune, Ma!"
Cracker: One Day a Lemming Will Fly: Part 1 (1993) (TV Episode)
Fitz says the words "Top of the world, ma!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Beginning of the End (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Top of the Wrigley Building, Ma!"
The Specialist (1994)
Password: Made it, Ma! Top of the World
Dillinger and Capone (1995) (Video)
Richard III (1995)
The Bitch Is Back (1995) (Short)
Doll quotes "top o' the world, ma!" line.
SubUrbia (1996)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Mole People (1997) (TV Episode)
"On top of the mountain" Mike: Made it, Ma!
The Maker (1997)
Josh says "Top of the world, ma."
Gex: Enter the Gecko (1998) (Video Game)
"I'm on top of the world, ma!"
Cow and Chicken: Bad Chicken/Stay Awake (1998) (TV Episode)
Chicken shouts "Top of the world, ma!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Werewolf (1998) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Made it, Ma! Top of the Farmers' Bank!"
Small Soldiers (1998)
While playing with Alan's globe, Insaniac mentions James Cagney and says, "Top of the world, Ma!"
The Rat Pack (1998) (TV Movie)
Frank does his impression of Cody Jarrett.
The Simpsons: Lard of the Dance (1998) (TV Episode)
Bart, running on a globe, says, "Top of the world, Ma!"
The Simpsons: The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace (1998) (TV Episode)
In the library Bart spins on a globe and shouts, "Top of the world Ma!"
Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko (1999) (Video Game)
"Top of the world, ma!"
Courage the Cowardly Dog: King Ramses' Curse/The Clutching Foot (2000) (TV Episode)
Eustace's big toe is the leader of the other toes with a James Cagney voice
Nyarlathotep (2001) (Short)
James Cagney's grandson, James Cagney IV, plays a character called Cody Jarrett, Cagney's role in WHITE HEAT.
Time Gentlemen Please: The Man in the Iron Cask (2002) (TV Episode)
Greg shouts "Top of the world, ma!".
Special Unit 2: The Piper (2002) (TV Episode)
Carl's 'top of the world, ma' line.
The Loser Takes All (2002)
Poster on the wall
Analyze That (2002)
When DeNiro goes crazy, he ends up on the tables of the prison cafeteria.
The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2003) (TV Special)
Gene Hackman used the 'Top of the world ma' quote.
The Simpsons: Hit & Run (2003) (Video Game)
"Top of the World" reference proclaimed by Lisa.
Teacher's Pet (2004)
Character says "Top of the world, Ma"
Tiovivo c. 1950 (2004)
Mentioned by its Spanish title.
Scorsese on Scorsese (2004) (TV Movie)
mentioned once
My Life as a Teenage Robot: Love 'Em or Leash 'Em/Teen Team Time (2005) (TV Episode)
"On top of the squirrel, ma!"
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005)
It is mentioned in a magazine.
The Mindscape of Alan Moore (2005)
Poster seen
Crash Tag Team Racing (2005) (Video Game)
Coco: "Top of the world, ma!"
V for Vendetta (2005)
movie poster at V's home
Kong: The Animated Series: Top of the World (2005) (TV Episode)
The title is from a catchphrase spoken by James Cagney as Cody.
Angels with Dirty Faces: Whaddya Hear? Whaddya Say? (2005) (Video)
This film is mentioned.
The Wild (2006)
at the end of the movie there is a line, "Top of the food chain, Ma," referencing Jimmy Cagney's line at the end of White Heat (1949), "Top of the world, Ma!"
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.222 (2006) (TV Episode)
incorrect response in "Movies' Last Lines" category
Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? (2006)
stillframe from movie
Lost Signal (2006)
"Top of the world, ma!"
The Light and the Dark: The Making of 'Face/Off' (2007) (Video)
mentioned once
NCIS: Chimera (2007) (TV Episode)
Tony thought he'd go out like James Cagney in an explosion
Cinematic Titanic: The Oozing Skull (2007) (Video)
Trace: "Top of the Ralph's supermarket, ma!"
The Replacements: Hollywoodn't (2008) (TV Episode)
Dick Daring repeats James Cagney's "Top of the World" speech
Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008) (Video)
"On top of the world, ma!"
Breaking Bad: Phoenix (2009) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Saul
NCIS: Endgame (2009) (TV Episode)
DiNozzo does a line from Jame's Cagney's White Heat.
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.73 (2009) (TV Episode)
Announcing the category "Top O' the Charts", Alex Trebek adds "..., Ma"
The Marine 2 (2009) (Video)
"Top of the world, ma!"
Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (2010) (Video)
DVD is shown.
Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare (2010) (Video)
Title on old marquee.
The Subhuman (2010)
**SPOILERS** The main villian, Ed Wick, is loosely based on James Cagney's Cody Jarrett from White Heat (1949). In fact, in Ed Wick's final moments he screams "Top of the World!"
Bones: The Bikini in the Soup (2011) (TV Episode)
Booth quotes Cagney signature line from the movie. "Made it Ma. Top of the world"
MythBusters: Bubble Trouble (2011) (TV Episode)
Adam Savage parodies a Cagney quote frm this movie
L.A. Noire (2011) (Video Game)
One of the 50 gold film reels you can find.
Close-Up (2011)
Shaun Paul Costello's character "Straggler" does an impression of James Cagney as " Arthur 'Cody' Jarrett"
Vamps (2012)
Goody says, "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!"
Devious Maids: Setting the Table (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
Breaking Bad: Granite State (2013) (TV Episode)
Walt is smuggled inside a tanker truck just like Cody Jarrett's gang in the Raoul Walsh's film.
Bones: The Senator in the Street Sweeper (2015) (TV Episode)
Bones asks whether Booth has seen James Cagney's White Heat
Honest Trailers: Face/Off (2017) (TV Episode)
Title seen in screenshot
The Andrew Klavan Show: Hip Hip Hypocrisy! (2017) (TV Episode)
Andrew Klavan makes a joking reference to the "Top of the world, ma!" line.
Lethal Weapon: Fools Rush In (2017) (TV Episode)
Roger is watching this movie on TV.
Better Call Saul: Breathe (2018) (TV Episode)
Jimmy says this movie is playing on one classic movie channel without interruption
Norm Macdonald Has a Show: Michael Keaton (2018) (TV Episode)
Norm mentions the movie.
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Slippery Slope: Part One (2019) (TV Episode)
Olaf: "Top of the world, Esmé!"
Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (2019)
Shot of car driving into the drive-in theater

Featured in 

Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963) (TV Movie)
cafeteria fight and confrontation with Mayo
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney (1974) (TV Special)
Car trunk, headache and prison cafeteria scenes plus climax are all featured.
Hawaii Five-O: The Bells Toll at Noon (1977) (TV Episode)
Fade to Black (1980)
Remington Steele: Cast in Steele (1984) (TV Episode)
This movie is seen playing on Steele's television set.
Stairs (1986) (TV Movie)
Clip shown.
Words (1987) (Short)
Clips shown
Hard Time on Planet Earth: Stranger in a Strange Land (1989) (TV Episode)
Jesse watches the movie on TV. The scene where Cagney shoots at the cops is shown.
Histoire(s) du cinéma: Toutes les histoires (1989) (TV Episode)
Footage of this movie is shown.
Black Rainbow (1989)
Phil Collins: I Wish It Would Rain Down (1990) (Video)
A scene is presented
Ricochet (1991)
Juice (1992)
James Cagney: Top of the World (1992) (TV Movie)
The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993) (TV Special)
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Short)
The Best of Film Noir (1999) (Video)
Clips shown.
Small Time Crooks (2000)
Ray and May watch and discuss it.
To Matthieu (2000)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) (TV Special)
Cody Jarrett is the #26 villain.
White Heat: Top of the World (2005) (Video)
clips shown
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases (2005) (TV Special)
The #18 movie quote is "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!"
Bullets Over Hollywood (2005) (TV Movie)
Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light (2006) (Video)
Clips shown.
TCM Guest Programmer: Burt Reynolds (2006) (TV Episode)
One of the films selected by the co-host
Crossing Criminal Cultures (2007) (Video)
clips shown
The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV Special)
AFI's 10 Top 10: America's 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres (2008) (TV Special)
White Heat is the #4 gangster film.
The Business End: Violence in Cinema (2008) (Video)
Clips shown
The Eastwood Factor (2010) (Video)
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clip is presented
Brows Held High: Richard III (2014) (TV Episode)
Footage is shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Crime Epics (2014) (TV Episode)
White Heat gets an honorable mention.
Bombay Velvet (2015)
Poster in Johnny Balraj's room

Spoofed in 

Johnny Dangerously (1984)
The grapevine scene in the prison mess hall is an almost perfect parody of the scene in White Heat when Cagney finds out his Mother is dead and goes bersek.
Doin' Time (1985)
When Animal receives word his mother is dead, he screams "Ma! Top of the world!"
TaleSpin: Bringing Down Babyface (1991) (TV Episode)
The character of Baby Face Half-Nelson is based on Cody Jarret from White Heat.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Swamp Diamonds (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Top of the tree, Ma!"
Weird Science: The Genie Detective (1997) (TV Episode)
Wyatt imitates James Cagney and says, "Top of the world, Ma!"
The Karate Dog (2005) (TV Movie)
person stands on highest point of building and yells "I'm top of the world, Daddy!"
Hoodwinked! (2005)
Boingo screams "Top of the Woods!" just like Cagney screamed "Top of the World!" in that movie.
The Wild (2006)
"Top of the food chain, ma!"
Minoriteam: Universal World Games (2006) (TV Episode)
Seamus: "Top of the world, Ma!"
'Weird Al' Yankovic: Don't Download This Song (2006) (Video)
The boy's death, where he stands on top of a tower just before it explodes, parodies the film White Heat, where Cody Jarrett, played by James Cagney, dies in a similar fashion.
Homo Erectus (2007)
'I'm on top of the world!"
The Replacements: Tasumi Unmasked (2008) (TV Episode)
Riley repeats James Cagney's "Top of the World" speech during a flashback of one of her sugar highs.
Phineas and Ferb: Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel (2013) (TV Episode)
When Dr. Doofenshmirtz is shooting waffles at The Avengers, he says "Top of the world, Ma'" a reference to White Heat's "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!"

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