2. THE PUBLIC ENEMY (1931)
After a long night of stealing hooch, busting guns, and making a name for himself in the prohibition-era criminal underworld, Tom Powers (played by O.G. tough guy James Cagney) just wants a little booze for breakfast—that’s not much to ask, right? Unfortunately, he has one of those significant others who cares about her lover’s well-being. Poor guy.
In order to show his lady who’s boss, Cagney lets his pimp hand go off; only, he doesn’t just redden her cheek up with a mundane slap. He’s Jimmy friggin’ Cagney, for fuck’s sake! Cagney slaps his chick with a grapefruit before walking away with his I’m-the-man swag, simply because he can. How’s that for juice?