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12 Bad Nicolas Cage Movies That Are Actually Good

April 7, 2020 11.0k votes 1.7k voters 27.0k views12 items

If there's one actor out there who gets a lot of flack for some seriously bad movies, it's Nicolas Cage. The man has been acting for decades, and despite being an Academy Award-winner, he's been in some truly crappy flicks over the years. That being said, there's a big difference in a movie's overall appeal on RottenTomatoes when you're looking at the Tomatometer and the Audience Score.

The Tomatometer is an aggregate score derived from all of the professionally written reviews posted about a particular movie, and the Audience Score is an aggregate of people like you! If you go on Rotten Tomatoes (and you aren't a professional film reviewer), your score will be aggregated alongside everyone else's, and the score displayed often comes in much higher than the one the pros have given.

For Nicholas Cage, a man who has been in some good films, this list focuses on those movies with a "rotten" score in the Tomatometer (less than 60%). Check out the list below and see if any of the movies deserve a higher or lower spot by voting up or down whichever ones you think fit that criteria.

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  • National Treasure is an action-adventure film that brings together the thrilling moments of an Indiana Jones movie and merges them with an American history class being taught by one of the most enthusiastic professors of all time. Nicolas Cage plays Benjamin Franklin Gates, a historian who takes up his father's desire to clear the name of his family's role in American history by finding the so-called "National Treasure" hidden somewhere in the United States.

    Using various clues and artifacts -- specifically, the original Declaration of Independence -- Gates and his allies work to find the treasure while being pursued by a team of rogues intent on getting to the treasure first.

    Rotten Tomatoes Scores: 46%

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    78
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  • Nicolas Cage plays a discharged Army Ranger who kills a drunken man who threatened his wife shortly after he returned from a series of combat deployments. He winds up in prison and is being released as the movie begins. After he is paroled, he finds himself aboard a C-123 flying prison transport alongside a number of other inmates being transferred to various prisons or courts by the U.S. Marshall Service.

    Things don't go according to plan when several prisoners take over the plane and launch an escape attempt, which winds up landing the group of dangerous convicts in the desert. Cage's Cameron Poe winds up falling back on his military training as he fights to ensure he gets back to his wife and daughter, which puts him right between the escaping convict's desire for freedom and his own desires.

    Rotten Tomatoes Scores: 55%

    1,552
    87
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  • Gone in 60 Seconds is a remake of a 1974 film of the same name and sees Nicolas Cage as Randall "Memphis" Raines, a master car thief who can steal any car he stumbles upon. Any car. He's been in the business for years, but he knows there isn't much a future for him if he remains in his life of crime, so he is about ready to get out of the business.

    Unfortunately, his retirement plans are shot when his younger brother Kip gets into a spot of trouble with a local crime boss. To save him, he agrees to steal 50 luxury cars in one night, so he enlists the aid of other car thieves, including Sara "Sway" Wayland and several others. The film includes a 40-minute car chase scene, which resulted in a total of 90 cars being destroyed.

    Rotten Tomatoes Scores: 25%

    1,355
    162
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  • National Treasure: Book Of Secrets is the first sequel to come from National Treasure, and it picks up a short time after the events of the first film. Gates finds himself having to defend his family name when it's once-again besmirched in reference to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Gates will stop at nothing to clear his name, and that means he will go so far as to temporarily kidnap none other than the President of the United States!

    Fortunately, this doesn't land him in an oubliette somewhere in the middle of the country, but what it does do is set him on the path to find Cíbola, the Native American lost city of gold, which is somewhere in the United States, and Gates is going to find it if it's the last thing he does!

    Rotten Tomatoes Scores: 36%

    1,322
    168
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