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The Best Nicolas Cage Movies

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List of the best Nicolas Cage movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Nic Cage is a huge action star today, but his first role was a small part in the 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Nicolas Cage's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Nicolas Cage movies will be at the top of the list. Nic Cage has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Cage movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Nick Cage films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Nicolas Cage role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Nicholas Cage performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Including films like Face/Off and Con Air, this list also has all of Nicolas Cage's direct-to-video movies. 

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Nicolas Cage movies?" and "What are the greatest Nicolas Cage roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Cage's heroic roles, you might also enjoy our list of the best Tom Cruise movies and best John Travolta movies.

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  • 1

    The Rock

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery
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    Released1996

    Directed byMichael Bay

    Character: Dr. Stanley Goodspeed

    The Rock is a 1996 action film that primarily takes place on Alcatraz Island and in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was directed by Michael Bay, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and stars...  more
  • 2

    Con Air

    Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich
    1,312
    420

    Released1997

    Directed bySimon West

    Character: Cameron Poe

    Con Air is a 1997 American action film directed by Simon West and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of The Rock. It stars Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and John Malkovich. The film borrows its...  more
  • 3

    National Treasure

    Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger
    1,248
    419

    Released2004

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    Character: Benjamin Gates

    National Treasure is a 2004 American adventure film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was written by Jim Kouf, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Cormac Wibberley, and Marianne Wibberley,...  more
  • 4

    Face/Off

    John Travolta, Nicolas Cage
    1,232
    400

    Released1997

    Directed byJohn Woo

    Character: Castor Troy

    Face/Off is a 1997 American science fiction action thriller film directed by John Woo and starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. Travolta is an FBI agent and Cage is a terrorist, sworn enemies who...  more
  • 5

    Raising Arizona

    Nicolas Cage, John Goodman
    835
    332

    Released1987

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    Character: H. I. McDunnough

    Raising Arizona is a 1987 American comedy film directed, written, and produced by the Coen brothers, and starring Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, William Forsythe, John Goodman, Frances McDormand, and...  more
  • 6

    Gone in 60 Seconds

    Angelina Jolie, Nicolas Cage
    1,007
    369

    Released2000

    Directed byDominic Sena

    Character: Randall "Memphis" Raines

    Gone in 60 Seconds is a 2000 American action film, starring Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Christopher Eccleston, Robert Duvall, Vinnie Jones, and Will Patton. The film was directed...  more
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    Leaving Las Vegas

    Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay
    703
    320

    Released1995

    Directed byMike Figgis

    Character: Ben Sanderson

    Awards: Academy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Motion Picture

    Leaving Las Vegas is a 1995 romantic drama film written and directed by Mike Figgis and based on a semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by John O'Brien. Nicolas Cage, who has ended his...  more
  • 8

    National Treasure: Book of Secrets

    Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger
    801
    363

    Released2007

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    Character: Benjamin Gates

    National Treasure: Book of Secrets is a 2007 mystery/adventure film. It is a sequel to the 2004 film National Treasure and is the second part of the National Treasure franchise. It was directed by...  more
  • 9

    City of Angels

    Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan
    581
    314

    Released1998

    Directed byBrad Silberling

    Character: Seth

    City of Angels is a 1998 American romantic fantasy drama film directed by Brad Silberling. The film stars Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan. Set in Los Angeles, California, the film is a very loose remake of...  more
  • 10

    The Family Man

    Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni
    648
    263

    Released2000

    Directed byBrett Ratner

    Character: Jack Campbell

    The Family Man is a 2000 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Brett Ratner and starring Nicolas Cage and Téa Leoni. Cage's production company, Saturn Films, helped produce the film. The...  more
  • 11

    Lord of War

    Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto
    785
    335

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrew Niccol

    Character: Yuri Orlov

    This film is a 2005 film written, produced and directed by Andrew Niccol and co-produced by and starring Nicolas Cage. It was released in the United States on September 16, 2005, with the DVD...  more
  • 12

    Kick-Ass

    Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz
    634
    278

    Released2010

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

    Character: Damon Macready / Big Daddy

    Kick-Ass is a 2010 British-American superhero action comedy film based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. The film was directed by Matthew Vaughn, who co-produced...  more
  • 13

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn
    469
    251

    Released1982

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Character: Brad's Bud 

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 American coming-of-age teen comedy film written by Cameron Crowe, adapted from his 1981 book of the same name. As a freelance writer for Rolling Stone magazine,...  more
  • 14

    Matchstick Men

    Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell
    467
    249

    Released2003

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Character: Roy Walker

    Matchstick Men is a 2003 American comedy drama film directed by Ridley Scott. Based on Eric Garcia's 2002 novel of the same name, the film stars Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, and Alison Lohman....  more
  • 15

    8mm

    Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix
    475
    275

    Released1999

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    Character: Tom Welles

    8mm is a 1999 American-German mystery thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Andrew Kevin Walker. The film stars Nicolas Cage as a private investigator who delves into the world of...  more
  • 16

    Moonstruck

    Nicolas Cage, Cher
    435
    254

    Released1987

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    Character: Ronny Cammareri

    Moonstruck is a 1987 American romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison and written by John Patrick Shanley. It stars Cher, Nicolas Cage, Danny Aiello, Vincent Gardenia, and Olympia...  more
  • 17

    Windtalkers

    Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo
    380
    207

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn Woo

    Character: Sgt. Joe Enders

    Windtalkers is a 2002 American film directed and produced by John Woo, and starring Nicolas Cage and Adam Beach. The film was released in the United States on June 14, 2002....  more
  • 18

    The Sorcerer's Apprentice

    Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci
    530
    288

    Released2010

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    Character: Balthazar Blake

    The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a 2010 American fantasy adventure film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, directed by Jon Turteltaub, and released by Walt Disney Pictures, the team behind the National...  more
  • 19

    Ghost Rider

    Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes
    577
    358

    Released2007

    Directed byMark Steven Johnson

    Character: Johnny Blaze / Ghost Rider

    Ghost Rider is a 2007 American supernatural superhero film written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson. Based on the character of the same name which appeared in Marvel Comics, the character's first...  more
  • 20

    Guarding Tess

    Nicolas Cage, Shirley MacLaine
    318
    169

    Released1994

    Directed byHugh Wilson

    Character: Doug Chesnic

    Guarding Tess is a 1994 film starring Shirley MacLaine and Nicolas Cage, directed by Hugh Wilson. MacLaine plays a fictional former First Lady protected by an entourage of Secret Service agents led...  more
  • 21

    It Could Happen to You

    Nicolas Cage, Emily Deschanel
    331
    181

    Released1994

    Directed byAndrew Bergman

    Character: Charlie Lang

    It Could Happen to You is a 1994 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Nicolas Cage and Bridget Fonda. It is the story of New York City police officer who wins the lottery and splits his...  more
  • 22

    Adaptation

    Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep
    383
    223

    Released2002

    Directed bySpike Jonze

    Character: Charlie Kaufman / Donald Kaufman

    Adaptation is a 2002 American comedy-drama metafilm directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman. The film is based on Susan Orlean's non-fiction book The Orchid Thief, with numerous...  more
  • 23

    Wild at Heart

    Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe
    322
    190

    Released1990

    Directed byDavid Lynch

    Character: Sailor Ripley

    Wild at Heart is a 1990 American thriller film written and directed by David Lynch, and based on Barry Gifford's 1989 novel of the same name. Both the book and the film revolve around Sailor Ripley...  more
  • 24

    Peggy Sue Got Married

    Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey
    360
    215

    Released1986

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Character: Charlie Bodell

    Peggy Sue Got Married is a 1986 American comedy-drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola starring Kathleen Turner as a woman on the verge of a divorce, who finds herself transported back to the...  more
  • 25

    Knowing

    Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne
    462
    294

    Released2009

    Directed byAlex Proyas

    Character: Professor John Koestler

    Knowing is a 2009 science fiction mystery thriller film directed by Alex Proyas. M.I.T. professor John Koestler (Nicolas Cage) links a mysterious list of numbers from a time capsule to past and...  more