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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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    Con Air

    Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich

    Character: Cameron Poe

    Con Air is a 1997 American action film directed by Simon West and produced by Jerry...  more

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    The Rock

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery

    Character: Dr. Stanley Goodspeed

    The Rock is a 1996 action film that primarily takes place on Alcatraz Island and in the San...  more

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    National Treasure

    Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger

    Character: Benjamin Gates

    National Treasure is a 2004 American adventure film produced and released by Walt Disney...  more

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    Face/Off

    John Travolta, Nicolas Cage

    Character: Castor Troy

    Face/Off is a 1997 American science fiction action thriller film directed by John Woo and...  more

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    Raising Arizona

    Nicolas Cage, John Goodman

    Character: H. I. McDunnough

    Raising Arizona is a 1987 American comedy film directed, written, and produced by the Coen...  more

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    Gone in 60 Seconds

    Angelina Jolie, Nicolas Cage

    Character: Randall "Memphis" Raines

    Gone in 60 Seconds is a 2000 American action film, starring Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie,...  more

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    Leaving Las Vegas

    Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay

    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...  more

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    Lord of War

    Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto

    Character: Yuri Orlov

    This film is a 2005 film written, produced and directed by Andrew Niccol and co-produced by...  more

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    National Treasure: Book of Secrets

    Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger

    Character: Benjamin Gates

    National Treasure: Book of Secrets is a 2007 mystery/adventure film. It is a sequel to the...  more

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    Kick-Ass

    Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Character: Damon Macready / Big Daddy

    Kick-Ass is a 2010 British-American superhero action comedy film based on the comic book of...  more

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    City of Angels

    Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan

    Character: Seth

    City of Angels is a 1998 American romantic fantasy drama film directed by Brad Silberling. The...  more

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    The Family Man

    Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni

    Character: Jack Campbell

    The Family Man is a 2000 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Brett Ratner and...  more

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    Matchstick Men

    Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell

    Character: Roy Walker

    Matchstick Men is a 2003 American comedy drama film directed by Ridley Scott. Based on Eric...  more

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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn

    Character: Brad's Bud 

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 American coming-of-age teen comedy film written by...  more

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    Moonstruck

    Nicolas Cage, Cher

    Character: Ronny Cammareri

    Moonstruck is a 1987 American romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison and written by...  more

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    Ghost Rider

    Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes

    Character: Johnny Blaze / Ghost Rider

    Ghost Rider is a 2007 American supernatural superhero film written and directed by Mark Steven...  more

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    Windtalkers

    Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo

    Character: Sgt. Joe Enders

    Windtalkers is a 2002 American film directed and produced by John Woo, and starring Nicolas...  more

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    8mm

    Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix

    Character: Tom Welles

    8mm is a 1999 American-German mystery thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher and written by...  more

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    The Sorcerer's Apprentice

    Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci

    Character: Balthazar Blake

    The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a 2010 American fantasy adventure film produced by Jerry...  more

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    Peggy Sue Got Married

    Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey

    Character: Charlie Bodell

    Peggy Sue Got Married is a 1986 American comedy-drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola...  more

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    It Could Happen to You

    Nicolas Cage, Emily Deschanel

    Character: Charlie Lang

    It Could Happen to You is a 1994 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Nicolas Cage and...  more

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    Wild at Heart

    Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe

    Character: Sailor Ripley

    Wild at Heart is a 1990 American thriller film written and directed by David Lynch, and based...  more

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    Guarding Tess

    Nicolas Cage, Shirley MacLaine

    Character: Doug Chesnic

    Guarding Tess is a 1994 film starring Shirley MacLaine and Nicolas Cage, directed by Hugh...  more

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    Adaptation

    Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep

    Character: Charlie Kaufman / Donald Kaufman

    Adaptation is a 2002 American comedy-drama metafilm directed by Spike Jonze and written by...  more

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    Knowing

    Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne

    Character: Professor John Koestler

    Knowing is a 2009 science fiction mystery thriller film directed by Alex Proyas. M.I.T....  more

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