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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.

Michael Bay and Brett Ratner are among those who have directed Nicolas Cage at one point or another during their careers in the film industry. Nicolas Cage has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like John Travolta and Bruce Willis in terms of fame and success.

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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane
The Outsiders is a 1983 American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. The film was released on March 25, 1983. Jo Ellen ...more

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Snake Eyes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Carla Gugino, Gary Sinise
Snake Eyes is a 1998 conspiracy thriller film directed by Brian De Palma, one featuring his trademark use of long tracking shots and split screens. It starred Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise and Carla ...more
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The Weather Man is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine, Nicholas Hoult
The Weather Man is a 2005 American comedy-drama film, directed by Gore Verbinski. Written by Steve Conrad, it stars Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine and Hope Davis, and tells the story of a ...more

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Honeymoon in Vegas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bruno Mars
Honeymoon in Vegas is a 1992 comedy film directed by Andrew Bergman and starring Nicolas Cage, James Caan and Sarah Jessica Parker.
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Guarding Tess is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Shirley MacLaine, Richard Griffiths
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 ...more
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The Croods is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds
The Croods is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, ...more

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Valley Girl is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, E.G. Daily, Colleen Camp
Valley Girl is a 1983 romantic comedy film, starring Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Michelle Meyrink, Elizabeth Daily, Cameron Dye, and Michael Bowen, directed by Martha Coolidge. The American ...more

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Bad Lieutenant: Port of ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer
After Katrina, police sergeant Terence McDonagh rescues a prisoner, hurts his back in the process and earns a promotion to lieutenant plus an addiction. His drug-using prostitute girlfriend, his ...more

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World Trade Center is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello
World Trade Center is a 2006 disaster drama film directed by Oliver Stone and based on the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center. It stars Nicolas Cage, Maria Bello, Michael ...more

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Joe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
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Joe is a 2013 drama film directed by David Gordon Green and starring Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan and Ronnie Gene Blevins. It is an adaptation of Larry Brown's 1991 novel of the same name and ...more
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Drive Angry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, David Morse
Drive Angry is a 2011 American supernatural action film starring Nicolas Cage and Amber Heard, and directed by Patrick Lussier. It was released on February 25, 2011. Shot in 3-D, the film was ...more

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Bringing Out the Dead is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Queen Latifah, John Goodman
This film is a 1999 American drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader, based on the novel by Joe Connelly. It stars Nicolas Cage, Patricia Arquette, John Goodman, Ving ...more
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Trapped in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz
Trapped in Paradise is a 1994 Christmas-themed crime comedy film written and directed by George Gallo, and starring Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz, and Dana Carvey.

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Vampire's Kiss is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Jennifer Beals, David Hyde Pierce
Vampire's Kiss is a 1989 American black comedy horror film, directed by Robert Bierman, written by Joseph Minion, and stars Nicolas Cage, María Conchita Alonso, Jennifer Beals, and ...more

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Red Rock West is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle
Red Rock West is a 1993 neo-noir film directed by John Dahl. It was written by Dahl and his brother Rick, and shot in Montana and Willcox, Arizona. The film was well received at the prestigious ...more
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The Frozen Ground is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Vanessa Hudgens, Nicolas Cage, 50 Cent
The Frozen Ground is a 2013 American mystery thriller film written and directed by Scott Walker, his first feature film, based on the real-life 1980s Alaskan hunt for serial killer Robert ...more
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Kiss of Death is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Samuel L. Jackson, Helen Hunt
Kiss of Death is a 1995 crime thriller film starring David Caruso, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicolas Cage, Helen Hunt, Ving Rhames, and Stanley Tucci, directed by Barbet Schroeder. The film is a very ...more

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Season of the Witch is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Christopher Lee, Ron Perlman
Season of the Witch is a 2011 American fantasy adventure horror film starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Dominic Sena with extensive uncredited reshoots by Brett Ratner. Cage stars with Ron ...more

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Rumble Fish is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane
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Ghost Rider: Spirit of V... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, Ciarán Hinds
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The Wicker Man is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, James Franco, Leelee Sobieski
The Wicker Man is a 2006 American horror thriller film written and directed by Neil LaBute and starring Nicolas Cage. The film primarily is a remake of the 1973 British cult classic The Wicker ...more

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Grindhouse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Bruce Willis, Rose McGowan
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Stolen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Malin Åkerman, Josh Lucas
Stolen, formerly known as Medallion, is a 2012 American action thriller film starring Nicolas Cage, Danny Huston, Malin Åkerman, M.C. Gainey, Sami Gayle, Mark Valley and Josh Lucas.
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Left Behind is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
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The Trust is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood, Sky Ferreira
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