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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 Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris

Released: 1996

Directed by: Michael Bay

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 ...more

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National Treasure is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean

Released: 2004

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

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 ...more

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Con Air is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi

Released: 1997

Directed by: Simon West

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 ...more

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Face/Off is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon

Released: 1997

Directed by: John Woo

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 ...more

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Gone in 60 Seconds is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Angelina Jolie, Nicolas Cage, Robert Duvall

Released: 2000

Directed by: Dominic Sena

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 ...more

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Raising Arizona is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

Released: 1987

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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, ...more

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Leaving Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
mr.the.dan added Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay, Elisabeth Shue

Released: 1995

Directed by: Mike Figgis

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

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Lord of War is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto, Ethan Hawke

Released: 2005

Directed by: Andrew Niccol

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

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National Treasure: Book ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Helen Mirren

Released: 2007

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

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 ...more

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City of Angels is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Elisabeth Shue

Released: 1998

Directed by: Brad Silberling

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 ...more

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Kick-Ass is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca

Released: 2010

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

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 ...more

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Matchstick Men is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Bruce McGill

Released: 2003

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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.

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The Family Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle

Released: 2000

Directed by: Brett Ratner

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 ...more

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Moonstruck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Cher, Danny Aiello

Released: 1987

Directed by: Norman Jewison

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

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Ghost Rider is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Rebel Wilson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Mark Steven Johnson

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 ...more

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Fast Times at Ridgemont ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 1982

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

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 ...more

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8mm is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini

Released: 1999

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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 ...more

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The Sorcerer's Apprentic... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci, Teresa Palmer

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

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Knowing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Chandler Canterbury

Released: 2009

Directed by: Alex Proyas

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

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Adaptation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Released: 2002

Directed by: Spike Jonze

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Peggy Sue Got Married is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Kathleen Turner

Released: 1986

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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Windtalkers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo, Christian Slater

Released: 2002

Directed by: John Woo

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.

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Wild at Heart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Isabella Rossellini

Released: 1990

Directed by: David Lynch

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Next is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Jessica Biel, Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore

Released: 2007

Directed by: Lee Tamahori

Next is a 2007 American science-fiction action thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori and stars Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore and Jessica Biel. The film's original script was very loosely based ...more

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It Could Happen to You ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Nicolas Cage Movies
Nicolas Cage, Emily Deschanel, Bridget Fonda

Released: 1994

Directed by: Andrew Bergman

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

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