Best to Worst: Nicolas Cageby lnvicta | created - 09 Mar 2016 | updated - 2 months ago | Public
The works of Nic Cage ranked.
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1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
PG | 117 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.
Votes: 259,002 | Gross: $190.24M
“I’m taking this cube thing with me.”
2. Face/Off (1997)
R | 138 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
In order to foil a terrorist plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.
Votes: 330,048 | Gross: $112.23M
Classic Nicolas Cage. Here he plays two characters, literally, on opposite sides of his acting spectrum - subtle family man Cage and unbridled maniac Cage. This also has some of his most iconic lines, and it's a ridiculously fun action film that still holds up to this day.
3. Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
R | 111 min | Drama, Romance
Ben Sanderson, a Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his alcoholism, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.
Votes: 107,991 | Gross: $31.97M
The Academy recognized Cage for this one where he plays the sympathetic role of a struggling alcoholic. A beautiful movie and an incredible performance.
4. Adaptation. (2002)
R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama
A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen.
Votes: 166,710 | Gross: $22.25M
Another movie with dual Cages, this is just fantastic storytelling that makes you think.
5. Matchstick Men (2003)
PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A phobic con artist and his protégé are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the former's teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly.
Votes: 118,812 | Gross: $36.91M
Underrated movie where Nic plays a character with extreme OCD and he nails it. A few classic lines in there as well.
6. Raising Arizona (1987)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Crime
When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintuplets, their lives become more complicated than they anticipated.
Votes: 118,131 | Gross: $22.85M
An absolute riot, and it's got heart.
7. Kick-Ass (2010)
R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.
Votes: 502,282 | Gross: $48.07M
He may not be the star but this movie is just so much fun and his character has a lot to do with that.
8. Lord of War (2005)
R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An arms dealer confronts the morality of his work as he is being chased by an INTERPOL Agent.
Votes: 280,399 | Gross: $24.15M
A more subdued role for him, but it's a powerful movie about a serious topic.
9. The Rock (1996)
R | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco.
Votes: 296,175 | Gross: $134.07M
'90s action at its best. Nic Cage and Sean Connery playing off each other, Cage as the scientist and Connery as the renegade, never gets old.
10. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama
Terence McDonagh is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants.
Votes: 71,471 | Gross: $1.70M
Cage at his most insane. You think sober Cage is crazy? Try coked up Cage. Or better yet, crackhead Cage. Yeah, you see all of those in this movie, and it's as magnificently eccentric as you'd think.
11. The Family Man (2000)
PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A fast-lane investment broker, offered the opportunity to see how the other half lives, wakes up to find that his sports car and girlfriend have become a mini-van and wife.
Votes: 97,767 | Gross: $75.79M
A heartwarming, feel-good holiday movie with Cage playing a rich prick and a suburban family man to perfection.
12. Kiss of Death (1995)
R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A reformed convict goes undercover with the help of an angry detective to ensnare a psychotic mobster.
Votes: 16,021 | Gross: $14.94M
An overlooked crime thriller with Cage in a rare villainous role.
13. Drive Angry (2011)
R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy
A vengeful father escapes from hell and chases after the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter.
Votes: 90,928 | Gross: $10.71M
This is an absolute blast. I don't care what anyone says, Drive Angry is stupidly awesome. My stomach hurt from laughing so hard.
14. Snowden (2016)
R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
The NSA's illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the public by one of the agency's employees, Edward Snowden, in the form of thousands of classified documents distributed to the press.
Votes: 122,000 | Gross: $21.59M
15. Moonstruck (1987)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Loretta Castorini, a bookkeeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she has agreed to marry.
Votes: 44,641 | Gross: $80.64M
This feel-good movie was before Nic Cage became Nic Cage, but he serves his purpose well as a likable romantic lead.
16. Con Air (1997)
R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Newly paroled ex-con and former U.S. Ranger Cameron Poe finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control.
Votes: 260,443 | Gross: $101.12M
Mindless, dumb, over-the-top action romp. Good movie? Nope. Entertaining movie? Absolutely.
17. National Treasure (2004)
PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries.
Votes: 287,924 | Gross: $173.01M
Indiana Jones this is not, but National Treasure is one of those shut-your-brain-off popcorn movies that you can't help but be entertained by.
18. The Frozen Ground (2013)
R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.
One of his more serious roles, and a very solid movie as a whole.
19. Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A retired master car thief must come back to the industry and steal fifty cars with his crew in one night to save his brother's life.
Votes: 248,380 | Gross: $101.65M
A cheesy Fast & Furious knock-off, but entertaining enough to be a solid watch.
20. Seeking Justice (2011)
R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama
After his wife is assaulted, a husband enlists the services of a vigilante group to help him settle the score. Then he discovers they want a 'favor' from him in return.
Votes: 43,112 | Gross: $0.04M
The plot is by-the-numbers, but Cage and a sinister Guy Pearce put this thriller a cut above many.
21. Next (2007)
PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A Las Vegas magician who can see into the future is pursued by FBI agents seeking to use his abilities to prevent a nuclear terrorist attack.
Votes: 141,468 | Gross: $18.21M
22. The Weather Man (2005)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama
A Chicago weather man, separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive.
Votes: 75,146 | Gross: $12.48M
Gloomy story with a grounded performance by Cage.
23. Vampire's Kiss (1988)
R | 103 min | Comedy, Horror
After an encounter with a neck-biter, a publishing executive thinks that he's turning into a vampire.
Votes: 12,599 | Gross: $0.73M
Another so-bad-it's-good movie with plenty of quotable Cage-isms.
24. The Trust (2016)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A pair of cops investigating a drug invasion stumble upon a mysterious bank vault.
A satirical heist movie elevated by Cage and Woods.
25. Ghost Rider (2007)
PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller
When motorcycle rider Johnny Blaze sells his soul to the Devil to save his father's life, he is transformed into the Ghost Rider, the Devil's own bounty hunter, and is sent to hunt down sinners.
Votes: 211,780 | Gross: $115.80M
Absolutely ridiculous in every way. Terrible superhero adaptation but there are enough fun moments to keep it somewhat watchable.
26. Trespass (2011)
R | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
As they're held for ransom, a husband and wife's predicament grows more dire amid the discovery of betrayal and deception.
Votes: 39,826 | Gross: $0.02M
The actors save this movie from being completely mediocre.
27. The Wicker Man (2006)
PG-13 | 102 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A sheriff investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a small island discovers there's a larger mystery to solve among the island's secretive, neo-pagan community.
Votes: 61,125 | Gross: $23.64M
What can be said about The Wicker Man that hasn't been said already? It's a comedy classic.
28. Snake Eyes (1998)
R | 98 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A shady police detective finds himself in the middle of a murder conspiracy at an important boxing match in an Atlantic City casino.
Votes: 72,209 | Gross: $55.59M
Starts out promising, then gets worse and worse and worse until you're begging for it to end.
29. 8MM (1999)
R | 123 min | Mystery, Thriller
A private investigator is hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not.
Votes: 116,877 | Gross: $36.66M
Grimy atmosphere, dull movie.
30. Stolen (2012)
R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A former thief frantically searches for his missing daughter, who has been kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a taxi.
Votes: 41,604 | Gross: $0.30M
Textbook definition of generic.
31. Season of the Witch (2011)
PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Fourteenth century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.
Votes: 86,584 | Gross: $24.83M
32. Knowing (2009)
PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
M.I.T. professor John Koestler links a mysterious list of numbers from a time capsule to past and future disasters and sets out to prevent the ultimate catastrophe.
Votes: 210,578 | Gross: $79.96M
Good performance, bad movie.
33. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller
Johnny Blaze, tortured by the Ghost Rider's curse, gets a chance of redemption through protecting the Devil's son, whose father is pursuing him.
Votes: 104,885 | Gross: $51.77M
Aside from one admittedly brilliant freak out scene, this movie is a dud. And why in the hell is Idris Elba in it?
34. Dog Eat Dog (I) (2016)
Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Thriller
A crew of ex-cons are hired by a Cleveland mafioso to kidnap the baby of a rival mobster.
Cage and Dafoe are fun to watch. Too bad about the nonsensical story and awful editing.
35. The Runner (I) (2015)
R | 90 min | Drama
In the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill, an idealistic but flawed politician is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal.
36. Between Worlds (2018)
R | 90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Joe meets a mother who can contact spirits when suffocating. Her daughter is dying when Joe helps the mother spiritually contact the daughter and save her. Unfortunately, the spirit in the daughter's body is now that of Joe's dead wife.
37. Rage (2014)
Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
When the daughter of a reformed criminal is kidnapped, he rounds up his old crew and seeks his own brand of justice.
One scene where Cage goes nuts is the only reason this movie isn't lower. It's really bad.
38. Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A hitman who's in Bangkok to pull off a series of jobs violates his personal code when he falls for a local woman and bonds with his errand boy.
Votes: 53,309 | Gross: $15.28M
This has a cool soundtrack. That's it. Booooring.
39. Dying of the Light (2014)
R | 94 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
When a devastating illness threatens to end Evan Lake's career in the C.I.A., he goes rogue to hunt down a terrorist who tortured him during a mission gone awry years ago.
Another snoozefest. Cage actually plays an interesting character but the movie itself is cinematic ambien.
40. Pay the Ghost (2015)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A professor frantically searches for his son who was abducted during a Halloween carnival.
So dumb and un-scary even Cage sleepwalks through it.
41. Inconceivable (2017)
R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller
A mother looks to escape her abusive past by moving to a new town where she befriends another mother, who grows suspicious of her.
Dull and plodding.
42. The Humanity Bureau (2017)
R | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A dystopian thriller set in the year 2030 that sees the world in a permanent state of economic recession and facing serious environmental problems as a result of global warming.
43. Outcast (I) (2014)
Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A mysterious warrior teams up with the daughter and son of a deposed Chinese Emperor to defeat their cruel brother, who seeks their deaths.
Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen with swords. Is it hilarious? Sure. Is it good? *beep* no.
44. Vengeance: A Love Story (2017)
TV-MA | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A group of strangers come to the aid of a single mother seeking to bring her rapists to justice.
The courtroom scenes are maddening.
45. Arsenal (2017)
R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A Southern mobster attempts to rescue his kidnapped brother.
Lazy, pathetic excuse for a crime thriller. Cage is entertaining as the villain, with a performance as garishly ludicrous as his wig.
46. 211 (2018)
R | 86 min | Action, Crime, Drama
While on a routine patrol, an aging cop, his partner and their ride-along get caught in a standoff with a band of former mercenaries robbing a bank.
47. Left Behind (I) (2014)
PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
A small group of survivors are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction.
Votes: 34,300 | Gross: $14.00M
Cage is barely in this damn movie but they had to sell it somehow. Legitimately one of the worst pieces of sh*t I've ever seen in my life. Abysmal directing, pitiful acting, cringe-worthy dialogue. Not even Christians can defend this abomination.