Best to Worst: Nicolas Cage

by 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

87 Metascore

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.

Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman | Stars: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali

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

82 Metascore

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.

Director: John Woo | Stars: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola

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

82 Metascore

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.

Director: Mike Figgis | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Elisabeth Shue, Julian Sands, Richard Lewis

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

83 Metascore

A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton

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

61 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Alison Lohman, Sam Rockwell, Bruce Altman

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

68 Metascore

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.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman

Votes: 118,131 | Gross: $22.85M

An absolute riot, and it's got heart.

7. Kick-Ass (2010)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

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.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Garrett M. Brown

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

62 Metascore

An arms dealer confronts the morality of his work as he is being chased by an INTERPOL Agent.

Director: Andrew Niccol | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto, Bridget Moynahan

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

58 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, John Spencer

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

69 Metascore

Terence McDonagh is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Russell M. Haeuser, Val Kilmer

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

42 Metascore

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.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Piven

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.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: David Caruso, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicolas Cage, Helen Hunt

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

44 Metascore

A vengeful father escapes from hell and chases after the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter.

Director: Patrick Lussier | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner, Billy Burke

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

58 Metascore

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.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto

Votes: 122,000 | Gross: $21.59M

15. Moonstruck (1987)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

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.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello

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

52 Metascore

Newly paroled ex-con and former U.S. Ranger Cameron Poe finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich, Colm Meaney

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

39 Metascore

A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean

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

37 Metascore

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.

Director: Scott Walker | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Hudgens, John Cusack, Dean Norris

Votes: 52,676

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

35 Metascore

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.

Director: Dominic Sena | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, T.J. Cross

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

38 Metascore

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.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Nicolas Cage, January Jones, Guy Pearce, Harold Perrineau

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

42 Metascore

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.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 141,468 | Gross: $18.21M

Forgettable fun.

22. The Weather Man (2005)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

A Chicago weather man, separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Hope Davis, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Caine

Votes: 75,146 | Gross: $12.48M

Gloomy story with a grounded performance by Cage.

23. Vampire's Kiss (1988)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Horror

31 Metascore

After an encounter with a neck-biter, a publishing executive thinks that he's turning into a vampire.

Director: Robert Bierman | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Maria Conchita Alonso, Jennifer Beals, Elizabeth Ashley

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

58 Metascore

A pair of cops investigating a drug invasion stumble upon a mysterious bank vault.

Directors: Alex Brewer, Benjamin Brewer | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood, Sky Ferreira, Eric Heister

Votes: 16,329

A satirical heist movie elevated by Cage and Woods.

25. Ghost Rider (2007)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller

35 Metascore

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.

Director: Mark Steven Johnson | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Sam Elliott, Matt Long

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

37 Metascore

As they're held for ransom, a husband and wife's predicament grows more dire amid the discovery of betrayal and deception.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Cam Gigandet, Ben Mendelsohn

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

36 Metascore

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.

Director: Neil LaBute | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn, Leelee Sobieski, Kate Beahan

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

52 Metascore

A shady police detective finds himself in the middle of a murder conspiracy at an important boxing match in an Atlantic City casino.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise, John Heard, Carla Gugino

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

19 Metascore

A private investigator is hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Peter Stormare

Votes: 116,877 | Gross: $36.66M

Grimy atmosphere, dull movie.

30. Stolen (2012)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

43 Metascore

A former thief frantically searches for his missing daughter, who has been kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a taxi.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Malin Akerman, Josh Lucas, Danny Huston

Votes: 41,604 | Gross: $0.30M

Textbook definition of generic.

31. Season of the Witch (2011)

PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

28 Metascore

Fourteenth century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.

Director: Dominic Sena | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Claire Foy, Stephen Campbell Moore

Votes: 86,584 | Gross: $24.83M

32. Knowing (2009)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

41 Metascore

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.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Rose Byrne, Lara Robinson

Votes: 210,578 | Gross: $79.96M

Good performance, bad movie.

33. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller

34 Metascore

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.

Directors: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ciarán Hinds, Idris Elba, Violante Placido

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

53 Metascore

A crew of ex-cons are hired by a Cleveland mafioso to kidnap the baby of a rival mobster.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Matthew Cook, Omar J. Dorsey

Votes: 6,871

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

39 Metascore

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.

Director: Austin Stark | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Sarah Paulson, Peter Fonda, Connie Nielsen

Votes: 4,656

36. Between Worlds (2018)

R | 90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

24 Metascore

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.

Director: Maria Pulera | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Franka Potente, Penelope Mitchell, Garrett Clayton

Votes: 4,727

37. Rage (2014)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

28 Metascore

When the daughter of a reformed criminal is kidnapped, he rounds up his old crew and seeks his own brand of justice.

Director: Paco Cabezas | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Rachel Nichols, Max Ryan, Michael McGrady

Votes: 22,206

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

24 Metascore

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.

Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Charlie Yeung, Shahkrit Yamnarm, Panward Hemmanee

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

31 Metascore

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.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin, Alexander Karim, Irène Jacob

Votes: 9,012

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

23 Metascore

A professor frantically searches for his son who was abducted during a Halloween carnival.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Veronica Ferres, Lyriq Bent

Votes: 14,403

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.

Director: Jonathan Baker | Stars: Gina Gershon, Nicky Whelan, Nicolas Cage, Sienna Soho Baker

Votes: 7,173

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.

Director: Rob W. King | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Sarah Lind, Jakob Davies, Hugh Dillon

Votes: 7,779

43. Outcast (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

33 Metascore

A mysterious warrior teams up with the daughter and son of a deposed Chinese Emperor to defeat their cruel brother, who seeks their deaths.

Directors: Nick Powell, Nick Powell | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Hayden Christensen, Alexandre Bailly, Bozhao Wang

Votes: 11,633

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.

Director: Johnny Martin | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Anna Hutchison, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Deborah Kara Unger

Votes: 5,966

The courtroom scenes are maddening.

45. Arsenal (2017)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

25 Metascore

A Southern mobster attempts to rescue his kidnapped brother.

Director: Steven C. Miller | Stars: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Adrian Grenier, Johnathon Schaech

Votes: 3,631

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

21 Metascore

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.

Director: York Alec Shackleton | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Sophie Skelton, Michael Rainey Jr., Dwayne Cameron

Votes: 5,660

47. Left Behind (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

12 Metascore

A small group of survivors are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction.

Director: Vic Armstrong | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Lea Thompson, Cassi Thomson, Chad Michael Murray

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.



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