My Top 25 Nicolas Cage Movies

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1. Adaptation. (2002)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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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: 156,897 | Gross: $22.25M

2. Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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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: 100,932 | Gross: $31.97M

3. Raising Arizona (1987)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Crime

7.4
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57 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: 109,642 | Gross: $22.85M

4. Lord of War (2005)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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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: 266,090 | Gross: $24.15M

5. National Treasure (2004)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Family

6.9
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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: 272,891 | Gross: $173.01M

6. Matchstick Men (2003)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.3
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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: 113,586 | Gross: $36.91M

7. The Weather Man (2005)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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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: 72,455 | Gross: $12.48M

8. Con Air (1997)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.8
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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: 243,535 | Gross: $101.12M

9. Face/Off (1997)

R | 138 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

7.3
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82 Metascore

In order to foil an extortion 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: 307,457 | Gross: $112.23M

10. The Rock (1996)

R | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.4
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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: 278,691 | Gross: $134.07M

11. Bringing Out the Dead (1999)

R | 121 min | Drama, Thriller

6.8
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70 Metascore

Haunted by the patients he failed to save, an extremely burned-out Manhattan ambulance paramedic fights to maintain his sanity over three fraught and turbulent nights.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Patricia Arquette, John Goodman, Ving Rhames

Votes: 56,506 | Gross: $16.64M

12. Wild at Heart (1990)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.2
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52 Metascore

Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, J.E. Freeman

Votes: 69,091 | Gross: $14.56M

13. Moonstruck (1987)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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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: 39,789 | Gross: $80.64M

14. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama

6.6
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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: 68,289 | Gross: $1.70M

15. The Family Man (2000)

PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.7
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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: 92,529 | Gross: $75.79M

16. Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.5
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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: 234,611 | Gross: $101.65M

17. City of Angels (1998)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

6.7
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54 Metascore

Inspired by the modern classic, Wings of Desire, City involves an angel (Cage) who is spotted by a doctor in an operating room. Franz plays Cage's buddy who somehow knows a lot about angels.

Director: Brad Silberling | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Andre Braugher, Dennis Franz

Votes: 101,921 | Gross: $78.69M

18. 8MM (1999)

R | 123 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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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: 110,976 | Gross: $36.66M

19. Knowing (2009)

PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.2
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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: 200,098 | Gross: $79.96M

20. Valley Girl (1983)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Somehow they need to stay together in spite of her trendy, shallow friends.

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Elizabeth Daily, Michael Bowen

Votes: 10,977 | Gross: $16.80M

21. National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Family

6.5
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48 Metascore

Benjamin Gates must follow a clue left in John Wilkes Booth's diary to prove his ancestor's innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

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

Votes: 196,209 | Gross: $219.96M

22. Ghost Rider (2007)

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

5.2
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35 Metascore

Stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze gives up his soul to become a hellblazing vigilante, to fight against power hungry Blackheart, the son of the devil.

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

Votes: 197,992 | Gross: $115.80M

23. Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.3
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74 Metascore

Peggy Sue faints at a high school reunion. When she wakes up, she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage, Barry Miller, Catherine Hicks

Votes: 28,993 | Gross: $41.38M

24. World Trade Center (2006)

PG-13 | 129 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.0
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66 Metascore

Two Port Authority police officers become trapped under the rubble of the World Trade Center.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Michael Peña, Maria Bello, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Votes: 71,541 | Gross: $70.28M

25. Kick-Ass (2010)

R | 117 min | Action, Comedy

7.6
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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: 473,599 | Gross: $48.07M