10 Best Nicolas Cage Movies You Must See

Updated September 17, 2017
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Nicolas Cage is the star we all grew up watching. For the action kid junkie of the nineties, he was right up there, after Bruce Willis. The man with a cool demeanour and an unparalleled swagger. Coming from the illustrious Coppola family, Nicolas started off with smaller roles but soon went to star in some of the huge blockbusters. His unconventional choice of movies paid off, making him as one of the highest paid stars. He played the action star, the convict, the self assuring madman, everything with same élan. Then came the downfall. Over the last few years, Nicolas Cage has acted in more shitty movies than anyone else. His recent choice of movies has been atrocious and if one believes the grapevines, it’s probably due to his growing debts. All said and done, Nicholas Cage is a fine actor and capable of conjuring a great performance anytime. So while we wait for his next great act unfold on the screen, here is the list of top 10  Nicholas Cage movies.


10. National Treasure (2004)

One of the most watched cinematic adventure on screen, it is about stealing the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America to find an elusive treasure that remains hidden in plain sight. Nicholas played the character of Ben Gates, whose family has been entrusted with the secret of the treasure by one of the founding fathers. Along with Dianne Lane, he goes on a rocking adventure to stop the treasure from being stolen. Part history, part fiction and a whole lot of fun, that’s what ‘National Treasure’ is all about.


9. Con Air (1997)

A prison transport airplane, goes rouge as the in-flight convicts take its charge. Nicholas Cage plays the character of Cameron Poe, an ex-army ranger turned convict who tries to stop the convicts from taking control of the plane. Now this movie was made in the nineties, when an out-n-out action movie used to ring the cash registers. It may look tacky now, but at that time, it was a rage with the cine goers, earning itself a summer blockbuster tag. Wait, did we forget the bad ass ‘Cyrus The Virus’ ! John Malkovich played Cyrus, who masterminds the plane hijack and won praises all over, for his portrayal.


8. The Rock (1996)

Before Michael Bay went all batshit crazy with ’Transformers’ series, he came up with couple of decent films, ‘The Rock’ being one of them. The city of San Francisco is under the imminent threat of a deadly bio weapons, controlled by a group of rouge US Marine who sets his base on the Alcatraz island. Only one man had ever escaped from the Alcatraz penitentiary and that man will be taking Nicholas Cage, a FBI agent who’s chemical weapon’s expert to disarm those weapons. Cage plays the FBI agent Goodspeed and with a film like ‘The Rock’ where style and gloss take charge before logic sets in, pulls a great job as the hapless FBI agent.


7. City Of Angels (1998)

Based on the German original, albeit with a different ending, ‘City Of Angels’ is the story of Seth, a guardian angel and his quest to understand humanity. Seth and his partner Cassiel hover around the city of Los Angeles, entrusted with the task of guiding souls from this world to their next life, after their deaths. In one of those tasks, Seth meets Maggie, a doctor by profession. He sees her desperate yet genuine attempts to save a dying human being. Enamoured by her noble deed and clear heart, Seth develops a friendship with her , which then blossoms into love. But can an angel fall in love with a mortal? Nicholas Cage’s portrayal as Seth is a poignant take based on theme of the fallen angel, cast out of heaven.


6. Raising Arizona (1987)

Just like other movies of the Coen brothers, ‘Raising Arizona’ is a black comedy, which uses the narrative to get the characters intermingle among various situations created by themselves. It’s basically the story of a couple kidnapping a child so that they can adopt it but then due to situation, they decide to return the kid back to safety. This is where thing starts to get wrong. Released to poor reviews, over years this has become a cult movie, thanks to the growing fandom of the Coen brothers. Cage plays one half of the couple, ‘Hi’ an ex-thief who decides to mend his ways, for his cop-girlfriend turned wife. It’s an earnest performance by a young Cage.

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