My Top 10 Favorite Nicolas Cage Movies

March 22, 2007

Nicolas Cage, although he can sometimes be a bit too dramatic, has always been one of my favorite actors. He seems to always make entertaining movies, and rarely is he in a movie I don’t at least enjoy in some way. I didn’t know if I could put together 10 of his movies that I really liked, but while compiling my list, I realized it could have been a top 15 list quite easily. I was surprised at how many good movies Cage has been in.

Anyways, on with the list…

adaptation1.jpg10. Adaptation

This movie is not for everyone. It’s quite different from most of Cage’s acting choices. It’s a movie you will either love or hate. I thought it had an incredible script, and was a very original film. Cage does an excellent job playing the two completely different characters. Also starring are Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper.

matchstickmen.jpg9. Matchstick Men

This film seemed to pass by most peoples radar, even though it was directed by the great Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Thelma and Louise). It’s a film about a con-artist (Nicolas Cage) and his young protege (Alison Lohman). Lohman is the stand-out in this movie, but Cage also puts in a great performance. An entertaining little movie, I highly recommend if you haven’t seen it.

city-of-angels.jpg8. City of Angels

A film popular among the general public, but not among the critics. I have always really enjoyed this movie. It’s a bit of a chick flick in a way, but it’s still a good movie that most guys can enjoy as well. Cage plays an angel on Earth, while the film also stars Meg Ryan as an ER doctor. This is the perfect movie to see with the girlfriend or wife.

familyman.jpg7. The Family Man

A really great movie that explores what everyone has asked their selves at least once: “what if?” Cage plays a rich investment banker who has everything money can buy and enjoys his life as a single man, but one day wakes up married with kids, working at a tire shop. The film also stars Tea Leoni, Don Cheadle and Jeremy Piven.

gone_in_sixty_seconds.jpg6. Gone In Sixty Seconds

This movie is nothing, if not high-action entertainment. Cage stars as ‘Memphis’ Raines, a retired car thief that comes out of retirement to steal 50 cars in one night in order to save his brother’s life. The film is filled with nice cars, high speed chases and lots of explosions. It’s was never meant to win any awards, but it will entertain you. It also stars Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Scott Caan, Robert Duvall, among others.

weatherman.jpg5. The Weather Man

The Weather Man is somewhat of a dark comedy, and in this one, Cage is David Spritz, a man fighting to decide whether personal and professional success are both possible at the same time. It’s a quirky, enjoyable little film that I highly suggest. Like always, Cage shows he is capable of playing pretty much any role, and able to do it well. It was one of my favorite movies from 2005.

rock_dvd.jpg4. The Rock

These top four were really hard to decide on. The Rock was one of my favorite movies in the mid-90’s. An excellent action film, starring Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris and David Morse. Cage plays a chemist who, along with an ex-con (Connery), must break into the famous Alcatraz prison to stop a group of soldiers from using nerve gas to attack San Fransisco.

lordofwar.jpg3. Lord of War

One of the more recent Nicolas Cage movies that I’ve seen. I was incredibly surprised and impressed with this film. A very interesting look into the world of illegal gun running. Cage is great in his role as a decent man who’s livelihood involves selling firearms to mostly third-world countries. It was not a box office success, but easily one of Cage’s best films. Highly recommended.

faceoff.jpg2. Face/Off

Two of my favorite actors at the time (Cage, along with John Travolta) go head to head in this great action film. The idea is somewhat logically ridiculous, but it’s a fun film none-the-less. Sean Acher goes undercover by changing his appearence (literally switching faces) with a major criminal in order to go undercover and infiltrate his organization. It’s a film that’s over-the-top, yet still great entertainment.

conair.jpg1. Con Air

It may have had the worst action one-liner of all time, but it’s still my all-time favorite Nicolas Cage movie. Like a lot of Cage’s movies in the 90’s, it was made for pure entertainment value, and in that respect, it is a great movie. It does exactly what it put out to do. The cast is great, as John Cusack, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, Ving Rhames, Monica Potter and Dave Chappelle all make appearances.

Honerable mention go to: Leaving Las Vegas, National Treasure, 8MM, Snake Eyes, World Trade Center, It Could Happen To You and Windtalkers.



  1. What about Leaving Las Vegas? You gotta like the team of a drunk and a hooker.

  2. You missed the best Cage movie of all; Raising Arizona.

    My list is a little different.

    1) Raising Arizona
    2) Bringing out the Dead
    3) Leaving Las Vegas
    4) Lord of War
    5) Adaptation
    6) Matchstick Men
    7) Face-off
    8) The Rock
    9) Con Air
    10) Family Man

  3. Great list. Yeah, Nic Cage is one of my favorite actors. He’s one of the few actors who can make a movie better than it should be. I was really digging him in 2005 when he starred in two great films: “Lord of War” and “The Weather Man.”

  4. I loved a more obscure one called Guarding Tess. It was quite funny and Cage at his best as a frustrated but good hearted Secret Service Agent.

  5. Wow, I didn’t realize Nic was in this many movies, let alone this many I actually liked. I keep telling people I hate the guy, but when I see your top four, they’re four of my favourite movies. Good job!

  6. i rated face-off thought weatherman was awful though.

  7. Hey Matt, loving the lists. Your link to our top 10 action heroes is dead, we moved server. Here’s the new one: http://thecinemattic.com/?p=111.

    Thanks for the support.

  8. 1. National Treasure
    2. The Rock
    3. Family Man
    4. Con Air
    5. Gone in 60 sec.
    6. Face/Off
    7. The Wheather Man
    8. Lord of War
    9. Raising Arizona
    10. City of Angels

  9. I think you have made a verr good decicion, but i would put “the rock higer” and ad “ghost rider” but some verry good opinones

  10. verry good, i like you choice of films. you sure have got a good taste of films.

  11. Next is one of cage’s best movie through all of his proceedings.

  12. 1. Face Off
    2. Ghost Rider
    3. The Rock
    4. Con Air
    5. Gone in 60 seconds
    6. The Weatherman
    7. Windtalkers
    8. Snake Eyes
    9. Honymoon in Vegas
    10. National Tresure: Book of secrets


  14. Nice choices! Here’s my top 10:

    1. Face/Off
    2. Moonstruck
    3. Lord of War
    4. Vampire’s Kiss
    5. City of Angels
    6. National Treasure
    7. The Family Man
    8. Con Air
    9. Guarding Tess
    10. 8MM

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