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All Nicolas Cage Movies Ranked

There’s a lot to be said for consistency, and for film fans, the ability to count on reliably great performances from an actor can be the difference between pre-ordering tickets weeks in advance or waiting until a movie comes out on home video. On the other hand, there’s also an undeniable excitement that comes with unpredictability, and Nicolas Cage‘s filmography is a perfect case in point. From toking up with Sean Penn’s Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High to waging chainsaw vengeance against the cultists that murdered his wife in Mandy — and beyond — Cage has racked up more than 100 film credits over the last several decades, delivering performances that range from Oscar-winning (Leaving Las Vegas) to wildly over the top (Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans) and starring in blockbuster fare (The Rock, National Treasure) as well as acclaimed indies (Raising Arizona, Joe), and we wouldn’t want him any other way.

Most recently, he’s gotten career-best accolades for the drama Pig. Nobody captures the camera’s attention quite like Nicolas Cage, and to honor all those years of singularly entertaining achievement, we’ve rounded up all of his major film roles, sorted by Tomatometer. Read on to see where your favorites rank, and remember: Not the bees!

#88

Deadfall (1993)
0%

#88
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A New Yorker (Michael Biehn) heads to California to find the look-alike brother (James Coburn) of his con-man father.... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Coppola

#87

Grand Isle (2019)
0%

#87
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Walter and his neglected wife lure a young stranger into their Victorian home to escape from a hurricane. When the... [More]
Directed By: Stephen S. Campanelli

#86

Left Behind (2014)
1%

#86
Adjusted Score: 3710%
Critics Consensus: Yea verily, like unto a plague of locusts, Left Behind hath begat a further scourge of devastation upon Nicolas Cage's once-proud filmography.
Synopsis: An airline pilot (Nicolas Cage) and a journalist (Chad Michael Murray) are among those who must try to make sense... [More]
Directed By: Vic Armstrong

#85

Arsenal (2017)
3%

#85
Adjusted Score: 3578%
Critics Consensus: Aside from an opportunity to watch a mustachioed Nicolas Cage acting from under a wig and behind a prosthetic nose, Arsenal has depressingly little to offer.
Synopsis: When his brother is kidnapped and held for a ransom by a ruthless crime boss, JP must risk everything and... [More]
Directed By: Steven C. Miller

#84

211 (2018)
4%

#84
Adjusted Score: 4354%
Critics Consensus: 211's disjointed assortment of action clichés and uninspired set pieces adds up to roughly zero.
Synopsis: Officer Mike Chandler and a young civilian passenger find themselves unprepared and outgunned when fate puts them squarely in-the-crosshairs of... [More]
Directed By: York Shackleton

#83

Outcast (2014)
4%

#83
Adjusted Score: 4167%
Critics Consensus: Unforgivably dull, Outcast fails to deliver virtually all of the goofy fun that should come from a movie starring Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen in ancient China.
Synopsis: A fugitive Chinese prince and his sister enlist the aid of two war-weary Crusaders (Nicolas Cage, Hayden Christensen) to help... [More]
Directed By: Nick Powell

#82
#82
Adjusted Score: 11587%
Critics Consensus: With murky cinematography, a meandering pace, a dull storyline, and rather wooden performances, The Pang Brothers' Hollywood remake of Bangkok Dangerous is unsuccessful.
Synopsis: On a mission to carry out a series of contract killings, a hit man (Nicolas Cage) becomes a street punk's... [More]
Directed By: Oxide Pang, Danny Pang

#81
#81
Adjusted Score: 10961%
Critics Consensus: Dying of the Light envelops the spark of several intriguing talents, leaving audiences lost in a yawning void of uninspired filmmaking.
Synopsis: Forced into retirement and terminally ill, a CIA agent (Nicolas Cage) gets word that his longtime nemesis (Alexander Karim) has... [More]
Directed By: Paul Schrader

#80
#80
Adjusted Score: 5704%
Critics Consensus: Loaded with talent but borderline unwatchable, Trapped in Paradise will leave viewers feeling the first part of the title and pining for the last.
Synopsis: Local hospitality foils a bank heist by three bumbling brothers (Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey) in Paradise, Pa., on... [More]
Directed By: George Gallo

#79

Fire Birds (1990)
10%

#79
Adjusted Score: 10061%
Critics Consensus: Despite the talent on board, Fire Birds is little more than a subpar military adventure sporting video game-like action, outdated philosophy, and uneven acting.
Synopsis: Army lovers (Nicolas Cage, Sean Young) and their task-force leader (Tommy Lee Jones) join the drug war in Apache assault... [More]
Directed By: David Green

#78

Pay the Ghost (2015)
10%

#78
Adjusted Score: 9573%
Critics Consensus: Pay the Ghost takes a weak stab at supernatural horror, but ultimately, it's only viewers who will pay for watching this sloppily assembled picture.
Synopsis: Haunted by eerie images and unexplainable messages, a man (Nicolas Cage) tries to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of... [More]
Directed By: Uli Edel

#77

Trespass (2011)
11%

#77
Adjusted Score: 12243%
Critics Consensus: Another claustrophobic thriller that Joel Schumacher can churn out in his sleep, Trespass is nasty and aggressive, more unpleasant than entertaining.
Synopsis: A husband (Nicolas Cage) and wife's (Nicole Kidman) own deceptions and betrayals come to light when thieves invade their home... [More]
Directed By: Joel Schumacher

#76
#76
Adjusted Score: 15334%
Critics Consensus: Slow, cheap-looking, and dull, Season of the Witch fails even as unintentional comedy.
Synopsis: Knights (Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman) escort an accused witch to a remote abbey, where monks will perform a ritual in... [More]
Directed By: Dominic Sena

#75

Tokarev (2014)
12%

#75
Adjusted Score: 12226%
Critics Consensus: Depressingly dull and all-around poorly made, Rage is the rare Nicolas Cage action thriller lacking enough energy to reach "so bad it's good" territory.
Synopsis: Following the kidnapping and murder of his daughter (Aubrey Peeples), a reformed criminal (Nicolas Cage) returns to his old ways... [More]
Directed By: Paco Cabezas

#74
Adjusted Score: 4336%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Ebeneezer Scrooge (Simon Callow) is visited by former partner Marley, then the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas... [More]
Directed By: Jimmy T. Murakami

#73

The Wicker Man (2006)
15%

#73
Adjusted Score: 17745%
Critics Consensus: Puzzlingly misguided, Neil LaBute's update The Wicker Man struggles against unintentional comedy and fails.
Synopsis: A lawman (Nicolas Cage) uncovers strange rituals, a sinister harvest festival and possible human sacrifice as he searches for a... [More]
Directed By: Neil LaBute

#72
#72
Adjusted Score: 15155%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Diagnosed with a fatal condition, a mob enforcer leaves prison after 19 years and plots a bloody course of revenge... [More]
Directed By: Shawn Ku

#71
Adjusted Score: 9915%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After their ship is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine, the crew members of the USS Indianapolis face a harrowing nightmare... [More]
Directed By: Mario Van Peebles

#70

Looking Glass (2018)
21%

#70
Adjusted Score: 20355%
Critics Consensus: Looking Glass gives Nicolas Cage a chance to turn in an atypically understated performance, but this is still a suspense thriller with a fatal dearth of suspense or thrills.
Synopsis: Ray must race to save his wife and himself from a gruesome secret connected to a desert hotel and the... [More]
Directed By: Tim Hunter

#69
Adjusted Score: 21711%
Critics Consensus: With a weak script, uneven CG work, and a Nic Cage performance so predictably loony it's no longer amusing, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance aims to be trashy fun but ends up as plain trash.
Synopsis: Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) gets a chance to rid himself of the Ghost Rider curse forever when members of a... [More]

#68

Stolen (2012)
20%

#68
Adjusted Score: 20002%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A former thief (Nicolas Cage) has just 12 hours to come up with $10 million after his former partner (Josh... [More]
Directed By: Simon West

#67

Amos & Andrew (1993)
17%

#67
Adjusted Score: 17748%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A car thief (Nicolas Cage) helps inept police (Dabney Coleman) when they overreact to reports of a burglar in the... [More]
Directed By: E. Max Frye

#66

8MM (1999)
23%

#66
Adjusted Score: 25833%
Critics Consensus: Its sadistic violence is unappealing and is lacking in suspense and mystery.
Synopsis: A widow hires a man (Nicolas Cage) to identify a teen killed in a snuff film that was stashed in... [More]
Directed By: Joel Schumacher

#65

G-Force (2009)
22%

#65
Adjusted Score: 26191%
Critics Consensus: G-Force features manic action, but fails to come up with interesting characters or an inspired plot.
Synopsis: Armed with the latest high-tech spy equipment, a guinea pig and his team of highly trained rodents hold the fate... [More]
Directed By: Hoyt H. Yeatman Jr.

#64

Sonny (2002)
23%

#64
Adjusted Score: 23022%
Critics Consensus: Sonny is sunk by debuting director Nicolas Cage's evident inability to locate the heart of his movie's story - or properly modulate his cast's performances.
Synopsis: Out of the Army, a man (James Franco) resumes his job as a gigolo in New Orleans and meets a... [More]
Directed By: Nicolas Cage

#63

The Runner (2015)
24%

#63
Adjusted Score: 23930%
Critics Consensus: In spite of a promising premise and a roundly talented cast, The Runner is a disappointing outing to be viewed by only the staunchest of Nicolas Cage completists.
Synopsis: An embarrassing video threatens the career of an idealistic Louisiana congressman (Nicolas Cage) who dreams of running for the Senate.... [More]
Directed By: Austin Stark

#62
#62
Adjusted Score: 11289%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In the near future, a government agency exiles unproductive members of American society to a colony known as New Eden.... [More]
Directed By: Rob King

#61
#61
Adjusted Score: 30791%
Critics Consensus: Even though Oscar-bearers Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, and Robert Duval came aboard for this project, the quality of Gone in 60 Seconds is disappointingly low. The plot line is nonsensical, and even the promised car-chase scenes are boring.
Synopsis: A former thief (Nicolas Cage) must agree to steal 50 cars in one night to save his brother (Giovanni Ribisi)... [More]
Directed By: Dominic Sena

#60

Army of One (2016)
25%

#60
Adjusted Score: 15492%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Gary Faulkner, an ex-con and unemployed handyman, receives a vision from God telling him to capture Osama bin Laden. Armed... [More]
Directed By: Larry Charles

#59
#59
Adjusted Score: 24443%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A tenacious federal agent traces the supply line of a group of cagey and experienced cocaine dealers.... [More]
Directed By: Jason Cabell

#58

Ghost Rider (2007)
26%

#58
Adjusted Score: 31040%
Critics Consensus: Ghost Rider is a sour mix of morose, glum histrionics amidst jokey puns and hammy dialogue.
Synopsis: A motorcycle stuntman (Nicolas Cage) who sold his soul to save a loved one becomes a fiery agent for justice... [More]
Directed By: Mark Steven Johnson

#57

Justice (2011)
28%

#57
Adjusted Score: 29958%
Critics Consensus: Seeking Justice is nothing more than a typical potboiler with another phoned-in performance by Nicolas Cage.
Synopsis: A stranger (Guy Pearce) approaches a high-school teacher (Nicolas Cage) and offers to punish his wife's (January Jones) attacker.... [More]
Directed By: Roger Donaldson

#56
Adjusted Score: 32252%
Critics Consensus: The cinematography is gorgeous, but the movie plays it fast and loose with history and the novel it was adapted from. Mostly, the movie fails because the romance between the leads strains credulity and the story is largely uninvolving.
Synopsis: In World War II Greece an Italian officer (Nicolas Cage) falls for a doctor's (John Hurt) daughter (Penélope Cruz) who... [More]
Directed By: John Madden

#55

Next (2007)
28%

#55
Adjusted Score: 32611%
Critics Consensus: Numerous plot holes and poorly motivated characters prevent Next from being the thought-provoking sci-fi flick it could've been.
Synopsis: A government agent (Julianne Moore) must capture a clairvoyant (Nicolas Cage) and convince him to help her stop terrorists from... [More]
Directed By: Lee Tamahori

#54

Inconceivable (2017)
31%

#54
Adjusted Score: 20508%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Angela develops a friendship with a mysterious woman named Katie and offers her a job as a live-in nanny. The... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Baker

#53

Windtalkers (2002)
33%

#53
Adjusted Score: 37556%
Critics Consensus: The action sequences are expertly staged. Windtalkers, however, sinks under too many clichés and only superficially touches upon the story of the code talkers.
Synopsis: In World War II, a Marine (Nicolas Cage) protects a Navajo recruit (Adam Beach) who transmits messages in his native... [More]
Directed By: John Woo

#52

Zandalee (1991)
33%

#52
Adjusted Score: 20166%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An artist (Nicolas Cage) drifts to New Orleans and explores the theme of lust with his poet buddy's (Judge Reinhold)... [More]
Directed By: Sam Pillsbury

#51

Knowing (2009)
34%

#51
Adjusted Score: 39521%
Critics Consensus: Knowing has some interesting ideas and a couple good scenes, but it's weighted down by its absurd plot and over-seriousness.
Synopsis: A professor (Nicolas Cage) and his son obtain an encoded time-capsule document that lists every major disaster over the past... [More]
Directed By: Alex Proyas

#50
Adjusted Score: 40568%
Critics Consensus: A talented cast goes to waste in the improbable National Treasure: Book of Secrets, which is eerily similar to the first film.
Synopsis: A page from the diary of John Wilkes Booth implicates Ben Gates' (Nicolas Cage) great-great grandfather as a major conspirator... [More]
Directed By: Jon Turteltaub

#49

Primal (2019)
37%

#49
Adjusted Score: 37656%
Critics Consensus: Chiefly of interest to Nicolas Cage completists and hardcore B-movie fans, this action thriller suffers from an unfortunate lack of Primal energy.
Synopsis: Hunter and collector Frank Walsh sails to America with a priceless white jaguar and a dangerous political assassin. When the... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Powell

#48

Snake Eyes (1998)
41%

#48
Adjusted Score: 43915%
Critics Consensus: Snake Eyes has a number of ingredients that promise a trashy fun time; unfortunately, they're lost in an energetic and stylish thriller with a frustratingly hollow core.
Synopsis: A corrupt detective (Nicolas Cage) and his Navy friend (Gary Sinise) probe a U.S. official's assassination at an Atlantic City... [More]
Directed By: Brian De Palma

#47
#47
Adjusted Score: 45946%
Critics Consensus: It has a likable cast and loads of CGI spectacle, but for all but the least demanding viewers, The Sorcerer's Apprentice will be less than spellbinding.
Synopsis: A wizard (Nicolas Cage) trains a reluctant protege (Jay Baruchel) in the art of magic to help him protect Manhattan... [More]
Directed By: Jon Turteltaub

#46
#46
Adjusted Score: 50562%
Critics Consensus: National Treasure is no treasure, but it's a fun ride for those who can forgive its highly improbable plot.
Synopsis: An adventurer (Nicolas Cage) must steal the Declaration of Independence and use its hidden map to find a legendary fortune.... [More]
Directed By: Jon Turteltaub

#45

Drive Angry (2011)
48%

#45
Adjusted Score: 51291%
Critics Consensus: It may deliver the over-the-top action pieces, but Drive Angry prefers to work safely within grindhouse formula than do something truly unique.
Synopsis: A brutal felon escapes from hell and, with police and a satanic henchman on his trail, sets out to avenge... [More]
Directed By: Patrick Lussier

#44

Astro Boy (2009)
50%

#44
Adjusted Score: 54682%
Critics Consensus: While it isn't terribly original, and it seems to have a political agenda that may rankle some viewers, Astro Boy boasts enough visual thrills to please its target demographic.
Synopsis: Learning that his friends and family are in danger, a robotic child (Freddie Highmore) marshals his incredible powers and returns... [More]
Directed By: David Bowers

#43

Dog Eat Dog (2016)
49%

#43
Adjusted Score: 51666%
Critics Consensus: Dog Eat Dog's refreshing bundle of quirks and surfeit of visual style aren't quite enough to compensate for an aimlessly forgettable story.
Synopsis: Three ex-cons (Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Matthew Cook) find themselves on the run from the mob and the police... [More]
Directed By: Paul Schrader

#42

The Family Man (2000)
53%

#42
Adjusted Score: 57357%
Critics Consensus: Despite good performances by Cage and especially by Leoni, The Family Man is too predictable and derivative to add anything new to the Christmas genre. Also, it sinks under its sentimentality.
Synopsis: A Wall Street playboy (Nicolas Cage) wakes to find himself married to the college sweetheart (Tea Leoni) he left in... [More]
Directed By: Brett Ratner

#41

Con Air (1997)
56%

#41
Adjusted Score: 60402%
Critics Consensus: Con Air won't win any awards for believability - and all involved seem cheerfully aware of it, making some of this blockbuster action outing's biggest flaws fairly easy to forgive.
Synopsis: A wrongly convicted parolee (Nicolas Cage) on a flight with a group of vicious prisoners tries to stop their violent... [More]
Directed By: Simon West

#40

Guarding Tess (1994)
57%

#40
Adjusted Score: 59141%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Secret Service agent (Nicolas Cage) is reassigned to protect a defiant former first lady (Shirley MacLaine) at her Ohio... [More]
Directed By: Hugh Wilson

#39

City of Angels (1998)
58%

#39
Adjusted Score: 61471%
Critics Consensus: City of Angels may not tug the heartstrings as effortlessly as it aims to, but the end results will still leave more than a few viewers in tears.
Synopsis: An angel (Nicolas Cage) considers becoming human after falling in love with a Los Angeles heart surgeon (Meg Ryan).... [More]
Directed By: Brad Silberling

#38

The Weather Man (2005)
59%

#38
Adjusted Score: 62748%
Critics Consensus: With fine performances and a dark, dry sense of humor, The Weather Man is mostly cloudy with occasional rays of sunshine.
Synopsis: A Chicago weather forecaster (Nicolas Cage) tries to mend relations with his father (Michael Caine), his ex-wife (Hope Davis) and... [More]
Directed By: Gore Verbinski

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 60163%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two buddies (Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage) with girlfriends hop trains for kicks before joining the Marines in 1942 California.... [More]
Directed By: Richard Benjamin

#36

Snowden (2016)
61%

#36
Adjusted Score: 72478%
Critics Consensus: Snowden boasts a thrilling fact-based tale and a solid lead performance from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, even if director Oliver Stone saps the story of some of its impact by playing it safe.
Synopsis: Former CIA employee Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) becomes a fugitive after leaking classified information from the National Security Agency.... [More]
Directed By: Oliver Stone

#35

Vampire's Kiss (1989)
61%

#35
Adjusted Score: 61465%
Critics Consensus: He's a vampire! He's a vampire! He's a vampire!
Synopsis: An uptight New York literary agent (Nicolas Cage) thinks he is a vampire after encounters with a neck-biter (Jennifer Beals)... [More]
Directed By: Robert Bierman

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 62939%
Critics Consensus: Though this by-the-numbers true procedural seems basic, The Frozen Ground presents a welcome return for Nicolas Cage in a solid performance.
Synopsis: A teenage escapee (Vanessa Hudgens) provides a critical break in the case, as an Alaskan detective (Nicolas Cage) hunts a... [More]
Directed By: Scott Walker

#33
#33
Adjusted Score: 66036%
Critics Consensus: Willy's Wonderland isn't quite as much fun as its premise would suggest -- but it's still got Nicolas Cage beating the hell out of bloodthirsty animatronics, which is nice.
Synopsis: When his car breaks down, a quiet loner agrees to clean an abandoned family fun center in exchange for repairs.... [More]
Directed By:

#32

Lord of War (2005)
61%

#32
Adjusted Score: 66217%
Critics Consensus: While Lord of War is an intelligent examination of the gun trade, it is too scattershot in its plotting to connect.
Synopsis: A relentless Interpol agent tracks an arms dealer (Nicolas Cage) trying to stay one step ahead of his business rivals.... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Niccol

#31

The Ant Bully (2006)
62%

#31
Adjusted Score: 65184%
Critics Consensus: Sometimes inventive and witty, this animated adventure into an ant-sized world is a pleasant diversion.
Synopsis: Tired of weathering constant attacks on their colony, ants shrink a destructive boy (Zach Tyler Eisen) to their size and... [More]
Directed By: John A. Davis

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 65567%
Critics Consensus: Honeymoon in Vegas is a light screwball comedy that has just about what you expect (and nothing you don't).
Synopsis: A Las Vegas gambler (James Caan) wins a Hawaii fling with a private eye's (Nicolas Cage) bride (Sarah Jessica Parker)... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Bergman

#29

The Trust (2016)
63%

#29
Adjusted Score: 64375%
Critics Consensus: The Trust may not be an all-time heist classic, but its solidly workmanlike plot -- and the chemistry between Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood -- should satisfy genre enthusiasts.
Synopsis: Corrupt cops working in the police department evidence room make plans to rob a vault full of drug money in... [More]

#28

Wild at Heart (1990)
67%

#28
Adjusted Score: 71103%
Critics Consensus: One of director David Lynch's more uneven efforts, Wild at Heart is held together by his distinctive sensibilities and compelling work from Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern.
Synopsis: Elvis fan Sailor (Nicolas Cage) and his hotblooded girlfriend Lula (Laura Dern) evade a killer hired by her mother on... [More]
Directed By: David Lynch

#27

The Rock (1996)
68%

#27
Adjusted Score: 71388%
Critics Consensus: For visceral thrills, it can't be beat. Just don't expect The Rock to engage your brain.
Synopsis: A scientist (Nicolas Cage) and a British spy (Sean Connery) who once escaped from Alcatraz are sent to the former... [More]
Directed By: Michael Bay

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 75280%
Critics Consensus: As a visually stunning tribute to lives lost in tragedy, World Trade Center succeeds unequivocally, and it is more politically muted than many of Stone's other works.
Synopsis: Two Port Authority officers (Nicolas Cage, Michael Peña) become trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center after going... [More]
Directed By: Oliver Stone

#25

Kiss of Death (1995)
68%

#25
Adjusted Score: 70313%
Critics Consensus: An outstanding ensemble cast propels Kiss of Death, a noir-ish crime thriller that's slick and big on atmosphere, even if its script may only provide sporadic bursts of tension.
Synopsis: An ex-convict (David Caruso) helps an officer (Samuel L. Jackson) try to capture a crime boss (Nicolas Cage) in New... [More]
Directed By: Barbet Schroeder

#24

Rumble Fish (1983)
74%

#24
Adjusted Score: 77442%
Critics Consensus: Rumble Fish frustrates even as it intrigues, but director Francis Ford Coppola's strong visual style helps compensate for a certain narrative stasis.
Synopsis: An Oklahoma street fighter (Matt Dillon) looks up to his brother, the Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke).... [More]
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 72051%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A New York policeman (Nicolas Cage) keeps his promise to split a $4 million lottery prize with a waitress (Bridget... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Bergman

#22

The Croods (2013)
72%

#22
Adjusted Score: 77425%
Critics Consensus: While it may not be as (ahem) evolved as the best modern animated fare, The Croods will prove solidly entertaining for families seeking a fast-paced, funny cartoon adventure.
Synopsis: A caveman (Ryan Reynolds) catches the eye of a less-evolved female (Emma Stone), as she and her family seek a... [More]

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 76275%
Critics Consensus: Stunning and compelling, Scorsese and Cage succeed at satisfying the audience.
Synopsis: After too many years on the job, an EMS paramedic (Nicolas Cage) begins an emotional descent during 56-hour tour.... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#20

The Cotton Club (1984)
77%

#20
Adjusted Score: 78337%
Critics Consensus: Energetic and brimming with memorable performers, The Cotton Club entertains with its visual and musical pizazz even as its plot only garners polite applause.
Synopsis: A cornet player (Richard Gere) escorts gangster Dutch Schultz's girlfriend (Diane Lane) amid gang war in late-1920s Harlem.... [More]
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

#19

Mom and Dad (2017)
75%

#19
Adjusted Score: 81732%
Critics Consensus: Mom and Dad's gonzo premise serves as an effective springboard for a wickedly dark, bloody comedy - and an appropriately over-the-top performance from Nicolas Cage.
Synopsis: A teenage girl and her little brother try to survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of... [More]
Directed By: Brian Taylor

#18

Kick-Ass (2010)
76%

#18
Adjusted Score: 85698%
Critics Consensus: Not for the faint of heart, Kick-Ass takes the comic adaptation genre to new levels of visual style, bloody violence, and gleeful profanity.
Synopsis: Despite a complete lack of extraordinary powers, a teenager (Aaron Johnson) reinvents himself as a superhero and, together with a... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn

#17
Adjusted Score: 82578%
Critics Consensus: While Fast Times at Ridgemont High features Sean Penn's legendary performance, the film endures because it accurately captured the small details of school, work, and teenage life.
Synopsis: The teen scene includes a party-animal surfer (Sean Penn), a pregnant girl (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and a fast-food worker (Judge... [More]
Directed By: Amy Heckerling

#16

Valley Girl (1983)
83%

#16
Adjusted Score: 85869%
Critics Consensus: With engaging performances from its two leads, Valley Girl is a goofy yet amiable film that both subverts and celebrates the cheerful superficiality of teen comedies.
Synopsis: A California girl (Deborah Foreman) with a regional dialect falls totally for a punk rocker (Nicolas Cage).... [More]
Directed By: Martha Coolidge

#15

Matchstick Men (2003)
82%

#15
Adjusted Score: 87199%
Critics Consensus: Breezy and well-acted, Matchstick Men focuses more on the characters than on the con.
Synopsis: After meeting his daughter (Alison Lohman) for the first time, a con man (Nicolas Cage) and his partner (Sam Rockwell)... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#14

Birdy (1984)
83%

#14
Adjusted Score: 84293%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Vietnam veteran (Nicolas Cage) helps his bird-obsessed boyhood buddy (Matthew Modine) in a psychiatric hospital.... [More]
Directed By: Alan Parker

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 88693%
Critics Consensus: Peggy Sue Got Married may seem just another in a line of '80s boomer nostalgia films, but none of the others have Kathleen Turner keen lead performance.
Synopsis: A 1985 housewife (Kathleen Turner) passes out at her high-school reunion and wakes up in 1960, in school with her... [More]
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

#12

Joe (2013)
86%

#12
Adjusted Score: 91156%
Critics Consensus: Rich in atmosphere and anchored by a powerful performance from Nicolas Cage, Joe is a satisfying return to form for its star -- as well as director David Gordon Green.
Synopsis: The rough-hewn boss (Nicolas Cage) of a lumber crew courts trouble when he steps in to protect the youngest member... [More]
Directed By: David Gordon Green

#11
Adjusted Score: 90295%
Critics Consensus: Befitting its unorthodox origins, this Bad Lieutenant benefits from Werner Herzog's typically fearless direction and a delightfully unhinged Nicolas Cage in the title role.
Synopsis: A substance-abusing cop (Nicolas Cage) is locked in a downward spiral as he probes the drug-related murders of five illegal... [More]
Directed By: Werner Herzog

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 96640%
Critics Consensus: A welcome return for director Richard Stanley, Color Out of Space mixes tart B-movie pulp with visually alluring Lovecraftian horror and a dash of gonzo Nicolas Cage.
Synopsis: After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner and his family find themselves battling a... [More]
Directed By: Richard Stanley

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 93618%
Critics Consensus: Oscar-awarded Nicolas Cage finds humanity in his character as it bleeds away in this no frills, exhilaratingly dark portrait of destruction.
Synopsis: Intent on drinking himself to death, a man (Nicolas Cage) who has lost everything finds solace with a Las Vegas... [More]
Directed By: Mike Figgis

#8
Adjusted Score: 96507%
Critics Consensus: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies distills the enduring appeal of its colorful characters into a charmingly light-hearted adventure whose wacky humor fuels its infectious fun -- and belies a surprising level of intelligence.
Synopsis: With a few madcap ideas and a song in their hearts, the Teen Titans head to Hollywood to fulfill their... [More]

#7

Raising Arizona (1987)
91%

#7
Adjusted Score: 96583%
Critics Consensus: A terrifically original, eccentric screwball comedy, Raising Arizona may not be the Coens' most disciplined movie, but it's one of their most purely entertaining.
Synopsis: A loser (Nicolas Cage) and his wife (Holly Hunter) kidnap a quintuplet from an unfinished-furniture store magnate.... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen

#6

Adaptation (2002)
91%

#6
Adjusted Score: 97345%
Critics Consensus: Dizzyingly original, the loopy, multi-layered Adaptation is both funny and thought-provoking.
Synopsis: A screenwriter (Nicolas Cage) asks his identical twin, who is in the same profession, for advice on a story about... [More]
Directed By: Spike Jonze

#5

Face/Off (1997)
92%

#5
Adjusted Score: 97120%
Critics Consensus: John Travolta and Nicolas Cage play cat-and-mouse (and literally play each other) against a beautifully stylized backdrop of typically elegant, over-the-top John Woo violence.
Synopsis: An FBI agent (John Travolta) and his nemesis (Nicolas Cage) trade physical identities.... [More]
Directed By: John Woo

#4

Moonstruck (1987)
94%

#4
Adjusted Score: 99181%
Critics Consensus: Led by energetic performances from Nicolas Cage and Cher, Moonstruck is an exuberantly funny tribute to love and one of the decade's most appealing comedies.
Synopsis: An Italian-American widow (Cher), engaged to a reticent suitor, falls in love with his brother (Nicolas Cage).... [More]
Directed By: Norman Jewison

#3

Red Rock West (1993)
95%

#3
Adjusted Score: 97184%
Critics Consensus: Red Rock West is a hidden neo-noir gem with some delightful cracks in its surface -- and an opportunity to see Lara Flynn Boyle, Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, and J.T. Walsh go toe-to-toe in all their early '90s glory.
Synopsis: A drifter (Nicolas Cage) from Texas drives to Wyoming and meets a bartender who wants him to kill his wife... [More]
Directed By: John Dahl

#2

Pig (2021)
97%

#2
Adjusted Score: 110425%
Critics Consensus: Like the animal itself, Pig defies the hogwash of expectations with a beautiful odyssey of loss and love anchored by Nicolas Cage's affectingly raw performance.
Synopsis: Living alone in the Oregon wilderness, a truffle hunter returns to Portland to find the person who stole his beloved... [More]
Directed By: Michael Sarnoski

#1
Adjusted Score: 118126%
Critics Consensus: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse matches bold storytelling with striking animation for a purely enjoyable adventure with heart, humor, and plenty of superhero action.
Synopsis: Bitten by a radioactive spider, teenager Miles Morales suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into Spider-Man. He must now... [More]

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