Nicolas Cage is an American actor and film-maker known for his intense on and off-screen personality. He made his debut in Fast Times at Ridgemont High in 1982. By 1994, the Oscar-winning actor was valued at about $4 million per film. Lets have a look at the 15 best Nicolas Cage movies of all time:
15. Con Air (1997)
This mega-budget action extravaganza is the story of a well esteemed military man who gets sentenced to jail for accidentally killing a man who assaulted his pregnant spouse.
After 8 years in prison, he is released on good conduct but gets stuck in a flight with 10 deadly criminals who plan to hijack the plane. Now he must find a way to get home while keeping himself alive so that he can see his daughter for the very first time.
Cage did most of his own stunts in the film and at the end of the movie, the plane actually crashed into a real Las Vegas casino which was about to be demolished. The movie was nominated for 2 Oscars.
14. It Could Happen to You (1994)
This romantic comedy is a story of a cop who promised a waitress to share his lottery ticket because he was short on change for a tip, and then actually wins the lottery. Charlie is the main protagonist of the movie portrayed by Nicolas Cage.
It did happen to a real life police cop and a waitress who inspired the movie, but not quite the way the movie depicts.
13. Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
This is the last Martin Scorsese film released in the 20th century. In this movie Frank Pierce (Nicolas Cage) is an ambulance paramedic haunted by the patients he failed to save.
One-third of the movie is filmed inside ambulances and predominantly at night. This is one of the greatest films that despite their quality, go unnoticed.
12. Wild at Heart (1990)
This brilliantly cinematic film is a love story of Sailor Ripley (Nicolas Cage) and Lula Pace (Laura Dern) escaping the weirdos hired by Lula’s psychopath mother to kill Sailor, as she hates them both together.
Before the shooting of the road movie, Cage and Laura went on a real road trip to Las Vegas to create a close bond with each other for the film. The film earned one Oscar nomination.
11. The Rock (1996)
This fast paced action film is about a mission assigned to an FBI chemist to stop a group of rogue military men drove by a rebel general, who want to execute a nerve gas assault against San Francisco from Alcatraz.
It was a box office success netting over $335 million. The film won Top Box Office Film honor at ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards.
10. Birdy (1984)
This unique portrait of friendship and obsession is based on a Wharton‘s novel “Birdy”. This is a story of two friends back from Vietnam as war-ravaged victims.
Birdy is fascinated with an animal parakeet that has obsessed him since his childhood and sent to a military mental hospital while Al wants to bring him back to reality.
The central roles in the film are played by Matthew Modine (Birdy) and Nicolas Cage (Al). Cage got his two teeth pulled for his role in the film.
9. Valley Girl (1983)
This top of the heap of 80’s teen films starred Deborah Foreman as a Valley Girl Julie, who falls in love with a Hollywood punk Randy (Nicolas Cage), despite the censure of their friends.
For an 18-year-old, Cage was quite hirsute, so he shaved his chest in V-like shape to look younger and artistic for the film.
8. Joe (2013)
This is the story of a 15-year-old kid Gary who lives with his abusive and alcoholic father Wade. Gary finds Joe (Nicolas Cage) who is a masculine and aggressive foreman. Gradually Joe and Gary develop a bond which has long been missing in the Gary’s life, this in turn makes Joe a tender-hearted protector of Gary.
Nicolas Cage was honored by the Huading Award as the Best Global Actor in a Motion Picture. The character of Gary’s alcoholic father Wade was played by a homeless man Gary Poulter who died on the streets of Austin before the release of the film.