I've gotten into some scuffles with good friends, total strangers and a (now ex-) girlfriend over my unabashed love of Nicolas Cage. So when I was offered a chance to defend this great thespian -- during Moviefone's long-overdue Nicolas Cage Week, no less -- I leapt at the chance.

I'm not saying that I'll see any movie just because Mr. Cage appears in it. Let's face it: The man has had money problems recently, and seems to have an unquenchable thirst for dressing up as wizards and other weirdos to enchant schlocky films with his presence.

On the other hand, some of my all-time favorite movie moments heavily involve Nic Cage -- and I suspect that, even if you harbor a general dislike for him, he's in some of your favorites, as well.

How do I love thee, Nicolas Cage? Let me count the ways -- with this list of five perfectly rational reasons why Cage is the man:
Based on 40 critics

A screenwriter (Nicolas Cage) asks his twin for advice about a story. Read More

The Rock
Based on 24 critics

Escapee (Sean Connery) leads Navy SEALs to rebel soldiers on Alcatraz. Read More

Con Air
Based on 22 critics

A wrongly convicted parolee on a flight with a group of vicious prisoners tries to stop a hijacking. Read More

Face / Off
Based on 25 critics

An FBI agent (John Travolta) and his nemesis (Nicolas Cage) trade physical identities. Read More

Raising Arizona
Based on 13 critics

Loser (Nicolas Cage) and wife (Holly Hunter) kidnap quintuplet from store magnate. Read More