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:
The Rock Movie Poster
The Rock
Based on 24 critics

FBI chemical warfare expert Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage) is sent on an urgent mission with a former... Read More

Con Air Movie Poster
Con Air
Based on 23 critics

Just-paroled army ranger Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) is headed back to his wife (Monica Potter), but must... Read More

Face/Off Movie Poster
Based on 25 critics

Obsessed with bringing terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) to justice, FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta)... Read More

Raising Arizona Movie Poster
Raising Arizona
Based on 22 critics

An ex-con and an ex-cop meet, marry and long for a child of their own. When it is discovered that Hi... Read More

Adaptation Movie Poster
Based on 40 critics

Nicolas Cage is Charlie Kaufman, a confused L.A. screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy,... Read More