In honor of Nicolas Cage week
, we've been sifting through the man's prepostorously long filmography in order to determine the ten best and worst films he's appeared in. This is no simple task. The highs are some of the better movies of the past few decades, and the lows are -- well, they're pretty low. As the man turns 47 years old today, we can only hope that the next
four-plus decades are filled with an array of his movies as wildly uneven as the first.
When compiling the list, we tried to focus mostly on the Cage's more noteworthy performances -- so, even though it was awesome in its own right, his cameo in 'Fast Times At Ridgmont High'
doesn't qualify for a spot on the "best" list. We also limited it to movies we'd actually seen
, meaning that 'Season of The Witch,'
which opens today, also doesn't count. (Cage told us this week that the script was "marvelous,"
so who knows?) Nonetheless, if you disagree with some of our picks, let us know in the comments.
City of Angels
This is the story of Seth (Nicolas Cage), an angel who wanders the Los Angeles area invisible to humans.... Read More
Leaving Las Vegas
Adapted from the novel by John O'Brien, this acclaimed drama follows alcoholic screenwriter Ben Sanderson... Read More
FBI chemical warfare expert Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage) is sent on an urgent mission with a former... Read More
Amos & Andrew
When erudite black playwright Andrew Sterling (Samuel L. Jackson) moves to a predominantly white suburb,... Read More
Detective Rick Santoro (Nicolas Cage) has never played by the rules. When he attends a high-profile boxing... Read More
No sooner does Italian-American widow Loretta (Cher) accept a marriage proposal from her doltish boyfriend,... Read More
Marine Joe Enders (Nicolas Cage) is assigned to protect Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach) -- a Navajo code talker,... Read More
Lovely teen Julie Richman (Deborah Foreman) is steeped in the excessive, pink-clad culture of the San... Read More
Nicolas Cage is Charlie Kaufman, a confused L.A. screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy,... Read More
The Weather Man
David Spritz (Nicolas Cage) is a Chicago weatherman who, despite success at his job, is deeply unhappy.... Read More
Years ago, motorcycle stuntman Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) sold his soul to save the life of a loved... Read More
The Wicker Man
A reclusive lawman (Nicolas Cage) travels to a secluded island to search for a girl who has gone missing.... Read More
Remorseless assassin Joe (Nicolas Cage) is in Thailand to complete a series of contract killings for... Read More