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.
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Trapped in Paradise
In Theaters on December 2, 1994

Fresh out of prison, Alvin (Dana Carvey) and Dave Firpo (Jon Lovitz) pull their brother Bill (Nicolas... Read More

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City of Angels
Based on 22 critics

This is the story of Seth (Nicolas Cage), an angel who wanders the Los Angeles area invisible to humans.... Read More

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Leaving Las Vegas
Based on 23 critics

Adapted from the novel by John O'Brien, this acclaimed drama follows alcoholic screenwriter Ben Sanderson... Read More

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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

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Wild at Heart
Based on 18 critics

After serving prison time for a self-defense killing, Sailor Ripley (Nicolas Cage) reunites with girlfriend... 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

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Honeymoon in Vegas
In Theaters on 1992

After losing $65,000 to professional gambler and con man Tommy Korman (James Caan), penniless private... Read More

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Amos & Andrew
In Theaters on December 31, 1992

When erudite black playwright Andrew Sterling (Samuel L. Jackson) moves to a predominantly white suburb,... Read More

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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

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Snake Eyes
Based on 24 critics

Detective Rick Santoro (Nicolas Cage) has never played by the rules. When he attends a high-profile boxing... Read More

Moonstruck Movie Poster
Based on 17 critics

No sooner does Italian-American widow Loretta (Cher) accept a marriage proposal from her doltish boyfriend,... Read More

Windtalkers Movie Poster
Based on 35 critics

Marine Joe Enders (Nicolas Cage) is assigned to protect Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach) -- a Navajo code talker,... Read More

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Valley Girl
Based on 10 critics

Lovely teen Julie Richman (Deborah Foreman) is steeped in the excessive, pink-clad culture of the San... 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

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The Weather Man
Based on 37 critics

David Spritz (Nicolas Cage) is a Chicago weatherman who, despite success at his job, is deeply unhappy.... Read More

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Ghost Rider
Based on 20 critics

Years ago, motorcycle stuntman Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) sold his soul to save the life of a loved... Read More

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The Wicker Man
Based on 19 critics

A reclusive lawman (Nicolas Cage) travels to a secluded island to search for a girl who has gone missing.... Read More

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Bangkok Dangerous
Based on 16 critics

Remorseless assassin Joe (Nicolas Cage) is in Thailand to complete a series of contract killings for... Read More

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National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Based on 26 critics

When a long-missing page from the diary of assassin John Wilkes Booth suddenly resurfaces, it implicates... Read More