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50 Best Nicolas Cage Movies To Watch In 2023

Best Nicolas Cage Movies
50 Best Nicolas Cage Movies to Watch in 2023

Nicolas Cage is an American actor famously known for starring in Face/Off, Leaving Las Vegas, The Rock, Next, and many more. You might also recognize him as the guy who voiced the character of ‘Grug’ in the 2013 animated film The Croods and also voiced one of the Spider-Man named Noir in the 2018 animated superhero movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Born on 7th January 1964, Nicolas Cage is still actively doing films for all his fans while also conquering the hearts of those who come across his movies for the first time. He has won several awards during his filming career, including several Academy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. 

Besides starring in films and television series, Cage has also produced and directed several films like Shadow of the Vampire, The Life of David Gale, and Sonny. Whether you are a huge Nicolas Cage fan looking to watch movies of him that you might have missed or just casually browsing for some awesome movies, we have curated a list of the 50 best Nicolas Cage movies for you.

1. Face/Off (1997)

Face/Off is a science fiction action film starring Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, Joan Allen, Gina Gershon, and others. The film is about an FBI agent Sean Archer as he decides to capture his son’s killer and a psychotic criminal named Castor Troy.

After six years, Sean finally manages to ambush Castor and his younger brother Pollux with the help of his team. Sean reveals that he has hidden a bomb somewhere, but before Sean can get him to reveal the location, he ends up in a coma. 

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The rest of the film follows Sean as he gets Pollux to fess up to the location of the bomb, who doesn’t budge and says that he will only talk in the presence of his brother Castor. To save people from dying.

Sean decides to take Castor’s face with the help of a special doctor who specializes in cutting off people’s faces and putting them onto someone else’s. Sean manages to get the location from Pollux, but Castor soon wakes up and decides to take revenge on Sean for cutting off his face. 

  • Directed by: John Woo
  • IMDb rating:7.3
  • Where to watch: Disney Plus

2. Moonstruck (1987)

Moonstruck is a comedy-drama film about Loretta, who is a widow and a bookkeeper. She gets engaged to her boyfriend, Johnny, who then leaves the city to take care of his sick mother. The next day, Loretta meets Johnny’s brother Ronny who detests his brother and blames him for losing his hand. Loretta and Ronny talk and get drunk, which leads to them going home together and making love.

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Loretta promises never to meet Ronny again, but he asks her out for one last date to an opera, to which she agrees. After the opera, Loretta realizes that she is in love with Ronny but decides to maintain his relationship with Johnny, who returns early and goes to Loretta’s house, where he is met with her family but not Loretta. Who is Loretta going to end up with, Johnny or Ronny? Moonstruck stars Nicolas Cage, Cher, Vincent Gardenia, Danny Aiello, and others. 

  • Directed by: Norman Jewison
  • IMDb rating: 7.1
  • Where to watch: Vudu, Spectrum, Apple iTunes

3. Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

Leaving Las Vegas is a drama film about Ben Sanderson, who is a screenwriter turned alcoholic after his wife and son left him. He is fired from his job and decides to take a trip to Las Vegas and drink till he dies. There he meets a prostitute named Sera and pays her to spend the night with him. Instead of having sex, the two stay up all night and talk about each other’s life which leads to Sera asking Ben to live with her.

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The rest of the film follows Ben and Sera as they live in peace for a while but soon, she gets worried about Ben and his habit and asks him to stop drinking alcohol. Hell-bent on dying, Ben continues to drink and sleeps with another prostitute, which pisses off Sera, and she kicks him out of her place. Leaving Las Vegas stars Nicolas Cage, Julian Sands, Elizabeth Shue, and others. 

  • Directed by: Mike Figgis
  • IMDb rating: 7.5
  • Where to watch: Netflix, Prime Video

4. Valley Girl (1983)

Valley Girl is a teen romantic comedy film about a girl named Julie Richman who is unhappy with her relationship with Tommy and breaks up with him. Tommy, who wants Julie back, decides to have sex with Julie’s friend to make her jealous but fails.

Meanwhile, Julie runs into a guy named Randy at a party and immediately feels a connection between them, but before the two can spend any more time together, Tommy asks his friends to throw him out since he is not from their school.

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Randy sneaks in again and convinces Julie to go to a bar with him, where the two spend the night talking and start dating after that. Julie’s friends are doubtful about her relationship with Randy and convince her to patch things up with Tommy, and she agrees to do so.

Randy is left heartbroken and often visits the valley where Julie lives to see her from afar. Will this be the end of Julie and Randy’s love story? Valley Girl stars Deborah Foreman, Nicolas Cage, Michael Bowen, Elizabeth Daily, and others. 

  • Directed by: Martha Coolidge
  • IMDb rating: 6.4
  • Where to watch: Pluto TV, Hoopla, Vudu

5. Raising Arizona (1987)

Raising Arizona is a crime comedy film about a guy named Hi who gets married to a police officer Edwina, also known as Ed, after getting out of prison. The couple wants to have kids, but due to Ed’s infertility and Hi’s criminal record, they are unable to have a baby or adopt one. So, the two decide to kidnap the baby of Nathan Arizona, who had three babies. 

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The rest of the film follows the couple as they try to raise Arizona and face multiple difficulties along the way, which include Hi going down the wrong path again and his foreman finding out about his stolen baby. Raising Arizona stars Holly Hunter, Nicolas Cage, Trey Wilson, John Goodman, and others.

  • Directed by: Joel Coen
  • IMDb rating: 7.3
  • Where to watch: Hulu, Vudu 

6. Mandy (2018)

Mandy is an action horror film about a couple, Red Miller and Mandy Bloom, who lives near the Shadow Mountains. Mandy works as a cashier in a nearby gas station, whereas Red works as a lumberjack and struggles with his alcoholism. One day, as Mandy is going to work, she catches the eye of a religious cult leader Jeremiah Sand who sends his men to kidnap Mandy.

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While Mandy and Red are sleeping, Jeremiah’s men subdue Mandy and Red. Jeremiah tries to seduce a drugged Mandy but fails miserably and stabs Red due to being humiliated before burning Mandy alive. The rest of the film follows Red as he tries to take revenge on Jeremiah and his cult for killing the love of his life. Mandy stars Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Ned Dennehy, Linus Roache, and others.

  • Directed by: Panos Cosmatos
  • IMDb rating: 6.5
  • Where to watch: Prime Video

7. The Rock (1996)

The Rock is an action thriller film about Brigadier General Francis Hummel as he takes 81 tourists hostage on Alcatraz Island to make the government meet his demands. The FBI makes a plan to save the hostages with the help of top chemical weapon specialist Dr. Stanley Goodspeed and a convict John Mason who had been in jail for 30 years and had also once escaped Alcatraz Island. 

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The two men, along with the Navy SEAL team, arrive on the island, and the team gets killed by Francis’s men resulting in Stanley and John having to fend for themselves and also save the hostages. The Rock stars Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, Sean Connery, Michael Biehn, and others. 

  • Directed by: Michael Bay
  • IMDb rating 7.4
  • Where to watch: Disney plus, Vudu

8. National Treasure (2004)

National Treasure is an action-adventure film about Benjamin Franklin Gates, who is a treasure hunter. When he was young, he was told by his grandfather about a hidden treasure and its clues that were spread all over the country.

Ben’s friend Riley who is a computer expert, decides to find the treasure, and with some financial help from a man named Ian, they are able to get their hands on the first clue, which leads them toward the second clue.

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Before Riley and Ben can head toward the second clue, which was hidden in the Declaration of Independence, they have a feud with Ian, who wants to steal the Declaration of Independence and decide to split. Ben and Riley tell the FBI about Ian’s plans, but they dismiss them.

The rest of the film follows FBI agents Abigail, Ben, and Riley as they set out to find the clues and, ultimately, the treasure. The film stars Harvey Keitel, Nicolas Cage, Diane Cruger, Jon Voight, and others.

  • Directed by: Jon Turteltaub
  • IMDb rating: 6.9
  • Where to watch: Disney plus, Apple TV

9. Wild at Heart (1990)

Wild at Heart is a romantic black comedy film about a couple Lula and Sailor. After spending time in jail, Sailor returns to Lula, and the two spend some time together. Meanwhile, Lula’s mother, Marietta, doesn’t want her daughter to be in a relationship with an ex-convict and decides to break them up by hiring a gangster, Marcello, after Lula and Sailor have decided to run away. 

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The rest of the film follows Sailor and Lula as they spend their days together in each other’s arms while on the run for California and Marcello, trying to find them and kill Sailor. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern, Crispin Glover, and others.

  • Directed by: David Lynch
  • IMDb rating: 7.2
  • Where to watch: Prime Video

10. Con Air (1997)

Con Air is an action thriller film about Cameron Poe, who gets discharged from the U.S. Navy and returns home to his pregnant wife, Tricia, in Mobile, Alabama. As the couple is hanging out at a bar, they come across three drunk men who try to assault Tricia, resulting in Cameron accidentally killing one of them and being sent to prison for his crime. 

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Seven years later, Cameron is given parole and boards a flight to return home along with fellow criminals. During the flight, one of the criminals, named Cyrus Grissom, hijacks the plane with the help of other criminals forcing Cameron to play along.

The rest of the film follows Cameron as he tries to get the flight under control and stop the criminals from fleeing the country. It stars Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, and others.

  • Directed by: Simon West
  • IMDb rating: 6.9
  • Where to watch: Disney plus

11. Pig (2021)

Pig is an American drama film about Rob, who used to be a chef but now is a truffle hunter who lives in a dense forest of Oregon away from his past in Portland. His only companion is his pig which helps him in hunting truffles which he sells to high-end restaurants with the help of a young man named Amir. One day, somebody steals his pig which is like his family member, and he seeks the help of Amir to find it.

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The rest of the film follows Rob and Amir as they go back to Portland and ask around in order to find Rob’s pig. Pig stars Alex Wolff, Nicolas Cage, Adam Arkin, and others. The film was a financial success and won several awards that it had been nominated.  

  • Directed by: Michael Sarnoski
  • IMDb rating: 6.9
  • Where to watch: Hulu, Vudu

12. Red Rock West (1993)

Red Rock West is a drama film about Michael Williams, who is unable to get a job after being discharged from the Marine Corps. He wanders around in his car and reaches Red Rock, where he is mistaken by a man named Wayne as Lyle, whom he had hired to kill his wife, Suzanne. Michael decides to play along and receives the money from Wayne, and goes to Suzanne to let her know that her life is in danger instead of killing her. Suzanne decides to pay him even more money to kill Wayne instead.

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Michael decides to flee the country with the money but gets into an accident with Wayne, who turns out to be a sheriff. The rest of the film follows Michael as he tries to escape the town while the real Lyle arrives and meets with Wayne, who instructs him to kill both Michael and Suzanne. Red Rock West stars Nicolas Cage, Lara Flynn Boyle, Dennis Hopper, and others.

  • Directed by: John Dahl
  • IMDb rating:  7
  • Where to watch: Prime Video, Starz

13. The Croods (2013)

The Croods is an animated comedy film about the Croods family which consists of father Grug, his wife Ugga, their children Eep, Thunk, and Sandy, and Ugga’s mother Gran, as they live in a cave that protects them from several calamities.

Eep is a teenager who likes adventures and prefers to stay outside of the cave, but Grug doesn’t let her. One day, she wanders out of her cave at night after hearing a mysterious sound and comes across Guy, who claims that the world is coming to an end and that in order to survive, they have to travel to ‘Tomorrow.’ 

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Eep and Guy connect instantly, and he asks her to tag along with him, but she declines to say she can’t leave her family behind. When Grug finds out about the guy and his ability to make fire, he decides to let him guide the way toward tomorrow after an earthquake strikes and crushes their cave.

The rest of the film follows Guy and the croods as they pass several difficulties and make their way toward tomorrow. It stars Nicolas Cage, Clark Duke, Cloris Leachman, Catherine Keener, and others.

  • Directed by: Kirk De Micco
  • IMDb rating: 7.2
  • Where to watch: Prime Video, Netflix

14. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022)

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is an action-comedy film about Nicolas ‘Nick’ Cage, who is on the verge of retirement from his acting career but agrees to attend a billionaire playboy named Javi’s birthday party for 1 million dollars. Upon arriving, Javi convinces Nick to make a movie with him from the script that he wrote. Nick was reluctant but later agreed, and the two immediately hit it off.

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Nick is later approached by two CIA agents, Vivian and Martin, who tell him that Javi has kidnapped a politician’s daughter, Maria, and he should work undercover for them to find out the truth.

Nick believed that Javi couldn’t commit such a crime and thus decided to help the CIA by rigging their cameras. The rest of the film follows Nick as he finds out that Javi and his cousin Lucas have indeed kidnapped Maria. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Sharon Horgan, and others.

  • Directed by: Tom Gormican
  • IMDb rating: 7
  • Where to watch: Prime Video   

15. Color Out of Space (2020)

Color Out of Space is a science fiction horror film about the Gardner family, which consists of father Nathan, his wife Theresa, and their three children Lavinia, Benny, and Jack as they move to Nathan’s father’s farm where their front yard is hit by a brightly colored meteorite. A hydrologist, Ward, informs the family not to drink the water from the well near the meteorite since it is contaminated.

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The rest of the film follows the Gardner family as they experience weird events happening around them, like strange insects and plants coming out of the well and Theresa cutting her fingers. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Elliot Knight, Madeleine Arthur, and others. 

  • Directed by: Richard Stanley
  • IMDb rating: 6.2
  • Where to watch: Prime Video

16. Brubaker (1980)

Brubaker is a prison film about Henry Brubaker as he arrives at Wakefield State Prison disguised as an inmate and, over the course of several days, learns about everything that was going wrong in the prison before revealing himself as the new prison warden. He hires Larry Lee and Richard, who used to be convicts and lived in the same prison for a long time to help him reform the prison.

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The rest of the film follows Henry as he reforms the prison by firing several people who took advantage of the prisoners, like the lumberjack who pocketed the money he got by selling the woods that the prisoners had chopped and several others with the help of Larry Lee and Richard. The film stars Robert Redford, Jane Alexander, Murray Hamilton, Nicolas Cage, and others.  

  • Directed by: Sturt Rosenberg
  • IMDb rating: 7.1
  • Where to watch: MSN

17. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a coming-of-age comedy film about a group of teenagers who make reckless decisions while enjoying life. Brad Hamilton is a senior at Ridgemont high who thinks what he ever wanted, which includes a job at All-American Burgers, a perfect car, and a girlfriend, but soon his dreams of a perfect life shatter as he is dumped by his girlfriend and also gets fired from his job.

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Meanwhile, Brad’s sister Stacy is a 15-year-old who works at a pizza parlor where she meets Ron, a 26-year-old guy, and has sex with him. The rest of the film follows Stacy as she starts dating other people and ends up getting pregnant. It also follows the stories of several other characters. Fast Times at Ridgemont High stars Sean Penn, Judge Reinhold, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Nicolas Cage, and others. 

  • Directed by: Amy Heckerling
  • IMDb rating: 7.1
  • Where to watch: Peacock TV

18. The Outsiders (1983)

The Outsiders is a coming-of-age drama film about three brothers who are left to fend for themselves after their parents die. The youngest brother Ponyboy is a rebel and goes to watch a movie with his friends Johnny and Dallas, where Dallas tries to flirt with a girl named Cherry but fails. Later Johnny and Ponyboy walk Cherry and Maria to their homes but get interrupted midway by their boyfriends, Socs Bob and Randy, who arrive on the street, and the girls decide to leave with them. 

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Ponyboy and Johnny walk to an abandoned lot instead of going home and end up sleeping there before going to a park, where they are met by Bob and Randy, who beat them up. While Bob is trying to drown Ponyboy, Johnny comes from behind them and ends up killing Bob by stabbing him with a knife.

Afraid of the consequences that he might have to face, they take some money from Dallas and flee from the city. The film stars Matt Dillon, Nicolas Cage, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, and others. 

  • Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
  • IMDb rating: 7.1
  • Where to watch: Apple plus, Google Play movies

19. Rumble Fish (1983)

Rumble Fish is a drama film about a tough guy named Rusty James. He gets invited for a fight by Biff Wilcox while he is chilling at Benny’s Billiards. He accepts the invitation and goes to fight the guy.

During the fight, he successfully betas up Biff, but at the sudden arrival of his brother, who was referred to as the Motorcycle Boy, he gets distracted and gets stabbed with a shard of glass by Biff. Motorcycle Boy uses his motorbike and hits Biff with it before taking Rusty James to their house and nursing his wounds with the help of Steve. 

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The rest of the film follows the Motorcycle Boy as he tries to convince his brother to quit the gangster life and live in peace while Rusty James cheats on his girlfriend, who then leaves him, and he gets kicked out of school. The film stars Matt Dillon, Vincent Spano, Diane Lane, Nicolas Cage, and others. 

  • Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
  • IMDb rating: 7.1
  • Where to watch: Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV

20. Racing with the Moon (1984)

Racing with the Moon is a drama film about two friends, Henry and Nicky, who work together at a bowling alley and a movie theatre. One day, Henry sees Caddie buying tickets at the theatre and is immediately smitten with her.

He follows her home one day and realizes that she lives in a mansion and must be rich. Later it is revealed that Caddie only lives in the mansion because her mother works there as a maid. Henry tries to ask her out, but she sets him up with one of her friends instead before they all go out to skate. 

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Henry falls down while pretending to know how to skate, which amuses Caddie, and they spend some time together, after which Henry asks her out again, and this time, she agrees. The rest of the film follows Henry and Caddie as they fall in love and spend time together before Henry leaves to join the U.S. Marine Corps. It stars Nicolas Cage, Elizabeth McGovern, Sean Penn, and others.  

  • Directed by: Richard Benjamin
  • IMDb rating: 6.6
  • Where to watch: Paramount plus

21. Birdy (1984)

Birdy is a drama film about a teenage boy whose nickname is Birdy and his neighbor Al who shares his love for birds and helps him build an aviary for keeping pigeons. One day, they both climb on a building to catch a few pigeons, and Birdy ends up falling from the ledge of the building but safely lands on a pile of sand. As Al asks him if he is okay, Birdy says to him that he had flown for a second during the fall. 

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The rest of the film follows Birdy and Al’s adventures as they build a car together and later enlist in the army, where Birdy gets hospitalized in a mental hospital because he refused to talk to anyone after surviving a helicopter crash during the Vietnam War. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Matthew Modine, and others. 

  • Directed by: Alan Parker
  • IMDb rating: 7.2
  • Where to watch: Vudu, Tubi TV

22. Vampire’s Kiss (1988)

Vampire’s Kiss is a black comedy horror film about a man named Peter Loew who works during the day and parties at night. He lives a carefree life but feels like he is slowly going insane and frequently goes to a therapist.

One night, as he brings home a girl from some club, a bat flies in through his window, which scares them both. The next day during his sessions with the therapist, he talked about how the bat had turned him on. 

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Peter goes to another club where he meets Rachel, who goes to his apartment, and they both have sex before Rachel reveals her fangs and bites him on his neck, which makes him unconscious. The next day he wakes up and doesn’t find a mark on his neck, which makes him wonder if he had dreamt the whole thing.

The rest of the film follows Peter as he believes that he is turning into a vampire and constantly hallucinates about meeting Rachel while committing serious crimes. It stars Nicolas Cage, Maria Conchita Alonso, Jennifer Beals, and others.

  • Directed by: Robert Bierman
  • IMDb rating: 6
  • Where to watch: Prime Video

23. Kiss of Death (1995)

Kiss of Death is a crime drama about Nick Bianco, who is an ex-convict who robs a jewelry store with the help of his three accomplices and gets caught at the last moment. He is sentenced to 20 years in prison after he refuses to fess up to his accomplice’s names. Three years later, he finds out that his wife has committed suicide, and his children are sent to an orphanage.

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He contacts the district attorney Louis D’Angelo and tells him that he wants to reveal his partner’s name in exchange for meeting his children. Louis decides to keep Nick in the city jail and use him as an informant. The rest of the film follows Nick as he helps Louis in catching a wanted criminal. Kiss of Death stars Nicolas Cage, Victor Mature, Coleen Grey, and others.  

  • Directed by: Henry Hathaway
  • IMDb rating: 7.4
  • Where to watch: Criterion Channel

24. Guarding Tess (1994) 

Guarding Tess is a comedy-drama film about Doug Chesnic, who is a secret service agent and has been on a mission for the past three years to protect Tess, the widowed wife of the previous U.S. President.

Tess, who worked for the welfare of people, treated Doug like a chauffeur, making him bring her breakfast in bed and fetch a ball during a golf game. Dough is done with being Tess’s personal assistant and decides to defy her orders which results in Tess calling the present president.

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The president calls Doug and scolds him over the phone. The rest of the film follows Tess and Doug’s bickering and their bonding as Tess drives off with her driver without Dough and ends up getting kidnapped by the driver’s sister and her husband. The film stars Shirley MacLaine, Nicolas Cage, and others. 

  • Directed by: Hugh Wilson
  • IMDb rating: 6.2
  • Where to watch: Tubi TV

25. It Could Happen to You (1994)

It Could Happen to You is a romantic comedy film about Charlie Lang, who is a police officer and a kind man who is married to a selfish and greedy woman named Muriel who works at a salon. One day, Charlie buys a lottery ticket and goes to a diner, where he meets a selfless waitress, Yvonne. Since he is a little short on money, he promises Yvonne to double the tip the next day or gives half of the lottery money that he will receive.

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The next day, Charlie ends up winning 4 million dollars and gives half of it to Yvonne against her wife’s wishes. Yvonne buys the diner where she worked and creates a special table named after Charlie for people who can’t afford to pay for the food.

This causes Charlie and Yvonne to appear on the front pages of the newspaper. The rest of the film follows Yvonne and Charlie as they spend a lot of time together while doing good deeds and Charlie’s wife as she has an affair with another man. It Could Happen to You stars Nicolas Cage, Bridget Fonda, Rosie Perez, and others.

  • Directed by: Andrew Bergman
  • IMDb rating: 6.4
  • Where to watch: Netflix

26. City of Angels (1998)

City of Angels is a romantic fantasy film about an angel named Seth who guides humans who are on the verge of death toward their next life. While doing so, he always asked them what their favorite thing as a human was but could never understand the emotions behind their words since angels didn’t have emotions like humans. One day, he comes across a surgeon named Maggie as she tries to save a patient but fails. Seth is amazed by her and starts paying more attention to her.

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Seth soon forms a connection with Maggie. He comes across a patient once who tells Seth that he could sense him and tells him that he was an angel once, too, and chose to become mortal by ‘falling.’ Seth contemplates becoming mortal for Maggie and leading a life with her. The rest of the film follows Seth as he becomes a human and reunites with Maggie. Will they have a happy ending, or does fate have other plans for them?

  • Directed by: Brad Silberling
  • IMDb rating: 6.7
  • Where to watch: Hulu

27. Snake Eyes (1998)

Snake Eyes is a mystery thriller film about a shady police detective Rick Santoro as he attends a boxing match between fighters Tyler and Ruiz in Atlantic City Arena. There he comes across his best friend Kevin Dunne, who was escorting Defense Secretary Charles Kirkland and Arena director Gilbert Powell. As the match begins, Rick gets distracted by a pretty woman named Serena and leaves his seat, which is then occupied by a blonde woman named Julia.

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The rest of the film follows Rick as he finds himself stuck in a conspiracy planned by someone who wants to kill Kirkland. Rick then becomes the leading officer who has to uncover the mastermind behind the conspiracy. Snake Eyes stars Gary Sinise, Nicolas Cage, Carla Gugino, and others. 

  • Directed by: Brian De Palma
  • IMDb rating: 6.1
  • Where to watch: Fubo TV

28. 8MM (1999)

8MM is a psychological thriller film about Tom Welles being a private investigator. As he is hired by a wealthy woman named Mrs. Christian and her attorney Daniel Londale to find out the truth about an 8MM film that they had found with Mrs. Christian’s husband’s belongings, who had recently died.

After investigating, Tom finds out that the murder story was indeed real, and the girl in the movie was Mary Ann Mathews, who had left her home to become a Hollywood star.

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The rest of the film follows Tom as he uncovers the truth behind the 8MM film and finds out that Daniel was involved in the murder of the girl. 8MM stars Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, Peter Stormare, James Gandolfini, and others. 

  • Directed by: Joel Schumacher
  • IMDb rating: 6.5
  • Where to watch: Vudu

29. Bringing Out the Dead (1999)

Bringing Out the Dead is a psychological thriller film about a depressed paramedic Frank Pierce who seldom hallucinates about the ghost of a girl whom he had failed to save. One day, while bringing a patient who had gone into cardiac arrest to the hospital, he befriends the man’s daughter, who used to be a drug addict. Frank and his partner Larry assist several other patients and find two vials of a drug called ‘Red Death’ from one of the patient’s sleeves.

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The rest of the film follows Frank as he saves several other people while also getting entangled with the drug, which boosts his hallucinations, and he begins to see ghosts of every person who had died on his operation table. Bringing Out the Dead stars Nicolas Cage, John Goodman, Patricia Arquette, Ving Rhames, and others.

  • Directed by: Martin Scorsese
  • IMDb rating: 6.8
  • Where to watch: Disney Plus Apple TV, Prime Video

30. Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)

Gone in 60 Seconds is an action heist film about a skilled car thief named Kip Raines who is working for Raymond Calitri, a famous British Gangster. During a heist, he leads the police that was after him towards his crew’s hiding place and gets kidnapped by Calitri’s associate Atley Jackson who then calls Kip’s brother and demands that they bring him 50 cars in 72 hours, or he will kill Kip.

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The two brothers form a team of skilled individuals who will help them in the heist. The rest of the film follows Kip, Memphis, and their crew as they work together to carry out their plan while also avoiding two police officers who are hell-bent on catching them. Gone in 60 Seconds stars Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Delroy Lindo, Giovanni Ribisi, and others.

  • Directed by: Dominic Sena
  • IMDb rating: 6.5
  • Where to watch: Disney plus, Fubo TV, Prime Video

31. Mom and Dad (2017)

Mom and Dad is a comedy horror film about the Ryan family which consists of four members, Father Brent, his wife Kendall, their daughter Carly and their younger son Josh who have a strained relationship. One day, a strange static signal transmits through the TV and radio, causing parents to kill their children. All the parents rush to Carly’s school and begin killing their children by stabbing them. 

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The rest of the film follows the chaos that follows at Ryan’s house as Brent and Kendall rush home and attempt to kill Carly and Josh but later get interrupted by Brent’s parents, who want to kill him and Kendall. Mom and Dad star Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Zackary Arthur, Anne Winters, and others.

  • Directed by: Brian Taylor
  • IMDb rating: 5.5
  • Where to watch: Hulu

32. Adaptation (2002)

Adaptation is a comedy-drama film about an underconfident and socially awkward writer Charlie Kaufman as he is asked to write a screenplay adaptation of The Orchid Thief. He wanted to make sure that the screenplay did justice to The Orchid Thief but somehow ended up with Writer’s Block and decided to meet the author of the book Susan Orlean to discuss the screenplay.

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Because of his social awkwardness, he is unable to meet Susan directly and decides to ask his brother Donald who had also decided to become a writer after living with Charlie for a while and attending seminars by screenwriting guru Robert McKee and was now earning seven digits by selling his screenplays.

The rest of the film follows Charlie and Donald as they get sucked into a conspiracy by Susan and her lover John Laroche. Adaptation stars Meryl Streep, Nicolas Cage, Chris Cooper, and others  

  • Directed by: Spike Jonze
  • IMDb rating: 7.7
  • Where to watch: Prime Video, Netflix

33. Matchstick Men (2003)

Matchstick Men s a black comedy film about a con artist named Roy Waller who sells overpriced water filtration systems to people along with his partner Frank Mercer. One day, Roy has a panic attack, so Frank suggests he see a psychiatrist Dr. Harris Klein. Klein tells Roy to reconcile with his daughter, who is 14 years old now, and gives him medication.

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Roy meets his daughter Angela and spends time with her, and he also teaches her how to pull a con. He starts feeling better in Angela’s company and decides to pull a long con with Frank on an arrogant businessman named Chuck. The rest of the film follows the two friends as they successfully con Chuck, but he soon finds out about it and returns for revenge. It stars Sam Rockwell, Nicolas Cage, Alison Lohman, and others.

  • Directed by: Ridley Scott
  • IMDb rating: 7.3
  • Where to watch: Prime Video, Vudu

34. Next (2007)

Next is a science fiction action film about Chris Johnson, who can see his future and often uses this skill to gamble and win money at casinos. One day he sees a woman in his vision and goes to the restaurant where she arrives twice a day at 8:09. Callie Ferris is an NSA agent who discovers Chris’s abilities and approaches him, but before she can reach him, he is caught by the casino’s security and runs away.

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The next morning, Chris comes across the woman Liz, whom he had seen in his vision. Intervenes between her and her aggressive ex-boyfriend, which gets him a date with her. Chris and Liz spend the night at a motel, where Callie arrives and demands Chris help them detonate a nuclear bomb that is set by two terrorists.

The rest of the film follows Chris as he gets tangled with Callie as they try to save the world from the nuclear bomb and save Callie, who had been kidnapped by the terrorists. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Jessica Biel, Julianne Moore, Tory Kittles, and others. 

  • Directed by: Lee Tamahori
  • IMDb rating: 6.2
  • Where to watch: Prime Video

35. Lord of War (2005)

Lord of War is a crime drama film about Yuri Orlov, who witnesses a Russian mobster killing two people and decides to sell guns. He starts his business by successfully selling an Uzi submachine to a local mobster and then grows his business from there. He starts to sell weapons to people during wars and builds several connections, and he also includes his younger brother Vitaly in his business. 

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The rest of the film follows Yuri as he gets married and continues selling weapons to people, which also benefits the U.S. Army sometimes. Lord of War stars Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto, Ian Holm, Bridget Moynahan, and others.

  • Directed by: Andrew Niccol
  • IMDb rating: 7.6
  • Where to watch: HBO Max, Netflix

36. The Ant Bully (2006)

The Ant Bully is an animated fantasy comedy film about a 10-year-old boy named Lucas who lives with his older sister and grandmother and is often bullied. He often attacks an anthill to get rid of his frustration.

The ants try to retaliate by giving Lucas a potion that shrinks him to their size. The next morning, Lucas finds himself shrunk and very naked before he is taken to the colony of ants and presented before the ant queen, who punishes him with hard labor. Zoc’s girlfriend, Hova, takes responsibility for training Lucas.

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The rest of the film follows Lucas as he learns about the ants and befriends them while also saving them from several problems like an exterminator, tarantula hawks, and other things. The Ant Bully stars Nicolas Cage, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, and others. 

  • Directed by: John A. Davis
  • IMDb rating: 5.8
  • Where to watch: Prime Video, Apple TV 

37. Kick-Ass (2010)

Kick-Ass is a superhero comedy film about an ordinary teenager named Dave who wishes to become a real-life superhero and makes a suit out of a scuba diving costume. After some fights, which resulted in him going to the hospital, he manages to get popular for his good deeds and starts referring to himself as ‘Kick-Ass.’ Dave sets up a Myspace account so that whoever needs his help can contact him through it.

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The first request comes from his longtime crush Katie, and he goes to the thugs who harass her but gets overpowered by thugs as they are about to kill him. Two other superheroes named Big Daddy and Hit Girl arrive, kill the thugs and take their money before fleeing. The rest of the film follows Kick-Ass, Big Daddy, and Hit-girl as they set out on a mission to destroy Big Daddy’s enemy Frank.

  • Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
  • IMDb rating: 7.6
  • Where to watch: Netflix

38. Knowing (2009)

Knowing is a science fiction thriller film about Lucinda Embry, who writes a series of numbers related to future events which are told to her through some mysterious beings whispering into her ears. Fifty years later, the time capsule, which contained Lucinda’s drawings, is opened, and her drawing is given to a nine-year-old named Caleb, who is the son of an astrophysics professor John Koestler.

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John finds out that the dates in the drawing match the dates of major disasters and meets with Lucinda’s daughter Diana and granddaughter Abby to find out the date for the next big disaster. The rest of the film follows John and Diana as they discover that an extinction-level event is about to happen on Earth while Caleb starts hearing the whisperings that Lucinda did. Knowing stars Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Ben Mendelsohn, Chandler Canterbury, Liam Hemsworth, and others.

  • Directed by: Alex Proyas
  • IMDb rating: 6.2
  • Where to watch: Vudu, Prime Video

39. Joe (2013)

Joe is a crime drama film about a 15-year-old boy named Gary. As he goes to Joe, who is the boss of a tree poisoning crew, and asks for a job, to which Joe agrees. The next day, Gary brings his alcoholic father, Wade, to work for Joe as well, but he gets them fired. Joe sees Wade beating up Gray for money and gives him his job back.  

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Joe and Gary bond with each other, and Joe tells him that he has spent 29 months in prison for beating cops up. Gary works for him and saves up enough money to buy a truck for himself.

He takes Joe with him to buy the truck, and Joe tells him that he should get insurance with the money he saved and buys him the truck. The rest of the film follows Wade as he steals Gary’s truck while Gary tries to get it back and save his sister from his alcoholic father. Joe stars Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, and others.

  • Directed by: David Gordon Green
  • IMDb rating: 6.8
  • Where to watch: Hulu, Vudu, Tubi TV

40. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is an action fantasy film about a 10-year-old boy named Dave Stutler as he wanders in a magic shop during his school’s field trip and meets a man named Balthazar who gives him a dragon figurine that wraps itself around Dave’s finger, which meant that he was the chosen one who is bound to kill a powerful magician named Morgana. He accidentally opens a doll-shaped instrument used to hold evil magicians and releases Maxim. 

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While fighting Maxim, Balthazar ends up putting himself and Maxim in a Chinese urn that can only be opened after ten years. As Dave comes out to tell his classmates about the magic shop, he discovers that the shop has emptied and gets bullied by them. 

Ten years later, after the curse of the Chinese urn is broken, Balthazar and Maxim are freed and take off to find Dave. Balthazar reaches him first and convinces him to learn magic in order to destroy Morgana, while Maxim tries to kill Dave and Balthazar. The rest of the film follows Dave as he trains and gets ready to kill Morgana. The Sorcerer’s apprentice stars Nicolas Cage, Alfred Molina, Jay Baruchel, and others. 

  • Directed by: Jon Turteltaub
  • IMDb rating: 6.1
  • Where to watch: Disney plus

41. Trespass (2011)

Trespass is a crime thriller film about a dysfunctional family which consists of Kyle, his wife Sarah, and their daughter as they are ambushed by a group of robbers. One of them turns out to be an ex-employee with whom Sarah supposedly had an affair. One of the robbers, named Elias, asks Kyle to open his safe, but he refuses to give in. Avery, who had gone to a party, returns home and is taken hostage by another Robber named Jonah.

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Kyle agrees to open the safe if they free Avery and let her leave, Elias agrees, and Kyle opens the safe to reveal that he has no money because his diamond company went bankrupt. Ty, who was another member of the robbers, brings Avery back inside after hearing that they have no money, and Elias reveals their plan to Kyle. The rest of the film follows the Millers as they try to escape the thieves. It stars Nicolas Cage, Ben Mendelsohn, Liana Liberato, Cam Gigandet and others. 

  • Directed by: Joel Schumacher
  • IMDb rating: 5.3
  • Where to watch: Vudu, Peacock TV

42. Ghost Rider (2007)

Ghost Rider is a superhero film about a 17-year-old boy named Johnny who is visited by a demon called Mephistopheles, who tells him that he can cure his father’s cancer in exchange for Johnny’s soul.

The next day, Johnny discovers that his father has been cured, but he dies on the same day during a stunt. In 2007, Johnny became a famous motorcycle stuntman and was visited by Mephistopheles, who turned him into the Ghost Rider. 

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The rest of the film follows Mephistopheles’s son Blackheart as he arrives on earth to obtain the lost contract of San Venganza while Johnny tries to control his power and kill Blackheart. Ghost Rider stars Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Sam Elliot, Wes Bentley, and others.

  • Directed by: Mark Steven Johnson
  • IMDb rating: 5.2
  • Where to watch: Prime Video, Vudu

43. World Trade Center (2006)

World Trade Center is a docudrama disaster film set in 2001 when the North Tower of the World Trade Center was hit by a plane and ended up getting destroyed. Seargent McLoughlin, along with four other officers, gets ready to retrieve equipment from the building. As they enter the North Tower, the South Tower starts collapsing on them, and only John and Will survive but are badly injured and stuck under rubble.

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The rest of the film follows John and Will as they try to stay awake under the rubble while waiting for someone to save them. It stars Nicolas Cage, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Maria Bello, and others.

  • Directed by: Oliver Stone
  • IMDb rating: 6
  • Where to watch: Netflix

44. The Weatherman (2005)

The Weatherman is a dark comedy-drama film about David Spritz, who is a successful weatherman in Chicago but doesn’t have the public’s respect and often finds himself throwing stuff at him. On top of this, his father, who was a famous award-winning author, often displays his disappointment in him due to his lack of interaction with his two children. 

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Having made up his mind to gain the public, his wife, and his father’s respect, he decides to interview for a national news channel named Hello America, for which he will have to move to New York. Will David get the job and turn his life around, or will he keep living a disappointing life? The Weatherman stars Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine, Hope Davis, and others.

  • Directed by: Gore Verbinski
  • IMDb rating: 6.6
  • Where to watch: Paramount plus, Prime Video

45. The Family Man (2000)

The Family Man is a comedy fantasy film about Jack as he says farewell to his girlfriend since college for an internship in London. Kate tries to convince Jack to stay, saying that his going away might lead to their breakup, but Jack tells her that their love is strong enough and boards his flight. Thirteen years later, Jack is a successful Wall Street executive living a bachelor’s life. He gets a message that says to contact Kate, but he ignores it. 

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He goes to a convenience store on Christmas eve where a man named Cash enters, claiming that he has worn a lottery, but the store personnel tells him that it’s a fake lottery ticket. Jack offers to give Cash money after he pulls a gun.

Outside, Cash asks Jack if there is anything that he misses in his life, but he says that he has everything that he needs. Cash nods and leaves after saying ‘you are responsible for what’s coming.’ Jack goes home unbothered by what Cash said and goes to sleep.

The next morning, he wakes up with Kate and their two children. He tries to escape the house, but two men don’t let him. He finds Cash on the street saying vague words like ‘a glimpse’. The rest of the film follows Jack as he lives his new life and realizes that he feels happy while living like this.

But like all good things, this glimpse also comes to an end, and he goes back to his Bachelor’s life in New York. Will Jack realize his mistake and go after Kate? It stars Nicolas Cage, Tea Leoni, Jeremy Piven, and others.

  • Directed by: Brett Ratner
  • IMDb rating: 6.8
  • Where to watch: MC, Apple iTunes, Vudu

46. Amos and Andrew (1993)

Amos and Andrew is a black comedy film about Andrew Sterling, who is a successful writer as he moves into his vacation home on a resort island. His neighbors, the Gillmans, thought that a burglar had sneaked in after seeing Andrew in his house, and they contacted the police.

Suddenly Andrew’s car alarm goes off, and as he steps outside, he is met with gunfire. Upon interviewing Andrew, Chief Tolliver realizes his mistake and tries to cover up to avoid bad publicity.  

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The rest of the film follows Amos, who is a thief in Tolliver’s jail, as he asks to enter Andrew’s house and tie him up to make the public believe that a thief has indeed entered Andrew’s house. The Chief’s plan turns into a real burglary after he breaks his promise to Amos. The film stars Samuel L. Jackson, Nicolas Cage, Michael Lerner, and others. 

  • Directed by: E. Max Fyre
  • IMDb rating: 5.7
  • Where to watch: MSN

47. Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)

Honeymoon in Vegas is a romantic comedy film about Jack Singer, who is a private detective and had promised his mother while she was dying that he would never get married, but after meeting Betsy, who asks him to marry her, he gives in and decides to have a quick wedding in Las Vegas.

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Tommy Korman is a wealthy gambler who sees Betsy and realizes that she looks a lot like his late wife, Donna, so he decides to trick her into spending time with him by playing a crooked poker game with her and Jack. After winning the game, Tommy tells them that he can give them the 65000 dollars they need if Betsy spends some time with him. Jack and Betsy agree on the condition that he won’t ask her to have sex with him. 

The rest of the film follows Jack as he tries to find Jack and Betsy and get his girl back after Tommy tricks her into marrying him. Honeymoon in Vegas stars Nicolas Cage, James Caan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Pat Morita, and others. 

  • Directed by: Andrew Bergman
  • IMDb rating: 5.8
  • Where to watch: Apple TV

48. Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

Peggy Sue Got Married a fantasy comedy film about Peggy Sue as she attends her high school reunion with her daughter Beth instead of her husband since she recently broke up with him. At the reunion, Peggy interacts with her old friends and ignores her ex-husband, Charlie. Peggy and Richard win the reunion’s king and queen titles, and Peggy ends up fainting on stage.

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When Peggy wakes up, she finds herself back in 1960 in high school. She breaks up with Chalie and does everything differently, unlike before when she was in high school. But at the end of the film, she ends up getting back together with Charlie, who asks her to marry him, and she agrees.

She returns to the present time, where Charlie apologizes to her and asks her to take him back. Peggy agrees, and the two embrace each other. Peggy Sue Got Married stars Nicolas Cage, Kathleen Turner, Catherine Hicks, Barry Miller, and others.

  • Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
  • IMDb rating: 6.4
  • Where to watch: Apple TV, Vudu

49. Inconceivable (2017)

Inconceivable is a thriller film about Angela, Brian, and their 4-year-old daughter Cora as they meet a woman named Katie, who also has a 4-year-old daughter named Maddie. Angela has a miscarriage and invites Katie to live in her guest room as a part-time nanny for Cora. Brian’s mother feels that something is off about Katie, but nobody pays much attention to her. 

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Katie snoops around their house and has sex with a woman gaining Angela’s trust and belief that she would never be interested in Brian. Lina, Angela’s friend who had introduced her to Katie, tells her that Angela is going to ask her to be a surrogate mother of their child.

Katie confides in Linda and tells her that Katie was the donor who had given her eggs to Angela and to another mother in Maine but had abducted the baby when it was little.

The rest of the film follows Angela as she finds Katie’s behavior suspicious and does some research on her by going through her belongings and finding out that she was a donor once. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon, Faye Dunaway, and others.

  • Directed by: Jonathan Baker
  • IMDb rating: 5.2
  • Where to watch: Vudu, Pluto TV, Freevee

50. Time to Kill (1989)

Time to Kill is an Italian drama film about Lieutenant Silvestri as he heads toward a camp after suffering a toothache. Halfway there, his car breaks down, so he decides to travel the rest of the way on foot. He is told about a shorter route by a young man where he meets and rapes a woman who stays by his side after that, and he gives her his watch. 

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While trying to hunt a hyena, Silvestri accidentally kills the woman and buries her so that nobody can find that he killed someone. When he reaches the camp, he tells his superiors about what happened, but he does nothing. The rest of the film follows Silvestri as he finds out about the woman’s family and that she has a disease that has contaminated him. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Ricky Tognazzi, and others.

  • Directed by: Giuliano Montaldo
  • IMDb rating: 5.1
  • Where to watch: buy or rent on YouTube.

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