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Nicolas Cage names the four best movies of his career

08.11.2015

Remember when Nicolas Cage movies were something to look forward to? Now, Cage's films feel more like a punchline rather than something worth spending any of your hard earned money on. His latest film, THE RUNNER, is another in a long string of mediocre to bad movies that are conveniently available at your local Redbox or gas station. Our own Chris Bumbray gave THE RUNNER a mediocre review but it still doesn't seem to be enough to phase Cage.

In an interview with Time Magazine, Cage was asked if he has regretted any of the roles he has taken in over 75 films. He answered no and that the experimentation he has done with his "art" and the critical response has helped him grow as an actor. He was also asked if he has any favorite films in his career. Cage named four.

I thought that Werner [Herzog] and I got up to something special in Bad Lieutenant. Certainly Mike Figgus and I found something pretty emotionally naked in Leaving Las Vegas. I was very happy with Vampire’s Kiss, which in my opinion was almost like an independent laboratory to start realizing some of my more expressionistic dreams with film performance. Then using what I had learned in Vampire’s Kiss and putting it into a very big action movie in the form of Face/Off with John Woo. If you look at those two movies back to back, you can see where I stole from my performance in Vampire’s Kiss.

While I don't think I would ever have named VAMPIRE'S KISS as one of the best films in his career, I am not surprised that Cage selected it. LEAVING LAS VEGAS, FACE/OFF, and BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS are all excellent examples of different phases in Cage's career, but he leaves out some other greats like THE ROCK, RAISING ARIZONA, ADAPTATION, or MATCHSTICK MEN. Hell, he didn't even name CON AIR! Whatever the case, this is definitely the perfect chance for all of you to name your top five Nicolas Cage films and list them in the talk backs below.

THE RUNNER is now playing.

Source: Time

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8:52PM on 08/12/2015
1. Kick-Ass
2. Lord of War
3. Bad Lieutenant
4. Drive Angry
5. Adaption
1. Kick-Ass
2. Lord of War
3. Bad Lieutenant
4. Drive Angry
5. Adaption
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10:13AM on 08/12/2015

Ghost rider: Spirit of vengeance...

....Kidding!!! Here goes:
1. Face/Off
2. Matchstick men
3. Family man
4. Adaptation
5. Leaving Las Vegas
....Kidding!!! Here goes:
1. Face/Off
2. Matchstick men
3. Family man
4. Adaptation
5. Leaving Las Vegas
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8:28AM on 08/12/2015
Leaving Las Vegas is a fantastic film, and it's a big part of the reason why Nic Cage is still well thought of regardless of the amount of bad films he's been involved with.
Con Air is kind of a crazy-ass classic too - always fun to watch.
Picking his worst film would be harder, because even in a bad film he's often still entertaining - look at The Wicker Man.
Leaving Las Vegas is a fantastic film, and it's a big part of the reason why Nic Cage is still well thought of regardless of the amount of bad films he's been involved with.
Con Air is kind of a crazy-ass classic too - always fun to watch.
Picking his worst film would be harder, because even in a bad film he's often still entertaining - look at The Wicker Man.
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8:55PM on 08/12/2015
8MM, one of the more depressing watches I've ever had. Cage is good but the movie is just really vile.

The most ironic thing about is thinking about how good a Joel Schumacher Batman movie could have been IF it had been anyware near as dark as some of his other stuff.
8MM, one of the more depressing watches I've ever had. Cage is good but the movie is just really vile.

The most ironic thing about is thinking about how good a Joel Schumacher Batman movie could have been IF it had been anyware near as dark as some of his other stuff.
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7:22AM on 08/12/2015
And Kick-Ass, Red Rock West and Bringing Out The Dead as well
And Kick-Ass, Red Rock West and Bringing Out The Dead as well
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4:16AM on 08/12/2015
Sorry too say not to much too love recently but in his prime was in a few kick ass films. I could easy name a top 10 but my Top 4 The Rock
Face Off
Wild at Heart
Lord of War
Sorry too say not to much too love recently but in his prime was in a few kick ass films. I could easy name a top 10 but my Top 4 The Rock
Face Off
Wild at Heart
Lord of War
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2:52AM on 08/12/2015
My favourite films is without doubt Wild at Heart or The Rock. The Rock came out at a perfect age for me to love it (10 years old) and is maybe the film I have seen the most times. Haven't seen the rest of his films which are considered his best for a long time so itīs hard for me to make a top five. But remember really likeing all the films he named (well Bad Lieutenant is at least ok). Remember really likeing Bringing out the dead for example.
My favourite films is without doubt Wild at Heart or The Rock. The Rock came out at a perfect age for me to love it (10 years old) and is maybe the film I have seen the most times. Haven't seen the rest of his films which are considered his best for a long time so itīs hard for me to make a top five. But remember really likeing all the films he named (well Bad Lieutenant is at least ok). Remember really likeing Bringing out the dead for example.
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1:53AM on 08/12/2015
I've only seen Face/Off out of the 4 he named, but he really has been in some good films also like The Rock, Con Air (even if Malkovich fared better), Raising Arizona, Moonstruck, Lord of War, Gone in 60 Seconds & even the National Treasure films are fun. To me Cage is very much like Tom Cruise in that he gives his all in his performances & I will always be a fan of his. Damn can you imagine Tom Cruise & Nicolas Cage in the same movie?
I've only seen Face/Off out of the 4 he named, but he really has been in some good films also like The Rock, Con Air (even if Malkovich fared better), Raising Arizona, Moonstruck, Lord of War, Gone in 60 Seconds & even the National Treasure films are fun. To me Cage is very much like Tom Cruise in that he gives his all in his performances & I will always be a fan of his. Damn can you imagine Tom Cruise & Nicolas Cage in the same movie?
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1:02AM on 08/12/2015
With the recent statements from Josh Trank disowning his movie, and with previous actors expressing regret for past roles (including Ryan Reynolds making fun of his Green Lantern in the Deadpool trailer), it is refreshing to hear an actor appreciate even his worse movies. It's especially interesting to read about how he considers these roles useful to his growth as an actor, even if that's doubtful. He's done a lot of good along with the bad: Raising Arizona, Leaving Las Vegas, Matchstick
With the recent statements from Josh Trank disowning his movie, and with previous actors expressing regret for past roles (including Ryan Reynolds making fun of his Green Lantern in the Deadpool trailer), it is refreshing to hear an actor appreciate even his worse movies. It's especially interesting to read about how he considers these roles useful to his growth as an actor, even if that's doubtful. He's done a lot of good along with the bad: Raising Arizona, Leaving Las Vegas, Matchstick Men, Kick-Ass, Joe, Face/Off, Lord of War, Adaptation., Bad Lieutenant, most previously mentioned. Besides, he's fun to watch.
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12:51AM on 08/12/2015
surprised he didn't mention Family Man. That was a good film also. My favorite of his is probably a toss up between Raising Arizona, Face Off, The Rock, and Con Air.
surprised he didn't mention Family Man. That was a good film also. My favorite of his is probably a toss up between Raising Arizona, Face Off, The Rock, and Con Air.
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12:15AM on 08/12/2015

I AM Castor Troy!

1. Face/Off
2. The Rock
3. The Weatherman
4. Raising Arizona
5. Con Air
I also enjoy The Family Man, Matchstick Men, Gone in Sixty Seconds, and the National Treasure films.
1. Face/Off
2. The Rock
3. The Weatherman
4. Raising Arizona
5. Con Air
I also enjoy The Family Man, Matchstick Men, Gone in Sixty Seconds, and the National Treasure films.
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11:40PM on 08/11/2015
The Weatherman and Face/Off for me! Love those films.
The Weatherman and Face/Off for me! Love those films.
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12:16AM on 08/12/2015
Remember the tartar sauce!
Remember the tartar sauce!
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11:37PM on 08/11/2015

Let this be a testament to the fact that even though Cage will do anything, he's been in too many great roles!

Leaving Last Vegas
Adaptation
Moonstruck
Raising Arizona
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Bringing Out The Dead
Lord of War
World Trade Center
Knowing
The Rock
Leaving Last Vegas
Adaptation
Moonstruck
Raising Arizona
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Bringing Out The Dead
Lord of War
World Trade Center
Knowing
The Rock
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11:07PM on 08/11/2015
The fact that he didn't name Raising Arizona or Lord of War is truly preposterous...truly.
The fact that he didn't name Raising Arizona or Lord of War is truly preposterous...truly.
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10:53PM on 08/11/2015
In no particular order:
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Joe
Raising Arizona
Face/Off
Leaving Las Vegas

My favorite action movie of his is The Rock, but Face/Off gets the performance edge for getting to watch him and Travolta ape each other's style (easily Travolta's best psycho role, and that's because he kept trying to play Cage). If I were to name all my favorites of his, I'd lose your attention a lot faster. Cage doesn't talk about his work like any other actor. So I cut him
In no particular order:
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Joe
Raising Arizona
Face/Off
Leaving Las Vegas

My favorite action movie of his is The Rock, but Face/Off gets the performance edge for getting to watch him and Travolta ape each other's style (easily Travolta's best psycho role, and that's because he kept trying to play Cage). If I were to name all my favorites of his, I'd lose your attention a lot faster. Cage doesn't talk about his work like any other actor. So I cut him a lot of slack I wouldn't for, say, John Cusack, who recently seems to be going through a lazy period (haven't seen Love and Mercy, heard good things).
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11:04PM on 08/11/2015
Cusack was awful in Dragon Blade. I wonder who would cast him as a Roman General.
Cusack was awful in Dragon Blade. I wonder who would cast him as a Roman General.
9:49PM on 08/11/2015
I'd say Nic Cage's all time best movies are Face / Off and Lord of War.
I'd say Nic Cage's all time best movies are Face / Off and Lord of War.
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9:13PM on 08/11/2015
1. The Rock
2. Con Air
3. Matchstick Men
4. Adaptation
5. Kick Ass

Honorable mentions: Gone in Sixty Seconds, Joe, Bad Lieuteant, Leaving Las Vegas, Raising Arizona, and Bringing Out the Dead.

The guy is still a great actor in the right role with the right material. Would love for maybe Marvel to consider him for Norman Osborne in the new Spider Man MCU films.
1. The Rock
2. Con Air
3. Matchstick Men
4. Adaptation
5. Kick Ass

Honorable mentions: Gone in Sixty Seconds, Joe, Bad Lieuteant, Leaving Las Vegas, Raising Arizona, and Bringing Out the Dead.

The guy is still a great actor in the right role with the right material. Would love for maybe Marvel to consider him for Norman Osborne in the new Spider Man MCU films.
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9:23PM on 08/11/2015
I agree for him as Norman Osborne

just look at the hair

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10:55PM on 08/11/2015
Hopefully he's not deemed too much of a risk for something like that. That would be a dream come true.
Hopefully he's not deemed too much of a risk for something like that. That would be a dream come true.
11:43PM on 08/11/2015
I disagree on him for Osborne. He is too iconic. It's like Christopher Walken.....at this stage in his career (really for the last 15 or so) he is Nick Cage (kind of Crazy Nick Cage) in every film. So him as Norman Osborne would just wind up being the 1000lb Nick Cage in the room.
I disagree on him for Osborne. He is too iconic. It's like Christopher Walken.....at this stage in his career (really for the last 15 or so) he is Nick Cage (kind of Crazy Nick Cage) in every film. So him as Norman Osborne would just wind up being the 1000lb Nick Cage in the room.
8:57PM on 08/11/2015

I agree

I agree with the users below. The Rock and 8MM should be on his list. Come on NIC!
I agree with the users below. The Rock and 8MM should be on his list. Come on NIC!
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8:36PM on 08/11/2015

Nic Cage Top 5

1. The Family Man (I watch it every December)
2. Matchstick Men
3. Leaving Las Vegas
4. Face/Off
5. 8MM
1. The Family Man (I watch it every December)
2. Matchstick Men
3. Leaving Las Vegas
4. Face/Off
5. 8MM
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7:42PM on 08/11/2015
1. Face/Off
2. Raising Arizona
3. 8MM
4. The Rock
5. Matchstick Men
1. Face/Off
2. Raising Arizona
3. 8MM
4. The Rock
5. Matchstick Men
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6:27PM on 08/11/2015
I'm not sure my favorites would be his "best" films, but if I had to pick a top 5:
1. The Family Man
2. Leaving Las Vegas
3. The Rock
4. Gone in 60 Seconds (guilty pleasure)
5. Adaptation
I'm not sure my favorites would be his "best" films, but if I had to pick a top 5:
1. The Family Man
2. Leaving Las Vegas
3. The Rock
4. Gone in 60 Seconds (guilty pleasure)
5. Adaptation
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5:41PM on 08/11/2015

God thats tough!!

The Rock
Face/Off
Con Air
8mm
Kick/Ass
The Rock
Face/Off
Con Air
8mm
Kick/Ass
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