The 5 Greatest Nicolas Cage Films According to Critics

By Adam C. BetterJun 24, 2024 16:00 PMFilms
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The 5 Greatest Nicolas Cage Films
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Celebrated though he may be, Cage's recent years have witnessed a mixture of success and disappointment on the silver screen. Films such as The Wicker Man, Left Behind, and Season of the Witch received lukewarm responses from both audiences and critics. In fact, Cage's filmography is so polarizing that the TV show Community dedicated an entire episode to the debate surrounding his acting prowess. This was reported by SSPDaily.

Given Cage's reputation, it is impossible to compile a list of his notable works without acknowledging his lesser-received films. With that in mind, let us examine the top five films, as determined by Rotten Tomatoes, from Cage's extensive catalog of over 100 movie appearances.

5. Face/Off

Who wouldn't relish watching two iconic actors engage in an extraordinary impersonation battle? John Woo's 1997 action-packed movie, Face/Off, poses this thrilling question as FBI agent John Travolta and terrorist Cage swap faces. Though the plot occasionally lacks coherence, the film compensates with its adrenaline-pumping action sequences.

4. Moonstruck

In the 1987 romantic comedy classic, Moonstruck, Cage captures hearts in his portrayal of a one-handed baker. While this may sound reminiscent of Cage's later peculiar roles, a young Cage exudes genuine emotion and intensity alongside the Oscar-winning performance of Cher.

3. Pig

Pig, released last year, showcases one of Cage's most acclaimed performances. The movie revolves around a truffle hunter determined to retrieve his beloved pig. This seemingly typical Cage project skillfully subverts audience expectations, offering a surprising and profoundly affecting experience within the actor's diverse oeuvre.

2. Red Rock West

Regrettably overlooked, Red Rock West captivates with its intriguing storyline. In this indie gem, Cage's character is mistakenly identified as a hitman, thrusting him into a dangerous world. Originally poised for direct-to-video distribution, this western neo-noir instead achieved recognition at small festivals, though it undoubtedly deserves a wider audience.

1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Cage, an ardent fan of Superman who almost portrayed the Man of Steel himself, ultimately found acclaim in a different superhero universe. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse showcases Cage's remarkable talent as he lends gravitas to a noir interpretation of Peter Parker.

In conclusion, Nicolas Cage has left an indelible mark on cinema with his diverse filmography. While opinions about his performances may differ, these five films exemplify his range and the heights he can attain as an actor. From face-swapping action to heartfelt romances, and from unexpected indie favorites to groundbreaking animated features, Cage possesses a versatile skill set that continues to captivate audiences worldwide.

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