The Best Nicolas Cage Movies (and Where To Stream Them)

One moment, he’s starring in a critically acclaimed movie that earns him several prestigious award nominations.  In the next, he’s stinking it up with a hamfisted performance that practically no one, not even Nick Cage himself, will enjoy seeing. 

It’s this mystery about Nicolas Cage that might account for the reason he remains so relevant today. He just feels like a different kind of performer. He's fearless, driven, and wants to take any and all roles thrown at him, defying any attempts by the media or award circuits to label him as a major box office draw or the star of a flop waiting to happen. 

Raising Arizona

The second film made by the now iconic Coen brothers, Raising Arizona tells the story of Hi’s attempts to leave his criminal lifestyle behind when he meets and falls in love with one of his arresting officers, Edwina (Helen Hunt). 

Not currently streaming, but available to rent online. 

Moonstruck

Cage’s performance as Johnny might be a little campy at times—in some instances, he seems almost to be lapsing into his best Marlon Brando impression—but the energy he brings to certain scenes makes this movie, as does his remarkable chemistry with Cher, who also shines bright in the film. 

Streaming on HBO Max. 

Leaving Las Vegas

Cage’s first and only Oscar win came in 1996, with his performance as depressed, alcoholic screenwriter Ben Sanderson, who travels to Las Vegas after losing his job, his family, and all his friends and who now plans to drink himself to death. 

Streaming on Prime Video 

Face/Off

It takes true acting chops to play two roles—the protagonist and antagonist, no less—as well as Cage does here, and it’s an ode to his fluidity as an actor able to switch from camp to dire seriousness in a heartbeat. 

Streaming on Prime Video 

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