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10 Best and Worst Nicolas Cage Movies

After watching every single one of Nick Cage's movies, I felt it best to share what I thought were the best and worst of them.

10. Peggy Sue Got Married
Plot: Peggy Sue faints at a High school reunion. When she wakes up she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.

Review: Not funny. Peggy Sue is annoying as she gets another chance at life, but relishes the past. Nick is obnoxious here. The story doesn't go anywhere.

9. Kiss of Death
Plot: A reformed convict goes undercover with the help of an angry detective to ensnare a psychotic mobster.

Review: Has the most uncharismatic, uninteresting, unlikeable, untalented lead ever. (Not Cage) Cheesy and ridiculous.

8. Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Plot: When a fisherman leaves to fight with the Greek army during WWII, his fiancee falls in love with the local Italian commander.

Review: Lame. Cage's fake Italian accent and mannerisms are very unintentionally laughable; the pace was just so slow. Love story between two people with nothing in common.

7. Amos & Andrew
Plot: When Andrew Sterling, a successful black urbanite writer buys a vacation home on a resort in New England the police mistake him for a burglar.

Review: A movie which revolves around racism as it's plot. Bad chemistry between the actors and the conclusion was silly.

6. Sonny
Plot: New Orleans, 1981. Sonny Phillips, just discharged from the Army, returns home. The only life he's known is as a gigolo.

Review: No direction to this movie. Lots of overacting which doesn't fit the story. Shallow and superficial characters.

5. The Boy in Blue
Plot: Based on the life of Ned Hanlan, the late-19th century Canadian sculler and world champion.

Review: Tries to be a typical drama/action movie, but is actually very boring. Only watchable if you like rowing and are very bored.

4. Fire Birds
Plot: The U.S. Government is willing to help any country that requires help in ridding themselves of drugs with support from the Army.

Review: Top Gun rip off with helicopters. One dimensional characters. You have to suspend reality and common sense to watch this.

3. Vampire's Kiss
Plot: After an encounter with a neck-biter, a publishing executive thinks that he's turning into a vampire.

Review: Vampire movie that doesn't go anywhere. Horrible story, horrible acting. Cage's kooky performance is the only thing which makes it merely a bad movie.

2. Deadfall
Plot: After he accidentally kills his father, Mike, during a sting, Joe tries to carry out Mike's dying wish.

Review: Pretty torturous to watch this movie. And I actually like Michael Biehn. One of those bad B-movies. Dialogue was atrocious.

1. The Wicker Man
Plot: Sheriff investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a small island discovers there's a larger mystery to solve among the island's secretive, neo-pagan community.

Review: Maybe the worst movie ever. Worst plot in the history of cinema. A terrible *remake* of the worst "horror" movie in history. Poor Nick bent over for this one.

10. The Weather Man
Plot: Dave Spritz has a decent career as a weatherman in Chicago. His personal life is a mess, his father is dying, his ex-kids are not the brightest kids in the world, and his wife isn't fond of him. Dave attempts to cope with all his problems.

Review: Pretty underrated. People thought this was a comedy because of the trailer. Michael Caine does a good job. Just a movie about the ups and downs of life.

9. Snake Eyes
Plot: After the assassination of a prominent political official at a major boxing match, a corrupt cop must solve the crime to protect his friend, who was overseeing protection of the fallen. But what the cop uncovers is a conspiracy connected to everyone that was at the boxing match that night.

Review: Visually stunning. A good, complex story even if it isn't original. Well made with great directing. Gripping and involving all the way through.

8. 8MM
Plot: A plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. Welles relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. His work turns into obsession.

Review: Surprisingly good. Shows a lot of smut for a mainstream movie. Acting is good even by crazy Joaquin Phoenix. Both interesting and shocking.

7. Next
Plot: Chris Johnson can see a few minutes into the future. When a terrorist group threatens to detonate a nuclear device in Los Angeles, government agent Callie Ferris must use all her wiles to capture Cris and convince him to help her stop the cataclysm.

Review: Great cast. Deeply absorbing movie. You get to see many different consequences to an action. Twist ending which was just okay. Doesn't focus much on the bad guys at all.

6. Con Air
Plot: Cameron Poe is a highly decorated military officer who is sent to prison because of killing a man while defending his wife. Seven years later, he is granted a parole. He is put on a plane with many other convicts. Everything looks smooth until one of the convicts, breaks out of his restraints and takes control of the plane.

Review: Entertaining action movie. Good story, good humor. Plot moves quickly. Keeps trying to out due itself in action. Has several A-Team like moments.

5. Gone in 60 Seconds
Plot: Raines must return to the world of auto theft after his brother breaches a contract with a Russian crime lord to deliver high end cars. Raines must get a gang together for a one night 'boost' to grab all the cars while avoiding apprehension.

Review: I like the soundtrack and the quit editing. I'm not a big car person, but even they were interesting. Great performances and the beginning sets up the rest of the movie wonderfully.

4. The Family Man
Plot: On Christmas Eve, two days before he pulls off a multi-billion-dollar merger, Wall Street hot-shot Jack Campbell gets a phone message from a woman he almost married 13 years before. Christmas morning, Jack wakes up next to his old girlfriend, in some sort of parallel universe, in a 12-year marriage.

Review: Very cute story about a man who gets a second chance at a different life. Brilliantly cast. Cage gets to show off his duel personality.

3. National Treasure 1/2
Plot: Gates has known that he is descended from a long line of people whose job is to guard a treasure hidden by the Founding Fathers, who hid clues to its whereabouts in the country's currency and on the back of the Declaration of Independence. Now, he has learned of a plot to steal the Declaration, and has only one option: steal it himself.

Review: Fun family movie. Easy to follow. Cross between an Oceans 11 and an typical action movie. May teach you some history in the process.

2. Face/Off
Plot: Sean Archer is a government agent whose son was killed in a terrorist act by Castor Troy. Sean takes on the face of Castor in a plot to bring down a terrorist group. However, Castor, who was believed dead but merely in a coma, wakes up and does the same. Soon, they are pitted against one another.

Review: Cool action movie. Plot and directing both superb. Interesting movie with a fast pace. Great acting. You do need to suspend reality for a bit.

1. The Rock
Plot: A group of U.S. marines, under command of a renegade general, take over Alcatraz and threat San Francisco Bay with biological weapons. A chemical weapons specialist and the only man to have ever escaped from the Rock are the only ones who can prevent chaos.

Review: Awesome action, adventure movie which keeps you entertained until the end. Both Connery and Cage are amazing. Good special effects, intrigue and character development.


  1. Wow two years later, half the list of bad movies might be replaced by newer ones.

    Next and Face Off probably too high...
    Amos & Andrew and Firebirds possibly too low.


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