There are few movie stars more polarizing than Nicolas Cage. From his film debut in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" at the age of 17 until today, the actor has been in 72 movies, some of which are critically-acclaimed — and some of which are hilariously bad.

Like "The Matrix" and "The Lake House" actor Keanu Reeves, Cage's career has been a rollercoaster of hits and misses, although many prefer to focus on the latter of the two. Despite choosing what some consider to be questionable roles, the actor was awarded an Oscar in 1996 for his portrayal of Ben Sanderson in "Leaving Las Vegas" and received a nomination for "Adaptation" later in 2003.

The actor definitely isn't one to pigeonhole himself into a certain character type, and this month we'll be able to see him prove this in three different releases: the crime drama “Dog Eat Dog,” World War II drama “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” and comedy “Army of One.” But before indulging in the Nicolas Cage of today, let's take a look at the Cage of yesterday.

PrettyFamous, an entertainment research site by Graphiq, ranked all of Nicolas Cage's movies from worst to best. His filmography includes anything he's had a role in, whether prominent or small, excluding documentaries and TV movies. To order Cage's films, PrettyFamous ranked them according to their Smart Rating. This is a score out of 100 that takes into account a movie's Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer and Audience Score, IMDb rating, Metacritic Metascore, Gracenote rating and its inflation-adjusted U.S. box office gross. In the case of a tie, the movie with the higher inflation-adjusted U.S. box office gross was favored.


#72 - "Left Behind"

Smart Rating: 28.48

Release year: 2014

Genre: Action, Thriller

An airline pilot (Nicolas Cage) and a journalist (Chad Michael Murray) are among those who must try to make sense of a prophetic event causing millions of people to suddenly vanish.



#71 - "Outcast"

Smart Rating: 29.86

Release year: 2014

Genre: Action, Historical Drama, Martial Arts

A fugitive Chinese prince and his sister enlist the aid of two war-weary Crusaders (Nicolas Cage, Hayden Christensen) to help them defeat their older brother, who murdered their father and seized the throne.



#70 - "Pay the Ghost"

Smart Rating: 30.52

Release year: 2015

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Haunted by eerie images and unexplainable messages, a man (Nicolas Cage) tries to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of his son.




#69 - "Deadfall"

Smart Rating: 30.62

Release year: 1993

Genre: Thriller

A New Yorker (Michael Biehn) heads to California to find the look-alike brother (James Coburn) of his con-man father.



#68 - "Dying of the Light"

Smart Rating: 31.37

Release year: 2014

Genre: Action, Thriller

Forced into retirement and terminally ill, a CIA agent (Nicolas Cage) gets word that his longtime nemesis (Alexander Karim) has resurfaced, so he sets out on a personal mission to kill him.



#67 - "The Wicker Man"

Smart Rating: 31.46

Release year: 2006

Genre: Horror

A lawman (Nicolas Cage) uncovers strange rituals, a sinister harvest festival and possible human sacrifice as he searches for a missing girl on a secluded island.




#66 - "Bangkok Dangerous"

Smart Rating: 32.46

Release year: 2008

Genre: Action, Thriller

On a mission to carry out a series of contract killings, a hit man (Nicolas Cage) becomes a street punk's unlikely mentor and begins a tentative romance with a shop girl.



#65 - "Tokarev"

Smart Rating: 33.05

Release year: 2014

Genre: Thriller, Action

Following the kidnapping and murder of his daughter (Aubrey Peeples), a reformed criminal (Nicolas Cage) returns to his old ways to exact vengeance.




#64 - "Trespass"

Smart Rating: 33.13

Release year: 2011

Genre: Thriller

A husband (Nicolas Cage) and wife's (Nicole Kidman) own deceptions and betrayals come to light when thieves invade their home and hold them hostage.



#63 - "Season of the Witch"

Smart Rating: 33.15

Release year: 2011

Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller

Knights (Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman) escort an accused witch to a remote abbey, where monks will perform a ritual in the hope of ending the pestilence ravaging Europe.



#62 - "Fire Birds"

Smart Rating: 33.37

Release year: 1990

Genre: Action

Army lovers (Nicolas Cage, Sean Young) and their task-force leader (Tommy Lee Jones) join the drug war in Apache assault helicopters.



#61 - "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance"

Smart Rating: 33.39

Release year: 2012

Genre: Action, Fantasy

Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) gets a chance to rid himself of the Ghost Rider curse forever when members of a secret church hire him to save a boy from Satan (Ciarán Hinds).



#60 - "The Runner"

Smart Rating: 33.97

Release year: 2015

Genre: Drama

An embarrassing video threatens the career of an idealistic Louisiana congressman (Nicolas Cage) who dreams of running for the Senate.



#59 - "Seeking Justice"

Smart Rating: 34.38

Release year: 2011

Genre: Thriller, Action, Drama

A stranger (Guy Pearce) approaches a high-school teacher (Nicolas Cage) and offers to punish his wife's (January Jones) attacker.



#58 - "Amos & Andrew"

Smart Rating: 34.76

Release year: 1993

Genre: Comedy

A car thief (Nicolas Cage) helps inept police (Dabney Coleman) when they overreact to reports of a burglar in the home of an author (Samuel L. Jackson) in an exclusive neighborhood.



#57 - "Stolen"

Smart Rating: 35.11

Release year: 2012

Genre: Action, Thriller

A former thief (Nicolas Cage) has just 12 hours to come up with $10 million after his former partner (Josh Lucas) kidnaps his daughter and locks her in a cab.



#56 - "G-Force"

Smart Rating: 35.5

Release year: 2009

Genre: Children, Action, Adventure, Comedy

Armed with the latest high-tech spy equipment, a guinea pig and his team of highly trained rodents hold the fate of the world in their diminutive paws.



#55 - "8MM"

Smart Rating: 35.92

Release year: 1999

Genre: Thriller

A widow hires a man (Nicolas Cage) to identify a teen killed in a snuff film that was stashed in her husband's safe.



#54 - "Ghost Rider"

Smart Rating: 37.01

Release year: 2007

Genre: Action, Fantasy

A motorcycle stuntman (Nicolas Cage) who sold his soul to save a loved one becomes a fiery agent for justice at night in the presence of evil.




#53 - "Christmas Carol: The Movie"

Smart Rating: 37.71

Release year: 2001

Genre: Children, Holiday, Fantasy, Animated

Ebeneezer Scrooge (Simon Callow) is visited by former partner Marley, then the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and an earnest mouse to help him change his cold heart — and his fate — just in time for the holiday.



#52 - "Zandalee"

Smart Rating: 40.47

Release year: 1991

Genre: Drama

An artist (Nicolas Cage) drifts to New Orleans and explores the theme of lust with his poet buddy's (Judge Reinhold) wife (Erika Anderson).



#51 - "Captain Corelli's Mandolin"

Smart Rating: 41.52

Release year: 2001

Genre: Drama, Romance, War

In World War II Greece an Italian officer (Nicolas Cage) falls for a doctor's (John Hurt) daughter (Penélope Cruz) who thinks her fiancée is dead.



#50 - "Trapped in Paradise"

Smart Rating: 42.36

Release year: 1994

Genre: Holiday, Comedy

Local hospitality foils a bank heist by three bumbling brothers (Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey) in Paradise, Pennsylvania, on Christmas Eve.



#49 - "The Trust"

Smart Rating: 42.59

Release year: 2016

Genre: Crime Drama, Thriller

Corrupt cops working in the police department evidence room make plans to rob a vault full of drug money in the back of a convenience store.



#48 - "Sonny"

Smart Rating: 42.89

Release year: 2002

Genre: Drama

Out of the Army, a man (James Franco) resumes his job as a gigolo in New Orleans and meets a call girl (Mena Suvari) who works for his mother (Brenda Blethyn).



#47 - "Knowing"

Smart Rating: 43.22

Release year: 2009

Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller

A professor (Nicolas Cage) and his son obtain an encoded time-capsule document that lists every major disaster over the past 50 years and predicts a future global calamity.



#46 - "Drive Angry"

Smart Rating: 44.06

Release year: 2011

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

A brutal felon escapes from hell and, with police and a satanic henchman on his trail, sets out to avenge his daughter's murder and save his grandchild from bloodthirsty cultists.



#45 - "Next"

Smart Rating: 45.59

Release year: 2007

Genre: Science Fiction, Action

A government agent (Julianne Moore) must capture a clairvoyant (Nicolas Cage) and convince him to help her stop terrorists from detonating a nuclear weapon in Los Angeles.



#44 - "The Boy in Blue"

Smart Rating: 46.19

Release year: 1986

Genre: Biography

A 19th-century promoter (David Naughton) turns backwoods Canadian bootlegger Ned Hanlan (Nicolas Cage) into a world-class rower.



#43 - "Snake Eyes"

Smart Rating: 46.19

Release year: 1998

Genre: Thriller

A corrupt detective (Nicolas Cage) and his Navy friend (Gary Sinise) probe a U.S. official's assassination at an Atlantic City boxing match.



#42 - "Time to Kill"

Smart Rating: 46.19

Release year: 1990

Genre: Drama

A soldier (Nicolas Cage) in Africa leaves his camp in need of a dentist, but an act of passion leads to bizarre events.



#41 - "Windtalkers"

Smart Rating: 48.71

Release year: 2002

Genre: War, Historical Drama

In World War II, a Marine (Nicolas Cage) protects a Navajo recruit (Adam Beach) who transmits messages in his native tongue, confounding Japanese code-breakers.



#40 - "Gone in Sixty Seconds"

Smart Rating: 52.03

Release year: 2000

Genre: Action, Thriller

A former thief (Nicolas Cage) must agree to steal 50 cars in one night to save his brother (Giovanni Ribisi) from being killed by a vehicle smuggler.



#39 - "The Frozen Ground"

Smart Rating: 55.11

Release year: 2013

Genre: Thriller

A teenage escapee (Vanessa Hudgens) provides a critical break in the case, as an Alaskan detective (Nicolas Cage) hunts a serial killer who has been preying on women for 13 years.




#38 - "Astro Boy"

Smart Rating: 57.44

Release year: 2009

Genre: Children, Action, Science Fiction, Animated

Learning that his friends and family are in danger, a robotic child (Freddie Highmore) marshals his incredible powers and returns home to Metro City.




#37 - "National Treasure: Book of Secrets"

Smart Rating: 58.39

Release year: 2007

Genre: Action, Adventure

A page from the diary of John Wilkes Booth implicates Ben Gates' (Nicolas Cage) great-great grandfather as a major conspirator in the assassination of President Lincoln.



#36 - "Vampire's Kiss"

Smart Rating: 60.82

Release year: 1989

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

An uptight New York literary agent (Nicolas Cage) thinks he is a vampire after encounters with a neck-biter (Jennifer Beals) dressed in black.



#35 - "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"

Smart Rating: 62.27

Release year: 2010

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy

A wizard (Nicolas Cage) trains a reluctant protege (Jay Baruchel) in the art of magic to help him protect Manhattan from a powerful adversary (Alfred Molina).



#34 - "National Treasure"

Smart Rating: 63.72

Release year: 2004

Genre: Adventure, Action

An adventurer (Nicolas Cage) must steal the Declaration of Independence and use its hidden map to find a legendary fortune.



#33 - "Honeymoon in Vegas"

Smart Rating: 64.21

Release year: 1992

Genre: Comedy

A Las Vegas gambler (James Caan) wins a Hawaii fling with a private eye's (Nicolas Cage) bride (Sarah Jessica Parker) during a convention of Elvis impersonators.



#32 - "Guarding Tess"

Smart Rating: 67.63

Release year: 1994

Genre: Comedy Drama

A Secret Service agent (Nicolas Cage) is reassigned to protect a defiant former first lady (Shirley MacLaine) at her Ohio home.




#31 - "Kiss of Death"

Smart Rating: 69.53

Release year: 1995

Genre: Crime Drama

An ex-convict (David Caruso) helps an officer (Samuel L. Jackson) try to capture a crime boss (Nicolas Cage) in New York, then deals with the hood on his own terms.



#30 - "The Ant Bully"

Smart Rating: 71.33

Release year: 2006

Genre: Children, Adventure, Fantasy, Animated

Tired of weathering constant attacks on their colony, ants shrink a destructive boy (Zach Tyler Eisen) to their size and sentence him to live among them until he learns the errors of his ways.



#29 - "The Family Man"

Smart Rating: 73.43

Release year: 2000

Genre: Romantic Comedy

A Wall Street playboy (Nicolas Cage) wakes to find himself married to the college sweetheart (Tea Leoni) he left in order to pursue a career 13 years earlier.



#28 - "The Weather Man"

Smart Rating: 77.53

Release year: 2005

Genre: Comedy Drama

A Chicago weather forecaster (Nicolas Cage) tries to mend relations with his father (Michael Caine), his ex-wife (Hope Davis) and his two children.



#27 - "It Could Happen to You"

Smart Rating: 80.58

Release year: 1994

Genre: Romantic Comedy

A New York policeman (Nicolas Cage) keeps his promise to split a $4 million lottery prize with a waitress (Bridget Fonda), but his wife objects.



#26 - "Racing With the Moon"

Smart Rating: 80.83

Release year: 1984

Genre: Romance

Two buddies (Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage) with girlfriends hop trains for kicks before joining the Marines in 1942 California.



#25 - "Con Air"

Smart Rating: 80.96

Release year: 1997

Genre: Action

A wrongly convicted parolee (Nicolas Cage) on a flight with a group of vicious prisoners tries to stop their violent hijacking.



#24 - "World Trade Center"

Smart Rating: 82.56

Release year: 2006

Genre: Drama

Two Port Authority officers (Nicolas Cage, Michael Peña) become trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center after going in to help people escape from the buildings during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.



#23 - "The Cotton Club"

Smart Rating: 83.77

Release year: 1984

Genre: Musical

A cornet player (Richard Gere) escorts gangster Dutch Schultz's girlfriend (Diane Lane) amid gang war in late-1920s Harlem.



#22 - "City of Angels"

Smart Rating: 84.43

Release year: 1998

Genre: Romance

An angel (Nicolas Cage) considers becoming human after falling in love with a Los Angeles heart surgeon (Meg Ryan).



#21 - "Peggy Sue Got Married"

Smart Rating: 84.93

Release year: 1986

Genre: Comedy Drama

A 1985 housewife (Kathleen Turner) passes out at her high-school reunion and wakes up in 1960, in school with her husband-to-be (Nicolas Cage).



#20 - "Welcome to Hollywood"

Smart Rating: 85.01

Release year: 1998

Genre: Comedy

A filmmaker (Adam Rifkin) follows an actor (Tony Markes) from obscurity through unsuccessful aspirations to stardom.


#19 - "Wild at Heart"

Smart Rating: 85.23

Release year: 1990

Genre: Drama

Elvis fan Sailor (Nicolas Cage) and his hotblooded girlfriend Lula (Laura Dern) evade a killer hired by her mother on their way to California.



#17 - "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans"

Smart Rating: 86.09

Release year: 2009

Genre: Crime Drama

A substance-abusing cop (Nicolas Cage) is locked in a downward spiral as he probes the drug-related murders of five illegal immigrants from Senegal.



#16 - "Bringing Out the Dead"

Smart Rating: 86.11

Release year: 1999

Genre: Drama

After too many years on the job, an EMS paramedic (Nicolas Cage) begins an emotional descent during a 56-hour tour.



#15 - "Lord of War"

Smart Rating: 86.51

Release year: 2005

Genre: Drama, Action

A relentless Interpol agent tracks an arms dealer (Nicolas Cage) trying to stay one step ahead of his business rivals.




#14 - "The Rock"

Smart Rating: 86.68

Release year: 1996

Genre: Action

A scientist (Nicolas Cage) and a British spy (Sean Connery) who once escaped from Alcatraz are sent to the former island prison to stop a disgruntled war hero (Ed Harris) from obliterating San Francisco with chemical warheads.



#13 - "Valley Girl"

Smart Rating: 86.7

Release year: 1983

Genre: Romance

A California girl (Deborah Foreman) with a regional dialect falls totally for a punk rocker (Nicolas Cage).



#12 - "Rumble Fish"

Smart Rating: 86.79

Release year: 1983

Genre: Drama

An Oklahoma street fighter (Matt Dillon) looks up to his brother, the Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke).



#11 - "Matchstick Men"

Smart Rating: 87.12

Release year: 2003

Genre: Dark Comedy

After meeting his daughter (Alison Lohman) for the first time, a con man (Nicolas Cage) and his partner (Sam Rockwell) try to swindle a boorish businessman.



#10 - "Joe"

Smart Rating: 87.76

Release year: 2013

Genre: Drama

The rough-hewn boss (Nicolas Cage) of a lumber crew courts trouble when he steps in to protect the youngest member (Tye Sheridan) of his team from an abusive father.



#9 - "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"

Smart Rating: 87.91

Release year: 1982

Genre: Comedy

The teen scene includes a party-animal surfer (Sean Penn), a pregnant girl (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and a fast-food worker (Judge Reinhold).

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#8 - "Kick-Ass"

Smart Rating: 88.11

Release year: 2010

Genre: Action, Comedy

Despite a complete lack of extraordinary powers, a teenager (Aaron Johnson) reinvents himself as a superhero and, together with a father/daughter team of vigilantes, takes on a mob boss.



#7 - "Raising Arizona"

Smart Rating: 88.49

Release year: 1987

Genre: Comedy

A loser (Nicolas Cage) and his wife (Holly Hunter) kidnap a quintuplet from an unfinished-furniture store magnate.



#6 - "Red Rock West"

Smart Rating: 89.19

Release year: 1993

Genre: Crime Drama

A drifter (Nicolas Cage) from Texas drives to Wyoming and meets a bartender who wants him to kill his wife 



#5 - "Birdy"

Smart Rating: 89.91

Release year: 1984

Genre: Drama

A Vietnam veteran (Nicolas Cage) helps his bird-obsessed boyhood buddy (Matthew Modine) in a psychiatric hospit



#4 - "Face/Off"

Smart Rating: 91.07

Release year: 1997

Genre: Action

In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a face-transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a ruthless terrorist.



#3 - "Moonstruck"

Smart Rating: 93.33

Release year: 1987

Genre: Romantic Comedy

An Italian-American widow (Cher), engaged to a reticent suitor, falls in love with his brother (Nicolas Cage).



#2 - "Leaving Las Vegas"

Smart Rating: 93.8

Release year: 1995

Genre: Drama

Intent on drinking himself to death, a man (Nicolas Cage) who has lost everything finds solace with a Las Vegas hooker (Elisabeth Shue).



#1 - "Adaptation"

Smart Rating: 94.08

Release year: 2002

Genre: Comedy Drama, Drama

A screenwriter (Nicolas Cage) asks his identical twin, who is in the same profession, for advice on a story about a serial killer.





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