Here's Nicolas Cage's Definitive Ranking of Nicolas Cage Movies

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Apr 14, 2023

Maybe he's born with it, maybe it's The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. Nicolas Cage has made his own declaration of independence in the form of selecting what are, in his opinion, the top five Nic Cage movies.

Ranking Nic Pics is an undertaking many film buffs would shudder at the mere thought of, but who better than the man himself to know the true gems in his sprawling IMDb credit list?

While promoting Renfield, the actor was put to task by Stephen Colbert on The Late Show last night (April 13), which marked the host's first time finally meeting Cage. A bit of a weird opener, but Colbert wasted no time getting into the nitty gritty — and neither did the actor.

"I'm gonna start with Pig — that's my favourite movie I've ever made," Cage answered without so much as pausing to pretend to mull it over.

Rapid-fire style, he continued, "I love Mandy, that Panos Cosmatos directed. I love Bringing Out the Dead, that Martin Scorsese directed. I loved Bad Lieutenant, Werner Herzog. I loved a movie called Joe that David Gordon Green directed."

Colbert chimed in, "I'd go Face/Off," to which the actor replied, "Oh, I like that one a lot. I love Face/Off." Cage has even called the 1997 film that he starred in opposite John Travolta his favourite action movie — no wonder he feels no need to join the MCU.

The actor (er, sorry — thespian) went on to give 1997's Vampire's Kiss an honourable mention.

"Vampire's Kiss was a little movie I made where I was able to explore my more abstract dreams with film performance," Cage explained. "I was sadly playing a character who was losing his mind, but he was beginning to think that he was the vampire from the original Nosferatu movie… So I got to act like a German expressionistic silent movie star, and that was cool."

He added, "I was able to use what I learned on this little Vampire's Kiss movie and put it in this giant movie [Face/Off], and it worked!"

Started from the bottom, now we're Dracula.

Watch the full segment below.


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