Since making his way into the movie business at the beginning of the 1980s, Nicolas Cage has built up a reputation as one of the busiest (and often craziest) actors in Hollywood. His career has seen him take on multiple projects, spanning various different genres, for movies big, small, and everything in between.

His pictures have ranged from action movies, to comic book adventures and horror films. Meanwhile, parts have included Ronny Cammareri in Moonstruck (1987), Castor Troy in Face/Off (1997), and Damon Macready (aka Big Daddy) in Kick-Ass (2010).

But do you know about all of his many, many, many films? Well, if the answer is ‘no’, then don’t worry, because you’re about to.

In this post I am taking a look back at the film career of Nicolas Cage, with a rundown of all his movies. I will be going through his films, decade-by-decade, to showcase all of the pictures in his portfolio.




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Nicolas Cage’s movie career started in the 1980s, with a small role in the 1981 television movie, The Best of Times. For this movie, Cage was credited under his real name, Nicolas Coppola, while playing the character ‘Nicholas’.

From here he appeared in the 1982 comedy, Fast Times at Ridgemont High (where he was also credited as Nicolas Coppola), before moving onto films including Valley Girl, Rumble Fish, and The Cotton Club, where he became known as Nicolas Cage.

As the decade marched on, Cage’s profile began to rise, with notable roles in The Boy in Blue and Peggy Sue Got Married. And then in 1987 he starred opposite Cher in the romantic comedy-drama, Moonstruck.

Nicolas Cage’s movies during the 1980s included:

  • The Best of Times (1981)
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
  • Valley Girl (1983)
  • Rumble Fish (1983)
  • Racing with the Moon (1984)
  • The Cotton Club (1984)
  • Birdy (1984)
  • The Boy in Blue (1986)
  • Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
  • Raising Arizona (1987)
  • Moonstruck (1987)
  • Never on Tuesday (1988)*
  • Vampire’s Kiss (1988)
  • Time to Kill (1989)

*Uncredited role




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Onto the 1990s now, and while the ’80s gave Cage a good start on his movie career, it was this second decade in which he really made his mark. The 1990s is where Cage started to become a household name, with his profile continuing to rise thanks to films such as Honeymoon in Vegas, Guarding Tess, and the lottery rom-com, It Could Happen to You.

In 1995, he starred opposite Elisabeth Shue in the drama, Leaving Las Vegas (which bagged him both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award), then from 1996 onward he led a string of high-profile movies including The Rock, Con Air, Face/Off, City of Angels, Snake Eyes, and 8MM.

Cage’s movies during the 1990s included:

  • Wild at Heart (1990)
  • Wings of the Apache (1990)
  • Industrial Symphony No.1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted (1990)
  • Zandalee (1991)
  • Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)
  • Amos & Andrew (1993)
  • Red Rock West (1993)
  • Deadfall (1993)
  • Guarding Tess (1994)
  • It Could Happen to You (1994)
  • Trapped in Paradise (1994)
  • Kiss of Death (1995)
  • Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
  • The Rock (1996)
  • Con Air (1997)
  • Face/Off (1997)
  • City of Angels (1998)
  • Snake Eyes (1998)
  • 8MM (1999)
  • Bringing Out the Dead (1999)



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Onto the 2000s, and with the actor continuing to remain popular with audiences, Cage cropped up in film, after film, after film. He appeared in a multiple new movies across every year of the ’00s, with some of these parts being voice overs in animated pictures.

Notable movies in this decade include Gone in Sixty Seconds, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, and Bangkok Dangerous. This decade also saw Cage play the title character in Marvel’s Ghost Rider, and play the part of Ben Gates in two National Treasure movies.

Nicolas Cage’s films throughout the 2000s included:

  • Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
  • The Family Man (2000)
  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001)
  • A Christmas Carol (2001)
  • Sonny (2002)
  • Adaptation (2002)
  • Matchstick Men (2003)
  • National Treasure (2004)
  • Lord of War (2005)
  • The Weather Man (2005)
  • The Ant Bully (2006)
  • World Trade Center (2006)
  • The Wicker Man (2006)
  • Ghost Rider (2007)
  • Grindhouse (2007)*
  • Next (2007)
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
  • Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
  • Knowing (2009)
  • G-Force (2009)
  • Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
  • Astro Boy (2009)

*Uncredited role




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Into the 2010s, and this is where things got a little crazy. While Cage was always known for taking on a lot of work, it was in this decade that he started to take on such a high volume of projects, that often it became a case of ‘quantity’ over ‘quality’.

While he continued to star in big movies, including Kick-Ass and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, he also appeared in less than successful pictures such as Outcast and 211. His film output during this decade was so extensive that he appeared in 40 films, including five movies a year in 2011 and 2016, and six movies a year in 2017, 2018, and 2019!

Cage’s movies in the 2010s included:

  • Kick-Ass (2010)
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)
  • Season of the Witch (2011)
  • Drive Angry (2011)
  • Justice (2011)
  • Trespass (2011)
  • Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
  • Stolen (2012)
  • The Frozen Ground (2013)
  • The Croods (2013)
  • Joe (2013)
  • Tokarev (2014)
  • Outcast (2014)
  • Left Behind (2014)
  • Dying of the Light (2014)
  • The Runner (2015)
  • Pay the Ghost (2015)
  • The Trust (2016)
  • Dog Eat Dog (2016)
  • Snowden (2016)
  • USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)
  • Army of One (2016)
  • Southern Fury (2017)
  • Vengeance: A Love Story (2017)
  • Inconceivable (2017)
  • Mom and Dad (2017)
  • The Humanity Bureau (2017)
  • Dark (2017)
  • Mandy (2018)
  • Looking Glass (2018)
  • 211 (2018)
  • Teen Titans GO! to the Movies (2018)
  • Between Worlds (2018)
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
  • A Score to Settle (2019)
  • Color Out of Space (2019)
  • Running with the Devil (2019)
  • Kill Chain (2019)
  • Primal (2019)
  • Grand Isle (2019)



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And finally, into the 2020s now, and Cage continues to front a huge number of films. He kicked the decade off with Jiu Jitsu and the animated movie, The Croods: A New Age, before popping up in films such as Willy’s Wonderland, Pig, and the horror-comedy, Renfield.

Nicolas Cage’s movies in the 2020s include:

  • Jiu Jitsu (2020)
  • The Croods: A New Age (2020)
  • Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021)
  • Willy’s Wonderland (2021)
  • Pig (2021)
  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022)
  • Butcher’s Crossing (2022)
  • The Old Way (2023)
  • Renfield (2023)
  • The Retirement Plan (2023)
  • Sympathy for the Devil (2023)


So, those are all the Nicolas Cage movies, but what are your favourites? Are you a fan of Leaving Las Vegas or is Willy’s Wonderland your No.1 movie? Perhaps Kick-Ass is the film for you, or possibly Ghost Rider?

Whatever your favourite Nicolas Cage movie, be sure to drop a comment below.


And if you are a fan of Nicolas Cage you might like to know that many of his hit movies are available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray, including one of his oft-overlooked, but truly enjoyable films, The Weather Man.

If you’ve not watched The Weather Man before, the film borrows heavily from the classic picture, It’s A Wonderful Life, to tell a tale about a weatherman who is in the midst of a mid-life crisis.

The Weather Man DVD is available from all good entertainment stockists, including Amazon US and Amazon UK.


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