Oscar-winning actor Nicholas Cage has appeared in everything from the 1982 teen cult classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High to the 2009 talking gerbil movie G-Force.
With over 60 movies to his credit (and several more in production as both an actor and a director), Nick Cage is an easily-recognizable face on the silver screen.
Though he’s been cast lately in family oriented films like National Treasure, The Ant Bully, and the upcoming Sorcerer’s Apprentice, he is probably best known for his oddball, quirky character roles.
Here are five offbeat Nicholas Cage movies to see for the first time or watch over again:
Fifty years after a strange little girl, Lucinda, creates a list of indecipherable numbers to be included in a school time capsule project, astrophysics professor John Koestler (Nicholas Cage), struggling with the death of his wife and raising a young son alone, discovers that the list is a warning of apocalyptic proportions.
All attempts to change the course of history fail and he soon seeks the assistance of Lucinda’s daughter.
Meanwhile, his son and Lucinda’s granddaughter are contacted by whispering mysterious “aliens” and led ever closer to the epicenter of world destruction.
2. Next (2007)
In this suspense thriller, Chris Johnson (Nicholas Cage), a cheesy Las Vegas magician, can see his future only two minutes ahead, except when it includes schoolteacher Liz Cooper (Jessica Biel).
As Chris tells Liz’ ex-boyfriend, he is “her future” and he takes a predestined punch in the face to prove it. When the FBI finds out about Chris’ psychic abilities, they try to enlist him to help track down a kiloton bomb threatening Southern California.
Chris scans all his futures for the best way to keep himself, Liz, and the millions at risk safe. But no matter where he looks, Liz is doomed to die.
In a modern-day cross between It’s A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol, Jack Campbell (Nicholas Cage) is a high-flying executive who works hard and plays harder. He thinks he has it all, but after meeting up with a strange stranger in a convenience store on Christmas Eve, Campbell wakes up the next morning in the bed of the girlfriend he left crying at the airport 13 years before.
Shocked, amazed, and stupefied, Jack struggles with adapting to life as a tire salesman with a wife, children, and a dog.
A technological Freaky Friday of sorts, this John Woo action-adventure has terrorist Nicholas Cage and FBI agent John Travolta swapping faces. Travolta is trying to fool Cage’s paranoid prisoner brother into divulging where a germ warfare weapon is being deployed while Cage is trying to pass himself off as an FBI agent.
Ironically enough, Travolta’s wife suspects Cage’s behavior as he tries to pretend to be her husband because he is too attentive and amorous.
In this Coen Brothers classic, Nicholas Cage plays H.I. McDonough, a small-time criminal who meets his true love Edwina (Holly Hunter) in prison when she snaps his entry mug shots.
After several return incarcerations, H.I. asks correctional officer Ed to marry him and they soon set up house in a trailer out in the middle of the Arizona desert. All is well until Ed finds out she is infertile and begs her tousle-headed husband to steal her a baby.
As she points out, unpainted furniture mogul Nathan Arizona and his wife have more than they can handle, a house full of crawling quintuplets. Escaped convicts, a motorcycle-riding bounty hunter, and a surreal, stylized edge to the cinematography makes this movie an absolute must-see.
Other movies in Nicholas Cage’s hefty repertoire include The Rock (with Sean Connery), Con Air (with a blood-curdling performance by Steve Buscemi), Adaptation (in which Cage plays twin brothers), and Leaving Las Vegas (for which Cage received an Oscar).