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From Face Off to The Croods: Here are some Nicolas Cage movies to celebrate the actor’s birthday

Here are some Nicolas Cage movies to celebrate the actor's birthday 

  • Akshay Krishna

  • OTTplay

Last Updated: 04.34 AM, Jan 07, 2022


Nicolas Cage is an actor who has been around the block for decades now and has impressed as well as disappointed fans with his performances. Having had his ups and downs in his career, the actor has won an Academy Award for Best Actor as well as been nominated for Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Actor. Often criticized for his bizarre, over the top and ecstatic acting, there is no denying the versatility of Cage, having appeared in movies across the genres. 

As the actor celebrates his 58th birthday, here are some of the more memorable movies of the actor that are available to stream on OTT platforms.

Leaving Las Vegas
Based on the novel by John O'Brien, Leaving Las Vegas is a career defining movie for Cage, with his performance as Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic screenwriter who comes to Las Vegas to drink himself to death, winning him an Academy Award for Best Actor. The movie is a description of alcoholism, as Sanderson meets a prostitute in Las Vegas, whom he falls in love with. A must watch film, Leaving Las Vegas is a story of love and life that can sometimes be too hard to sit through.
Raising Arizona
Written and directed by the Coen Brothers, Raising Arizona is another movie that is a highlight of Cage’s career. With the Coens providing a hilarious comedy that would later become a classic, the movie follows Herbert McDunnough (Cage) and Edwina McDunnough (Holly Hunter), a childless couple who kidnap a child from a wealthy family. The movie has all the ingredients of a Coen Brothers film and a strong performance from Cage.
Face/Off is one of the more famous movies of Cage, and is considered as a great action movie. With Cage playing a terrorist named Castor Troy and John Travolta playing his nemesis FBI agent Sean Archer, this John Woo thriller takes the sci-fi root as the two people switch faces and have to live each others’ lives. Packed with action and thrills as only John Woo can deliver, Face/Off also feeds of a bizarre yet fantastic performance from Cage, which is now a fan-favourite even after all these years.
Con Air
Another Nicolas Cage movie that is watched and rewatched after so many years of its release, Con Air is an action thriller that stays true to its genre. Cage plays Cameron Poe, an Army Ranger who is imprisoned for defending his wife and is now aboard a prison plane which is hijacked by a group of psychopaths. Poe decides to help the authority from the inside with the promise of seeing his family again. The movie is chaotic and loud, yet Cage delivers a rather subdued performance with a makeover that is remembered to this day. If you are looking for an action flick to keep yourself busy, this is the movie to watch.
National Treasure
National Treasure might not be one of the most powerful films in Cage’s filmography, nor one that has a fanbase like the others, but the movie is still a good watch, with its moments of thrill, action and adventure. Cage plays Benjamin Franklin Gates, a historian who is looking to find the hidden Freemason’s treasure, but runs into trouble on the way. With high entertainment value, National Treasure offers a fun watch.
The Croods
Nicolas Cage has proved he can do every film genre and The Croods certified him as a voice actor. The animation comedy from DreamWorks Animation has an interesting setting, with it telling the story of The Croods, a family of cave people who try to survive in the harsh and dangerous prehistoric lands. With Cage leading the family, the movie also stars Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Catherine Keener. A fun movie to watch,The Croods is a movie you won't regret watching.

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