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Cage’s middle ground: Films ranked 26-50

November 16, 2016

#50. “Trapped in Paradise”

Smart Rating: 42.36Release year: 1994Genre: Holiday, ComedyLocal 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: 2016Genre: Crime Drama, ThrillerCorrupt 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: 2002Genre: DramaOut 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: 2009Genre: Science Fiction, ThrillerA 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: 2011Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, ThrillerA 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: 2007Genre: Science Fiction, ActionA 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: 1986Genre: BiographyA 19th-century promoter (David Naughton) turns backwoods Canadian bootlegger Ned Hanlan (Nicolas Cage) into a world-class rower.

#43. “Snake Eyes”

Smart Rating: 46.19Release year: 1998Genre: ThrillerA 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: 1990Genre: DramaA 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: 2002Genre: War, Historical DramaIn 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: 2000Genre: Action, ThrillerA 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: 2013Genre: ThrillerA 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: 2009Genre: Children, Action, Science Fiction, AnimatedLearning 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: 2007Genre: Action, AdventureA 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: 60.82Release year: 1989Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, MysteryAn 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: 2010Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, ComedyA 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: 2004Genre: Adventure, ActionAn 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: 1992Genre: ComedyA 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: 1994Genre: Comedy DramaA 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: 1995Genre: Crime DramaAn 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: 2006Genre: Children, Adventure, Fantasy, AnimatedTired 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: 2000Genre: Romantic ComedyA 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: 77.53Release year: 2005Genre: Comedy DramaA 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: 1994Genre: Romantic ComedyA 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: 1984Genre: RomanceTwo buddies (Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage) with girlfriends hop trains for kicks before joining the Marines in 1942 California.