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8 Great Nicolas Cage Movies You Can Stream Right Now

Jake Rossen
Nicolas Cage stars in 'Pig' (2021)
Nicolas Cage stars in 'Pig' (2021) / Neon
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Few actors use their instruments as intensely as Nicolas Cage. From his earliest onscreen appearances in films like 1983's Valley Girl and 1987’s Moonstruck, Cage has been an uninhibited presence in cinema. Sometimes his choices are irreverent, as in 1997's Face/Off and his manic Castor Troy. Others, like 1995’s Leaving Las Vegas, have earned him critical acclaim (and even a Best Actor Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas).

If you’re in the mood to see Cage commit wholeheartedly to a role, check out these eight films currently streaming.

1. Next (2007)

Cage goes the sci-fi route in this thriller about a stage magician named Cris Johnson who has precognitive abilities—he can see things exactly two minutes before they happen. It’s a skill that proves handy for his career, but also puts him in the crosshairs of both the federal government and terrorists. Next is ostensibly based on a 1954 Philip K. Dick short story, “The Golden Man,” but the two plots bear little resemblance to one another. In Dick’s story, a mutant persecuted by society can see far enough into the future to elude his would-be captors. (Dick’s work has also inspired 1982’s Blade Runner and 2002’s Minority Report, among others.)

Watch It: HBO Max

2. The Rock (1996)

Cage teams with Sean Connery to take down special forces terrorist Ed Harris in Alcatraz. Director Michael Bay shot much of the film on the actual island, where Connery insisted on having a cabin so he wouldn't have to travel back and forth to set.

Watch It: Prime Video

3. Pig (2021)

Cage turns in one of his most acclaimed performances as a onetime star chef in Portland who retreats to the Oregon wilderness. When his beloved truffle pig is stolen, he returns to the world he left behind. Cage has said he stepped into Portland eateries while in his blood-caked costume and no one uttered a word about it.

Watch It: Hulu

4. The Frozen Ground (2013)

Cage plays it (relatively) straight as an Alaska state trooper tasked with hunting down serial killer Robert Hansen (John Cusack) in the frozen tundra in this fact-based thriller. The real Hansen (who died in prison in 2014) displayed some alarming behavior early on: At age 21, he burned down a school bus garage after reportedly being turned down for dates in high school.

Watch It: Netflix

5. Willy’s Wonderland (2021)

Cage gets into a faux Five Nights at Freddy’s situation in this low-budget effort. As an unnamed and nonverbal drifter, Cage agrees to spend the night cleaning up a dilapidated Chuck E. Cheese-type restaurant—right around the same time the animatronics turn homicidal. To survive, Cage needs to defend himself against the likes of Willy the Weasel and Ozzy the Ostrich. (Writer G.O. Parsons originally scripted one line for Cage’s character during the climactic battle: “Come at me, bro.” Cage declined to say it.)

Watch It: Hulu

6. Joe (2013)

Cage dons a beard (and with it, a layer of subtlety) as a logger who takes a risk by protecting a young man (Tye Sheridan) from his abusive father. Director David Gordon Green went on to helm the current Halloween (2018-2022) trilogy and will reboot another horror classic, The Exorcist, next.

Watch It: HBO Max

7. Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)

Cage pre-empts the Fast and the Furious franchise as a car thief who needs to get back into the life to rescue his brother from a criminal organization. As you'll hear in the trailer (above), Gone in 60 Seconds is one of the few films to utilize a female voice as a narrator (Melissa Disney).

Watch It: Prime Video

8. National Treasure (2004)

Cage takes a family-friendly turn as Benjamin Franklin Gates, who discovers a map on the back of the Declaration of Independence, which leads to a vast fortune accumulated by Freemasons. Director Jon Turteltaub and Cage go back ages: The two were high school classmates at Beverly Hills High. The 2007 sequel, National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets, is also streaming on Disney+.

Watch It: Disney+

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