Top 5 Unmissable Nicolas Cage Performances

May 20, 2022
To celebrate the release of ‘Unbearable Weight’, we’re looking at 5 of the best Nicolas Cage performances from his storied career.

Whether it’s drinking a little too much in Las Vegas or dropping huge amounts on obscure items, it seems Nicolas Cage is always in the news. With his latest, self-aware, post-modern film, ‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’, this seems truer than ever. The beloved cult icon has always been in the public eye, though his career seemed to wane in the 2010s with the Oscar-winning actor starring in a series of back-to-back low-quality direct-to-video features.

Thankfully, with the release of 2019’s ‘Color Out of Space’, ‘2021’s ‘Pig’ and 2022’s ‘Unbearable Weight’, it seems like he’s back in the spotlight and clear of the debt that tied him to such unpromising productions. Let’s look back at 5 of the performances that helped to mold his unique screen presence and dedicated following.

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

After a string of middling titles, Cage found himself starring in ‘Peggy Sue Got Married’, directed by his uncle Francis Ford Coppola (‘The Godfather’, ‘Apocalypse Now’) and starring alongside Kathleen Turner. Although Cage had a small role in the Coppola directed ‘Rumble Fish’, it was ‘Peggy Sue Got Married’ that gave him the opportunity to impress his uncle. Donning a haircut that would upstage Elvis and a nasal affectation, Nicolas Cage sees that you’ll never get bored watching this sweet but strange coming-of-age flick.

Wild at Heart (1990)

Next up, we have Nicolas Cage’s collaboration with David Lynch, 1990’s ‘Wild at Heart’. Right before ‘Twin Peaks’ would become a staple of TV entertainment, Lynch directed this stylish, nostalgic, and passionate movie. Cage stars alongside Laura Dern’s Lulu as Sailor Ripley, a brash lover whose slick snakeskin jacket is a “symbol of [his] individuality” and his ‘belief in personal freedom’. Some highlights include Cage singing Elvis’ ‘Love Me’ to Laura Dern in a crowded nightclub and later fighting a group of obnoxious street punks. ‘With a particularly slimy supporting performance from Willem Dafoe, this quirky, offbeat love story is a must for Cage fans.

Deadfall (1993)

Directed and written by Cage’s older brother, Christopher Coppola, 1993’s ‘Deadfall’ features one of the most audacious and eccentric performances in his entire career. Starring alongside Michael Biehn (‘The Terminator’, ‘Aliens’) as the one-and-only Eddie King, this strange, uneven movie performed very poorly at the box office and with critics, but Cageheads know it as a forgotten classic with a Cage so pumped up and electric that you simply can’t take your eyes off him. The rest of the film is pretty lousy, but it’s definitely worth seeing Eddie King, Cage’s craziest creation, who later got a sequel in 2017’s ‘Arsenal’.

Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

The film that won Cage his sole Best Actor Oscar, ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ tells the story of failed screenwriter Ben Sanderson’s decline into all-consuming alcoholism. Deciding he’s had enough and ready to give up, he packs his bags and heads for Las Vegas, seeking to go out in a blaze of drunken debauchery. When he meets Sera (Elisabeth Shue), a down-on-her-luck prostitute in need of some non-abusive company, the two form a tragic, ultimately doomed relationship, where she promises ‘never to stop [him] from drinking’.

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Snake Eyes (1998)

Finally, we have 1998’s ‘Snake Eyes’, directed by Brian De Palma. This pacy, kinetic movie stars Nicolas Cage as Rick Santoro, a corrupt Atlanta City cop who finds himself embroiled in a murder case at a high-profile boxing match. There’s much riding on this massive event, which means this confident, self-assured character is high on tension and pressure, always a good thing for a Cage performance. Exciting and dynamic, this performance is definitely the highlight of this stylish thought somewhat hollow late-90s thriller.


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