Nicolas Cage has figured in my movie viewing life now and again, as I'm sure he has in yours. Some believe he has "gone Hollywood." I prefer his earlier, mostly comic roles, but some of his more recent films are also appealing. Check out these:
Based on a Philip K. D*ck story, Cage is a Vegas magician whose act conceals his real psychic ability. I enjoyed watching Julianne Moore play a hard-nosed government agent who is determined to tap his powers to save California from a nuclear explosion. This is a fun action movie in spite of the improbable love story with Jessica Alba.
Adaptation (2002) Best Nicolas Cage Movie Ever!
This is Spike Jonze's interpretation of 's book The Orchid Thief, which was a bestseller a few years before the movie. Cage plays real-life director Charlie Kauffman (thanks Mat for pointing this out!--see Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Best Jim Carrey movie ever...Watch it, even if you are not a Carrey fan). Cage also plays Kauffman's twin brother whose spontaneous success torments Charlie as he struggles to write a script. Meryl Streep plays a fictional book researcher who becomes entangled with her subject and provides Kauffman with the answer to his writer's block. Zany, action packed and cerebral: who could ask for more?
Matchstick Men (2003)
Cage plays a con artist suddenly saddled with a teenager interfering with his work. Surprisingly good.
Raising Arizona (1987)
This is one of the best of Cage's earlier movies. Cage's hapless character agrees to steal a baby from a wealthy couple for his unsatisfied wife played by Holly Hunt. Hilarious dialogue and characters make this a standout comedy.
Beloved of the people, this romantic comedy features Cage alongside Cher.
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
Cage plays a small role as Kathleen Turner's less-than-ideal husband. Peggy Sue goes back in time to her 1950s teen years to correct her life circumstances with the benefit of her adult experience. Will she spurn (Cage) in favor of a seemingly better man? This might be a family favorite.
I can leave Cage's other films, but that doesn't mean you have to...We have many of his others such as Disney's National Treasure and National Treasure 2: book of Secrets, critically acclaimed Leaving Las Vegas, Guarding Tess, and Captain Corelli's Mandolin.