Nicolas Cage


Nicolas Kim Coppola (born January 7, 1964), known professionally as Nicolas Cage, is an American actor. He’s a member of the Coppola family, his uncle being Academy Award winning filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola (who’s children Roman and Sofia, and granddaughter Gia are also filmmakers), his aunt is actress Talia Shire (who’s son is actor Jason Schwartzman). His stage name is taken from Marvel superhero Luke Cage.

In the 80’s, Cage starred in a variety of films such as Coppola’s Rumble Fish (1983), with Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Vincent Spano, Diane Lane, Diana Scarwid, Dennis Hopper, and Laurence Fishburne; Martha Coolidge’s Valley Girl (1983), with Deborah Foreman; Richard Benjamin‘s Racing with the Moon (1984), with Sean Penn and Elizabeth McGovern; Alan Parker’s Birdy (1984), with Matthew Modine and Bruno Kirby; Coppola’s Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), with Kathleen Turner, Jim Carrey, John Carradine, and Helen Hunt; Joel & Ethan Coen‘s Raising Arizona (1987), with Holly Hunter, John Goodman, and William Forsythe, and Frances McDormand; Norman Jewson’s Moonstruck (1987), with Cher, Vincent Gardenia, Olympia Dukakis, and Danny Aiello; Robert Bierman’s Vampire’s Kiss (1989), with María Conchita Alonso, Jennifer Beals and Elizabeth Ashley.

In the early 90’s, Cage starred in such films as David Lynch‘s Wild at Heart (1990), with Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Willem Dafoe, Harry Dean Stanton, and Isabella Rossellini; David Green’s Fire Birds (1990), with Tommy Lee Jones and Sean Young; Andrew Bergman’s Honeymoon in Vegas (1992), with James Caan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Pat Morita, and Anne Bancroft; John Dahl’s Red Rock West (1993), with Lara Flynn Boyle, J.T. Walsh, Hopper, and Dwight Yoakam; Christopher Coppola’s Deadfall (1993), with Michael Biehn, James Coburn, and Charlie Sheen; Hugh Wilson’s Guarding Tess (1994), with Shirley MacLaine and Austin Pendleton; Bergman’s It Could Happen to You (1994), with Bridget Fonda and Rosie Perez; and Barbet Schroeder’s Kiss of Death (1995), with David Caruso and Samuel L. Jackson.

Cage received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance as an alcoholic Hollywood writer in Mike Figgis’s Leaving Las Vegas (1995) with Elizabeth Shue, before coming to the attention of wider audiences with mainstream films, such as The Rock (1996), with Sean Connery and Ed Harris; Simon West’s Con Air (1997), with John Cusack, John Malkovich, and Steve Buscemi; John Woo‘s Face/Off (1997), with John Travolta; Brian De Palma‘s Snake Eyes (1998), with Gary Sinise and Carla Gugino; Brad Silberling’s City of Angels (1998), with Meg Ryan; and Joel Schumacher‘s 8mm (1999), with Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Peter Stormare, and Anthony Heald.

Cage earned his second Academy Award nomination for his performance as Charlie and Donald Kaufman in Spike Jonze’s Adaptation (2002), with Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper. He made his directorial debut with the film Sonny (2002), with James Franco, Brenda Blethyn, and Seymour Cassel, for which he was nominated for Grand Special Prize at Deauville Film Festival. He owns the production company Saturn Films and has produced films such as Shadow of the Vampire (2000), with Malkovich, Dafoe, Udo Kier, Carey Elwes, and Eddie Izard; and The Life of David Gale (2003), with Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, and Laura Linney.

He also appeared in Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), with Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Christopher Eccleston, Robert Duvall, Vinnie Jones, Delroy Lindo, Chi McBride, and Will Patton; Ridley Scott‘s Matchstick Men (2003), with Alison Lohman and Sam Rockwell; National Treasure (2004), with Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel, and Christopher Plummer; Andrew Nicoll’s Lord of War (2005), with Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto, and Ian Holm; Gore Verbinski’s The Weatherman (2005), with Hope Davis, Nicholas Hoult, and Michael Caine; Neil LaBute’s The Wicker Man (2006), with Ellen Burstyn; Ghost Rider (2007), with Eva Mendes, Sam Elliott, and Peter Fonda; Next (2007), with Julianne Moore; Alex Proyas’s Knowing (2009), with Rose Byrne; and Werner Herzog‘s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009), with Mendes and Val Kilmer.

In the 2010s, he starred in Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass (2010), with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse; Patrick Lussier’s Drive Angry (2012), with Amber Heard, William Fichtner, and Billy Burke; David Gordon Green’s Joe (2013), with Tye Sheridan; Alex & Benjamin Brewer’s The Trust (2016), with Elijah Wood and Jerry Lewis; Paul Schrader’s Dog Eat Dog (2016), with Dafoe; Inconceivable (2017), with Gershon, Faye Dunaway, Nicky Whelan, and Natalie Eva Marie; Brian Taylor’s Mom and Dad (2018), with Selma Blair and Lance Henriksen; Panos Cosmatos’s Mandy (2018), with Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Ned Dennehy, Olwen Fouéré, Richard Brake, and Bill Duke; Richard Stanley’s Color Out of Space (2019), Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur, Q’orianka Kilcher and Tommy Chong; and narrated the documentary Love, Antosha (2019), about the life of actor Anton Yelchin, who died in 2016 at age 27.

Films in the 2020’s include Jiu Jitsu (2020), with Alain Moussi, Frank Grillo, JuJu Chan, and Tony Jaa; Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021), with Sofia Boutella and Bill Moseley; Willy’s Wonderland (2021), with Emily Tosta, Ric Reitz, Chris Warner, Kai Kadlec, Christian Del Grosso, Caylee Cowan, Terayle Hill, Jonathan Mercedes, David Sheftell, and Beth Grant; Pig (2021), with Alex Wolf and Adam Arkin; The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022), with Pedro Pascal, Sharon Horgan, Ike Barinholtz, Alessandra Mastronardi, Jacob Scipio, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tiffany Haddish; Butcher’s Crossing (2022), with Fred Hechinger, Rachel Keller, Jeremy Bobb, Xander Berkeley, and Paul Raci; The Old Way (2023), with Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Noah Le Gros, Clint Howard, Kerry Knuppe, Nick Searcy, and Shiloh Fernandez; Renfield (2923), with Holt, Awkwafina, Ben Schwartz, Adrian Martinez, and Shohreh Aghdashloo.

Cage has also voiced such characters as caveman patriarch Grug in The Croods (2013), with Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, and Cloris Leachman; and the sequel The Croods: A New Age (2020), with Peter Dinklage, Leslie Mann, and Kelly Marie Tran joining the cast; Superman in the DC superhero film Teen Titans GO! to the Movies (2018), with Will Arnett, Kristen Bell, Patton Oswalt; and Spider-Man Noir in the Marvel superhero film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), with Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, and Liev Schreiber

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) – directed by Amy Heckerling – credited as Nicolas Coppola
  • Valley Girl (1983) – directed by Martha Coolidge
  • Rumble Fish (1983) – directed by Francis Ford Coppola
  • Racing with the Moon (1984) – directed by Richard Benjamin
  • The Cotton Club (1984) – directed by Francis Ford Coppola
  • Birdy (1984) – directed by Alan Parker
  • The Boy in Blue (1986) – directed by Charles Jarrott
  • Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) – Francis Ford Coppola
  • Raising Arizona (1987) – Joel & Ethan Coen
  • Moonstruck (1987) – directed by Norman Jewison
  • Vampire’s Kiss (1989) – directed by Robert Bierman
  • Never on Tuesday (1989) – directed by Adam Rifkin – uncredited cameo
  • Time to Kill (1989) – directed by Giuliano Montaldo
  • Fire Birds (1990) – directed by David Green
  • Wild at Heart (1990) – Directed by David Lynch
  • Zandalee (1991) – directed by Sam Pillsbury
  • Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) – directed by Andrew Bergman
  • Amos & Andrew (1993) – directed by E. Max Frye
  • Deadfall (1993) – directed by Christopher Coppola
  • Red Rock West (1993) – directed by John Dahl
  • Guarding Tess (1994) – directed by Hugh Wilson
  • It Could Happen to You (1994) – directed by Andrew Bergman
  • Trapped in Paradise (1994) – directed by George Gallo
  • A Century of Cinema (1994) – directed by Caroline Thomas – himself – documentary
  • Kiss of Death (1995) – directed by Barbet Schroeder
  • Leaving Las Vegas (1996) – directed by Mike Figgis
  • The Rock (1996) – directed by Michael Bay
  • Very Important Pennis: Uncut (1996) – directed by Paul Kaye – himself- documentary
  • Con Air (1997) – directed by Simon West
  • Face/Off (1997) – directed by John Woo
  • City of Angels (1998) – directed by Brad Silberling
  • Snake Eyes – directed by Brian De Palma
  • 8mm (1999) – directed by Joel Schumacher
  • Bringing Out the Dead (1999) – directed by Martin Scorsese
  • Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) – directed by Dominic Sena
  • The Family Man (2000) – directed by Brett Ratner
  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001) – directed by John Madden
  • Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001) – directed by Jimmy T. Murakami
  • Windtalkers (2002) – directed by John Woo
  • Adaptation (2002) – directed by Spike Jonze
  • Sonny (2002) – also director
  • Matchstick Men (2003) – directed by Ridley Scott
  • National Treasure (2004) – directed by Jon Turteltaub
  • Lord of War (2005) – directed by Andrew Niccol
  • The Weather Man (2005) – directed by Gore Verbinski
  • The Ant Bully (2006) – directed by John A. Davis
  • World Trade Center (2006) – directed by Oliver Stone
  • The Wicker Man (2006) – directed by Neil LaBute
  • Ghost Rider (2007) – directed by Mark Steven Johnson
  • Grindhouse (2007) – directed by Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino – Segment: Werewolf Women of the SS (fake trailer directed by Rob Zombie)
  • Next (2007) – directed by Lee Tamahori
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) – directed by Jon Turteltaub
  • Too Tough to Die: A Tribute to Johnny Ramone (2007) – directed by Mandy Stein – documentary – himself
  • Bangkok Dangerous (2008) – directed by the Pang brothers
  • Knowing (2009) – directed by Alex Proyas
  • G-Force (2009) – directed by Hoyt H. Yeatman Jr.
  • Astro Boy (2009)* – directed by David Bowers
  • Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) – directed by Werner Herzog
  • Kick-Ass (2010)* – directed by Matthew Vaughn
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)* – directed by Jon Turteltaub
  • Season of the Witch (2011) – directed by Dominic Sena
  • Drive Angry (2011)* – directed by Patrick Lussier
  • Trespass (2011) – directed by Joel Schumacher
  • Seeking Justice (2011) – directed by Roger Donaldson
  • Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)* – directed by Neveldine/Taylor
  • Stolen (2012) – directed by Simon West
  • With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (2012) – directed by Nikki Frakes, Terry Dougas, & William Lawrence Hess – himself – documentary
  • The Croods (2013) – directed by Kirk DeMicco & Chris Sanders
  • The Frozen Ground (2013) – directed by Scott Walker
  • Joe – directed by David Gordon Green
  • Rage (2014) – directed by Paco Cabezas
  • Left Behind (2014) – directed by Vic Armstrong
  • Dying of the Light (2014) – directed by Paul Schrader
  • Outcast (2015) – directed by Nick Powell
  • The Runner (2015) – directed by Austin Stark
  • Pay the Ghost (2015) – directed by Uli Edel
  • The Trust (2016) – directed by Alex & Ben Brewer
  • Snowden (2016) – directed by Oliver Stone
  • USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016) – Mario Van Peebles
  • Dog Eat Dog (2016) – directed Paul Schrader
  • Army of One (2016) – directed by Larry Charles
  • Arsenal (2017) – directed by Steven C. Miller
  • Mom and Dad (2017) – directed by Brian Taylor
  • Vengeance: A Love Story (2017) – directed by Johnny Martin
  • Inconceivable (2017) – directed by Jonathan Baker
  • Looking Glass (2018) – directed by Tim Hunter
  • The Humanity Bureau (2018) – directed by Rob W. King
  • 211 (2018) – directed by York Shackleton
  • Becoming Iconic (2018) – directed by Neal Thibedeau – himself – documentary
  • Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018)* – directed by Aaron Horvath & Peter Rida Michail
  • Mandy – directed by Panos Cosmatos
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)* – Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, & Rodney Rothman
  • Between Worlds (2018) – directed by Maria Pulera
  • Love, Antosha (2019) – Garret Price – narrator – documentary
  • A Score to Settle (2019) – directed by Shawn Ku
  • Running with the Devil (2019) – directed by Jason Cabell
  • Kill Chain – directed by Ken Sanzel
  • Color Out of Space (2019) – directed by Richard Stanley
  • Primal (2019) – directed by Nick Powell
  • Grand Isle(2019) – directed by Stephen Campanelli
  • Jiu Jitsu (2020) – directed by Dimitri Logothetis
  • Pig (2020) – directed by Michael Sarnoski
  • Prisoners of the Ghostland (2020) – directed by Sion Sono
  • Wally’s Wonderland (2020) – directed by Kevin Lewis
  • The Croods 2 (2020) – directed by Joel Crawford
  • Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) – directed by Sion Sono
  • Willy’s Wonderland (2021) – directed by Kevin Lewis – also producer
  • Pig (2021) – directed by Michael Sarnoski – also producer
  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022)* – directed by Tom Gormican
  • Butcher’s Crossing (2022) – directed by Gabe Polsky
  • The Old Way (2023) – directed by Brett Donowho
  • Renfield (2023) – directed by Chris McKay
  • Sympathy for the Devil (2023) – directed by Yuval Adler
  • The Retirement Plan (2023) – directed by Tim Brown