Saturday, December 9, 2023

List: Top 3 Nicolas Cage Performances

This week on Episode 292 of the InSession Film Podcast, inspired by Mandy, we thought it would be fun to talk about Nicolas Cage’s best performances. Oh Cage, how we love thee. He has been an eccentric and fascinating actor for some time now, and while his prominence in mainstream Hollywood is stifled these days, the man is still working hard and often. And his performance in Mandy is a great reminder of how truly skilled he is as an actor and why we wanted to reflect on his best performances over the years. That said, here are our lists:

(Note: Please keep in mind that we each had different criteria for our selections)


1) Charlie Kaufman / Donald Kaufman – Adaptation
2) Roy Waller – Matchstick Men
3) Frank Pierce – Bringing Out the Dead


1) Charlie Kaufman / Donald Kaufman – Adaptation
2) Terence McDonagh – Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
3) Sailor Ripley – Wild at Heart

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

Ben Sanderson – Leaving Las Vegas
H.I. McDunnough – Raising Arizona
Peter Loew – Vampire’s Kiss
Edward Malus – The Wicker Man
Castor Troy – Face/Off
Rick Santoro – Snake Eyes
Memphis Raines – Gone in Sixty Seconds
Big Daddy – Kick-Ass
Joe – Joe

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. As noted above, Cage has had a pretty notable career for various reasons and maybe we didn’t touch on some of your favorite Cage performances. That being said, what would be your Top 3? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at [email protected].

For the entire podcast, click here or listen below.

For more lists done by the InSession Film crew and other guests, be sure see our Top 3 Movie Lists page.

JD Duran
JD Duran
InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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