NICOLAS CAGE AS BEN SANDERSON IN LEAVING LAS VEGAS (1995)

Remember when Nicolas Cage used to make real movies? If you were born in the '90s, you probably don't.

In Leaving Las Vegas, Cage played an alcoholic writer who's lost everything and decides to drink himself to death. It's tremendously sad (and funny) and his Oscar-winning performance gives viewers a haunting look at the life of a drunk. Alas, most of his films since then have driven us to drink heavily.