Worst To Best: Bruce Willis

Die Hard (1988)

The Film: The action movie to end all action movies – and one of the coolest Christmas films ever made. Officer John McClane (Willis) attempts to free his wife’s high-rise workplace from evil terrorists, who are headed up by the eeevil (cos he’s British) Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman).

Willis Genius: We’d never had an action hero like this before. A wise guy. A tough nut. A one-liner machine. Willis goes through a gruellingly physical performance, coins ever-quotable lines and looks super-cool doing it – and he makes it look EFFORTLESS. This is why he’s a ledge.

Worst To Best: Nicolas Cage

51. The Wicker Man (2006)

The Movie: Sheriff Edward Malus (Cage) investigates the disappearance of a young girl on a small island and uncovers a neo-pagan community with sinister intentions.

So Cage It’s Good? Cage delivers a performance so tortured, so earnest and so hilarious, that it’s surely some sort of masterpiece in subversion.

Cage assures us it’s his favourite film he’s made, which only makes his performance the more compelling. As we’ll see over the next 50 pages, this guy has massive steel balls…