Best Jack Nicholson Movies

The Top Ten
1 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Product Image

Has there ever been an actor more perfectly cast than Jack Nicholson as McMurphy? He was BORN to play this part--and his performance is one of the greatest ever seen on the big screen! It really says something that this movie is even better than Chinatown--which is also one of the best films of all time. But Nicholson's brilliance in "Cuckoo's Nest" is unsurpassed!

Hilarious, touching and inspirational!
Jack played this so perfectly that Everything was natural and completely believable - including his influence on the other patients, his reaching the Chief, and McMurphys Spirit accompanying the Chief's escape!

My favourite actor and movie of all time. I absolutely love Jack Nicholson, I adore him. The Shining would be my second favourite, then Chinatown, then Five Easy Pieces, and then As Good As It Gets. He's also so sexy.

My mother doesn't think it's that great, but personally, I love this movie! So does my dad and my grandma. It's a classic movie and it's got so many funny parts. This is one movie I could never get bored with.

2 The Shining The Shining Product Image

This was a very tough decision to make! Every jack nicholson movie is amazing. This is my favorite jack nicholson movie but I think that this is his best movie and the departed is his second best. That's my favorite movie by Martin Scoursese and jack had a great supporting role in it. I will end this by saying that jack nicholson is one of the best actors of all time and he has turned just about every one of his acting roles into pure gold!

What a superb performance from a brilliant man. Jack makes acting look so easy & The Shining shows off his incredible talent. The scenes in The Gold Room with Joe Turkel are some of my favourite movie moments closely followed by the Red Bathroom scene with Delbert or Is it Charles Grady?
He works his magic throughout The Shining & to think Kubrick initially wanted Jon Voight to play Jack Torrance.
Jack Nicholson thank you, we salute you Sir.
Mark - Sutton Coldfield

This is a very tough decision between The Shining and One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest but I'm going with this. My Dad and I really liked this movie and all the suspense in it. There were some inappropriate scenes but it's phenomenal! " Here's Johnny! "

THE SHINING : An award winning performance by Jack Nicholson paired with an equally good actress. A suspense thriller that will leave you breathless from start to finish. This is one of Jack's movies that I have repeatedly watched. Awesome!

3 Batman Batman Product Image

Never is going to be another Joker like Jake!

He was, he is,and will always be the best joker

An amazing actor for maybe the most epic badguy. (there is even an easter egg for him in last action hero). Just the best.

The best actor ever... For the best batman villain ever!

By the way: A Few Good Men deserved to be before The Departed. Looks like the voters... CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

4 Five Easy Pieces Five Easy Pieces Product Image

Number 9? Democracy doesn't always work.

this is it for jack. #2 got to be 'one flew over cuckoo'...". there must be some place for the easy rider somewhere too...

5 Chinatown Chinatown Product Image

Here, Jack Nicholson gives such a smooth and sublime performance that he makes you forget his later roles in which he somewhat played a caricature of himself. This is easily one of his best roles and one of the few movies where you think to yourself that you're not watching Jack Nicholson but rather his character. Chinatown is a great movie from Roman Polanski that is complemented by Nicholson's fine acting as the slick, shark grinned private detective Jake Gittes.

Very nice historical movie as this movie is about how few influential & wealthy american cheated & looted people of their land around California by stopping water to them and creating artificial water scarcity and later taking over same land at dirt cheap price.

Out of the 4 above this movie I saw 3. One flew over the cuckoos nest I gave 3.5 stars, the shining I gave 4.5, and the departed I gave 4 stars. This is one of the 12 total movies that I've given five stars and for a good reason.

Perfect cast, perfect story, understated but smart, complex and an ending that makes you go, "what, that just can't be the end". Only the French are usually brave enough to deliver an ending like Chinatown's.

6 The Departed The Departed Product Image

It was just one of those amazing movies. Jack Nicholson doesn't steal the show, but he definitely stars in a great film with a great cast of actors, with a good performance.

Awesome movie with an amazing performance from Jack Nicholson. He plays a very frightening character. This movie is a masterpiece from Martin Scorsese

The bullet takes a downward trajectory exiting at the back p.s

His acting here was cool

7 The Last Detail The Last Detail Product Image

Amazing Performance from petty officer "badass" buddusky... Definitely not his best... But deserves a place in the top 10!

8 A Few Good Men A Few Good Men Product Image

Definitely #1 most memorable. Jack Nicholson's words on the stand, "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH! ", which has been one of the most quoted statements in all generations. Even though Tom Cruise was a popular upcoming actor, Jack Nicholson upended him easily.

Just quite simply the best. Jack Nicholsons performance whilst in the court room has got to be one of the greatest performances of all time. His delivery of the now iconic "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH! " is just the best cinema moment ever for me. 10/10.

Love this movie. Jack Nicholson played a great role. He did a fanominal job playing the Kernel. I enjoyed this movie very much and would watch it over and over again. It was great, and also, Tom cruse wasn't bad looking either

Is there anyone who doesn't remember his character, particularly his trial examination by Tom Cruise?


I am a Jack Nicholson fan - so anythng he does fals into the momorable category - But a Few Good Men" was his best.

9 As Good as it Gets As Good as it Gets Product Image

Incredible script, with inspiring character development. Nicholson plays the obsessive writer with such grace and nuance, dancing between humor and pathos.

I have seeing the movie a zillion time.
I don't ever get tired watching it.
Can you tell I just love that movie!

The funniest movie ever, bar none. Jack at his finest. Sharp, witty, sexy, and always classy.

Another classic movie that deserves more credit. I love it!

10 About Schmidt About Schmidt Product Image

I go for About Schmitz 'cause he carries this glamorous movie on his own! Although we all know Payne is a top-rated director and writer but Nicholson himself in this picture is something really!

Excellent Movie! Still watch it at least 6 times per year. Deserved more attention when it came out. Wow!

This movie hit very close to home! I have been there done that!. I even own the same
Make & model Winnebago. Need I say more!

Does this movie have jack nicholson in it?

The Contenders
11 The Bucket List The Bucket List Product Image

The bucket list was my favorite that I saw. He and Morgan just seemed to have agreat connection. It was a very touching movie, I cried, laughed, and loved Jack and Morgan together.

The bucket list should be No.4. It had 2 of my favorite actors Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman

The movie that made people know the meaning of "bucket list"

Such a touching film. It inspired me so much.

12 Anger Management Anger Management Product Image

This was a great movie. It has a lot of twists and turns in it. If you miss just a minute of it you will be lost. I like the way Jack manipulated Adam and got him and his girlfriend together again and even got him to kiss her in front of other people. One of my favorites.

"So Pretty oh so pretty" hahaha it's so good words can't explain.

13 Easy Rider Easy Rider Product Image

The ultimate road movie of the 60's and when Jack as George Hanson showed up, this film became twice as good as it was before. And it was great. George was funny and deep at the same time and it was made possible Mr. Nicholson with his outstandig performance.

One of my favorites. Jack played a great par in this movie.

Whaaat? Am I Seeing Right? My favorite movie of all time isn't even on the top 10?

This should be in the top 10, no, top 5!

14 Something's Gotta Give Something's Gotta Give Product Image

One of the finest movies ever made after Gone with the Wind, I could feel and share the romance and fun of the movie, brought hope to my life as a middle aged man that life can still be beautiful.
Michael A

Makes you feel good movie absolutely loved this romance with brilliant actors

Really good movie. Jack plays his personality perfectly

Awesome movie with great acting and lines!

15 Mars Attacks! Mars Attacks! Product Image

It was a great movie! Jack was brilliant as the president, and the eccentric casino owner. The combination of Tim Burton's directing, and Jack Nicholson's acting made the film a sci-fi marvel! It was a movie that was supposed to be bad! Aliens, green goop, skeletons, cows on fire, a senile old lady, and video game-this movie had everything!

This movie was panned and did not do well at the box office, but I absolutely Love it!

16 Terms of Endearment Terms of Endearment Product Image

How can this be in the top 10? He won a very deserving Oscar for this

17 The Passenger The Passenger Product Image

Another great movie and performance of Jack Nicholson's! & again, he's absolutely HOT.

Brilliant michelangelo antonioni film, is really a seneties-masterpiece

18 Wolf Wolf Product Image

I like this movie a lot

Is this avalable on netflix

19 Prizzi's Honor Prizzi's Honor Product Image

This may not be his greatest, but its definitely up there with his best work.

Great movie, superb alternative for godfather; top 3 at least

20 The Pledge The Pledge Product Image

Underrated but Excellent movie and role by Jack.

21 The Fortune
22 The Witches Of Eastwick The Witches Of Eastwick Product Image
23 Ironweed Ironweed Product Image

Should be on the top 30

24 The Two Jakes The Two Jakes Product Image

Nicholson's character is emotional, sensitive and perspicacious while dealing with exquisitely bad people. He has every right to be cynical, but his anger is instead righteous. A great performance. This is a sequel to Chinatown. You must see Chinatown first or you won't understand it.

25 The Little Shop of Horrors The Little Shop of Horrors Product Image

It's great, but Nicholson doesn't appear too much

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