Best Jack Nicholson Movies

The Top Ten

1 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

one of the greatest actors ever... but this movie is easily the best in his career

I'm thinking that at a minimum, his roles in 5 easy pieces and As good as it gets are also very good roles for him. I haven't voted yet, but there's no doubt One flew Over is 1 of his finest roles, and probably his best picture. - Ned964

Undoubtedly one of the finest actor ever been appeared in Hollywood... Though his performance in Chinatown and The Shining was simply superb, he'll always be remembered as Mr. McMurphy.

chief stay right there and hold your arms up - dude123145

Make me cry every time I watch. Since stopped watching it.

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2 The Shining

"Put down the bat, Wendy. Wendy. Darling. Light of my life. Put down the bat. I'm not going to hurt you. I'm just going to bash your brains in. That's all. Put down the bat" - rebhall

EPIC performance by Jack Nicholson! One of my favorite movies of all time, and also favorite acting performances. Very entertaining and eerie movie...

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!


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3 Batman

one of the best nicholson performances

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!

Never is going to be another Joker like Jake!

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

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4 The Departed

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

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.

Another great performance from one of the great actors of all time, and this movie makes him look frightening

Well, Jack often looks frightening. And I think you'd agree that his talent interpreting the script made him look frightening in this Great film. - Billyv

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

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5 Chinatown

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.

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.

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.

Put this movie below One flew over cuckoo's nest. It is one of the best screenplay's ever written

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6 Five Easy Pieces

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

Number 9? Democracy doesn't always work.

7 As Good as it Gets

it brought the obsessive compulsive behaviour to the fore and although he was a sufferer his humanity and the love of a good women gave him a new perspective on himself and others and the world. a great laugh too.

jack nicholson at his very best - saileshdeep

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

Yes the best

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8 A Few Good Men

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.

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.

Has to be the best courtroom drama I have ever seen, Jack Nicholson's performance is quite simply outstanding, and with the added eye candy of Tom Cruise this is an unmissable film

Shocked this is only #8 - truckturner

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9 About Schmidt

Does this movie have jack nicholson in it?

Very Underrated. Inspirational and moving.

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!

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!

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10 The Bucket List

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 - Draco

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

Such a touching film. It inspired me so much. - Beatlesboy9

The Contenders

11 Anger Management

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.

12 Mars Attacks!

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! - Billyv

13 Something's Gotta Give

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

Superb movie & Jack is best

The best of this actor

Awesome movie with great acting and lines!

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14 Terms of Endearment

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

15 Easy Rider

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?

A classic.

16 The Last Detail

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

17 The Passenger

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

I like this movie a lot

Is this avalable on netflix

19 Prizzi's Honor

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 - dubbelvla

20 The Pledge

Underrated but Excellent movie and role by Jack.

21 The Witches Of Eastwick
22 The Fortune
23 Ironweed

Should be on the top 30

24 The Two Jakes
25 The Little Shop of Horrors

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

26 Reds

Nicholson performence was very good but movie is too long and extremely boring - dubbelvla

27 The Missouri Breaks
28 The Crossing Guard
29 The King of Marvin Gardens
30 The Border

Average movie - dubbelvla

31 Goin' South
32 Tommy
33 The Terror
34 Hoffa

What is doing at 41 position? I give it position 8!

35 Carnal Knowledge

Very good movie about man-woman relationships from man point of view - dubbelvla

36 The Postman Always Rings Twice

If there is anything sexier than Jack Nicholson with Jessica Lange, I don't know what it could be.

37 Velocity
38 The Shooting
39 Ride In the Whirlwind
40 Blood and Wine
41 Psych-Out
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Top Remixes (20)

1. The Shining
2. Batman
3. The Departed
1. The Shining
2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
3. Batman
1. Prizzi's Honor
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