One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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The Oscar-Nominated Roles of Jack Nicholson

Jack has twelve nominations under his belt. Which movie is your favorite?

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1 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Nicholson is perfect as knee-jerk authority hater McMurphy: infuriating, charming, intimidating, and volatile.
670 858
2 Chinatown
The genius of Nicholson's performance is that he thinks he knows everything, only to realize he knows nothing.
325 717
3 A Few Good Men
In addition to uttering one of the most quoted movie lines ever, Nicholson turns in a electric performance, elevating the movie to greatness.
312 760
4 As Good As It Gets
Leave it to Nicholson to make a mean, bigoted, aging writer with obsessive-complusive disorder completely charming.
261 723
5 Easy Rider
Jack's relatively small part became iconic with good reason: he gets his mind blown with drugs and blows ours with his skills.
191 607
6 Terms of Endearment
Nicholson strayed from his element as an astronaut in this tearjerker, but he's charismatic as ever.
90 574
7 Five Easy Pieces
Another role so iconic that it seems every man in American can recite the last lines word for word.
25 515
8 The Last Detail
Jack creates a blowhard you want to hate but can't and a comedy that makes audiences cry.
-7 485
9 Prizzi’s Honor
Jack does black comedy for director John Huston and comes away dark as ever -- and with another Oscar nomination.
-23 491
10 About Schmidt
Nicholson hits the road again, this time as a retiree outrunning a midlife crisis.
-64 512
11 Reds
Nicholson's role in Warren Beatty's masterpiece, as famed playwright Eugene O'Neill is small, but among his most memorable.
-102 446
12 Ironweed
In a largely forgotten role, Jack's brilliant as always, playing a mentally ill drifter who returns to his hometown.
-129 419