Nicholson is perfect as knee-jerk authority hater McMurphy: infuriating, charming, intimidating, and volatile.
The genius of Nicholson's performance is that he thinks he knows everything, only to realize he knows nothing.
In addition to uttering one of the most quoted movie lines ever, Nicholson turns in a electric performance, elevating the movie to greatness.
Leave it to Nicholson to make a mean, bigoted, aging writer with obsessive-complusive disorder completely charming.
Jack's relatively small part became iconic with good reason: he gets his mind blown with drugs and blows ours with his skills.
Nicholson strayed from his element as an astronaut in this tearjerker, but he's charismatic as ever.
Another role so iconic that it seems every man in American can recite the last lines word for word.
Jack creates a blowhard you want to hate but can't and a comedy that makes audiences cry.
Jack does black comedy for director John Huston and comes away dark as ever -- and with another Oscar nomination.
Nicholson hits the road again, this time as a retiree outrunning a midlife crisis.
Nicholson's role in Warren Beatty's masterpiece, as famed playwright Eugene O'Neill is small, but among his most memorable.
In a largely forgotten role, Jack's brilliant as always, playing a mentally ill drifter who returns to his hometown.