One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Rank Title Points Votes Your Vote
1
Nicholson is perfect as knee-jerk authority hater McMurphy: infuriating, charming, intimidating, and volatile.
Current Score:
701
Total Votes:
897
2
The genius of Nicholson's performance is that he thinks he knows everything, only to realize he knows nothing.
Current Score:
336
Total Votes:
734
3
In addition to uttering one of the most quoted movie lines ever, Nicholson turns in a electric performance, elevating the movie to greatness.
Current Score:
324
Total Votes:
786
4
Leave it to Nicholson to make a mean, bigoted, aging writer with obsessive-complusive disorder completely charming.
Current Score:
271
Total Votes:
745
5
Jack's relatively small part became iconic with good reason: he gets his mind blown with drugs and blows ours with his skills.
Current Score:
200
Total Votes:
624
6
Nicholson strayed from his element as an astronaut in this tearjerker, but he's charismatic as ever.
Current Score:
105
Total Votes:
593
7
Another role so iconic that it seems every man in American can recite the last lines word for word.
Current Score:
30
Total Votes:
530
8
Jack creates a blowhard you want to hate but can't and a comedy that makes audiences cry.
Current Score:
-2
Total Votes:
498
9
Jack does black comedy for director John Huston and comes away dark as ever -- and with another Oscar nomination.
Current Score:
-26
Total Votes:
504
10
Nicholson hits the road again, this time as a retiree outrunning a midlife crisis.
Current Score:
-59
Total Votes:
525
11
Nicholson's role in Warren Beatty's masterpiece, as famed playwright Eugene O'Neill is small, but among his most memorable.
Current Score:
-101
Total Votes:
459
12
In a largely forgotten role, Jack's brilliant as always, playing a mentally ill drifter who returns to his hometown.
Current Score:
-121
Total Votes:
435