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:
681
Total Votes:
871
2
The genius of Nicholson's performance is that he thinks he knows everything, only to realize he knows nothing.
Current Score:
335
Total Votes:
729
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:
313
Total Votes:
773
4
Leave it to Nicholson to make a mean, bigoted, aging writer with obsessive-complusive disorder completely charming.
Current Score:
263
Total Votes:
735
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:
198
Total Votes:
616
6
Nicholson strayed from his element as an astronaut in this tearjerker, but he's charismatic as ever.
Current Score:
96
Total Votes:
584
7
Another role so iconic that it seems every man in American can recite the last lines word for word.
Current Score:
31
Total Votes:
525
8
Jack creates a blowhard you want to hate but can't and a comedy that makes audiences cry.
Current Score:
-2
Total Votes:
494
9
Jack does black comedy for director John Huston and comes away dark as ever -- and with another Oscar nomination.
Current Score:
-24
Total Votes:
500
10
Nicholson hits the road again, this time as a retiree outrunning a midlife crisis.
Current Score:
-62
Total Votes:
520
11
Nicholson's role in Warren Beatty's masterpiece, as famed playwright Eugene O'Neill is small, but among his most memorable.
Current Score:
-103
Total Votes:
453
12
In a largely forgotten role, Jack's brilliant as always, playing a mentally ill drifter who returns to his hometown.
Current Score:
-122
Total Votes:
430