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:
706
Total Votes:
902
2
The genius of Nicholson's performance is that he thinks he knows everything, only to realize he knows nothing.
Current Score:
337
Total Votes:
739
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:
328
Total Votes:
790
4
Leave it to Nicholson to make a mean, bigoted, aging writer with obsessive-complusive disorder completely charming.
Current Score:
274
Total Votes:
748
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:
201
Total Votes:
627
6
Nicholson strayed from his element as an astronaut in this tearjerker, but he's charismatic as ever.
Current Score:
107
Total Votes:
595
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:
531
8
Jack creates a blowhard you want to hate but can't and a comedy that makes audiences cry.
Current Score:
1
Total Votes:
501
9
Jack does black comedy for director John Huston and comes away dark as ever -- and with another Oscar nomination.
Current Score:
-25
Total Votes:
505
10
Nicholson hits the road again, this time as a retiree outrunning a midlife crisis.
Current Score:
-58
Total Votes:
526
11
Nicholson's role in Warren Beatty's masterpiece, as famed playwright Eugene O'Neill is small, but among his most memorable.
Current Score:
-99
Total Votes:
461
12
In a largely forgotten role, Jack's brilliant as always, playing a mentally ill drifter who returns to his hometown.
Current Score:
-119
Total Votes:
437