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This list contains information on the best characters played by Jack Nicholson ranked from best to worst by user votes. The top Jack Nicholson characters come in many forms. Some compelling Nicholson roles personify intensity while other iconic Nicholson characters lose complete control of their minds. A few great Jack Nicholson characters even appear in romantic comedies.

Which Jack Nicholson roles are the best? Jack Torrence has to be near the top of the list. As the title character in Stanley Kubrick's 1980 movie The Shining, he delivers some of the most memorable lines to ever appear in film. Jack Nicholson has won several Academy Awards for playing iconic characters including Melvin Udall in As Good As It Gets and Randle McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Nicholson played one of the most villainous characters of all-time as The Joker in Tim Burton's Batman. Other good Jack Nicholson roles include Frank Costello in The Departed and Col. Nathan R. Jessep in A Few Good Men.

Which Nicholson role do you think is the best? Give your favorite characters a thumbs up and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Jack Torrance The Shining

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Col. Nathan R. Jessep is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Col. Nathan R. Jessep A Few Good Men, A Few Good Men

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Randle McMurphy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Randle McMurphy One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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Joker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Joker Batman

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Daryl Van Horne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Daryl Van Horne The Witches of Eastwick, The Witches of Eastwick

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George Hanson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
George Hanson Easy Rider

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J. J. Gittes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
J. J. Gittes Chinatown

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Frank Costello is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Frank Costello The Departed

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Warren Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Warren Schmidt About Schmidt

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Jimmy Hoffa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Jimmy Hoffa Hoffa

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Dr. Buddy Rydell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Dr. Buddy Rydell Anger Management

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Bobby Eroica Dupea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Bobby Eroica Dupea Five Easy Pieces

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Melvin Udall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Melvin Udall As Good as It Gets

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Jerry Black is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Jerry Black The Pledge

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Jonathan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Jonathan Carnal Knowledge

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Garrett Breedlove is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Garrett Breedlove Terms of Endearment

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Harry Sanborn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Harry Sanborn Something's Gotta Give