Fictional Characters The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked  

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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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Randle Patrick McMurphy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
2
100 20
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
The Shining
3
85 16
Joker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Batman
4
67 18
Frank Costello is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
The Departed
5
49 17
Col. Nathan R. Jessep is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
A Few Good Men, A Few Good Men
6
46 15
Melvin Udall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
As Good as It Gets
7
46 20
Dr. Buddy Rydell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Anger Management
8
34 15
J. J. Gittes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Chinatown
9
30 12
George Hanson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Easy Rider
10
32 15
Daryl Van Horne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
The Witches of Eastwick, The Witches of Eastwick
11
25 13
Harry Sanborn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Harry Sanborn Something's Gotta Give
12
24 13
Jimmy Hoffa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Jimmy Hoffa Hoffa
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22 14
Warren Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
About Schmidt
14
17 15
Bobby Eroica Dupea is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Bobby Eroica Dupea Five Easy Pieces
15
16 16
Jerry Black is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
The Pledge
16
16 16
Garrett Breedlove is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Terms of Endearment
17
13 15
Jonathan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Jack Nicholson, Ranked
Jonathan Carnal Knowledge