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The Best Jack Nicholson Movies

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List of the best Jack Nicholson movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Jack Nicholson's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Jack Nicholson movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Jack Nicholson movies will be at the top of the list. Jack Nicholson has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Jack Nicholson movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Jack Nicholson films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Jack Nicholson role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Jack Nicholson performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

This list includes Five Easy Pieces, The Border and more.

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  • 1
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1975

    Directed byMiloš Forman

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  • 2
    The Shining
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    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • 3
    Chinatown
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    Chinatown

    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway

    Released1974

    Directed byRoman Polanski

    Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski from a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    As Good as It Gets
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    As Good as It Gets

    Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt

    Released1997

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

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  • 5
    The Departed
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    The Departed

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    A Few Good Men
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    A Few Good Men

    Tom Cruise, Demi Moore

    Released1992

    Directed byRob Reiner

    A Few Good Men is a 1992 American legal drama film directed by Rob Reiner, based on the play... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    Batman
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    Batman

    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger

    Released1989

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • 8
    Five Easy Pieces
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    Five Easy Pieces

    Jack Nicholson, Karen Black

    Released1970

    Directed byBob Rafelson

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  • 9
    Easy Rider: The Ride Back
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    Easy Rider: The Ride Back

    Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper

    Released2012

    Directed byDennis Hopper, Dustin Rikert

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  • 10
    Terms of Endearment
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    Terms of Endearment

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1983

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

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  • 11
    The Bucket List
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    The Bucket List

    Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman

    Released2007

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • 12
    About Schmidt
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    About Schmidt

    Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates

    Released2002

    Directed byAlexander Payne

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  • 13
    The Last Detail
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    The Last Detail

    Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid

    Released1973

    Directed byHal Ashby

    The Last Detail is a 1973 American comedy-drama film directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jack... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Prizzi's Honor
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    Prizzi's Honor

    Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Huston

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  • 15
    The Pledge
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    The Pledge

    Jack Nicholson, Mickey Rourke

    Released2001

    Directed bySean Penn

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  • 16
    Carnal Knowledge
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    Carnal Knowledge

    Jack Nicholson, Ann-Margret

    Released1971

    Directed byMike Nichols

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  • 17
    The Witches of Eastwick
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    The Witches of Eastwick

    Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1987

    Directed byGeorge Miller

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  • 18
    Hoffa
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    Hoffa

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1992

    Directed byDanny DeVito

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  • 19
    Anger Management
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    Anger Management

    Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler

    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Segal

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  • 20
    The Passenger
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    The Passenger

    Jack Nicholson, Ian Hendry

    Released1975

    Directed byMichelangelo Antonioni

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  • 21
    The Postman Always Rings Twice
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    The Postman Always Rings Twice

    Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange

    Released1981

    Directed byBob Rafelson

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  • 22
    Wolf
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    Wolf

    Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1994

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Wolf is a 1994 American romantic horror film directed by Mike Nichols and written by Jim... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Reds
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    Reds

    Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton

    Released1981

    Directed byWarren Beatty

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  • 24
    Goin' South
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    Goin' South

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1978

    Directed byJack Nicholson

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  • 25
    Mars Attacks!
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    Mars Attacks!

    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson

    Released1996

    Directed byTim Burton

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