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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.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Jack Nicholson movies?" and "What are the greatest Jack Nicholson roles of all time?"

Notable directors that have worked with Jack Nicholson include names like Tim Burton, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese. Movie fans who love Jack Nicholson have also been known to enjoy films starring David Hasselhoff and Ice-T.

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Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 drama film written by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman and directed by Miloš Forman.

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Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski from a screenplay by Robert Towne, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. The film was inspired by the ...more

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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jack Nicholson Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan. It is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. The film stars Leonardo ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz As Good as It Gets is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by James L. Brooks and produced by Laura Ziskin. It stars Jack Nicholson as a misanthropic, homophobic, racist, ...more

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Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson A Few Good Men is a 1992 American legal drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore, with Kevin Bacon, Kevin Pollak, James Marshall, J. T. Walsh, ...more

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jack Nicholson Movies
Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton Batman is a 1989 American superhero film directed by Tim Burton and produced by Jon Peters, based on the DC Comics character of the same name. It is the first installment of Warner Bros.' ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Sally Struthers Five Easy Pieces is a 1970 American drama film written by Carole Eastman and Bob Rafelson, and directed by Rafelson. The film stars Jack Nicholson, with Karen Black, Susan Anspach, Ralph Waite, ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Bridget Fonda Easy Rider is a 1969 American road movie written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern, produced by Fonda and directed by Hopper. It tells the story of two bikers who travel through ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, June Squibb About Schmidt is a 2002 American comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Payne, starring Jack Nicholson in the title role. It is very loosely based on the 1996 novel of the same title by Louis ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes The Bucket List is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reiner, produced by Reiner, Alan Greisman, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, written by Justin Zackham, and starring Jack Nicholson ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Gilda Radner The Last Detail is a 1973 American comedy-drama film directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jack Nicholson, with a screenplay adapted by Robert Towne from a 1970 novel of the same name by Darryl ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cher The Witches of Eastwick is a 1987 American comedy-fantasy film based on John Updike's novel of the same name. Directed by George Miller, the film stars Jack Nicholson as Daryl Van Horne, ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Anjelica Huston Prizzi's Honor is a 1985 American film directed by John Huston. It stars Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Robert Loggia and, in an Academy Award-winning performance, the director's daughter ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Mickey Rourke, Helen Mirren The Pledge is a 2001 American mystery film directed by Sean Penn. The film features an ensemble cast, starring Jack Nicholson, Aaron Eckhart, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn, Vanessa Redgrave, ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Tim Burton Hoffa is a 1992 French-American biographical film directed by Danny DeVito and written by David Mamet, based on the life of Teamsters Union leader Jimmy Hoffa. Jack Nicholson plays Hoffa, and ...more

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SaraMcDonald added Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler, Heather Graham Anger Management is a 2003 American slapstick comedy film directed by Peter Segal, written by David S. Dorfman, and starring Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, and Marisa Tomei . It was produced by ...more

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wiabux added Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Plummer Wolf is a 1994 American romantic horror film directed by Mike Nichols and written by Jim Harrison, Wesley Strick, and an uncredited Elaine May, with music by Ennio Morricone and cinematography ...more

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wiabux added Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, Anjelica Huston The Postman Always Rings Twice is a 1981 film adaptation of the 1934 novel by the same name by James M. Cain. The film was produced by Lorimar in association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Ann-Margret, Candice Bergen Carnal Knowledge is a 1971 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols and written by Jules Feiffer. It stars Jack Nicholson, Art Garfunkel, Ann-Margret and Candice Bergen.

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wiabux added Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Gene Hackman Reds is a 1981 epic film that was co-written, produced, and directed by Warren Beatty. The picture centers on the life and career of John Reed, the journalist and writer who chronicled the ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Ian Hendry, Steven Berkoff The Passenger is a 1975 film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Written by Antonioni and Peter Wollen, the film is about a British-American journalist, David Locke who assumes the identity of a ...more

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The Two Jacks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jack Nicholson Movies
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wiabux added Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd Goin' South is an American western-comedy film, directed by and starring Jack Nicholson, Mary Steenburgen, Christopher Lloyd, John Belushi, Richard Bradford, Veronica Cartwright, Danny DeVito ...more

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wiabux added Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker Mars Attacks! is a 1996 American comic science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and written by Jonathan Gems. Based on the cult trading card series of the same name, the film features an ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Robin Wright, Anjelica Huston The Crossing Guard is a 1995 independent thriller directed and written by American actor Sean Penn. It stars Jack Nicholson, David Morse, Robin Wright, and Anjelica Huston.

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Jack Nicholson, John Cusack, Holly Hunter Broadcast News is a 1987 romantic comedy-drama film written, produced and directed by James L. Brooks. The film concerns a virtuoso television news producer, who has daily emotional breakdowns, ...more

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wiabux added Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Randy Quaid The Missouri Breaks is a 1976 American western film starring Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson. The film was directed by Arthur Penn, with supporting performances by Randy Quaid, Harry Dean ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Valerie Perrine The Border is a 1982 American drama film directed by Tony Richardson and starring Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Valerie Perrine and Warren Oates.

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Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Tom Waits Ironweed is a 1987 American drama film directed by Héctor Babenco. It is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning homonymous novel by William Kennedy, who also wrote the screenplay. It stars ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Dick Miller, Mel Welles The Little Shop of Horrors is a 1960 American comedy horror film directed by Roger Corman. Written by Charles B. Griffith, the film is a farce about an inadequate florist's assistant who ...more

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wiabux added Jack Nicholson, Warren Oates, Millie Perkins The Shooting is a 1966 western film directed by Monte Hellman, with a screenplay by Carole Eastman. It stars Warren Oates, Millie Perkins, Will Hutchins, and Jack Nicholson, and was produced by ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Ellen Burstyn, Bruce Dern The King of Marvin Gardens is a 1972 American drama film. It stars Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn and Scatman Crothers. It is one of several collaborations between Nicholson and ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Anjelica Huston The Last Tycoon is a 1976 American dramatic film directed by Elia Kazan and produced by Sam Spiegel, based upon Harold Pinter's screenplay adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon, ...more

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wiabux added Jack Nicholson, Boris Karloff, Dick Miller The Terror is a low budget American horror film produced and directed by Roger Corman about a French soldier who finds a mysterious woman who turns out to be a ghost. It is famous for being ...more

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wiabux added Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Garry Marshall Psych-Out is a counterculture-era feature film about hippies, psychedelic music, and recreational drugs, produced and released by American International Pictures. Originally scripted as The Love ...more

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wiabux added Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey Heartburn is a 1986 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols and starring Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Stockard Channing, Jeff Daniels and Miloš Forman. The screenplay by Nora Ephron ...more

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The Evening Star is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jack Nicholson Movies
wiabux added Jack Nicholson, Shirley MacLaine, Juliette Lewis The Evening Star is a 1996 sequel to Academy Award for Best Picture-winning Terms of Endearment, starring Shirley MacLaine, who reprises the role of Aurora Greenway she won an Oscar for playing ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Samuel L. Jackson, Fran Drescher Ragtime is a 1981 American drama film, directed by Miloš Forman, based on 1975 historical novel Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow. The action takes place in and around New York City, New Rochelle, and ...more

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wiabux added Jack Nicholson, Harry Dean Stanton, Cameron Mitchell Ride in the Whirlwind is a 1966 western directed by Monte Hellman, starring Jack Nicholson, Millie Perkins, and Harry Dean Stanton. Nicholson also wrote and co-produced the film.

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wiabux added Jennifer Lopez, Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine Blood and Wine is a 1996 neo-noir thriller directed by Bob Rafelson from a screenplay written by Nick Villiers and Alison Cross. It features Jack Nicholson, Stephen Dorff, Jennifer Lopez, Judy ...more

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wiabux added Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson, Owen Wilson How Do You Know is an upcoming 2010 film written, produced and directed by James L. Brooks. The film stars Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Jack Nicholson.

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wiabux added Jack Nicholson, Orson Welles, Tuesday Weld A Safe Place is a 1971 film written and directed by Henry Jaglom and starring Jack Nicholson, Tuesday Weld, Orson Welles and Phil Proctor.