The Best Jack Nicholson Movies of All Time

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1.
Chinatown (1974)
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A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Jack is one of the greatest movie actors because he play a down to earth normal character that is subtle and he can go over the top with the menacing voice, eyebrows, and "Jack" performances. In Chinatown, he gives both. This is one of the great film noir classics with Jack's best performance. Faye Dunaway and John Huston are also superb. ” - smith-d-c
 
2.
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
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A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest. (98 mins.)
Director: Bob Rafelson
“ Jack tells you how to make a chicken sandwich in this great character study of young rebel. His performance is both subtle and believable. One of my favorites. ” - smith-d-c
 
3.
The Shining (1980)
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A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Jack and Stanley Kubrick created a horror masterpiece. One of the scariest movies ever and a great over the top Jack performance. ” - smith-d-c
 
4.
As Good as It Gets (1997)
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A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery. (139 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
“ One of the great romantic comedies of 1990s. Jack won another oscar and is superb as the hypochondriac self-loaver. Greg Kinnear is also wonderful and Helen Hunt won an oscar for her warm believable performance as the waitress who wins Jack's heart. The film is hilarious, filled with classic quotes, and so well written. ” - smith-d-c
 
5.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
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A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients. (133 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ Jack gave one of his best performances and one an oscar for the rebellious mental patient. The movie features fantastic performances by the supporting cast and is considered one of the great films of 1970s. ” - smith-d-c
 
6.
About Schmidt (2002)
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A man upon retirement embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter's wedding only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected. (125 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ To me, this is Jack at his most subdued and believable performance. The movie is well written and a funny and powerful representation of retirement and old age. ” - smith-d-c
 
7.
The Last Detail (1973)
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Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison but decide to show him one last good time along the way. (104 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
“ A great Jack performance and a great Randy Quaid performance in which Jack shows Randy a great time before sending him to prison. ” - smith-d-c
 
8.
Batman (1989)
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The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker. (126 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ "Way til they get a load of me." - Blasphemy on IMDB but Jack will forever be the greatest Joker on screen, way better than Heath Ledger. He dominates the movie and is memorizing, scary, insane, and funny as the iconic villain. ” - smith-d-c
 
9.
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
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Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted - at a cost - when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives. (118 mins.)
Director: George Miller
“ Jack is a hoot as the devil visiting a small town and spitting out cherries. All the women are superb. John Williams score is terrific and the movie is very good. ” - smith-d-c
 
10.
The Pledge (2001)
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A retiring police chief pledges to catch the killer of a young child. (124 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
“ Sean Penn directed Jack in a subdued and tragic performance. A great underrated movie. ” - smith-d-c
 
11.
Carnal Knowledge (1971)
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The concurrent sexual lives of best friends Jonathan and Sandy are presented, those lives which are... (98 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ Jack is terrific in a film about the sexual practices of 1970s. Watch also for Ann Margaret in one sexy and tragic character. ” - smith-d-c
 
12.
The Departed (2006)
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An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ I was sure that Jack would get an academy nomination in this entertaining and violent Scorsese oscar winning movie. ” - smith-d-c
 
13.
A Few Good Men (1992)
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Neo military lawyer Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder; they contend they were acting under orders. (138 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ "You can't handle the truth!" - Seriously Jack is incredible in this great supporting character. The whole cast is excellent. ” - smith-d-c
 
14.
Terms of Endearment (1983)
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Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems. (132 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
“ Jack won a supporting actor oscar as a horny retired astronaut. It's a great performance. ” - smith-d-c
 
15.
Easy Rider (1969)
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Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America. (95 mins.)
Director: Dennis Hopper
“ Jack stole the movie from everyone as a rebellious lawyer with a football helmet. ” - smith-d-c
 
16.
Wolf (1994)
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Publisher Will Randall becomes a werewolf and has to fight to keep his job. (125 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ A very underrated movie with Jack becoming a werewolf and Michelle Pfieffer as the love interest. ” - smith-d-c
 
17.
Something's Gotta Give (2003)
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A swinger on the cusp of being a senior citizen with a taste for young women falls in love with an accomplished woman closer to his age. (128 mins.)
Director: Nancy Meyers
“ Both Jack and Diane Keaton are superb in this good romantic comedy. ” - smith-d-c
 
18.
Blood and Wine (1996)
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A man who has failed as a father and husband commits a heist to make money for his fledging business, but things become complicated when his wife interferes. (101 mins.)
Director: Bob Rafelson
“ A good film noir with Jack and Michael Caine both good. ” - smith-d-c
 
19.
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
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A clumsy young man nurtures a plant and discovers that it's carnivorous, forcing him to kill to feed it. (72 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
“ Jack forever became nuts in the non-musical version of Roger Corman's classic. He plays the Bill Murray role, hilarious scene. ” - smith-d-c
 
20.
Broadcast News (1987)
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Take two rival TV reporters: one handsome, one talented, both male. Add one producer, female. Mix well and watch the sparks fly. (133 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
“ Jack steals the movie as the anchorman. ” - smith-d-c
 
21.
Mars Attacks! (1996)
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Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor. (106 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Jack plays multiple roles in one Tim Burton's weakest movies. ” - smith-d-c
 
22.
Ironweed (1987)
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An alcoholic drifter spends Halloween in his home town of Albany, NY after returning there for the first time in decades. (143 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
“ Jack and Meryl as drunks during the depression. A fun afternoon at the movies? ” - smith-d-c
 
23.
Heartburn (1986)
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An autobiographical look at the breakup of Ephron's marriage to Carl "All the President's Men" Bernstein that was also a best-selling novel... (108 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ Jack and Meryl in a movie that should be better than it is. Look for Kevin Spacey also. ” - smith-d-c
 
24.
Anger Management (2003)
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Dave Buznik is a businessman who is wrongly sentenced to an anger-management program, where he meets an aggressive instructor. (106 mins.)
Director: Peter Segal
“ Jack is great and Adam is quite funny. The movie is average. ” - smith-d-c
 
25.
Tommy (1975)
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A psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy becomes a master pinball player and, subsequently, the object of a religious cult. (111 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ Jack sings as the doctor. Weird memorable musical. ” - smith-d-c