Some of Jack Nicholson‘s greatest movies include:
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a 1975 American drama film directed by Miloš Forman and starring Jack Nicholson. The film is based on Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel of the same name.
It tells the story of Randle Patrick McMurphy, a criminal who feigns insanity to serve a short prison sentence in a mental institution, where he clashes with the authoritarian Nurse Ratched and becomes an inspiring leader for the other inmates.
The film received critical acclaim and won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Nicholson. It is considered one of the greatest films ever made, and Nicholson’s performance as Randle Patrick McMurphy is widely regarded as one of his best and most iconic roles.
Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir film directed by Roman Polanski and starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston. The film is set in Los Angeles in the 1930s and follows private investigator J.J. “Jake” Gittes (played by Nicholson), who is hired by a woman claiming to be Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her husband’s infidelity. As Gittes delves deeper into the case, he uncovers a web of corruption and deceit involving the city’s water supply, real estate development, and murder.
The film was a critical and commercial success and is widely regarded as a classic of the neo-noir genre. It received 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Polanski, and won for Best Original Screenplay. Jack Nicholson’s portrayal of Jake Gittes is considered one of his best performances, and the film is considered to be one of the greatest films ever made.
The Shining (1980)
“The Shining” is a 1980 psychological horror film directed by Stanley Kubrick and written by Kubrick and Diane Johnson. The film is based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Stephen King. The film stars Jack Nicholson, Danny Lloyd, and Shelley Duvall. The story follows Jack Torrance, a writer and recovering alcoholic who takes a job as the winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in the Rocky Mountains. He and his family soon become plagued by supernatural occurrences, including visions and ghosts from the hotel’s past. The film received mixed reviews upon its release but has since become a cult classic and is widely considered one of the greatest horror films ever made.
A Few Good Men (1992)
“A Few Good Men” is a 1992 American legal drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore. The screenplay was written by Aaron Sorkin, based on his play of the same name. The story is set in 1986 and is about a military trial of two United States Marines charged with the murder of a fellow Marine and the tribulations of their lawyers while they prepare a case to defend their clients. The movie received positive reviews and nominated for few Academy award including best Picture. It was a commercial success grossing over $243 million against a $33 million budget.
The Departed (2006)
The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg. The story is set in Boston and follows a young police officer, Billy Costigan (DiCaprio), who goes undercover in the Irish-American gang run by Frank Costello (Nicholson) in order to gather evidence and report back to the police. The film received critical acclaim and won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
As Good as It Gets (1997)
“As Good as It Gets” is a 1997 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by James L. Brooks and starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, and Greg Kinnear. The film tells the story of a misanthropic and obsessive-compulsive novelist, Melvin Udall (played by Nicholson), who forms an unlikely friendship with his neighbor, a single mother and waitress named Carol Connelly (played by Hunt). The film received positive reviews and was nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Nicholson, and Best Actress for Hunt. It ultimately won two Oscars, one for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Hunt) and one for Best Original Screenplay (Mark Andrus and James L. Brooks).
Easy Rider (1969)
Easy Rider is a 1969 American independent road drama film written by Peter Fonda, Terry Southern, and Dennis Hopper, produced by Fonda, and directed by Hopper. The film tells the story of two bikers, played by Fonda and Hopper, who travel through the American Southwest and South, carrying the proceeds from a drug deal. Along the way, they encounter a series of characters who represent different aspects of the counterculture of the 1960s. The film was a critical and commercial success and is considered a defining film of the counterculture of the 1960s. It was nominated for two Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay.
The 1989 movie “Batman” directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Jack Nicholson as The Joker. The film was a critical and commercial success and is considered to be one of the greatest superhero films of all time. It was followed by two sequels, “Batman Returns” (1992) and “Batman Forever” (1995).
Terms of Endearment (1983)
“Terms of Endearment” is a 1983 American comedy-drama film directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks. The film stars Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels, and John Lithgow. The film tells the story of the relationship between Aurora Greenway (MacLaine) and her daughter Emma (Winger), and the men they love and lose. The film was a critical and commercial success and won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress for MacLaine.
The Bucket List (2007)
The Bucket List is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reiner and written by Justin Zackham. The film stars Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as two terminally ill men who escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of things to do before they “kick the Bucket”. The film received mixed reviews from critics and was a moderate box office success.
Note: This is a personal opinion and there are many other great movies where Jack Nicholson has acted in.
Leave a Reply