The Actors: Jack Nicholson


While I feel that Nicholson hasn’t had a quality performance in many, many years – aside from “The Departed” – I think that he is truly a landmark of an actor.  Coming from the Roger Corman than BBS era of film, he is one of the most important figures in American cinema.  I didn’t include him in my Top Ten Currently Working Actors post, and that was wrong of me.  Jack Nicholson may be America’s finest actor.  Ever.  Where does one even begin to rank his best performances?  I will, so you don’t have too.

  1. Bobby Dupea, “Five Easy Pieces”
  2. Buddusky, “The Last Detail”
  3. R.P. McMurphy, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”
  4. Garrett Breedlove, “Terms of Endearment”/”The Evening Star”
  5. Jack Torrence, “The Shinning”
  6. J.J. Gittes, “Chinatown”/”The Two Jakes”
  7. The Joker, “Batman”
  8. George Hanson, “Easy Rider”
  9. Jerry Black, “The Pledge”
  10. Freddy Gale, “The Crossing Guard”

Author: Frank Mengarelli

Everybody relax, Frank's here. After going to film school at Columbia College Chicago, Frank decided to underachieve with his vast knowledge of film into a career in civil service. Frank had a brief stint as a film blogger, and then he met the heterosexual love of his life, Nick Clement. The two instantly bonded over their love from everything to Terence Malick to THE EXPENDABLES films. Some of Frank's favorite filmmakers are Terence Malick, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Sylvester Stallone, Oliver Stone and Spike Lee. Some of his favorite films are THE TREE OF LIFE, STAR WARS (all of them), BAD LIEUTENANT, THE THING and ALL THAT JAZZ. Frank spends his free time with his dog Roger, collecting any Star Wars collectible he can find and trying to finish his pretentious, first person narrative novel(la), LARGE MEN IN SMALL CARS..

5 thoughts on “The Actors: Jack Nicholson”

  1. Truly a great actor along with Jeff Bridges I don’t think those two (despite their Oscars) get the respect they deserve.

    Look at DeNiro that guy receives heaps of praise even when he is completely cashing in. Nicholson and Bridges don’t get that type of acclaim.

  2. Chinatown
    The Pledge
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    A Few Good Men
    The Shining
    Five Easy Pieces
    The Departed
    Batman (1989)
    As Good As It Gets
    Mars Attacks!

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