Jack Nicholson Movies

Jack Nicholson in 1980's The Shining

Jack Nicholson in 1980’s The Shining

Want to know the best Jack Nicholson movies?  How about the worst Jack Nicholson movies?  Curious about Jack Nicholson’s box office grosses or which Jack Nicholson movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Jack Nicholson movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences or which one got the worst reviews? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.

Jack Nicholson (1937-) is one of the most accomplished actors to ever appear in movies. He has been nominated twelve times for an Academy Award® for acting (winning three times). Nicholson has also picked up seventeen Golden Globe® nominations (winning five times). His big break was appearing in 1969’s Easy Rider. The part of George Hanson was actually written for another actor, Rip Torn, who dropped out of the film after a disagreement with director Dennis Hopper.  Nicholson took over the role, received his first Oscar® nomination and has never looked back.

Since Easy Rider, Nicholson has appeared in one classic after another. In the 1970s, he appeared in the movies Five Easy Pieces, Carnal Knowledge, Chinatown, and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. The 1980s gave us Terms of Endearment, Reds, Prizzi’s Honor, Batman and Broadcast News. The 1990s gave us A Few Good Men and As Good As It Gets. In the 2000s he has made fewer movies, but still starred in The Departed and About Schmidt. His last starring role was in 2007’s The Bucket List and his last appearance on the screen was a supporting role in 2010’s How Do You Know.  Currently he has no new projects listed on IMDb….I hope that does not mean that he has retired.

His IMDb page shows 75 acting credits from 1956-2010. This page will rank 48 Jack Nicholson movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies that were not released in theaters were not included in the rankings.

Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon, Jack and Cher in 1987's Witches of Eastwick

Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon, Jack and Cher in 1987’s Witches of Eastwick

Jack Nicholson Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table

The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

  • Sort Jack Nicholson movies by co-stars of his movies
  • Sort Jack Nicholson movies by actual domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost
  • Sort Jack Nicholson movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost
  • Sort Jack Nicholson movies how they were received by critics and audiences.  60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie
  • Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Jack Nicholson movie received.
  • Sort Jack Nicholson movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score.  UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Jack Nicholson Table

  1. Nineteen Jack Nicholson movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 38.77% of his movies listed. Batman (1989) is his biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Jack Nicholson movie grosses $104.00 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  37 of Jack Nicholson’s movies are rated as good movies…or 75.51% of his movies.  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) is his highest rated movie while Man Trouble (1992) is lowest rated movie.
  4. Twenty Jack Nicholson movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 40.81% of his movies.
  5. Eight Jack Nicholson movie won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 16.32% of his movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 39.86.  27 Jack Nicholson movies scored higher that average….or 55.10% of his movies.  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) got the the highest UMR Score while Man Trouble (1992) got the lowest UMR Score.
Jack Nicholson in 1989's Batman

Jack Nicholson in 1989’s Batman

 Jack Nicholson Has 12 Oscar® and 17 Golden Globe® Nominations

1. 1969’s Easy Rider….nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar®

2. 1970’s Five Easy Pieces….nominated for a Best Actor Oscar®

3. 1971’s Carnal Knowledge….nominated for a Best Actor Golden Globe®

4. 1973’s The Last Detail….nominated for a Best Actor Oscar®

5. 1974’s Chinatown….nominated for a Best Actor Oscar®…won Golden Globe®

6. 1975’s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest…..won Best Actor Oscar® and Golden Globe®

7. 1981’s Reds….nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar®

8. 1983’s Terms of Endearment….won Best Supporting Actor Oscar® and Golden Globe®

9. 1985’s Prizzi’s Honor….nominated for a Best Actor Oscar®….won Golden Globe®

10. 1987’s Ironweed….nominated for a Best Actor Oscar®

11. 1989’s Batman…..nominated for a Best Actor Golden Globe®

12. 1992’s A Few Good Men….nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar®

13. 1992’s Hoffa…..nominated for a Best Actor Golden Globe®

14.  1997’s As Good As It Gets….won Best Actor Oscar®

15.  2002’s About Schmidt….nominated for a Best Actor Oscar®…won Golden Globe®

16. 2003’s Somethings Gotta Give…..nominated for a Best Actor Golden Globe®

17. 2006’s The Departed……nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe®

Check out Jack Nicholson‘s career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.

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  1. 1 HI STEVE After Peter and Dennis a Nicholson video simply had to be. I have mentioned how according to Hopper Mr M refused to work alongside him so that scenes in Apocalypse Now where they appeared to be in each other’s presence were an illusion created by trick camerawork. And so it apparently was at least at times with Jack/Mumbles scenes in The Missouri Breaks with some critics spotting the alleged illusion and blaming it for a lack of chemistry between the two stars in some of the supposed shared scenes. However the pair were close friends and mutual admirers so that unlike in the Hopper situation the Missouri Breaks filming arrangements were not caused by personality issues but by conflicting working schedules.

    2 Critics have in fact expressed disappointment that the teaming of the 2 Legends didn’t produce a better movie than Missouri Breaks but in the end it hasn’t mattered because Jack and Mumbles are currently ranked 1 and 2 respectively on what IMDB claims is the “Ultimate” List of the 100 greatest Actors of All Time and although the list contains many supporting/character actors Dennis Hopper is not mentioned at all, nor is Peter Fonda whose dad is ranked No 42 on that list. [Chuck is 88th on the list and Cary Grant 43rd – I simply HAD to get in on the act and mention Cary again!]

    3 Some of the great POSTERS in your Nicholson video are in my opinion On a Clear Day, The Crossing Guard, Ride in the Whirlwind, The Shooting, The Last Tycoon, Reds, Terms of Endearment and –WOW! – The Postman Always Rings Twice.

    4 The STILLS were also first-class with the best for me being Mars Attacks, Something’s Gotta Give, Witches of Eastwick, The Raven, Batman and Missouri Breaks. Your Batman poster is one of the very best that I’ve seen for that movie and in view of what I have said in paragraph 1 above I wonder how genuine the Mumbles /Jack togetherness photoshootl was. Certainly that scene was not part of the movie as in Missouri Breaks the Jack and Mumbles characters were enemies and indeed the closing scene was one of the better ones in that flick where Jack finds Mumbles asleep on I think the prarie, shakes him and says “Wake up. I’ve just cut your throat!”

    5 For the record Cuckoo’s Nest although rightly acknowledged as a classic was never a personal favourite of mine but I have adored Jack’s work in the likes of Terms of Endearment, As Good as it Gets, Something’s Gotta Give and especially A Few Good Men. You and the Work Horse agree on 4 of Jack’s top 5 movies with Bruce having Reds in his 5 instead of Easy Rider which you have at 3 and he ranks No 11 for critic and audience. From what I have said previously you will understand that on this occasion I support the Great One though he still gives Easy Rider a high 80% marking.. The video is one of your very best and indeed I would have to write a lot longer about it to do it full justice but a rating of 97.5% nevertheless says it all about my opinion of it. Excellent viewing value!

    1. Hi Bob, thanks for the review, generous rating, comment, info, trivia, observation, comparison, appraisal and evaluation, much appreciated.

      Glad the visual presentation met with your approval.

      It’s been years since I last saw The Missouri Breaks, it’s not a favorite of mine but it might be worth another look, it did get a reasonably good score. I want to give Brando’s One Eyed Jacks another spin too.

      Nicholson is one of my favorite ‘modern’ actors, even if he has been at it since the early 1960s. Even when he plays evil, as in The Shining and Batman, he’s still oddly sympathetic. Unlike say Robert De Niro who can come across as cold and distant even when playing a good guy.

      Looking at my video chart – 35 Nicholson films scoring from 6.2 to 9.3 is quite impressive. I wonder how some of the upcoming movie greats in this latest wave of videos compare to Joker Jack, score-wise. Bruce has 37 of his films scoring 6 and over on his critics chart. We have the same top two.

      Carnal Knowledge is no.1 on Ann-Margrets chart and drops to 13th on Nicholsons.

      Jack has had award nominations on 16 of the 35 films listed.

      Seven films scored 10 out of 10 from my sources – Reds, Terms of Endearment, Five Easy Pieces, The Shining, Easy Rider, Chinatown and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. And another seven topped out at 9 including As Good as it Gets and The Departed.

      Another trio of modern greats next week. All born in the 1930s. All Oscar winners.

      1. 1 HI AGAIN STEVE I think the Work Horse has recently seen a new print of One Eyed Jacks that Martin Scorsese and Steve Spielberg spent a year restoring so if you can get your hands on that one it would certainly be worth looking at. Knowing you as I do though you may already have a copy of the restoration!!!

        2 My brother in law has absolutely no interest in movies or their content but camerawork, editing printing etc fascinate him the way I think they do John and my in-law would get all excited about a restoration of any old classic and yet be completely uninterested in the movie itself.

        3 According to a Malden biographer Paramount wanted Tracy for the part of the villainous Dad Longworth but Brando insisted upon his friend Karl and Brando had plenty of clout when One Eyed Jacks was being planned. I wonder though if a pairing of Old Cantankerous and Mr M was really on because Tracy openly detested ole Mumbles and I would guess the feeling was mutual and anyway it’s hard to see a planned Mumbles/Cantankerous teaming
        getting past billing negotiations. Sourpuss Tracy wouldn’t take 2nd billing to his pal Bogie so its difficult to see Spence giving way to someone he utterly hated for some strange reason and it had been 10 years since Brando had accepted less that top billing. NB It has been claimed that Tracy like W C Fields was so cynical and contrary that he hated many people who had done him no harm.

        4. Tracy and Brando’s petty egos and personal prejudices are in my opinion horse-laugh stuff but a serious and sad piece of trivia associated with One Eyed Jacks is that newcomer leading lady Pina Pellicer who had that Audrey Heburn/Leslie Caron gamine look committed suicide 3 years after the 1961 Jacks at the age of just 30. She apparently suffered from depression.

  2. 1 As Steve Lensman has pointed out many actors of the modern cinema revere Marlon Brando and none more so than Jack Nicholson who for years has sung Brando’s praises at every opportunity with accolades like “He gave us our freedom.” They were actually neighbours in Mulholland Drive for a while and Marlon’s home was high above Jack’s and at that time Marlon had ballooned to around 20 stone so Jack used to playfully refer to him as “The big guy on the hill!”

    2 They got on very well together but apparently Brando didn’t always look after himself as much as Jack thought he should have and Jack would go into Brando’s home and play nursemaid. So Nicholson wasn’t just a loyal fan but also a good neighbour and I think that spirit of humanity often shows through in Jack’s acting and in what’s often regarded as a cynical and selfish profession it is nice to see someone like Nicholson who has exceptional artistic talent and is apparently possessed of kindness as well.

    NB: I liked the miniature stills on this page.

    1. Hey Bob good information on Brando and Nicholson. That sounds like a fun neighborhood. I know for awhile Steve McQueen and James Garner were neighbors and they used to play pranks on each other.

      In many ways it is hard to believe Jack is 80. Luckily he is making another movie. Maybe he will be like Sir Mike and work for as long as possible. Thanks for checking out our page on the birthday boy.

  3. Jack Nicholson has appeared in pictures with 42 other Oscar winners as far as I know.

    A Few Good Men (1992) – Cuba Gooding Jr.
    About Schmidt (2002) – Kathy Bates
    Anger Management (2003) – Marisa Tomei
    As Good as it Gets (1997) – Cuba Gooding Jr. (#2), Helen Hunt
    Batman (1989) – Kim Basinger, Jack Palance
    Blood and Wine (1996) – Michael Caine
    Broadcast News (1987) – William Hurt
    Carnal Knowledge (1971) – Rita Moreno (appearing at nearby Queensborough Community College in Queens in a few weeks). Did you know when Maximillian Schell died a few years ago all 4 Oscar winners for acting for 1961 were still alive (Rita won in 61), then he passed.
    Chinatown (1974) – Faye Dunaway
    Ensign Pulver (1964) – Walter Matthau, Burl Ives
    Goin’ South (1978) – Mary Steenburgen
    Heartburn (1986) – Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Maureen Stapleton
    How Do You Know (2010) – Reese Witherspoon
    I’m Still Here (2010) – Sean Penn, Jamie Foxx
    Ironweed (1987) – Meryl Streep (#2)
    Mars Attacks! (1996) – Natalie Portman
    On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) – Barbra Streisand
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) – Anjelica Huston, Louise Fletcher
    Prizzi’s Honor (1985) – Anjelica Huston (#2)
    Ragtime (1981) – Mary Steenburgen (#2), James Cagney
    Reds (1981) – Gene Hackman, Diane Keaton, Maureen Stapleton (#2)
    Something’s Gotta Give (2003) – Frances McDormand, Diane Keaton (#2)
    Terms of Endearment (1983) – Shirley Maclaine
    The Bucket List (2007) – Morgan Freeman
    The Crossing Guard (1995) – Anjelica Huston (#3)
    The Departed (2006) – Leonardo Dicaprio
    The Evening Star (1996) – Shirley Maclaine (#2), Ben Johnson
    The King of Marvin Gardens (1972) – Ellen Burstyn
    The Last Tycoon (1976) – Robert De Niro, Ray Milland
    The Missouri Breaks (1976) – Marlon Brando
    The Pledge (2001) – Vanessa Redgrave, Helen Mirren
    The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) – Anjelica Huston (#4), Jessica Lange
    The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967) – Jason Robards
    The Two Jakes (1990) – Faye Dunaway (#2)
    The Witches of Eastwick (1987) – Susan Sarandon, Cher
    Wolf (1994) – Christopher Plummer

    42!!

    1. Hey Dan…..so Lee and Jack are tied with 42…..you have me really interesting in getting Sir Michael’s total….well be working on that soon. Thanks for sharing Jack’s Oscar partners. 🙂

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