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Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Movie Buff's Opinion Of Greatest Jack Nicholson Performances In His Career

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By Todd Waters

It's a shame how much free time Jack Nicholson has on his hands these days. The guy is without a doubt one of the most accomplished actors of all time, and instead of continuing to churn out classics, he waits for the perfect movie before pouncing on it. In the meantime, you can catch him in the front row at the Staples Center.

This article will highlight my top five favorite Jack Nicholson films of all time.

If you have yet to see The Departed, you are missing out. Few films that have come out in recent years have touched the brilliance that The Departed delivered. It came as little surprise to most when this movie won the Oscar for Best Picture of The Year.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's nest is simply put, one of the greatest pieces of American cinema ever created. Jack plays a mental patient that leads a coup against an evil nurse at an insane asylum and the scenes are memorable, to say the least.

One of the best Jack Nicholson roles of all time is without a doubt his portrayal of Colonel Nathan R. Jessep in A Few Good Men. This movie is incredible, which comes as no surprise since the great Aaron Sorkin wrote the screenplay.

While Heath Ledger knocked it out of the park with his portrayal of The Joker, there is no doubt that Nicholson set the bar incredibly high. At the time, no one could have possibly played The Joker better than Jack.

As Good As It Gets, is close to as good as it gets when discussing Jack Nicholson films. This movie also starred Helen Hunt and Cuba Gooding Jr at the peak of their respective careers. Jack plays the role of Melvin Udall to a tee.

I wanted to limit this list to five films, but feel that a six movie, Chinatown is worth mentioning. This is a great murder mystery film that was released in 1974.

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