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Easy Rider (1969)
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Five Easy Pieces (1970)
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The Last Detail (1973)
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Chinatown (1974)
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
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The Shining (1980)
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A Few Good Men (1992)
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The Pledge (2001)
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best Jack Nicholson performance

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best Jack Nicholson performance

Which is his best?
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I haven't seen all of the earlier ones, but I chose Cuckoo's Nest. I thought he was great in Something's Gotta Give.
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While I loved his performance in The Shining, gotta go with Cuckoo's Nest.
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Cuckoo's Nest . . .
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Another vote for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
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Originally posted by Rival11
While I loved his performance in The Shining, gotta go with Cuckoo's Nest.
Exactly
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For me, it's HOFFA. Why? Because it's one of Jack's few movies where I feel like I'm watching the character and not Jack Nicholson. A very underrated performance and movie.
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About Schmidt (2002), but I think he does a great job every time he performs. He was also great in Witches of Eastwick.
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I don't see "As Good As It Gets" listed--he won the Oscar for that role!
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tpugh choice with The Shining up there but I also gotta go with Cuckoo's Nest
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My all time favorite actor.

Took me a while to choose, but it would have to be FIVE EASY PIECES.
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Originally posted by Rival11
While I loved his performance in The Shining, gotta go with Cuckoo's Nest.
Tru dat.
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The first person to say "Batman", I swear to god I am paying a hit man to beat the crap out of you. That was so NOT The joker, it's not even funny. It was Jack playing Jack-Being-Insane instead of the Joker.

You want good charaction of Joker? Mask of the Phantasm - Mark Hamell nails it DEAD on in that one. He so owns Jack, it's not even funny.
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Cuckoo's Nest, hands down.
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Originally posted by Rival11
While I loved his performance in The Shining, gotta go with Cuckoo's Nest.
me too.
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"Darling. Light, of my life. I'm not gonna hurt ya. You didn't let me finish my sentence. I said, I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just gonna bash your brains in. I'm gonna bash 'em right the **** in. Ha, ha."


But seriously - his best performance is Cuckoo's Nest.
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Originally posted by El-Kabong
The first person to say "Batman", I swear to god I am paying a hit man to beat the crap out of you. That was so NOT The joker, it's not even funny. It was Jack playing Jack-Being-Insane instead of the Joker.
Is this his fault so much as the fault of the writer & director? And, personally, I think he played "Jack playing Jack-Being-Insane" quite well. Though is it his best performance? Not really.

I really thought he was stunning in Cuckoo's Nest and The Shining, but remembering the ending of About Schmidt makes me all teary eyed. I'll going with Schmidt---tough choice though.
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Anger Management isn't listed?
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Originally posted by Corvin
Is this his fault so much as the fault of the writer & director? And, personally, I think he played "Jack playing Jack-Being-Insane" quite well. Though is it his best performance? Not really.
Yeah - it's mostly the writer and Burton's fault. However I hear TONS of people gushing over jack, saying "Oh he was the BEST Joker ever." These people clearly have no clue how what the Joker is like in the comics. Hell, Ceaser Romero did a better job that Jack did.

Sorry - just a pet peve of mine.
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