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Jack Nicholson has played a stack of roles in a stack of good movies (55 or so), and won a stack of accolades (as well as awards – including three Oscars); this collection covers just a sample of his amazing and active career.

EASY RIDER (1969) Best Actor Oscar nominee
Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Phil Spector
Directed by Dennis Hopper

Jack plays an alcoholic but the more articulate of his dropout buddies, as they criss cross the West on motorbikes, searching for the meaning of life. They find bigoted violence. A classic, of course.

FIVE EASY PIECES (1970) Best Actor Oscar nominee
Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Billy Green Bush, Fannie Flagg, Sally Struthers
Directed by Bob Rafelson

Have your nerves wracked by the best in the business: Jack. His portrait of Bob is utterly absorbing, a mixed up and out of place character whose pieces are never easy.

Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn, Julia Anne Robisnon
Directed by Bob Rafelson

Not Bob’s best, but Jack comes out well in a tale of two brothers (Jack plays younger to Dern’s older) in which the self effacing younger allows himself to be seduced by the wheeler dealer elder’s lifestyle.

THE LAST DETAIL (1973) – Best Actor, Cannes Film Festival
Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid, Clifton James
Directed by Hal Ashby

Jack plays the senior of two sailors escorting a dumb young recruit to a naval prison after he commits petty thievery. It’s leisurely, ‘cause they’ve got time to deliver the boor bugger, and Jack makes the most of the exchange of compassion between the prisoner and the detail assigned to him.

A FEW GOOD MEN (1992) Best Supporting Actor, Oscar nominee
Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon Keifer Sutherland
Directed by Rob Reiner

Defence lawyers, Kaffee (Cruise) and Galloway (Moore) are assigned the case of defending two US soldiers, accused of murdering a fellow soldier who was deemed to have 'broken the code'. Kaffee and Galloway soon run into Jessep (Nicholson), a brick wall who sees himself as a military 'untouchable.' The accused claim they were obeying orders (Jessep's), and that the death was an accident. Trim, taut and terrific…

WOLF (1994)
Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader, Christopher Plummer
Directed by Mike Nichols

Although Witches of Eastwick was a better (supernatural) vehicle for Jack, (because he makes a better devil than a werewolf) this is often inventive and entertaining, avoiding cliches for the most part and posing the question: what if it were me.

AS GOOD AS IT GETS (1997) Best Actor, Oscars
Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding jnr, Skeet Ulrich
Directed by james L. Brooks

New York City’s Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast. Everyone sparkles and the humour has an edge. This is one of Jack’s three Oscar winning roles (apart from eight others for which he was nominated).

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