Jack Nicholson - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 64

A Chronology of Jack Nicholson Movie Posters 1969-2007.

John Joseph Nicholson was born in Manhattan, New York City on the 22nd April, 1937. He was Oscar nominated 12 times and won 3 Oscars.

Easy Rider (1969) Italian poster
Easy Rider (1969) Italian poster



Easy Rider (1969) Directed by Dennis Hopper and starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson. 95mins.

An early cut of the film lasted 3 hours, Hopper, Fonda and Nicholson admitted to smoking pot on camera.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Nicholson).

IMDB rating 7.3

Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Five Easy Pieces (1970)

Five Easy Pieces (1970) Directed by Bob Rafelson and starring Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Susan Anspach. 98mins.

The title refers to classical pieces of music played in the film, they are -

Bach: Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue
Chopin: Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49
Chopin: Prelude in E minor, Op. 28, No. 4
Mozart: Fantasy in D minor, K. 397.
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K. 271

Nominated for 4 Oscars - Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Nicholson) and Best Supporting Actress (Black).

IMDB rating 7.5

Carnal Knowledge (1971)
Carnal Knowledge (1971)


Carnal Knowledge (1971) Directed by Mike Nichols and starring Jack Nicholson, Ann-Margret, Art Garfunkel and Candice Bergen. 98mins.

The film was sexually frank and ran foul of the censors at the time, in one US city a theater showing the movie was raided by police and reels of film were seized.

First mainstream movie to show a condom on screen.

Oscar Nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Ann-Margret).

IMDB rating 6.9

The Last Detail (1973)
The Last Detail (1973)



The Last Detail (1973) Directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jack Nicholson, Otis Young and Randy Quaid. 104mins.

John Travolta was considered for the Randy Quaid role.

Nominated for 3 Oscars - Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Nicholson) and Best Supporting Actor (Quaid).

IMDB rating 7.5

Chinatown (1974)
Chinatown (1974)

Chinatown (1974) Directed by Roman Polanski and starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston. 130mins.

"Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown." One of the most highly rated films of the 70's,

Originally filmed with a Marlowesque voice-over by Nicholson which was removed just before release.

Director Roman Polanski played the nasty little hood who slits Jake's nose.

Nominated for 11 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Nicholson) and Best Actress (Dunaway), winning 1 - Best Screenplay.

IMDB rating 8.4

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) Directed by Milos Forman and starring Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Brad Dourif and Will Sampson. 133mins.

Based on the novel by Ken Kesey first published in 1962.

Michael Douglas was one of the producers, his father Kirk Douglas owned the film rights back in the 60's.

The first film since It Happened One Night (1934) to win the 5 top Oscars.

Nominated for 9 Oscars winning 5 - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Nicholson) and Best Actress (Fletcher).

IMDB rating 8.8

The Missouri Breaks (1976)
The Missouri Breaks (1976)


The Missouri Breaks (1976) Directed by Arthur Penn and starring Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson and Randy Quaid. 126mins.

Director Arthur Penn gave up trying to tell Brando how to play a scene and let the eccentric actor improvise his role as he went along.

Brando never bothered to memorise his lines and cue cards were placed behind the camera which angered Jack Nicholson because Brando was always looking behind him instead of at him.

IMDB rating 6.5

Goin' South (1978)
Goin' South (1978)



Goin' South (1978) Directed by and starring Jack Nicholson, also starring Mary Steenburgen, Christopher Lloyd and John Belushi. 105mins.

Comedy western.

Jessica Lange and Meryl Streep were both considered for the female lead.

Mary Steenburgen's film debut.

IMDB rating 6.2

The Shining (1980) Japanese poster
The Shining (1980) Japanese poster

The Shining (1980) Directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd and Scatman Crothers.146mins (119mins)

Based on the novel by Stephen King first published in 1977.

"Here's Johnnny!" Robert De Niro and Robin Williams were considered for the role of Jack Torrance, Stephen King objected to Nicholson taking the role, his choice would have been Jon Voight.

King hated Kubrick’s film, he admired some aspects of it but felt it wasn't faithful to his novel. He adapted his novel for a 3-part mini-series in 1997, directed by Mick Garris.

IMDB rating 8.5

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) Directed by Bob Rafelson and starring Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange and John Colicos. 122mins.

Based on James M, Cain's 1934 novel, previously filmed in 1946 and starring Lana Turner and John Garfield.

Famous for it's kitchen table sex scene, which some people at the time thought wasn't simulated.

IMDB rating 6.5

Reds (1981)
Reds (1981)

Reds (1981) Directed by and starring Warren Beatty, also starring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson as Eugene O'Neill. 195mins.

Based on the life of John Reed (played by Beatty) a journalist and writer who wrote the book '10 Days that Shook the World', which chronicled the Russian Revolution of 1917.

Nominated for 12 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor (Beatty), Best Actress (Keaton) and Best Supporting Actor (Nicholson), winning 3 - Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Maureen Stapleton) and Best Cinematography.

IMDB rating 7.4

The Border (1982) Italian poster
The Border (1982) Italian poster



The Border (1982) Directed by Tony Richardson and starring Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Valerie Perrine and Warren Oates. 108mins.

Inspired by newspaper reports of illegal Mexican immigrants crossing the border into the US.

IMDB rating 6.3

Terms of Endearment (1983) Japanese poster
Terms of Endearment (1983) Japanese poster


Terms of Endearment (1983) Directed by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger and Jack Nicholson. 132mins.

Popular weepie which provided Nicholson with his second Oscar win.

Based on the novel by Larry McMurtry.

Sissy Spacek was considered for the Debra Winger role.

Nominated for 11 Oscars winning 5 - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (MacLaine) and Best Supporting Actor (Nicholson).

IMDB rating 7.3

Prizzi's Honor (1985)
Prizzi's Honor (1985)


Prizzi's Honor (1985) Directed by John Huston and starring Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Robert Loggia and Anjelica Huston.130mins.

Based on Richard Condon's 1982 novel.

Al Pacino was offered Nicholson's role but turned it down. Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight and John Travolta were also considered for the role.

Nominated for 8 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Nicholson), winning 1 - Best Supporting Actress (Anjelica Huston).

IMDB rating 6.8

Heartburn (1986)
Heartburn (1986)



Heartburn (1986) Directed by Mike Nichols and starring Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson and Jeff Daniels.108mins.

Written by Nora Ephron and based on her semi-biographical novel.

The baby featured in the film was Meryl Streep's daughter, Mamie Gummer.

The film debut of Kevin Spacey.

IMDB rating 5.8

Ironweed (1987)
Ironweed (1987)


Ironweed (1987) Directed by Hector Babenco and starring Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep and Carroll Baker. 143mins.

Based on William Kennedy's Pulitzer prize-winning novel.

Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman and Paul Newman were considered for the lead role.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Actor (Nicholson) and Best Actress (Streep).

IMDB rating 6.7

The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)


The Witches of Eastwick (1987) Directed by George Miller and starring Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer. 118mins.

Based on the novel by John Updike, it was adapted as a musical in 2000.

Alexandra Medford: Who are you?
Daryl Van Horne: Just your average, horny little devil.

Bill Murray was considered for the role of Daryl Van Horne.

Oscar Nominations for Best Music (John Williams) and Best Sound.

IMDB rating 6.4

Batman (1989)
Batman (1989)

Batman (1989) Directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger and Jack Palance. 126mins.

The choice of comedian Michael Keaton as the caped crusader was greeted by howls of disbelief by comic book fans but they quietened down after seeing Tim Burton's dark, gothic fantasy. Batman was the biggest hit of 1989 in North America. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was a bigger hit worldwide.

The Joker: "Winged freak terrorizes" Wait till they get a load of me!

Batman cost $35m to make and went on to gross $414m worldwide.

Followed by three sequels. Batman was successfully rebooted by Christopher Nolan in 2005.

Oscar win for Best Art Direction.

IMDB rating 7.6

The Two Jakes (1990) Italian poster
The Two Jakes (1990) Italian poster


The Two Jakes (1990) Directed by and starring Jack Nicholson, also starring Harvey Keitel, Meg Tilly and Madeleine Stowe. 137mins.

Sequel to Chinatown (1974) with Nicholson reprising his role as private investigator J.J. 'Jake' Gittes. The other 'Jake' is played by Harvey Keitel.

There were plans for a third movie titled "Gittes vs Gittes" which was abandoned.

IMDB rating 6.0

Hoffa (1992)
Hoffa (1992)


Hoffa (1992) Directed by Danny DeVito and starring Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito and Armand Assante. 140mins.

Jack Nicholson plays the powerful labour union leader Jimmy Hoffa, who vanished in July 1975 and was never seen again, he was declared dead in absentia in 1982.

Oliver Stone was planning to direct the film at one time.

Oscar Nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Makeup.

IMDB rating 6.5

A Few Good Men (1992)
A Few Good Men (1992)

A Few Good Men (1992) Directed by Rob Reiner and starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon and Kiefer Sutherland. 138mins.

Adapted from a play by Aaron Sorkin which opened in Broadway in 1989.

The word 'sir' is uttered 164 times in the movie.

The line "You can't handle the truth!" is #29 on the American Film Institute's 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list.

Nominated for 4 Oscars - Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Nicholson), Best Film Editing and Best Sound.

IMDB rating 7.6

Wolf (1994)
Wolf (1994)


Wolf (1994) Directed by Mike Nichols and starring Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader and Christopher Plummer. 125mins.

The film was delayed for 6 months after preview screenings gave the film's climax a thumbs down, the actors were brought back to film a new ending.

A horror film made by people who have no affinity for the genre, but the actors make it all very watchable.

IMDB rating 6.1

Mars Attacks! (1996)
Mars Attacks! (1996)

Mars Attacks! (1996) Directed by Tim Burton and starring Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan and Rod Steiger. 106mins.

"Ack ack ack ack!" Based on the infamous Topps trading cards first released in 1962.

Johnny Depp turned down a role in the film. Paul Newman and Warren Beatty turned down the role of the President..

Despite the all star cast the movie's jokey tone, quirky visuals and nasty mean streak helped make Mars Attacks! an expensive flop.

IMDB rating 6.3

As Good as it Gets (1997)
As Good as it Gets (1997)

As Good as it Gets (1997) Directed by James L. Brooks and starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear. 139mins.

Only Jack Nicholson can make an unlikeable character like Melvin Udall, likeable.

John Travolta was considered for the role of Melvin. Holly Hunter was considered for the female lead.

A box office hit, As Good As it Gets cost $50m and grossed $314m worldwide.

Nominated for 7 Oscars winning 2 - Best Actor (Nicholson) and Best Actress (Hunt).

IMDB rating 7.8

About Schmidt (2002)
About Schmidt (2002)


About Schmidt (2002) Directed by Alexander Payne and starring Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, Hope Davis and Dermot Mulroney. 125mins.

Loosely based on the novel by Louis Begley first published in 1996.

Jack Nicholson won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama and later remarked "I'm a little surprised, I thought we were making a comedy."

Oscar Nominations for Best Actor (Nicholson) and Best Supporting Actress (Bates).

IMDB rating 7.2

Something's Gotta Give (2003)
Something's Gotta Give (2003)


Something's Gotta Give (2003) Directed by Nancy Meyers and starring Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves and Frances McDormand. 128mins.

Nancy Meyers also wrote the screenplay, the two lead roles were written specifically for Nicholson and Keaton.

The romantic comedy was successful, grossing $266m worldwide.

Oscar Nomination for Best Actress (Keaton).

IMDB rating 6.7

Anger Management (2003)
Anger Management (2003)


Anger Management (2003) Directed by Peter Segal and starring Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, Marisa Tomei and Woody Harrelson. 106mins.

Dr. Buddy Rydell: She said she was going out with a friend named Andrea.
Dave Buznik: She doesn't have a friend named Andrea. Did she say Andrew?
Dr. Buddy Rydell: Oh, ah, yes Andrew... the testicle with legs.

Ex-mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani has a cameo.

A TV sitcom based on the movie started it's run in 2012 and starred Charlie Sheen.

IMDB rating 6.1

The Departed (2006)
The Departed (2006)
The Departed (2006)
The Departed (2006)

The Departed (2006) Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg and Martin Sheen. 151mins.

Loosely based on the Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs (2002).

After 6 Nominations Martin Scorsese finally won his Best Director Oscar, and about time too!

Brad Pitt was approached to play the Matt Damon role but he had committed to another film (Babel).

The most frequent use of the word "F-ck" in a Best Picture Oscar Winner, 237 times!!

The Departed cost $90m to make and has grossed $290m worldwide.

Nominated for 5 Oscars winning 4 - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Film Editing.

IMDB rating 8.5

The Bucket List (2007)
The Bucket List (2007)


The Bucket List (2007) Directed by Rob Reiner and starring Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman and Sean Hayes. 97mins.

A comedy drama or "dramedy" about terminally ill men.

Nicholson and Freeman were the first choices for the lead roles.

Morgan Freeman's son Alonso has a role in the film.

The film cost $45m and has grossed $175m worldwide.

IMDB rating 7.4

Jack Nicholson in Chinatown (1974) Lobby card.
Jack Nicholson in Chinatown (1974) Lobby card.

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Geekdom 4 years ago

Always fun to see the bodies of work from such amazing actors as Jack Nicholson. Looking at this list reminds me that he plays crazy very well.


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

I'm surprised there are some of Jack's movies I haven't seen. He's always fun to watch no matter what the movie is about-- or even how bad it might be. I think I remember one of his first was some sort of horror flick where he played a French Cavalry officer or something like that? Jack, though, could not be Jack and it was not that great.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Geekdom, David, thanks for commenting. He was a bit nuts wasn't he? Stephen King wasn't happy with Nicholson playing Jack Torrance in The Shining because the character was a normal man who gradually goes crazy inside that haunted hotel and King felt that Nicholson was already crazy before they arrived at the place. :)

David, I seem to remember seeing a photo of Jack in that sort of uniform, might have been one of his 60's movies, probably The Terror by Roger Corman, let me check... yep I googled "The Terror - Nicholson" and he is wearing a Napoleonic uniform.

He also appeared in Corman's The Raven, playing Peter Lorre's son.

I started the hub with his first big hit Easy Rider, in which he stole the film from the two stars, Fonda and Hopper.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Another of my favorites. Thank you.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

One of my faves too. Thanks for commenting Mhatter99, always appreciated.

Highest rated film on the page is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, followed by The Shining and The Departed.

Lowest rated is Heartburn.


Cogerson 4 years ago

My thoughts as I went through your hub. (1) Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces are not fun movies to watch...they have not aged well at all...but they made him a star. (2) The Last Detail ...so parts of the movie were filmed near my house (3) Chinatown is a classic that only gets better with time...John Huston shines as the evil father (4) One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest is one of the best movies of all-time (5) Missouri Breaks is disappointing while Goin South has some funny moments in the movie (6) The Shining has one of my favorite Jack performances (7) Not enough Jack in Reds (8) Prizzi's Honor is a forgotten classic....I was really rooting for John Huston to win an Oscar like his daughter did for Prizzi's. (9) I did not like either of the Jack/Meryl movies at all (10) Jack makes a great devil in Witches of Eastwick (11) Jack's Joker seems like a clown compared to Heath's Joker...but still a great movie and an awesome Blu-Ray upgrade (12) Did not really like Departed...still confused how that won the Best Picture Oscar (13) The Bucket List is my favorite of his later movie roles...as Jack and Morgan Freeman made a good team.

Sadly I think we might have seen the last new Jack Nicholson movie...he is now 75 and has no new movies listed on IMDB....he seems to be retired with other great actors of that era...Connery, Hackman, and Caine.....oh wait...Sir Michael is still churning out nearly 3 movies a year.

Nice tribute to one of my favorite actors. Voted up and across the board.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks again Bruce, your detailed comments and ruminations are much appreciated and enjoyed.

People think of Jack as a grinning, charming actor and forget how seriously powerful he can be. One of the great film performances of all time is Jack's in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, he received a richly deserved Oscar for that.

I haven't seen Bucket List yet, it's on my list of films to watch.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Jack....There aren't enough adjectives to describe this Giant of an actor.......Have seen the majority, but not all. I cannot think of a single movies with Jack as the star, that was not fantastic. He really can be anyone and do it better than anyone else!.........UP+++


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Hi Paula, thanks for commenting. For some reason your post was in my spam folder, luckily I check it regularly. I've had other good comments turn up in there from time to time.

Yeah Jack is great, always watchable, sadly he's getting on a bit now and making less and less films. There is no one else like him.

Thanks again for posting.

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