Also surprised to find no polls like this have already been made. Nicholson is another one of the all-time greats that you simply cannot condense their best (or even just his Oscar-nominated) roles into 10 poll options, so I divided it into two. This one covers the most acclaimed roles from his most recent years.
His Ironweed performance is quite underrated and he’s truly spine-chillingly terrifying in The Departed, but my vote goes to About Schmidt which I find to be the most sensitive and carefully layered performance of his career, very different from anything he’s ever done.
His work in “About Schmidt” is so powerful. I couldn’t believe how much he was willing to play against type.