Thursday, February 09, 2012

Which is Better?

Jack Nicholson
10 sample films:

A Few Good Men
The Departed
Terms of Endearment
Mars Attacks
The Shining
About Schmidt
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest


Robert De Niro
10 sample films:

Taxi Driver
A Bronx Tale
Wag the Dog
The King of Comedy
The Deer Hunter
Meet the Parents
The Godfather Part II

Which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments section


  1. They've had their fair share of crap movies. I like them both, but I like De Niro just a hair more mainly for The Godfather Part II and Raging Bull.

  2. De Niro has really gone downhill.. but going just by the sample films provided, acting as if Rocky and Bullwinkle never happened, or Fockers, I have to lean towards Jack. As far as both of them and their "great" movies, I have them tied 16 to 16.

  3. Haha, nice images for this one. Gonna have to give the edge to De Niro here mainly because of three movies: Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, and The Godfather Part II.

  4. Nicholson for me. De Niro is, of course, a very good actor, but not quite the untouchable immortal he's sometimes made out to be. And there are ropey moments even in films like Goodfellas.

    Jack, on the other hand, has starred in two of my top-5 all-time favourites: Chinatown and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, so he gets the nod.

  5. Based on the match-up of films, I'd have to go with Nicholson. 'The Shining' and 'Batman' are so good and so memorable because of Jack.

  6. Right now, I'm leaning towards Jack Nicholson. Even though he's playing exaggerated versions of his persona.

    At least he didn't appear in shit films like Rocky & Bullwinkle, New Year's Eve, Little Fockers and that movie he just did with Al Pacino.

    If I were to forget their recent crap films. I would still probably say de Niro up until Jackie Brown which was the last great thing he did.

  7. IThis is incredibly difficult.

    But I think my devotion to De Niro in Taxi Driver is too strong.

  8. If I have to choose, I will choose Jack Nicholson, though De Niro is an equally brilliant actor.

  9. I'm wondering if I should go with the one who was less of an embarrassment in his later films (Nicholson), or the one who was better in his prime (De Niro). Tough choice.

  10. I didnt really know how to score this..
    The list for both is so strong..Im slightly leaning more towards De Niro though.
    CS is pushing us with these last 2 comparisons.

    While De Niro has been in some awful movies as his career has progressed his list here, in comparison, seems a bit stronger for me.

  11. This is definitely tough. I think they may be equally talented, but I'd have to go with Nicholson. He just has this quality about him that I love and get excited to see in his movies. Even in smaller roles like in Easy Rider. De Niro is pretty undeniable but especially in the past decade doesn't have that same spark.

  12. Nicholson but as always a great match-up. Very hard to choose.

  13. It's so weird, both these men are superstars and fine actors on their best days but I'm only a little above ambivalent for them. I've always found their female contemporaries eclipsed them (the Keatons, the Fondas, the Redgraves, the Dunaways). And, though I love his collective filmography more De Niro loses this one for me. Even when Jack is bad, hell even when he's abysmal I feel as if he's still trying entertain me.


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