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March 20th, 2012 12:35pm EDT

One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest Jack Nicholson's Oscar-winning turn in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest has been voted the greatest movie performance of all time.

The Hollywood veteran's role as R.P. McMurphy, a criminal faking insanity to serve his jail sentence in a mental hospital, came top in a poll by Total Film magazine.

Robert De Niro's acclaimed role as boxer Jake La Motta in 1980's Raging Bull was runner-up, and Daniel Day-Lewis' Oscar-winning portrayal of a turn-of-the-century oil baron in There Will Be Blood came third.

The top five was rounded out by Al Pacino's performance as Mafia boss Michael Corleone in gangster sequel The Godfather: Part II and Emily Watson, for her role as Bess McNeill in 1996 drama Breaking the Waves.



One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest

Raging Bull

There Will Be Blood

The GodFather

Emily Watson

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