One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Lists: Drama, Academy Award Best Picture Winners - All Time, Best Picture Winners from the 1970s, AFI 100 (2007), Best Picture nominee 1970 to 1979

Brief Synopsis: "While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse Mildred Ratched."

Overall Ranking: 163 (Rank from 1975: # 1)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 80%
Regular 13.33%
Half-Popped 6.67%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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People Involved

  • Jack Nicholson (Randle Patrick McMurphy)
  • Louise Fletcher (Nurse Mildred Ratched)
  • William Redfield (Harding)
  • Michael Berryman (Ellis)
  • Peter Brocco (Colonel Matterson)
  • Dean R. Brooks (Dr. John Spivey)
  • Alonzo Brown (Miller)
  • Scatman Crothers (Orderly Turkle)
  • Mwako Cumbuka (Attendant Warren)
  • Danny DeVito (Martini)
  • William Duell (Jim Sefelt)
  • Josip Elic (Bancini)
  • Lan Fendors (Nurse Itsu)
  • Nathan George (Attendant Washington)
  • Ken Kenny (Beans Garfield)
  • Mel Lambert (Harbormaster)
  • Sydney Lassick (Charlie Cheswick)
  • Kay Lee (Night Nurse)
  • Brad Dourif (Billy Bibbit)
  • Christopher Lloyd (Taber)
  • Louisa Moritz (Rose)
  • Will Sampson (Chief Bromden)
  • Vincent Schiavelli (Fredrickson)
  • Anjelica Huston (Woman on Pier)
  • MiloÅ¡ Forman (Director)