One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Milos Forman

This Milos Forman-directed film (1975) won five major Academy Awards. It is the unusual story of an energetic, confident convict MacMurphy who chooses to spend time in an asylum instead of prison. He takes on the iron lady Nurse Ratchel (Louise Fletcher) who has clamped harsh rules to control the motley group of mentally unstable men in her ward. Jack Nicholson as the irrepressible newcomer who stirs up a mutiny against the establishment won his first Oscar for this role. His rebellion leads to a tragic end but inspires other patients to freedom.