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The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked 

Ranker Film
Updated June 28, 2019 556 votes 138 voters 1.7k views 21 items

This list contains information on the best characters played by Kevin Spacey ranked from best to worst by user votes. The top Kevin Spacey characters come in many forms. Some compelling Spacey roles personify intensity while other iconic Spacey characters are cool, calm, and collected. A few great Kevin Spacey characters are even downright evil.

Which Kevin Spacey roles are the best? Francis Underwood has to be near the top of the list. As the ever-scheming politician on the hit Netflix series House of Cards, Underwood will stop at nothing to land on top. Spacey has been nominated for several Primetime Emmy Awards for playing the role of President Underwood. Spacey won an Oscar for Best Actor for his 1999 American Beauty character Lester Burnham.

Spacey terrified and tormented those who he viewed as sinners as the deadly John Doe in Seven. Other great characters portrayed by Kevin Spacey include Verbal in The Usual Suspects and Buddy Ackerman in Swimming with Sharks.

Which Kevin Spacey character do you think is the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any great roles we may have missed.

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Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
House of Cards
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John Doe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
Seven
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Lester Burnham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
Lester Burnham American Beauty
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Roger 'Verbal' Kint is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
The Usual Suspects
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Jack Vincennes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
L.A. Confidential, L.A. Confidential
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Chris Sabian is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
The Negotiator
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Hopper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
Hopper A Bug's Life
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David Gale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
The Life of David Gale
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Prot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
K-PAX
10
Maj. Casey Schuler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
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Bob Speck is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
Working Girl
12
Micky Rosa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
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Eugene Simonet is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
Pay It Forward
14
Jim Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
15
Dave Harken is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
Horrible Bosses
16
D.A. Rufus Buckley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
A Time to Kill
17
Buddy Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
Swimming with Sharks
18
Eddy Otis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
Eddy Otis Consenting Adults
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Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
Elvis & Nixon
20
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
Superman Returns
21
John Williamson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
Glengarry Glen Ross, Glengarry Glen Ross