Fictional Characters The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked  

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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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John Doe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
Seven

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Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
House of Cards

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20 4
Roger 'Verbal' Kint is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
The Usual Suspects

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25 9
Lester Burnham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
American Beauty

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9 3
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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6 2
Chris Sabian is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
The Negotiator

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6 3
Hopper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
A Bug's Life

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7 5
Prot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
K-PAX

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5 3
Buddy Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
Swimming with Sharks

10
4 2
Jim Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

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4 2
Eddy Otis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
Eddy Otis Consenting Adults

12
4 2
Micky Rosa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked

13
3 1
David Gale is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
The Life of David Gale

14
6 5
Maj. Casey Schuler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked

15
3 2
Eugene Simonet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
Pay It Forward

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Bob Speck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
Working Girl

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4 5
D.A. Rufus Buckley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
A Time to Kill

18
4 5
John Williamson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
Glengarry Glen Ross, Glengarry Glen Ross

19
2 3
Dave Harken is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
Horrible Bosses

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8 10
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
Superman Returns

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1 4
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Kevin Spacey, Ranked
Elvis & Nixon