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The Best James Spader Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 2.8k votes 660 voters 69.1k views40 items

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List of the best James Spader movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. In recent years, James Spader has found success on TV series like Boston Legal, The Office and The Blacklist, but his filmography is also full of interesting work. James Spader's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top James Spader movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated James Spader movies will be at the top of the list. James Spader has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest James Spader movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining James Spader films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best James Spader role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest James Spader performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

This list below has a variety of films, like Sex, Lies, and Videotape and Pretty in Pink, in it.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best James Spader movies?" and "What are the greatest James Spader roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Spader's early work, you might also enjoy our list of best Andrew McCarthy movies and best Robert Downey, Jr. movies.

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    Sex, Lies, and Videotape

    Andie MacDowell, James Spader
    This film is a 1989 American independent drama film that brought director Steven Soderbergh to...  more

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    #29 of 126 The Greatest Directorial Debuts Of All Time#22 of 116 The Best Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test

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    Pretty in Pink

    James Spader, Gina Gershon
    Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in...  more

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    #29 of 782 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#54 of 201 The Best Teen Romance Movies

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    Stargate

    Kurt Russell, James Spader
    Stargate is a 1994 French-American adventure science fiction film released through...  more

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    #568 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies#15 of 38 The Best Movies Coming to Netflix in May 2021

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    Tuff Turf

    Robert Downey Jr., James Spader
    Tuff Turf is a 1985 American drama film starring James Spader and Kim Richards. The film was...  more

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    #19 of 38 The Best Teen Movies on Amazon Prime#93 of 172 The Greatest Teen Movies Of The 1980s

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    Less Than Zero

    Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr.
    Less Than Zero is a 1987 American drama film very loosely based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel of...  more

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    #89 of 291 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time#395 of 675 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

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    Wall Street

    Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas
    Wall Street is a 1987 American drama film, directed and co-written by Oliver Stone, which...  more

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    #536 of 1,195 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#4 of 64 The Greatest Movies About Making Money

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    Lincoln

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis
    Lincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring...  more

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    #140 of 376 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked#23 of 301 The Best Movies Based On True Stories

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    Mannequin

    Kim Cattrall, James Spader
    Mannequin is a 1987 romantic comedy fantasy film starring Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall,...  more

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    #61 of 305 The Funniest '80s Movies#94 of 541 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

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    Dream Lover

    James Spader, Mädchen Amick
    Dream Lover is a 1994 American erotic drama film written and directed by Nicholas Kazan and...  more
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    Endless Love

    Tom Cruise, Brooke Shields
    Endless Love is a 1981 romantic drama film directed by Franco Zeffirelli starring Brooke...  more

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    Curtain Call

    Michael Caine, Maggie Smith
    Curtain Call is a 1999 film directed by Peter Yates....  more
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    Bob Roberts

    Susan Sarandon, Jack Black
    Bob Roberts is a 1992 satirical mockumentary film written, directed by and starring Tim...  more

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    #36 of 62 The Funniest Movies About Politics#223 of 340 The Best Political Films Ever Made

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    True Colors

    John Cusack, James Spader
    True Colors is an American drama film written by Kevin Wade and directed by Herbert Ross. The...  more
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    Baby Boom

    Diane Keaton, James Spader
    Baby Boom is a 1987 comedy film starring Diane Keaton. The film also launched a subsequent...  more

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    #914 of 1,139 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time#18 of 41 The Best Single Mom Movies

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    Jack's Back

    James Spader, Cynthia Gibb
    Jack’s Back is a 1988 horror film directed and written by Rowdy Herrington and starring James...  more
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    Family Secrets

    James Spader, Melissa Gilbert
    Family Secrets is a 1984 television movie directed by Jack Hofsiss and starring Maureen...  more
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    The Stickup

    James Spader, Robert Miano
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    Wolf

    Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer
    Wolf is a 1994 American romantic horror film directed by Mike Nichols and written by Jim...  more
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    2 Days in the Valley

    Charlize Theron, Teri Hatcher
    2 Days in the Valley is a 1996 film directed by John Herzfeld that revolves around the events...  more
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    The Watcher

    Keanu Reeves, Marisa Tomei
    The Watcher is a 2000 American thriller film directed by Joe Charbanic and starring James...  more
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    Storyville

    James Spader, Piper Laurie
    Storyville is a 1992 film directed by Mark Frost and starring James Spader....  more
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    The Rachel Papers

    James Spader, Michael Gambon
    The Rachel Papers is a 1989 British film written and directed by Damian Harris, and based on...  more
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    Speaking of Sex

    Bill Murray, James Spader
    Speaking of Sex is a 2001 film directed by John McNaughton....  more
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    Keys to Tulsa

    Cameron Diaz, Mary Tyler Moore
    Keys to Tulsa is a 1997 film directed by Leslie Greif, and starring Eric Stoltz and James...  more
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    The Pentagon Papers

    Paul Giamatti, James Spader
    The Pentagon Papers is a TV special....  more