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The Best James Spader Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 2.9k votes 662 voters 69.2k 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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    The Pentagon Papers

    Paul Giamatti, James Spader

    Released2003

    Directed byRod Holcomb

    The Pentagon Papers is a TV special....  more
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    Cocaine: One Man's Seduction

    James Spader, Jeffrey Tambor

    Released1983

    Directed byPaul Wendkos

    Cocaine: One Man's Seduction is a 1983 television film directed by Paul Wendkos, starring Dennis Weaver as a real estate agent who gets addicted to cocaine....  more
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    Alien Hunter

    James Spader, Carl Lewis

    Released2003

    Directed byRon Krauss

    Alien Hunter is a 2003 television science-fiction-thriller film, directed by Ron Krauss and stars James Spader, Carl Lewis and Leslie Stefanson....  more
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    Slow Burn

    Josh Brolin, James Spader

    Released2000

    Directed byChristian Ford

    Slow Burn is a 2000 drama film starring Minnie Driver, James Spader, Stuart Wilson, and Josh Brolin....  more
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    Supernova

    Angela Bassett, James Spader

    Released2000

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola, Jack Sholder, Walter Hill, James Thomas Lee Knight

    Supernova is a 2000 science fiction horror film, from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film was written by David C. Wilson, William Malone and Daniel Chuba and directed by Walter Hill, credited as "Thomas...  more
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    Critical Care

    Helen Mirren, James Spader

    Released1997

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    Critical Care is a 1997 film directed by Sidney Lumet. The film is a satire about American medicine. The screenplay by Steven Schwartz is based on the novel by Richard Dooling and stars James Spader,...  more
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    I Witness

    Portia de Rossi, James Spader

    Released2003

    Directed byRowdy Herrington

    I Witness is a human rights themed thriller with action elements starring Jeff Daniels, James Spader, Portia de Rossi, Clifton Collins, Jr. and Wade Williams. Released in the United States on...  more
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    Shorts

    Kat Dennings, James Spader

    Released2009

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

    Shorts also known as Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock and Shorts: A Not-So Tall Tale is a 2009 3D American-Emirati live action and computer-animated family comedy fantasy adventure film...  more
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    The New Kids

    James Spader, Lori Loughlin

    Released1985

    Directed bySean S. Cunningham

    The New Kids is a 1985 American thriller film, directed by Sean S. Cunningham and starring Shannon Presby and Lori Loughlin. The film was released on January 18, 1985, in the US by Columbia Pictures....  more

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    The Music of Chance

    James Spader, Mandy Patinkin

    Released1993

    Directed byPhilip Haas

    The Music of Chance is a 1993 American drama film directed by Philip Haas. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. It is based on the book of the same name....  more
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    Shadow of Fear

    Lacey Chabert, James Spader

    Released2004

    Directed byRich Cowan

    Shadow of Fear is a 2004 film directed by Rich Cowan....  more
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    By Virtue Fall

    Carla Gugino, Eric Bana

    Released2013

    Directed bySheldon Turner

    By Virtue Fall is a 2013 drama-thriller film directed by Sheldon Turner...
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    Team Mates

    James Spader, Estelle Getty

    Released1978

    Directed bySteven Jacobson

    Team Mates is a 1978 comedy film written by Jennifer Lawson and directed by Steven Jacobson....  more
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    Curtain Call

    Alan Mowbray, Donald MacBride

    Released1940

    Directed byFrank Woodruff

    Curtain Call is a 1940 romantic comedy film directed by Frank Woodruff....  more
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    Starcrossed

    James Spader, Clark Johnson

    Released1985

    Directed byJeffrey Bloom