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The Best James Spader Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 2.6k votes 664 voters 69.3k 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

    Released1989

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    This film is a 1989 American independent drama film that brought director Steven Soderbergh to prominence. It tells the story of a man who films women discussing their impact on the relationships of...  more

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    Pretty in Pink

    James Spader, Gina Gershon

    Released1986

    Directed byHoward Deutch

    Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. It is one of John Hughes' films starring Molly Ringwald, and is commonly...  more

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    Stargate

    Kurt Russell, James Spader

    Released1994

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    Stargate is a 1994 French-American adventure science fiction film released through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Carolco Pictures. Created by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, the film is the first release...  more

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    Less Than Zero

    Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released1987

    Directed byMarek Kanievska

    Less Than Zero is a 1987 American drama film very loosely based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel of the same name. The film stars Andrew McCarthy as Clay, a college freshman returning home for Christmas...  more

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    Speaking of Sex

    Bill Murray, James Spader

    Released2001

    Directed byJohn McNaughton

    Speaking of Sex is a 2001 film directed by John McNaughton....  more
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    Endless Love

    Tom Cruise, Brooke Shields

    Released1981

    Directed byFranco Zeffirelli

    Endless Love is a 1981 romantic drama film directed by Franco Zeffirelli starring Brooke Shields, Martin Hewitt, Tom Cruise in his film debut, and James Spader in his second film role. The screenplay...  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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    Curtain Call

    Michael Caine, Maggie Smith

    Released1998

    Directed byPeter Yates

    Curtain Call is a 1999 film directed by Peter Yates....  more
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    Bob Roberts

    Susan Sarandon, Jack Black

    Released1992

    Directed byTim Robbins

    Bob Roberts is a 1992 satirical mockumentary film written, directed by and starring Tim Robbins. It tells the rise of Bob Roberts, a right-wing politician who is a candidate for an upcoming United...  more
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    Wall Street

    Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas

    Released1987

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Wall Street is a 1987 American drama film, directed and co-written by Oliver Stone, which stars Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah and Martin Sheen. The film tells the story of Bud Fox, a...  more

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    True Colors

    John Cusack, James Spader

    Released1991

    Directed byHerbert Ross

    True Colors is an American drama film written by Kevin Wade and directed by Herbert Ross. The cast included John Cusack, James Spader and Richard Widmark in his final movie role....  more
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    Lincoln

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis

    Released2012

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Lincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The...  more

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    Dream Lover

    James Spader, Mädchen Amick

    Released1994

    Directed byNicholas Kazan

    Dream Lover is a 1994 American erotic drama film written and directed by Nicholas Kazan and starring James Spader and Mädchen Amick. The original music score was composed by Christopher Young....  more
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    Jack's Back

    James Spader, Cynthia Gibb

    Released1988

    Directed byRowdy Herrington

    Jack’s Back is a 1988 horror film directed and written by Rowdy Herrington and starring James Spader and Cynthia Gibb....  more
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    2 Days in the Valley

    Charlize Theron, Teri Hatcher

    Released1996

    Directed byJohn Herzfeld

    2 Days in the Valley is a 1996 film directed by John Herzfeld that revolves around the events over 48 hours in the lives of a group of people who are drawn together....  more
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    The Watcher

    Keanu Reeves, Marisa Tomei

    Released2000

    Directed byJoe Charbanic

    The Watcher is a 2000 American thriller film directed by Joe Charbanic and starring James Spader, Marisa Tomei and Keanu Reeves. Set in Chicago, the film is about a retired FBI agent who is stalked...  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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    Baby Boom

    Diane Keaton, James Spader

    Released1987

    Directed byCharles Shyer

    Baby Boom is a 1987 comedy film starring Diane Keaton. The film also launched a subsequent television show, running from 1988 to 1989. The original music score was composed by Bill Conti and the...  more

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    Tuff Turf

    Robert Downey Jr., James Spader

    Released1985

    Directed byFritz Kiersch

    Tuff Turf is a 1985 American drama film starring James Spader and Kim Richards. The film was released in the United States on January 11, 1985....  more

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    Family Secrets

    James Spader, Melissa Gilbert

    Released1984

    Directed byJack Hofsiss

    Family Secrets is a 1984 television movie directed by Jack Hofsiss and starring Maureen Stapleton, Melissa Gilbert and Stefanie Powers. It is about three generations of women in the same family and...  more
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    The Rachel Papers

    James Spader, Michael Gambon

    Released1989

    Directed byDamian Harris

    The Rachel Papers is a 1989 British film written and directed by Damian Harris, and based on the novel of the same name by Martin Amis. It stars Dexter Fletcher and Ione Skye with Jonathan Pryce,...  more
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    The Stickup

    James Spader, Robert Miano

    Released2002

    Directed byRowdy Herrington

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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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    Wolf

    Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1994

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Wolf is a 1994 American romantic horror film directed by Mike Nichols and written by Jim Harrison, Wesley Strick, and an uncredited Elaine May, with music by Ennio Morricone and cinematography by...  more

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    Keys to Tulsa

    Cameron Diaz, Mary Tyler Moore

    Released1996

    Directed byLeslie Greif

    Keys to Tulsa is a 1997 film directed by Leslie Greif, and starring Eric Stoltz and James Spader. It is based on the novel of the same name by Brian Fair Berkey....  more