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The Best James Spader Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 2.8k votes 646 voters 68.7k 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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    Pretty in Pink
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    Pretty in Pink

    James Spader, Gina Gershon

    Released1986

    Directed byHoward Deutch

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    Sex, Lies, and Videotape
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    25

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Stargate
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    Stargate

    Kurt Russell, James Spader

    Released1994

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    Tuff Turf
    73
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    Less Than Zero
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    Wall Street
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    Wall Street

    Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas

    Released1987

    Directed byOliver Stone

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  • 7
    Mannequin
    76
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    Mannequin

    Kim Cattrall, James Spader

    Released1987

    Directed byMichael Gottlieb

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  • 8
    Dream Lover
    60
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Bob Roberts
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    Bob Roberts

    Susan Sarandon, Jack Black

    Released1992

    Directed byTim Robbins

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  • 10
    True Colors
    59
    17

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Family Secrets
    40
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    Family Secrets

    James Spader, Melissa Gilbert

    Released1984

    Directed byJack Hofsiss

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  • 12
    Lincoln
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    Lincoln

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis

    Released2012

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 13
    Jack's Back
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    Jack's Back

    James Spader, Cynthia Gibb

    Released1988

    Directed byRowdy Herrington

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  • 14
    The Stickup
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    The Stickup

    James Spader, Robert Miano

    Released2002

    Directed byRowdy Herrington

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  • 15
    Supernova
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    The Music of Chance
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Wolf
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    35

    Wolf

    Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1994

    Directed byMike Nichols

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  • 18
    2 Days in the Valley
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    35

    2 Days in the Valley

    Charlize Theron, Teri Hatcher

    Released1996

    Directed byJohn Herzfeld

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  • 19
    The Watcher
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    40

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Baby Boom
    48
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    Baby Boom

    Diane Keaton, James Spader

    Released1987

    Directed byCharles Shyer

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  • 21
    Slow Burn
    29
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    The New Kids
    26
    10

    The New Kids

    James Spader, Lori Loughlin

    Released1985

    Directed bySean S. Cunningham

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  • 23
    Storyville
    29
    13

    Storyville

    James Spader, Piper Laurie

    Released1992

    Directed byMark Frost

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  • 24
    I Witness
    26
    10

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Speaking of Sex
    29
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    Speaking of Sex

    Bill Murray, James Spader

    Released2001

    Directed byJohn McNaughton

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