The Best James Spader Movies 

Updated September 23, 2019 2.7k votes 639 voters 68.3k views 40 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.

James Spader is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Steven Spielberg, David Cronenberg and Steven Soderbergh. Is James Spader your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Mandy Patinkin and Timothy Olyphant films lists too.

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Andie MacDowell, James Spader, Laura San Giacomo

Released: 1989

Directed by: Steven 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 ...more

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James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

Released: 1986

Directed by: Howard 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 ...more

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Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou

Released: 1994

Directed by: Roland 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 ...more

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Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader

Released: 1987

Directed by: Marek 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 ...more

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Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Martin Sheen

Released: 1987

Directed by: Oliver 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 ...more

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Kim Cattrall, James Spader, Andrew McCarthy

Released: 1987

Directed by: Michael Gottlieb

Mannequin is a 1987 romantic comedy fantasy film starring Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, Meshach Taylor, James Spader, G. W. Bailey, and Estelle Getty. Directed and written by Michael Gottlieb, ...more

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Robert Downey Jr., James Spader, Kim Richards

Released: 1985

Directed by: Fritz 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.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field

Released: 2012

Directed by: Steven 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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Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Plummer

Released: 1994

Directed by: Mike 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 ...more

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John Cusack, James Spader, Mandy Patinkin

Released: 1991

Directed by: Herbert 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.
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James Spader, Mädchen Amick, Larry Miller

Released: 1994

Directed by: Nicholas 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
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Charlize Theron, Teri Hatcher, James Spader

Released: 1996

Directed by: John 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.
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Keanu Reeves, Marisa Tomei, James Spader

Released: 2000

Directed by: Joe 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 ...more

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James Spader, Cynthia Gibb, Robert Picardo

Released: 1988

Directed by: Rowdy Herrington

Jack’s Back is a 1988 horror film directed and written by Rowdy Herrington and starring James Spader and Cynthia Gibb.
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Diane Keaton, James Spader, Harold Ramis

Released: 1987

Directed by: Charles 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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Angela Bassett, James Spader, Robin Tunney

Released: 2000

Directed by: Francis 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 ...more

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The Stickup James Spader, Robert Miano, David Keith

Released: 2002

Directed by: Rowdy Herrington

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Driftwood James Spader, Anna Massey, Anne Brochet

Released: 1997

Directed by: Ronan O'Leary

Driftwood is a 1997 film directed by Ronan O'Leary.
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Tom Cruise, Brooke Shields, James Spader

Released: 1981

Directed by: Franco 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 ...more

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Bill Murray, James Spader, Megan Mullally

Released: 2001

Directed by: John McNaughton

Speaking of Sex is a 2001 film directed by John McNaughton.
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James Spader, Piper Laurie, Jason Robards Jr.

Released: 1992

Directed by: Mark Frost

Storyville is a 1992 film directed by Mark Frost and starring James Spader.
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James Spader, Carl Lewis, Joel Polis

Released: 2003

Directed by: Ron Krauss

Alien Hunter is a 2003 television science-fiction-thriller film, directed by Ron Krauss and stars James Spader, Carl Lewis and Leslie Stefanson.
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Susan Sarandon, Jack Black, Helen Hunt

Released: 1992

Directed by: Tim 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 ...more

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Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, James Spader

Released: 1998

Directed by: Peter Yates

Curtain Call is a 1999 film directed by Peter Yates.
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James Spader, Lori Loughlin, Eric Stoltz

Released: 1985

Directed by: Sean 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 ...more

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