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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 Sex, Lies, and Videotape 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 sexuality, ...more

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James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald 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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Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader 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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Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou 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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John Cusack, James Spader, Mandy Patinkin 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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Robert Downey Jr., James Spader, Kim Richards 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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Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Martin Sheen 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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James Spader, Mädchen Amick, Larry Miller 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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Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Plummer 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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Kim Cattrall, James Spader, Andrew McCarthy 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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Charlize Theron, Teri Hatcher, James Spader 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 by a murder.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field 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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Keanu Reeves, Marisa Tomei, James Spader 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 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 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 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

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James Spader, Piper Laurie, Jason Robards Jr. Storyville is a 1992 film directed by Mark Frost and starring James Spader.

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Driftwood James Spader, Anna Massey, Anne Brochet Driftwood is a 1997 film directed by Ronan O'Leary.

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Bill Murray, James Spader, Megan Mullally Speaking of Sex is a 2001 film directed by John McNaughton.

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Tom Cruise, Brooke Shields, James Spader 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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Susan Sarandon, Jack Black, Helen Hunt 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 Curtain Call is a 1999 film directed by Peter Yates.

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

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Portia de Rossi, James Spader, Jeff Daniels 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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James Spader, Lori Loughlin, Eric Stoltz 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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James Spader, Carl Lewis, Joel Polis 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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Helen Mirren, James Spader, Anne Bancroft 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 ...more

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Curtain Call Alan Mowbray, Donald MacBride, John Archer Curtain Call is a 1940 romantic comedy film directed by Frank Woodruff.

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James Spader, Melissa Gilbert, Stefanie Powers 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 ...more

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Lacey Chabert, James Spader, Robin Tunney Shadow of Fear is a 2004 film directed by Rich Cowan.

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James Spader, Mandy Patinkin, Charles Durning 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

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Cameron Diaz, Mary Tyler Moore, James Spader 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.

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James Spader, Michael Gambon, Jared 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 ...more

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Cocaine: One Man's Seduction James Spader, Jeffrey Tambor, Dennis Weaver 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.

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

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Starcrossed James Spader, Clark Johnson, Jacqueline Brookes

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By Virtue Fall Carla Gugino, Eric Bana, Connie Britton By Virtue Fall is a 2013 drama-thriller film directed by Sheldon Turner

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Kat Dennings, James Spader, William H. Macy 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 ...more

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James Spader, Estelle Getty Team Mates is a 1978 comedy film written by Jennifer Lawson and directed by Steven Jacobson.