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Kevin Spacey is one of America's favorite actors, both on the big screen and on the Netflix political drama House of Cards, on which he stars as Frank Underwood. This is a list of the best Kevin Spacey movies, ranked best to worst. Kevin Spacey actually started his career with a small role in the 1986 film Heartburn, which starred Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. He won his first Oscar for the 1995 neo-noir crime thriller The Usual Suspects. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1999 film American Beauty.

Kevin Spacey'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 Kevin Spacey movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Kevin Spacey movies will be at the top of the list. Kevin Spacey has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Kevin Spacey movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Kevin Spacey films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Kevin Spacey role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Kevin Spacey performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Items include everything from The Usual Suspects to American Beauty.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Kevin Spacey movies?" and "What are the greatest Kevin Spacey roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Spacey's serious roles, you might also enjoy our list of best Benicio del Toro movies and best Brad Pitt movies.

Joel Schumacher and Clint Eastwood have both worked with Kevin Spacey over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. If you're a fan of Kevin Spacey, then check out our lists of the best Jon Voight and Craig T. Nelson movies as well.

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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

Released: 1994

Directed by: Bryan Singer

The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan Singer and written by Christopher McQuarrie. It stars Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del ...more

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American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari

Released: 1999

Directed by: Sam Mendes

American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes. An advertising executive (Kevin Spacey) has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best ...more

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

Released: 1995

Directed by: David Fincher

Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, with Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, John C. McGinley, and Kevin ...more

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L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

Released: 1997

Directed by: Curtis Hanson

L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir film based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same title, the third book in his L.A. Quartet series. Like the book, the film tells the story of a group of ...more

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A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

Released: 1996

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

This film is a 1996 drama film adaptation of John Grisham's 1989 novel of the same name, directed by Joel Schumacher. Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kevin Spacey ...more

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Pay It Forward is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment

Released: 2000

Directed by: Mimi Leder

Pay It Forward is a 2000 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Catherine Ryan Hyde. It was directed by Mimi Leder and written by Leslie Dixon. It stars Haley Joel Osment as ...more

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K-PAX is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Aaron Paul

Released: 2001

Directed by: Iain Softley

K-PAX is a 2001 American science fiction-mystery film directed by Iain Softley and starring Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack and Alfre Woodard. The screenplay, written by Gene Brewer ...more

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The Negotiator is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Giamatti

Released: 1998

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

The Negotiator is a 1998 action thriller film directed by F. Gary Gray, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. It takes place in Chicago and was released on July 29, 1998. The original ...more

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Glengarry Glen Ross is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey

Released: 1992

Directed by: James Foley

Glengarry Glen Ross is a 1992 American drama, adapted by David Mamet from his 1984 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play of the same name, and directed by James Foley. The film depicts two days ...more

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The Life of David Gale ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey, Melissa McCarthy

Released: 2003

Directed by: Alan Parker

The Life of David Gale is a 2003 thriller film directed by Alan Parker and written by Charles Randolph. To date, it is Parker's last film as a director. The film is an international ...more

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Horrible Bosses is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell

Released: 2011

Directed by: Seth Gordon

Horrible Bosses is a 2011 American black comedy film directed by Seth Gordon, written by Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, based on a story by Markowitz. It stars ...more

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The Ref is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Kevin Spacey, J.K. Simmons, Denis Leary

Released: 1994

Directed by: Ted Demme

The Ref is a 1994 American black comedy film directed by Ted Demme, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Denis Leary, Judy Davis, and Kevin Spacey.

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21 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne

Released: 2008

Directed by: Robert Luketic

21 is a 2008 American drama film directed by Robert Luketic and stars Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Bosworth, Liza Lapira, Jacob Pitts, and Aaron Yoo. The film is inspired ...more

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Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 1995

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

Outbreak is a 1995 American medical disaster film directed by Wolfgang Petersen and based on Richard Preston's non-fiction book The Hot Zone. The film stars Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, and ...more

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Midnight in the Garden o... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Kevin Spacey, Jude Law, John Cusack

Released: 1997

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a 1997 American drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, and an adaptation of the book of the same name by John Berendt, which was based on real-life ...more

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Beyond the Sea is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, John Goodman

Released: 2004

Directed by: Kevin Spacey

Beyond the Sea is a 2004 American biographical film based on the life of singer/actor Bobby Darin. Starring in the lead role and using his own singing voice for the musical numbers, Kevin Spacey ...more

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Swimming with Sharks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Michelle Forbes

Released: 1994

Directed by: George Huang

Swimming With Sharks is a 1994 American comedy-drama film written and directed by George Huang. The film stars Kevin Spacey, Frank Whaley, and Michelle Forbes.

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A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton

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Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons

Released: 2011

Directed by: J. C. Chandor

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Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario

Released: 2009

Directed by: Duncan Jones

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The Shipping News is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Kevin Spacey

Released: 2001

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

The Shipping News is a 2001 drama film directed by Lasse Hallström, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. It stars Kevin Spacey as the protagonist Quoyle, ...more
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Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey

Released: 1988

Directed by: Mike Nichols

Working Girl is a 1988 romantic comedy-drama film written by Kevin Wade and directed by Mike Nichols. It tells the story of a Staten Island-raised secretary, Tess McGill, working in the mergers ...more

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Baby Driver is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Ansel Elgort

Released: 2017

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Baby Driver is a 2017 British-American action thriller film written and directed by Edgar Wright. A young talented getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who works for different hooligans gets in trouble ...more

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George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Ewan McGregor

Released: 2009

Directed by: Grant Heslov

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Kevin Spacey, Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder

Released: 1989

Directed by: Arthur Hiller

See No Evil, Hear No Evil is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Arthur Hiller. The film stars Richard Pryor as a blind man and Gene Wilder as a deaf man who work together to thwart a trio ...more

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