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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
The Usual Suspects Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne 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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Seven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman 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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American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
American Beauty Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film, directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball. Kevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, an office worker who has a midlife crisis when he becomes ...more

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L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
L.A. Confidential Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir crime 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 ...more

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

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Midnight in the Garden of Good... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Kevin Spacey, Jude Law, John Cusack Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a 1997 American crime drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, and an adaptation of the book of the same name by John Berendt, which was based on ...more

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Glengarry Glen Ross is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Glengarry Glen Ross Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey 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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Pay It Forward is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Pay It Forward Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment 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) 9 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
K-PAX Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Aaron Paul 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) 10 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
The Negotiator Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Giamatti 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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The Ref is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
The Ref Kevin Spacey, J.K. Simmons, Denis Leary 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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Beyond the Sea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Beyond the Sea Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, John Goodman 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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Baby Driver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Baby Driver Ansel Elgort Baby Driver is a 2017 British-American action crime thriller film written and directed by Edgar Wright. A young talented getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who works for different bank robbers gets ...more

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The Life of David Gale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
The Life of David Gale Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey, Melissa McCarthy 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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A Bug's Life is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
A Bug's Life Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Spacey A Bug's Life is a 1998 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by ...more

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Horrible Bosses is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Horrible Bosses Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell 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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Swimming with Sharks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Swimming with Sharks Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Michelle Forbes 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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21 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
21 Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne 21 is a 2008 American heist 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 ...more

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The Shipping News is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
The Shipping News Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Kevin Spacey 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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Outbreak Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman 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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Margin Call Demi Moore, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons Margin Call is a 2011 American independent drama film written and directed by J. C. Chandor. The story takes place over a 36-hour period at a large Wall Street investment bank and highlights the ...more

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Moon Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario Moon is a 2009 British science fiction drama film co-written and directed by Duncan Jones. The film follows Sam Bell, a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year ...more

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See No Evil, Hear No Evil Kevin Spacey, Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder Wallace Karue ist blind. Er lernt den gehörlosen Ladenbesitzer Dave Lyons kennen, mit dem er später in seinem Laden zusammenarbeitet. Als in dem Laden ein Mann ermordet wird, kriegen ...more

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Hurlyburly Meg Ryan, Anna Paquin, Sean Penn Hurlyburly is a 1998 independent film, based on the acclaimed 1984 play of the same name by David Rabe, who adapted it into a screenplay for the film. The title refers to dialogue in Act I, ...more

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Working Girl Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey 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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Casino Jack Kevin Spacey, Kelly Preston, Rachelle Lefevre Casino Jack is a 2010 action thriller comedy film starring Kevin Spacey and directed by George Hickenlooper. The film focuses on the career of Washington, D.C. lobbyist and businessman Jack ...more

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Superman Returns Marlon Brando, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth Superman Returns is a 2006 American superhero film directed and produced by Bryan Singer. It is based on the DC Comics character Superman and serves as an homage sequel to the motion pictures ...more

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Shrink Ashley Greene, Robin Williams, Kevin Spacey Shrink is a 2009 American independent comedy film about a psychologist who treats members of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, California. It stars an ensemble cast headed by Kevin ...more

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The Big Kahuna Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, Peter Facinelli The Big Kahuna is a 1999 American comedy-drama film adapted from the play Hospitality Suite, written by Roger Rueff, who also wrote the screenplay. John Swanbeck, the director, makes few ...more

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The Men Who Stare at Goats George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Ewan McGregor The Men Who Stare at Goats is a 2009 American war parody comedy film directed by Grant Heslov and based on Jon Ronson's book of the same name, an account of the investigation by Ronson and John ...more

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Austin Powers: Goldmember Britney Spears, Beyoncé Knowles, Tom Cruise Austin Powers in Goldmember is a 2002 American spy comedy film. It is the third installment of the Austin Powers film series starring Mike Myers in the title role. The film was directed by Jay ...more

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Iron Will Kevin Spacey, Brian Cox, David Ogden Stiers Iron Will is a 1994 American adventure film directed by Charles Haid, it stars Mackenzie Astin, Kevin Spacey, David Ogden Stiers, George Gerdes, Brian Cox, Penelope Windust and August

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Horrible Bosses 2 Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Chris Pine Horrible Bosses 2 is a 2014 American black comedy film directed by Sean Anders and a sequel to 2011's Horrible Bosses. Produced by New Line Cinema and distributed by Warner Bros., the film was ...more

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Dad Kevin Spacey, Ethan Hawke, Jack Lemmon Dad is a 1989 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Gary David Goldberg and starring Jack Lemmon, Ted Danson, Olympia Dukakis, Kevin Spacey and Ethan Hawke. It is based on William ...more

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Heartburn Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey Heartburn is a 1986 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols and starring Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Stockard Channing, Jeff Daniels and Miloš Forman. The screenplay by Nora Ephron ...more

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The United States of Leland Kerry Washington, Ryan Gosling, Kevin Spacey The United States of Leland is a 2003 American drama film written and directed by Matthew Ryan Hoge that follows a meek teenage boy, the eponymous Leland, who has inexplicably committed a ...more

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Albino Alligator Viggo Mortensen, Faye Dunaway, Matt Dillon Albino Alligator is a 1997 American crime thriller film the directorial debut of Kevin Spacey, and starred Matt Dillon, Faye Dunaway and Gary Sinise. It tells the story of three small-time ...more

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Elvis & Nixon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Elvis & Nixon Kevin Spacey, Michael Shannon, Alex Pettyfer Elvis & Nixon is a 2016 American comedy-drama film directed by Liza Johnson. The untold true story behind the meeting between Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon), the King of Rock 'n Roll, and ...more

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Fred Claus Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, Kevin Spacey Fred Claus is a 2007 American Christmas comedy film directed by David Dobkin, written by Dan Fogelman and Jessie Nelson, and starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti. The film was released on ...more

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Recount Kevin Spacey, Al Gore, John Hurt Recount is a 2008 television film about the 2000 United States presidential election. The political drama was written by Danny Strong, directed by Jay Roach, and produced by Michael Haussman. It ...more

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Rocket Gibraltar Kevin Spacey, Macaulay Culkin, Burt Lancaster Rocket Gibraltar is an American film released in 1988, directed by Daniel Petrie and starring Burt Lancaster, Patricia Clarkson and Macaulay Culkin in his film debut.

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Edison Justin Timberlake, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey Edison, is a 2005 American thriller film written and directed by David J. Burke, and stars Morgan Freeman, LL Cool J, Justin Timberlake and Kevin Spacey.

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Long Day's Journey Into Night is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Long Day's Journey Into Night Kevin Spacey Long Day's Journey Into Night is a 1987 TV film directed by Jonathan Miller.

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Ordinary Decent Criminal Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz Ordinary Decent Criminal is a 2000 crime comedy film, directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan, written by Gerard Stembridge and starring Kevin Spacey and Linda Fiorentino. The film is loosely based on ...more

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Rebel in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Rebel in the Rye Nicholas Hoult, Zoey Deutch, Kevin Spacey Rebel in the Rye is a 2017 American biographical drama film directed and written by Danny Strong. It is based on the book J. D. Salinger: A Life by Kenneth Slawenski, about the life of young ...more

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Looking for Richard Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey Looking for Richard is a 1996 documentary, drama film directed by Al Pacino.

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Nine Lives is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Nine Lives Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Robbie Amell Nine Lives is a 2016 English-language French comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. The plot follows a workaholic father (Kevin Spacey) who has his mind trapped inside of his daughter's new ...more

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Billionaire Boys Club is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Kevin Spacey Movies
Billionaire Boys Club Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Kevin Spacey Billionaire Boys Club is a 2018 American biographical crime drama film directed by James Cox. Led by their fellow preppie friend Joe Hunt (Ansel Elgort), a group of wealthy boys in 1980s Los ...more

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A Show of Force Kevin Spacey, Robert Duvall, Andy Garcia A Show of Force is a 1990 thriller, directed by Bruno Barreto. The film is based on events and theories surrounding the Maravilla Hill case in Puerto Rico adapted from Anne Nelson's book, ...more

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Inseparable Kevin Spacey, Peter Stormare, Daniel Wu Inseparable is a 2011 genre-bending Chinese film written and directed by Dayyan Eng. The dramedy/psychological suspense stars Kevin Spacey, Gong Beibi and Daniel Wu. Kevin Spacey's involvement ...more