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List of James Spader Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
27
5
Avengers: Age of Ultron
PG-13
27
5

After the Avengers retrieve Loki's scepter from a Hydra facility, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner use it to complete Stark's Ultron global defense program. However, Ultron turns against humans realizing their wrongdoings, and attacks the Avengers, eliminating Stark's A.I. J.A.R.V.I.S. The Avengers must stop a global extinction with mysterious superhuman twins, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Adventure, Sci-Fi, Action
3. Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
29
6
Sex, Lies, and Videotape
R
29
6

Sex, Lies and Videotape is an American drama film which tells the story of a wife who is sexually repressed, as her husband is having an affair with her own sister. However, things take a turn after the arrival of a visitor. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Graham Dalton
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Andie MacDowell, Laura San Giacomo, Peter Gallagher, Ron Vawter
4. Stargate (1994)
28
4
Stargate
PG-13
28
4

Egyptologist Daniel Jackson decodes ancient hieroglyph to activate the previously recovered alien device Stargate and opens a wormhole to a distant planet. Jackson and a team led by Colonel Jack O'Neil find it inhabited by an Ancient Egyptian tribe, but are captured by their despotic ruler Ra, who confiscates the nuclear bomb O'Neil had secretly brought along.

As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Daniel Jackson
Director:
Roland Emmerich
Genres:
Adventure, Sci-Fi, Action
Star Cast:
Kurt Russell, Viveca Lindfors, Alexis Cruz, Jaye Davidson
5. Wall Street (1987)
23
5
Wall Street
R
23
5

Young and ambitious Wall Street stockbroker Bud Fox idolizes successful but greedy corporate raider Gordon Gekko and trades inside information to get under his wing. Just as Fox begins to earn huge amounts of money by participating in shady deals, Gekko targets the employees' retirement fund of the airlines where Fox's father worked for 24 years.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Crime
6. Secretary (2002)
26
4
Secretary
R
26
4

An emotionally unstable girl from a dysfunctional family is institutionalized for her propensity to harm herself. After her release from the hospital, she secures the job of a typist with a grim and ruthless attorney. Although he is irritated with her in the beginning they soon embark on a BDSM relationship, which results in a personal awakening in her. Very soon, she falls in love with her boss. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Mr. Grey
Director:
Steven Shainberg
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lesley Ann Warren, Jeremy Davies, Stephen McHattie
7. Pretty in Pink (1986)
25
4
Pretty in Pink
PG-13
25
4

Sweet and intelligent teenager Andie is not very popular in her school. Duckie, who is smitten with her, and Iona, are her closest friends though she has a secret crush on wealthy heartthrob Blane. When Blane starts showing interest in her, Andie is sure that she has found true love. However, while her friends disapprove, Blane’s friend circle looks down on her.

 

As:
Cast
Role:
Steff
Director:
Howard Deutch
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Andrew McCarthy, Harry Dean Stanton, Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Annie Potts
9. Crash (1996)
24
3
Crash
NC-17
24
3

Crash is a 1996 psychological thriller film which tells the story of a TV director who gets into a serious car accident. He then discovers an underground sub-culture of car-crash victims, for whom a car collision is a sexual turn-on, and it gives them a jotting life force which they come to crave. 

As:
Cast
Role:
James Ballard
Director:
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
David Cronenberg, Rosanna Arquette, Elias Koteas, Holly Hunter, Deborah Kara Unger
11. Less Than Zero (1987)
17
1
Less Than Zero
R
17
1

Clay comes home after his first semester of college due to his ex-girlfriend’s request but he soon encounters some disturbing developments. He comes to know that his former lover has developed an addiction to cocaine.

As:
Cast
Role:
Rip
Director:
Marek Kanievska
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
14. 2 Days in the Valley (1996)
11
1
2 Days in the Valley
R
11
1

This dark comedy film depicts forty eight hours in the lives of few people who are drawn together by a murder of an Olympic athlete’s husband.  

As:
Cast
Director:
John Herzfeld
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
15. Dream Lover (1993)
19
3
Dream Lover
R
19
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Ray Reardon
Director:
Nicholas Kazan
Genres:
Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Bess Armstrong, Larry Miller, Mädchen Amick, Fredric Lehne
16. Bad Influence (1990)
17
3
Bad Influence
R
17
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Michael Boll
Director:
Curtis Hanson
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
17. Jack's Back (1988)
18
1
Jack's Back
R
18
1
As:
Cast
Role:
John / Rick Wesford
Director:
Rowdy Herrington
Genres:
Crime, Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Robert Picardo, Cynthia Gibb, Jim Haynie, Rod Loomis
19. Tuff Turf (1985)
15
4
Tuff Turf
R
15
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Morgan Hiller
Director:
Fritz Kiersch
Genres:
Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Robert Downey Jr., Claudette Nevins, Kim Richards, Paul Mones
20. The Stickup (2002)
6
2
The Stickup
R
6
2
As:
Cast
Role:
John Parker
Director:
Rowdy Herrington
Genres:
Thriller, Romance, Crime, Mystery, Action
Star Cast:
Leslie Stefanson, Robert Miano, David Keith, John Livingston
21. The Homesman (2014)
5
4
The Homesman
R
5
4

In 1854, strong and independent spinster Mary Bee Cuddy takes on the responsibility of transporting three mentally unstable women in a covered wagon to a church in Iowa, but soon realizes how formidable the task can be. When she saves the life of a claim jumper George Briggs, she asks him to help her transport the women through the perilous harsh Nebraskan territory. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Western
Star Cast:
23. Mannequin (1987)
12
3
Mannequin
PG
12
3

Jonathan is an unemployed artist, who finds a job at a store as an assistant window dresser. He soon comes across a beautiful mannequin which he had designed himself previously. Things take an interesting turn, when she comes to life, and they fall for each other.

As:
Cast
Role:
Richards
Director:
Michael Gottlieb
Genres:
Romance, Fantasy, Comedy
Star Cast:
24. Team-Mates (1978)
0
3
Team-Mates
R
0
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Steven Jacobson
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Estelle Getty, Karen Corrado, Max Goff, Christopher Seppe
26. The Rachel Papers (1989)
1
2
The Rachel Papers
R
1
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Deforest
Director:
Damian Harris
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Jonathan Pryce, Jared Harris, Eric Stoltz, Ione Skye, Bill Paterson, Dexter Fletcher
27. The New Kids (1985)
1
2
The New Kids
R
1
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Dutra
Director:
Sean S. Cunningham
Genres:
Horror, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Lori Loughlin, Eric Stoltz, John Philbin, Shannon Presby, David H. MacDonald
28. The Watcher (2000)
11
1
The Watcher
R
11
1

This psychological thriller film tells the story of Joel, an FBI agent, who decides to quit the FBI after failing to track down David, a dangerous serial killer. However, David doesn’t want their cat-and-mouse game to end, and therefore continues to send him hints about his next victim. Although Joel reports this to the police, he refuses to help them in their search.

As:
Cast
Role:
Campbell
Director:
Joe Charbanic
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller, Horror, Crime
Star Cast:
Keanu Reeves, Marisa Tomei, Ernie Hudson, Chris Ellis
30. I Witness (2003)
2
4
I Witness
R
2
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Douglas Draper
Director:
Rowdy Herrington
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Drama, Romance, Action
Star Cast:
Portia de Rossi, Jeff Daniels, Clifton Collins Jr., Wade Williams
31. Shadow of Fear (2004)
9
0
Shadow of Fear
PG-13
9
0
As:
Cast
Role:
William Ashbury
Director:
Rich Cowan
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Aidan Quinn, Lacey Chabert, Robin Tunney, Peter Coyote, Matthew Davis
33. Alien Hunter (2003)
5
0
Alien Hunter
R
5
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Julian Rome
Director:
Ron Krauss
Genres:
Adventure, Sci-Fi, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Leslie Stefanson, John Lynch, Janine Eser, Nikolai Binev
34. Supernova (2000)
9
0
Supernova
PG-13
9
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Nick Vanzant
Director:
Walter Hill
Genres:
Thriller, Horror, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Lou Diamond Phillips, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Peter Facinelli
35. Endless Love (1981)
2
1
Endless Love
R
2
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Franco Zeffirelli
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Brooke Shields, Robert Altman, Tom Cruise, Martin Hewitt, Shirley Knight, Don Murray
36. Shorts (2009)
1
3
Shorts
PG
1
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Rodriguez
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy, Family
Star Cast:
William H. Macy, Leslie Mann, Kat Dennings, Jimmy Bennett, Devon Gearhart
37. Storyville (1992)
5
0
Storyville
R
5
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Cray Fowler
Director:
Mark Frost
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Jason Robards, Joanne Whalley, Charlotte Lewis, Michael Warren
38. Curtain Call (1998)
5
1
Curtain Call
PG-13
5
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Stevenson Lowe
Director:
Peter Yates
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Maggie Smith, Michael Caine, Sam Shepard, Polly Walker, Buck Henry
39. Driftwood (1997)
1
0
Driftwood
R
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
The Man
Director:
Ronan O'Leary
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Anna Massey, Anne Brochet, Barry McGovern, Aiden Grennell

TV Movie(s)

40. Diner (1983)
4
0
Diner
4
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Barry Levinson
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Paul Reiser, Mike Binder, Alison La Placa, Michael Madsen,
41. Cocaine: One Man's Seduction (1983)
2
0
Cocaine: One Man's Seduction
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Buddy Gant
Director:
Paul Wendkos
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jeffrey Tambor, Karen Grassle, Dennis Weaver, David Ackroyd, Pamela Bellwood
42. A Killer in the Family (1983)
2
0
A Killer in the Family
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Donny Tison
Director:
Richard T. Heffron
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Robert Mitchum, Eric Stoltz, Lance Kerwin, Salome Jens
43. Family Secrets (1984)
5
0
Family Secrets
5
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Lowell Everall
Director:
Jack Hofsiss
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Stefanie Powers, Maureen Stapleton, Melissa Gilbert, Irene Tedrow
44. The Pentagon Papers (2003)
4
0
The Pentagon Papers
R
4
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Daniel Ellsberg
Director:
Rod Holcomb
Genres:
History, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Paul Giamatti, Alan Arkin, Claire Forlani, Kenneth Welsh
45. Starcrossed (1985)
9
0
Starcrossed
9
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Joey Callaghan
Director:
Jeffrey Bloom
Genres:
Romance, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Clark Johnson, Jacqueline Brookes, Belinda Bauer, Peter Kowanko

TV Shows and Videos

The Family Tree (1983)
The Family Tree
As:
Cast
Role:
Jake Nichols
Director:
Sidney Hayers
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Anne Archer, Melora Hardin, Frank Converse, Martin Hewitt
Greasy Lake (1988)
Greasy Lake
As:
Cast
Role:
Digby
Director:
Damian Harris
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Tom Waits, Eric Stoltz, Tegan West, Cisco Pike
Slow Burn (2000)
Slow Burn
R
As:
Cast
Director:
Christian Ford
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Minnie Driver, Josh Brolin, Stuart Wilson, Caprice Benedetti

James Spader Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards
Boston Legal Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 2007
Boston Legal Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 2005
The Practice Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 2004