The Best James Spader Movies of All-Time

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James Spader has more than 40 acting credits to his name.  Best known for his eccentric acting skills, Spader has starred in several popular films including True Colors, Less Than Zero, and White Palace.  Over the course of his career Spader has recieved many accolades for his work and has earned nearly a dozen Screen Actors Guild nominations.  In 2013 Marvel announced that Spader would be joining the cast of the film Avengers: Age of Ultron which is scheduled to be released in 2015.  Spader currently stars in the NBC series,The  Blacklist, where he plays Raymond Reddington, one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives.  With a career that has lasted for close to 40 years, and shows no signs of slowing down, Spader may be able to rack up a few more awards.  Here is a list of the best James Spader movies of all-time.

5. Stargate

This 1994 film which featured James Spader in the role of Dr. Daniel Jackson, explored the impact of extraterrestrial beings on yuma civilization.  While the film received mixed reviews from critics, viewers seemed to enjoy it; earning the film $125 million worldwide and giving it the record (at the time) for the highest grossing opening weekend for a film released in the month of October.

4. Less than Zero

In this 1987 film, which is loosely based on a novel of the same title, James Spader starred as a drug dealer named Rip.  Throughout the movie, Spader’s character attempts to get back the $50,000 he loaned to a former classmate.  The film received mixed reviews from critics; however, the film was number four at the box office during its opening weekend.

3. Lincoln

The historical drama, Lincoln, which was released in 2012, featured Spader in the role of William N. Bilbo.  Spader’s character was an attorney and journalist who was imprisoned after accusations that he was a rebel spy.  However, President Lincoln freed Bilbo from jail and he later went on to become instrumental in the passage of the thirteenth amendment.  The film earned a total of $275,293,450, which greatly exceeded its $65 million budget.

2. Pretty in Pink

In the classic 80s film, Pretty in Pink, Spader played the role of “richie” kid, Steff McKee.  Released in 1986, the film , now commonly known as a “Brat Pack” film, has since gone on to be considered one of the best films of its era.  Pretty in Pink has been referenced in several films and TV shows, including Dawson’s Creek and Psych.

 1. Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Starring as drifter, Graham Dalton, James Spader won the award for Best Actor at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.  In 2006, Sex, Lies, and Videotape was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and was preserved by the United States National Film Registry.

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