Films from the 1980s and 1990s to watch for fans of James Spader


James Spader has been gaining a new legion of fans since his role of Red in The Blacklist but he is an actor that has been around since his 20s.

Spader has been in the film industry for more than 40 years and won multiple Emmy Awards and a Cannes Festival Award and has been nominated for many other awards.

For the younger fans there are many films from the 80s and 90s to look forward to, the golden period in his career. Here are ten in no particular order.

Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989)

Written and directed by Steven Soderbergh, it is the story of a marriage falling apart because of an unfaithful husband. Spader plays a much quieter and more introspective character than his usual roles.

Bad Influence (1990)

This is the story of a bored man in a successful job, exploring underground parties and bars as the protégé of the enigmatic character played by Rob Lowe.

Pretty in Pink (1986)

 A comedy written by John Hughes, this is known as one of Spader’s most infamous roles, the rich sleazeball, a role fans love to hate.

Mannequin (1987)

 In this quirky film about a mannequin coming to life, Spader plays the villainous manager of the department store.

White Palace (1990)

 In this film, the actor plays the role of a man in his 20s seduced by a much older woman, played by Susan Sarandon.

2 Days in the Valley (1996)

 This film is about multiple people and their lives over two days. Spader plays a character that commits murder at the very start of the film.

Tuff Turf (1985) 

His first leading role, he plays a boy coming to the big city when his family loses their money and immediately gets in trouble with a gang.

Less than Zero (1987)

A film about friendships, complicated romantic entanglements and drug addictions, Spader plays the part of the town drug dealer. The actor usually plays villainous roles but this one is far from the worst one.

The Music of Chance (1993)

The story of an ex-fireman picking up a mysterious professional gambler, Spader is near unrecognisable in this film.

Stargate (1994)

Spader plays an archaeologist and linguist in this science fiction film that kicked off the Stargate franchise.


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