Kevin Spacey has created numerous wonderful onscreen characters with his outstanding and memorable performances. He mostly gets so into the character he is playing that he successfully manages to make the performance rather realistic. His outstanding performances have earned him a range of nominations and awards, including winning an Oscar! Let’s have a look at the 15 best Kevin Spacey movies of all time.
15. A Time to Kill (1996)
This movie is based on a John Grisham’s novel of the same name. It narrates the story about a father who kills the man who rapes his daughter and is now facing trial. Spacey plays the prosecuting DA and provides a tough opposition to the young defense team.
His performance is clearly the highlight of the movie. The chemistry between Spacey and Jackson is truly amazing and puts you on edge of anticipation. This movie was both a box office and critical success and domestically grossed $108 million.
14. Baby Driver (2017)
This romantic crime thriller movie is about a young getaway driver who gets forced into work for a crime boss and eventually finds himself in a heist which is doomed to failure. One of the finest performances by Kevin Spacey, as well as the rest of the cast, they convincingly portrayed the roles of killers who are mentally unstable.
This movie earned praise and critical acclaim for its performances, action sequences, and direction. It was also selected as among the top ten movies of 2017 by the National Board of Review. The movie grossed about $226 million globally on a budget of $34 million.
13. The Shipping News (2001)
One of their finest performances, Spacey and Blanchett make their characters truly believable. Spacey is incredible as Quoyle, a socially awkward and suddenly single father who packs up everything and returns to Canada to live with his aunt.
Soon, he gets caught up in the mysticism of spirits, legends, and land. Spacey steps out of his usual clever and confident characters and perfectly took on the role of an emotionally crippled man. Even though this movie was underappreciated in its time but Spacey’s performance was still appreciated.
He earned various nominations for his outstanding performance, including, a Golden Globe nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama and BAFTA film nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
12. Horrible Bosses (2011)
This black comedy movie was based on the story written by Michael Markowitz. It narrates the hilarious account of three friends who are fed up of their abusive bosses and decide to murder them. Spacey has brilliantly portrayed the role of a jerk boss and seems to be enjoying himself.
This movie earned more than $209 million. It exceeded the financial expectations and earned its mark as number two in the opening weekend. It went on to become the highest grossing black comedy movie. Horrible Bosses 2 was later released in 2014.
11. The Big Kahuna (1999)
This is a comedy drama movie which was adapted from the play written by Roger Rueff, Hospitality Suite. It narrates the story of two veteran salesman dissecting a sales pitch to a client via their young protégé.
Spacey portrays a sardonic middle aged salesman who views everything as a hardcore cynic. He gives out one of his finest performances with his usual wit and humor.
10. Margin Call (2011)
This independent drama movie is the tale of 24 hour period focused at the Wall Street investment back at the initial stage of its 2007-2008 financial crisis. It mainly highlights the actions of a group of employees at the time of financial collapse.
Spacey and Bettany gave their best performances and Spacey truly shines. This movie was ground breaking day and day release, earning more than $10,000,000 on video-on-demand sales. It received overwhelming amount of positive critical reviews.
9. Elvis & Nixon (2016)
This movie narrates the untold true account of the meeting which was held between President Nixon and Elvis Presley, king of Rock ‘n Roll. The meeting resulted in a humorous and revealing moment which was immortalized in photography which is the most requested in the National Archives.
Spacey completely did justice to his role of Nixon. He portrays the perfect amount of bemusement and wit. The chemistry between Spacy and Shannon was brilliant and they both delivered a captivating performance of those two icons.
8. The Negotiator (1998)
A rather underappreciated movie that clearly demands far more attention because of the amazing performances of Spacey and Jackson.
Packed with action, this movie is about a police negotiator and his quest of proving his innocence when he is accused of murder and corruption. It is truly an unforgettable movie, with great writing, direction and amazing performances.