Spike Lee

Malcolm X

Malcolm X

Malcolm X

IMDb: 7.7
1992
202min

A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the ’50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left a legacy of self-determination and racial pride.

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Miracle at St. Anna

Miracle at St. Anna

Miracle at St. Anna

IMDb: 6.0
2008
160min

Miracle at St. Anna chronicles the story of four American soldiers who are members of the all-black 92nd “Buffalo Soldier” Division stationed in Tuscany, Italy during World War II.

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He Got Game

He Got Game

He Got Game

IMDb: 6.9
1998
136min

A basketball player’s father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.

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Inside Man

Inside Man

Inside Man

IMDb: 7.6
2006
129min

Bank robber Dalton Russell enters a Manhattan bank, locks the doors and takes hostages, working methodically and without haste. Detective Frazier is assigned to negotiate, but his mind is occupied with the corruption charges he is facing. With an army of police surrounding the bank, the thief, the cop and a high-profile ‘fixer’ enter high-stakes negotiations.

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25th Hour

25th Hour

25th Hour

IMDb: 7.7
2002
135min

The filmed adaptation from David Benioff’s novel of the same name. Set in New York, a convicted drug dealer named Monty has one day left of freedom before he is sent to prison. Anger, blame, frustration, betrayal, guilt and loneliness are themes on this last day of friends, family, parties, saying goodbye, and setting things straight. A Spike Lee joint.

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Old Boy

Old Boy

Old Boy

IMDb: 5.8
2013
104min

An everyday man has only three and a half days and limited resources to discover why he was imprisoned in a nondescript room for 20 years without any explanation.

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She Hate Me

She Hate Me

She Hate Me

IMDb: 5.3
2004
139min

Fired from his job, a former executive turns to impregnating wealthy lesbians for profit.

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Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing

IMDb: 7.9
1989
120min

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

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Chi-Raq

Chi-Raq

Chi-Raq

IMDb: 5.7
2015
127min

A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.

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Jungle Fever

Jungle Fever

Jungle Fever

IMDb: 6.5
1991
132min

A successful and married black man contemplates having an affair with a white girl from work. He’s quite rightly worried that the racial difference would make an already taboo relationship even worse.

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School Daze

School Daze

School Daze

IMDb: 5.9
1988
121min

In the South of the United States are taking place confrontations between two groups of students who have different ideas and are not able to accept the one of the opponent.

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Mo’ Better Blues

Mo’ Better Blues

Mo’ Better Blues

IMDb: 6.6
1990
129min

Opens with Bleek as a child learning to play the trumpet, his friends want him to come out and play but mother insists he finish his lessons. Bleek grows into adulthood and forms his own band – The Bleek Gilliam Quartet. The story of Bleek’s and Shadow’s friendly rivalry on stage which spills into their professional relationship and threatens to tear apart the quartet.

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Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall

Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall

Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall

IMDb: 7.4
2016
110min

Director Spike Lee chronicles Michael Jackson’s early rise to fame.

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Clockers

Clockers

Clockers

IMDb: 6.9
1995
128min

Strike is a young city drug pusher under the tutelage of drug lord Rodney Little. When a night manager at a fast-food restaurant is found with four bullets in his body, Strike’s older brother turns himself in as the killer. Det. Rocco Klein doesn’t buy the story, however, setting out to find the truth, and it seems that all the fingers point toward Strike & Rodney.

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Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

IMDb: 4.1
2014
123min

Dr. Hess Green becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient African artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. Soon after his transformation he enters into a dangerous romance with Ganja Hightower that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status.

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Summer of Sam

Summer of Sam

Summer of Sam

IMDb: 6.6
1999
142min

Spike Lee’s take on the “Son of Sam” murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American South Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.

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Red Hook Summer

Red Hook Summer

Red Hook Summer

IMDb: 5.0
2012
125min

When his mom deposits him at the Red Hook housing project in Brooklyn to spend the summer with the grandfather he’s never met, young Flik may as well have landed on Mars. Fresh from his cushy life in Atlanta, he’s bored and friendless, and his strict grandfather, Enoch, a firebrand preacher, is bent on getting him to accept Jesus Christ as his personal savior. Only Chazz, the feisty girl from church, provides a diversion from the drudgery. As hot summer simmers and Sunday mornings brim with Enoch’s operatic sermons, things turn anything but dull as people’s conflicting agendas collide.

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The Original Kings of Comedy

The Original Kings of Comedy

The Original Kings of Comedy

IMDb: 6.7
2000
115min

The Original Kings of Comedy achieves the seemingly impossible task of capturing the rollicking and sly comedy routines of stand-up and sitcom vets Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, and Bernie Mac and the magic of experiencing a live concert show. Director Spike Lee and his crew plant a multitude of cameras in a packed stadium and onstage (as well as backstage, as they follow the comedians) to catch the vivid immediacy of the show, which is as much about the audience as it is about the jokes.

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4 Little Girls

4 Little Girls

4 Little Girls

IMDb: 7.9
1997
102min

On September 15, 1963, a bomb destroyed a black church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young girls who were there for Sunday school. It was a crime that shocked the nation–and a defining moment in the history of the civil-rights movement. Spike Lee re-examines the full story of the bombing, including a revealing interview with former Alabama Governor George Wallace.

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Crooklyn

Crooklyn

Crooklyn

IMDb: 6.9
1994
115min

From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in ’70s Brooklyn.

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Rodney King

Rodney King

Rodney King

IMDb: 5.8
2017
52min

25 years ago, four LAPD officers were acquitted in a state court for beating King, sparking three days of rioting that left 53 people dead. Now, around the anniversary, this Spike Lee-produced one-man show (Roger Guenver Smith) will be streaming on Netflix. A complex, semi-tragic figure, King drowned in 2012. His life was rarely smooth, or simple – its telling makes for a sober, moving watch.

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Katt Williams: Priceless: Afterlife

Katt Williams: Priceless: Afterlife

Katt Williams: Priceless: Afterlife

IMDb: 6.2
2014
58min

Katt Williams performs in an all-new stand-up special recorded in front of a live audience at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Williams takes the stage and launches into an hour of frenetic stand-up comedy, covering such topics as the allure of California weed dispensaries; how America handles tragedies; getting rid of racism in 2014; his inspirations and his favorite TV show; homophobia and the first openly gay players in major sports; aggressive police tactics; being sent to a mental institution; doctors and the problem with drug commercials; the pros and cons of being single versus being in a relationship; and more.

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Pass Over

Pass Over

Pass Over

IMDb: 5.8
2018
74min

Moses and Kitch, two young black men, chat their way through a long, aimless day on a Chicago street corner. Periodically ducking bullets and managing visits from a genial but ominous stranger and an overtly hostile police officer, Moses and Kitch rely on their poetic, funny, at times profane banter to get them through a day that is a hopeless retread of every other day, even as they continue to dream of their deliverance.

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BlacKkKlansman

BlacKkKlansman

BlacKkKlansman

IMDb: 5.3
2018
135min

Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and become the head of the local chapter.

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Passing Strange

Passing Strange

Passing Strange

IMDb: 5.7
2009
135min

A young black artist leaves his Los Angeles digs and travels to Europe to find himself. A theatrical stage production of the original Broadway musical

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Bad 25

Bad 25

Bad 25

IMDb: 7.4
2012
131min

Spike Lee pays tribute to Michael Jackson’s Bad on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the epochal album, offering behind-the-scenes footage of Jackson recording the album and interviews with confidants, musicians, choreographers, and such music-world superstars as Kanye West, Sheryl Crow, Cee Lo Green and Mariah Carey.

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Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth

Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth

Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth

IMDb: 7.5
2013
90min

Mike Tyson’s one-man show is a fascinating journey into his storied life and career. MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH is a rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most feared men ever to wear the heavyweight crown. Directed by Academy Award® nominee Spike Lee, this riveting one-man show goes beyond the headlines, behind the scenes and between the lines to deliver a must-see theatrical knockout.

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Bamboozled

Bamboozled

Bamboozled

IMDb: 6.8
2000
136min

TV producer Pierre Delacroix becomes frustrated when network brass reject his sitcom idea. Hoping to get fired, Delacroix pitches the worst idea he can think of: a 21st century minstrel show. The network not only airs it, but it becomes a smash hit.

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