Watchlist: Spike Lee

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2. The Answer (1980)


A Black screenwriter is hired to write the $50,000,000 remake of "The Birth of a Nation."

Director: Spike Lee | Star: Ernest Rayford

Votes: 148

3. Sarah (1981)

25 min | Short

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Director: Spike Lee

Votes: 95

4. Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983)

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The illegal affairs of a recently deceased barbershop owner gets passed down to his manager.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Monty Ross, Donna Bailey, Stuart Smith, Tommy Redmond Hicks

Votes: 255

5. Grandmaster Melle Mel: White Lines (Don't Do It) (1983 Video)

PG-13 | 5 min | Short, Music

Sing White Lines (Don't Don't Do It) in the Style of "Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel". Stingray Karaoke R&B/Hip-Hop, Rap, 1983, English, Key C.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Hajna O. Moss

Votes: 18

6. She's Gotta Have It (1986)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Romance

79 Metascore

Story of a woman and her three lovers.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell, Spike Lee

Votes: 8,737 | Gross: $7.14M

7. Horn of Plenty (1986 TV Short)

5 min | Short, Drama

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Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Diahnne Abbott, Branford Marsalis

Votes: 27

8. School Daze (1988)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

49 Metascore

A not so popular young man wants to pledge to a popular fraternity at his historically black college.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Kyme

Votes: 5,739 | Gross: $14.55M

9. Experience Unlimited: Da Butt (1988 Video)

Unrated | 5 min | Short, Music

A music video for the song "Da Butt" which was performed by Experience Unlimited (a Go-Go band from Washington, D.C.) and released as part of the original soundtrack to the film School Daze (1988).

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Experience Unlimited, Spike Lee, Ernest R. Dickerson

Votes: 14

10. Do the Right Thing (1989)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

92 Metascore

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.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson

Votes: 78,585 | Gross: $27.55M

11. Public Enemy: Fight the Power (1989 Video)

7 min | Short, Music

Public Enemy performs in the music video "Fight the Power" from the album "Fear of a Black Planet" recorded for Def Jam Records. The music video opens with a demonstration on the street. ... See full summary »

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Public Enemy, Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff

Votes: 63

13. Mo' Better Blues (1990)

R | 130 min | Drama, Music, Romance

61 Metascore

Jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam makes questionable decisions in his professional and romantic lives.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Wesley Snipes, Giancarlo Esposito

Votes: 10,236 | Gross: $16.15M

14. Jungle Fever (1991)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

Friends and family of a married black architect react in different ways to his affair with an Italian secretary.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Spike Lee, Ossie Davis

Votes: 15,910 | Gross: $32.48M

15. Fishbone: Sunless Saturday (1991 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Fishbone performs in the music video "Sunless Saturday" from the album "The Reality of My Surroundings" recorded for Columbia Records. The music video begins with clips of guitar playing ... See full summary »

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Fishbone, John Bigham, Chris Dowd, Norwood Fisher

Votes: 7

16. Malcolm X (1992)

PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History

72 Metascore

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee

Votes: 78,217 | Gross: $48.17M

17. Arrested Development: Revolution (1993 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Arrested Development performs in the music video "Revolution" from the original motion picture soundtrack from the film Malcolm X (1992) recorded for Qwest Records and Reprise Records. The ... See full summary »

Director: Spike Lee | Star: Arrested Development

Votes: 22

18. Naughty by Nature: Hip Hop Hooray (1993 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Naughty by Nature performs in the music video "Hip Hop Hooray" from the album "19 Naughty III" recorded for Tommy Boy Records. Naughty by Nature begin the video as they stand in front of a ... See full summary »

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Naughty By Nature, Anthony 'Treach' Criss, Eazy-E, DJ Kay Gee

Votes: 26

19. Crooklyn (1994)

PG-13 | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

Spike Lee's vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school teacher, her stubborn jazz musician husband and their five kids living in Brooklyn in 1973.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, David Patrick Kelly, Zelda Harris

Votes: 8,430 | Gross: $13.64M

20. Clockers (1995)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

71 Metascore

Young drug pushers in the projects of Brooklyn live hard dangerous lives, trapped between their drug bosses and the detectives out to stop them.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Delroy Lindo, Mekhi Phifer

Votes: 19,432 | Gross: $13.04M

22. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (1995– )
Episode: Coach/The Longest Season/The Money Trail (1995)

TV-PG | News, Sport, Talk-Show

"Coach" director Spike Lee profiles legendary Georgetown University basketball coach John Thompson. "The Longest Season" interviews Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Brian Blades who was ... See full summary »

Directors: Jeff Winn, Spike Lee | Stars: Bryant Gumbel, Red Auerbach, Brian Blades, Patrick Ewing

23. Girl 6 (1996)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

44 Metascore

An aspiring actress disappointed by her treatment in the movie industry turns to phone sex to make a living.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Theresa Randle, Isaiah Washington, Spike Lee, Jenifer Lewis

Votes: 5,618 | Gross: $4.90M

24. Michael Jackson: They Don't Care About Us (1996 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

In the plot of the first version (Brazilian version), you can see the Santa Marta in Rio De Janeiro and some inhabitants, and Jackson sings together with the inhabitants the song.

Director: Spike Lee | Star: Michael Jackson

Votes: 759

25. Michael Jackson: They Don't Care About Us, Prison Version (1996 Video)

5 min | Short, Crime, Music

This second version was filmed in a prison with cell mates; in the video Jackson is seen handcuffed. It also contains real footage of police attacking African Americans, the military ... See full summary »

Director: Spike Lee | Star: Michael Jackson

Votes: 679

26. Get on the Bus (1996)

R | 120 min | Drama, History

A disparate group of African-American men travel by bus to Washington, DC for the Million Man March.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Ossie Davis, Charles S. Dutton, Andre Braugher, Richard Belzer

Votes: 4,712 | Gross: $5.73M

27. Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II (1997 Video)

Unrated | 106 min | Music

Collection of Michael Jackson's music videos from the period 1983-1997. Mainly focused post-1995 era, including videos such as "Scream", "They Don't Care About Us" and more.

Directors: Nicholas Brandt, Colin Chilvers, Bob Giraldi, Wayne Isham, Michael Jackson, John Landis, Spike Lee, Don Mischer, Vincent Paterson, Mark Romanek, James Yukich | Stars: Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, Brandon Quintin Adams, Rosanna Arquette

Votes: 1,773

28. 4 Little Girls (1997)

TV-14 | 102 min | Documentary, History

89 Metascore

A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Maxine McNair, Walter Cronkite, Chris McNair, Fred Lee Shuttlesworth

Votes: 2,588 | Gross: $0.13M

29. He Got Game (1998)

R | 136 min | Drama, Sport

63 Metascore

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

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Milla Jovovich, Ray Allen, Rosario Dawson

Votes: 42,131 | Gross: $21.55M

30. John Leguizamo: Freak (1998 TV Special)

Not Rated | 89 min | Biography, Comedy

John Leguizamo's semi-falsified, one-man stand-up performance as...himself. This is his autobiographical story, about his life growing up, and his journey to try to be accepted by his ... See full summary »

Director: Spike Lee | Star: John Leguizamo

Votes: 1,008

31. Summer of Sam (1999)

R | 142 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

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 Northeast Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito

Votes: 34,655 | Gross: $19.28M

34. The Original Kings of Comedy (2000)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Documentary

76 Metascore

A concert film featuring four major African American stand up comedians.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, Bernie Mac

Votes: 5,163 | Gross: $38.18M

35. Bamboozled (2000)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

50 Metascore

A frustrated African-American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Damon Wayans, Savion Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Rapaport

Votes: 9,724 | Gross: $2.19M

37. The Making of 'Bamboozled' (2001 Video)

53 min | Documentary

A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Spike Lee's satirical take on the American entertainment industry, in which a black writer for a TV network, frustrated at his failure to get his ... See full summary »

Directors: Spike Lee, Samuel D. Pollard | Stars: Budd Schulberg, Clyde Taylor, Jack Newfield, Stanley Crouch

Votes: 92

38. A Huey P. Newton Story (2001 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography

The story of how the radical Huey P. Newton developed the Black Panther Party based on his 10-point program for social reform.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Roger Guenveur Smith, Rahum Brown, Georgina Ransley, Marlon Brando

Votes: 660

39. The Concert for New York City (2001 TV Special)

296 min | Documentary, Music

This concert took place at Madison Square Garden, shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Highlights include "New York State Of Mind" by Billy Joel, "Won't Get Fooled Again" by the Who, "I Want Love" by Elton John, and "Freedom" by Paul McCartney.

Directors: Louis J. Horvitz, Woody Allen, Edward Burns, Ric Burns, Christian Charles, Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Smith | Stars: Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, A.J. McLean

Votes: 705

40. Come Rain or Come Shine (2001)

4 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Spike Lee

Votes: 113

41. Jim Brown: All American (2002 TV Movie)

140 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

50 Metascore

An in-depth portrait of football legend and action movie star Jim Brown, including discussions about his childhood, his unequaled football career, his success in Hollywood, and his brushes with the law in his later years.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Art Modell, Walter Beach, Ed Walsh, Sam Oakley

Votes: 289

42. 25th Hour (2002)

R | 135 min | Drama

67 Metascore

Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Edward Norton, Barry Pepper, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rosario Dawson

Votes: 164,788 | Gross: $13.06M

43. Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002)

92 min | Drama

This series of vignettes offers ruminations on time, fate and other human mysteries, Each of the film's seven directors conjures a scenario that speaks to some facet of universal experience.

Directors: Kaige Chen, Víctor Erice, Werner Herzog, Jim Jarmusch, Aki Kaurismäki, Spike Lee, Wim Wenders | Stars: Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen, Marko Haavisto, Ana Sofia Liaño

Votes: 3,098

44. Sucker Free City (2004 TV Movie)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama

Sucker-Free City, or S.F.C., revolves around the conflicts among white, black, Latino and Asian street gangs in San Francisco.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Ben Crowley, Ken Leung, Anthony Mackie, Darris Love

Votes: 1,217

45. She Hate Me (2004)

R | 138 min | Comedy, Drama

28 Metascore

Fired from his job for exposing corrupt business practices, a former biotech executive turns to impregnating wealthy lesbians for profit.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Ellen Barkin, Monica Bellucci

Votes: 7,054 | Gross: $0.37M

46. Jesus Children of America (2005)

20 min | Short, Drama