Spike Lee's Filmography

by JC_Stewart89 | created - 09 Apr 2017 | updated - 12 Jan 2019 | Public

A listing by my preference of the uniquely daring provocateur filmmaker, no matter how you feel about him he is an outright icon of the 1990's American independent cinema movement creating some of the very best works from that era. Throughout the years has offered controversial perspectives on Americana that shouldn't be ignored.

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1. 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: 80,457 | Gross: $48.17M

2. 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: 81,507 | Gross: $27.55M

3. 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: 166,517 | Gross: $13.06M

4. 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: 42,875 | Gross: $21.55M

5. When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006–2007)

TV-MA | 255 min | Documentary

An examination of the U.S. government's response to Hurricane Katrina.

Stars: Darleen Asevedo, Jay Asevedo, Shelton Shakespear Alexander, Lee Arnold

Votes: 4,076

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

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

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: 665

7. 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: 19,916 | Gross: $13.04M

8. BlacKkKlansman (2018)

R | 135 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace

Votes: 191,958 | Gross: $49.28M

9. 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: 4,855 | Gross: $5.73M

10. 4 Little Girls (1997)

TV-14 | 102 min | Documentary, History

88 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: 2,646 | Gross: $0.13M

11. 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: 5,723 | Gross: $4.90M

12. 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: 10,576 | Gross: $16.15M

13. If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise (2010– )

Documentary

In 2006, director Spike Lee created an astonishing record of the cataclysmic effects of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans with his epic award-winning documentary, When the Levees... See full summary »

Stars: Calvin Mackie, Mitch Landrieu, Jacques Morial, Fred Johnson

Votes: 450

14. Chi-Raq (2015)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

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

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett

Votes: 8,656 | Gross: $2.65M

15. Passing Strange (2009)

TV-MA | 135 min | Documentary, Musical

Director Spike Lee's passionate adaptation of the thrilling Broadway musical about a young bohemian who experiences sex, drugs and rock and roll on his journey to selfhood.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: De'Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo

Votes: 278

16. Rodney King (2017 TV Special)

TV-MA | 52 min | Comedy, Drama

74 Metascore

Roger Guenveur Smith performs his one man show focusing on the life and times of Rodney King.

Director: Spike Lee | Star: Roger Guenveur Smith

Votes: 437

17. Inside Man (2006)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

76 Metascore

A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 326,602 | Gross: $88.51M

18. Pass Over (2018)

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama

73 Metascore

Two young men pass the time dreaming of the promised land.

Directors: Spike Lee, Danya Taymor | Stars: Jon Michael Hill, Julian Parker, Ryan Hallahan, Blake DeLong

Votes: 675

19. Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall (2016)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music

A look at the life of the late pop star Michael Jackson from his early days at Motown Records to the release of his hit 1979 album, Off the Wall.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Michael Jackson, Jackson 5, Berry Gordy, Suzanne De Passe

Votes: 2,036

20. 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: 8,732 | Gross: $13.64M

21. 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: 35,172 | Gross: $19.28M

22. 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: 1,019

23. 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: 16,368 | Gross: $32.48M

24. Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (2013 TV Special)

TV-MA | 90 min | Comedy

Mike Tyson's one-man show is a fascinating journey into his storied life and career.

Director: Philip Marcus | Star: Mike Tyson

Votes: 2,680

25. 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: 1,222

26. Kobe Doin' Work (2009 TV Movie)

84 min | Documentary, Sport

A documentary following Kobe Bryant during one day during a game against the San Antonio Spurs.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tony Parker, Lamar Odom

Votes: 1,415

27. 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: 9,705 | Gross: $7.14M

28. 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: 9,979 | Gross: $2.19M

29. Oldboy (2013)

R | 104 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

49 Metascore

Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for twenty years without reason.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharlto Copley

Votes: 66,368 | Gross: $2.19M

30. 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: 5,960 | Gross: $14.55M

31. 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: 290

32. 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: 5,253 | Gross: $38.18M

33. 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: 7,200 | Gross: $0.37M

34. Red Hook Summer (2012)

R | 121 min | Drama

48 Metascore

A middle-class boy from Atlanta finds his worldview changed as he spends the summer with his deeply religious grandfather in the housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Jules Brown, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Toni Lysaith, Limary Agosto

Votes: 1,588 | Gross: $0.34M

35. Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

R | 160 min | Action, Drama, War

37 Metascore

Set in 1944 Italy, the story of four black American soldiers who get trapped in a Tuscan village during WWII.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller

Votes: 17,633 | Gross: $7.92M

36. Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014)

Not Rated | 123 min | Comedy, Romance, Thriller

52 Metascore

Dr. Hess Green becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient African artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. He however is not a vampire. Soon after his transformation he ... See full summary »

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Stephen Tyrone Williams, Zaraah Abrahams, Rami Malek, Elvis Nolasco

Votes: 1,362



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